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Lawyer , business executive

James Michael McElyea, lawyer, business executive. Bar: Illinois 1975, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1975.


McElyea, James Michael was born on August 26, 1948 in St. Louis. Son of Henry Oran and Margaret (Gowdy) master of Civil Engineering.


Bachelor of Arts in History, Princeton University, 1970. Juris Doctor cum laude, University Detroit, 1975. Master of Laws in Taxation cum laude, DePaul University, Chicago, 1981.


Assistant brand manager The Folger Coffee division Procter & Gamble, Kansas City, Missouri, 1970-1972. Attorney Gould & Ratner, Chicago, 1975-1980, Wilson Sporting Goods Company, Chicago, 1980-1985, vice president, general counsel, 1985-1996. Private practice River Forest, Illinois, since 1996.


  • Bar: Illinois 1975, United States District Court (northern district) Illinois 1975.


  • Other Work

    • Case and comment editor University Detroit Journal Urban Law, 1973-1974.


Member board deacons First Presbyterian Church of River Forest, Illinois, 1979-1985. Assistant coach River Forest Little League, 1990-1991, Oak Park (Illinois) Young Men’s Christian Association Youth Basketball, 1992. Trustee Caribbean Latin American Action, Washington, since 1989, Coalition of Americas to Protect Sports, North Palm Beach, Florida, since 1992.

Member American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (government relations, Corporate Counsel, sports litigators and safety standards committees), Princeton Club of New York, River Forest Tennis Club, Riverside Golf Club.


  • Other Interests

    Parenting, reading current periodicals, travel, golf, skiing.


1 child, Patrick Andrew.

Henry Oran McElyea

Margaret (Gowdy) McElyea

Patrick Andrew McElyea