James M. DiVerde Jr.

James M. DiVerde Jr.

Rockford, Illinois

Jim is an associate at Howard & Hardyman, LLP. He focuses his practice on real estate matters, probate and estate administration, estate planning, and corporate representation. In his real estate practice, Jim represents clients on residential and commercial transactions, zoning/land-use matters, and landlord-tenant disputes. Jim's estate planning and administration practice consists of preparing wills and trusts, and representing clients in their roles as executor or trustee. In his corporate practice, he has assisted clients with entity formation, valuations, and acquisitions.

In addition, Jim assists clients with litigation needs, representing them on various matters such as commercial foreclosure actions, estate, and partnership disputes. Pro bono work is also important to Jim, which gave him the opportunity to brief a case and argue before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Jim worked as a program management consultant in the engineering and construction industry, volunteered with CASA Kane County, and served in the United States Marine Corps. When he's not busy at the office, Jim enjoys biking, running, and playing guitar. He currently lives in Sycamore with his family.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
  • Estate planning
  • Corporate/Business

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit


  • University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
    • J.D.
  • Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois
    • B.S.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Winnebago County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • IGNITE Young Professionals