Meet Our Team

James S. Cerami


  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • B.S., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Professional Associations

Honors and Awards

  • Named a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Chicago-Kent Bar and Gavel Award for outstanding public service
  • Chicago-Kent Summer Fellowship Recipient
  • Baum Fellowship Recipient
  • Dean’s Honor List

Publications and Presentations

  • Presentation on the new Multi-Board Residential Real Estate Contract 7.0 to local Realtors, January 2019
  • Estate Planning for Newly-Married Couples, Radio Wedding Expo Show, aired March 8, 2015 on AM1530
  • Legal Aspects of Business Formation and Operation, “Start-ups 101” seminar presented to the University of Illinois Business Young Alumni Committee, November 2012.
  • Examining the Tension between the Promotion of Green Energy Initiatives and the Laws & Regulating Them, DCBA Brief, Volume 23 – Issue 6, March 2011
  • U.S. Department of Energy Initiatives and their Potential Deployment in Illinois, Chicago Bar Association CLE Seminar – “Hot Topics in Environmental Law,” March 2009

Jean Morris

Jean Morris is the firm’s head paralegal, working with our residential and commercial real estate buyers and sellers, estate planning clients, and small business owners. Jean has been with Cerami Law Firm since 2017. Jean’s impressive credentials and attention to detail make her a key asset to the firm and its clients.

Bachelor’s Degree, with major in Business Administration at Elmhurst College
Completed Paralegal Studies Program at College of DuPage (Certificate) – 2017

  • Inducted into LEX Honor Society – 2017
  • 4.0 Grade point average

Paralegal Studies Program Scholarship Recipient – Spring 2016
Paralegal Studies Writing Contest Winner – Fall 2016

Volunteer Intake Specialist at Prairie State Legal Services – December 2016 through May 2018