Daspin & Aument LLP

James D. Ossyra

James D. Ossyra is a partner with Daspin & Aument LLP, focusing on litigation and dispute resolution. Mr. Ossyra’s particular areas of expertise include commercial disputes involving real estate (construction, leasing, lending, landlord/tenant, and purchase and sale), business or partnership dissolution or restructuring (owner/partner disputes), as well as business torts, breach of contract, or breach of fiduciary duty. He has years of experience in all aspects of litigation, from the initial investigation and filing of an action through trial and appeal. He is experienced in arbitration, mediation, and complex negotiated settlements.

Some of Jim’s more notable recent cases include:
  • a lengthy federal court jury trial of a claim for breach of a design/build contract;
  • defense and counterclaim in a dispute between owners of a manufacturing business, resolved by a negotiated buy-out;
  • successful defense and trial of an action seeking to enjoin a grocery store chain from developing a Chicago-area site, based on a reciprocal easement agreement;
  • construction litigation over a power plant project that mediated to settlement; and
  • a two week arbitration (three person panel) of a claim for tortious interference with a software development deal.

His clients have included such diverse entities as a major electrical contractor, a national grocery store chain, a real estate developer for large malls, an international auctioneer of heavy equipment, as well as business owners and partners, financial institutions, utilities, and small and medium size businesses.

Mr. Ossyra has appeared in courts in Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, California, New York and Arizona, among many different venues. He is also certified as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED-AP).

Mr. Ossyra has stayed close to his roots and is active in the Alumni Association and District 202 Educational Foundation at Evanston Township High School in Evanston, Illinois, serving in officer capacities at both organizations. He also volunteers his time teaching mock trial to a senior class at Lane Technical High School in Chicago.