Jim received his B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.
Jim served as President of the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy (2017) and was also a member of NACBA's Board of Directors. Jim served on the standing Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Court of Southern District of Illinois. He co-founded the local bankruptcy bar association (BASIL) in 2004.
He has served as a panelist for several organizations including ABI, NACBA, the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees (NACTT), the Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois (BASIL), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Housing in Action, the Illinois Attorney General’s office, and the Land of Lincoln Legal Services.
Jim’s published works include James J. Haller, What Till vs. SCS Credit Corp. Means for Your Chapter 13 Clients, 92 Ill.B.J. 9, 478-482 (2004); James J. Haller & William A. Mueller, The New Bankruptcy Law: A Consumer Lawyer’s Guide, 93 Ill.B.J. 9, 454-460 (2005); James J. Haller, Rachel A. Hill, William A. Mueller, Chapter One: Getting a Consumer Bankruptcy Started in Consumer Bankruptcy Practice, 1-1 to 1-36 (IICLE, 2011); James J. Haller, Creativity Alive in Chapter 13 Plans after Espinosa, ABI Journal 40, 94 (April 2011); James J. Haller and Tara Twomey, Debt Collectors Should Not Get a Free Pass in Bankruptcy, ABI Journal Vol. XXXIV, No. 11 (November 2015); James J. Haller and Orlando Velazquez, How to File a Late Claim in a Chapter 13 Case, XXXVI ABI Journal 4, 50, 110 (April 2017).
Jim was chosen by his peers as a Leading Lawyer from 2013 to present. Furthermore, he was given an Honor Award by the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Illinois for his contributions as a member of the Local Rules Committee for the Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of Illinois.
Currently, Jim is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, the United States Supreme Court, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals. Attorney Haller is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Missouri Bar Association, the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys, the National Association of Consumer Advocates, and the American Bankruptcy Institute.
Jim proudly represents families from the Chicago area including but not limited to: Antioch, Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Fort Sheridan, Fox Lake, Grayslake, Glencoe, Great Lakes, Gurnee, Hawthorn Woods, Highland Park, Highwood, Hinsdale, Ingleside, Inverness, Island Lake, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Villa, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mundelein, North Chicago, Oak Brook, Round Lake, Russell, Vernon Hills, Wadsworth, Wauconda, Waukegan, Western Springs, Wilmette, Winnetka, Winthrop Harbor, Zion.