James E. Coogan

Managing & Founding Partner

Jim began fighting for the rights of injured while he was still in law school. Since that time, he has dedicated his entire legal career to justice for people who have had their lives changed by tragic injury. He focuses on developing the best strategy for each client’s case, preparing the case for trial from the beginning–as that is the most-direct path to a successful outcome.

Email: jcoogan@cgtrial.com

Direct Line: (312) 219-8362

James E. Coogan
Attorney Bio

Jim and Caroleann founded Coogan Gallagher in 2022 after working together at the Dwyer & Coogan firm. After these many years of experience, Jim understands that being injured does not make you a victim, but it can leave you feeling vulnerable, anxious, and uncertain about what to do next. Jim is an experienced trial lawyer who is dedicated to understanding the details of your losses and working to secure your peace of mind once again. It is what fuels his enthusiasm for the hard work it takes to see a case through to securing a jury’s verdict–the ultimate statement of truth in the civil justice system. Jim practices in Chicago and throughout the State of Illinois on behalf of his clients.

Email: jcoogan@cgtrial.com

Professional Contributions: Jim was a Presenter for an ISBA Continuing Legal Education Presentation – “Practical Tips for Trial and Beyond” on December 1, 2023.

Civic & Charitable Involvement: Jim serves as a Commissioner for the Park Ridge Planning & Zoning Commission, helping shape his community and helping it plan for the future.  Jim has also raised money for Special Olympics of Chicago by dunking himself in the chilly February waters of Lake Michigan. Jim has been a Member of the Associate Board for the Greater Chicago Food Depository since 2015. Jim volunteers to support service projects around the city through the Chicago Chapter of the Alumni Association of Boston College.

Media: Jim is the Host of the “Coogan Knows the Law” podcast. Jim is a regular contributor as Legal Analyst The Ben Joravsky Show, presented by The Chicago Reader. Please see our Blog (Link) for links to past episodes. Jim has previously lent his legal expertise to radio listeners of Chicago’s WCPT 820 AM.

Personal: Jim lives with his wife and their mammals in Park Ridge, Illinois.  He is an avid (though long-suffering) Bears and White Sox fan and enjoys spending time with his family, learning, and yes, supporting the Bears.

Awards & Recognition: Leading Lawyers (2023 – Present); Martindale A/V Rated (2024 – Present)

Practice Areas


  • Boston College (2003, Recipient of the Bapst Philosophy Award)
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. (2006)

Awards & Recognition

James E. Coogan
Rated by Super Lawyers

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Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois Illinois Bar (2006)
  • U.S. District Court–Northern District of Illinois (2006)
  • Trial Bar (Admitted 2021)

Bar Associations

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