James R. Garrison


Belleville, Illinois                                                                          James R. Garrison
Phone: 618-277-9000 Ext. 2222
Fax: 618-277-4594
E-mail: jgarrison@boylebrasher.com

Jim has managed civil defense cases in numerous state and federal jurisdictions for more than 20 years. He practices primarily in the areas of premises liability, automobile liability, construction law, and railroad grade crossing litigation. Jim has successfully first chaired several civil jury trials. He is an arbitrator for the Mandatory Arbitration Program for the Twentieth Judicial Circuit of Illinois. He has taught as an adjunct instructor of business law.  On several occasions Jim has been a continuing legal education instructor in anatomy and physiology, discovery methods, and methods and techniques of internet investigations. Jim has served as a judge in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition.

Jim has the reputation in the court room of presenting his position on any legal or factual issue in a clear, logical and sensible manner. He is always meticulously prepared whether he is taking or defending a deposition or trying a lawsuit.

Away from his legal practice, Jim has served as an elected member of the school board in an excellent public school district. He served as the leader of a Law Explorer Post carrying forward his commitment to scouting as an Eagle Scout. Jim enjoys cooking, ceramics, travel, wilderness adventure and spending time with his family.

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Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Railroad Defense
  • Employment Law
  • Trucking Defense
  • Class Action Defense
  • Litigation and Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctorate
  • University of Illinois
    • Masters Business Administration
    • Bachelor of Science

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The St. Clair County Bar Association
  • The Illinois Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar Association