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James F. Botana

Office Managing Principal

P 312-803-2506
F 312-787-4995


James F. Botana is Office Managing Principal in the Chicago, Illinois, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He represents management in employment cases in federal and state courts, and before administrative agencies in a variety of employment and labor related claims.

Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, he was a prosecutor and a senior attorney in the Employment Litigation Department of the Office of the Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. He has successfully prosecuted and defended numerous civil and criminal cases in trials and evidentiary hearings in federal and state courts. Mr. Botana has represented the City of Chicago in prosecuting criminal and quasi-criminal matters and has defended the City of Chicago in employment discrimination, civil rights, and insurance defense cases in state and federal court. Since joining Jackson Lewis in August 2000, Mr. Botana has continued to represent management before federal and state courts and administrative agencies in a variety of employment and labor related claims. He currently serves as a Special Assistant Corporation counsel and represents the City of Chicago and its employees in a variety of claims.

Mr. Botana was born in Havana, Cuba, and raised in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish and is frequently called upon by businesses with large Spanish-speaking workforces to train managers and supervisors as well as non-supervisory employees in both English and Spanish in best employment practices and to conduct investigations of employment related disputes.

Mr. Botana is the former co-chair of Jackson Lewis’ Hispanic-American Attorney Resource Group, a group of attorneys in the firm who specialize in providing assistance in workplace law matters to businesses with a large Hispanic workforce. Mr. Botana is also a founding member of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Mr. Botana was recently reappointed to a second two-year term on the Illinois State Advisory Committee (SAC) of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Honors and Recognitions

  • DePaul Latino Law Student Association, Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)

Professional Associations and Activities

  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

  • Children’s Center of Cicero and Berwyn, Board of Directors
  • Oak Park Children’s Clinic, Board of Directors
  • Foundation for Chicago State University, Board of Directors

Published Works

  • "Discrimination by National Origin," The Illinois Manufacturer (Spring 2003) [Co-Author]
  • "Habla Espanol," The Illinois Manufacturer (Spring 2002) [Co-Author]
  • “New EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination Addresses Issues Arising from a Dramatically Diverse Workforce,” The Illinois Manufacturer

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December 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017.  This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,... Read More

November 10, 2017
Chicago Tribune

James Botana Explains Misconceptions about Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

November 10, 2017

James Botana explains how workers and employers can understand the misconceptions between sexual harassment and compliments in the workplace in "The difference between a compliment and sexual harassment in the workplace," published by the Chicago Tribune. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

August 12, 2017
Crain’s Chicago Business

James Botana Comments on Jackson Lewis' Flexible Workplace Policy

August 12, 2017

James Botana comments on Jackson Lewis' Flexible Workplace Policy open to all Associates and Of Counsel in "Slow to telecommuting trend, law firms are getting with it," published by Crain's Chicago Business. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

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May 11, 2017

Diversity, Inclusion and Training: What Does This Look Like for the Workforce of the Future?

May 11, 2017

Corporate Diversity and Inclusion (“D&I”) programs have evolved from the concern of a few forward-thinking corporations over 25 years ago, to a mainstream business imperative today. Rapid U.S. population demographic changes are remaking the workforce. Companies large and small are already facing the reality of overwhelmingly diverse... Read More

June 28, 2016

Proposed EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination Provides Clues to Agency’s Focus

June 28, 2016

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has issued a Proposed Enforcement Guidance on National Origin Discrimination (“PEG”) and is allowing the public to comment through July 1, 2016. The last time the EEOC issued specific guidelines on National Origin Discrimination was in 2002. Role of the PEG The PEG is intended... Read More