James A. Rapp serves a wide range of clients with a depth and breadth of legal experience. His primary focuses are estate and trust planning and administration, elder law, real estate, business organization and succession planning, education law, agriculture law, and banking law.
Jim has extensive experience in estate, trust, and business planning, as well as real estate matters. He represents individuals and businesses, many from the agriculture community. Jim represents businesses in their general operations, transfers, and acquisitions, among them a worldwide manufacturer of agriculture equipment, along with many regional and local retailers, construction companies, design firms, service organizations, banks, and many others. Jim also handles real estate matters, whether residential, farm, commercial, or industrial.
Nationally recognized in education law, Jim represents colleges and school districts, in addition to individual teachers, parents, and students. With special interest is school safety, he has twice represented the National School Safety Center before the United States Supreme Court, written extensively in this area, and was a speaker at the National Press Club following the tragic Columbine High School shooting. He was also invited to consult with former Secretary of Education Dick Riley on school safety issues. Jim has been a hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education in teacher dismissal matters.
Professionally Jim is a charter member and current vice-chair of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board; a member of the American Diabetes Association’s School Litigation Work Group which works to protect the rights of those with disabilities in schools; and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators. He is a frequent speaker on legal topics to both professional and lay groups.
Among civic volunteer activities, Jim is a current member and past president of the John Wood Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation; past president and board member of the United Way of Adams County, Illinois, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, and a past officer and board member of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. He has assisted in the organization of many non-profit groups.
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