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James F. Botana

Office Managing Principal
Chicago

P 312-803-2506
F 312-787-4995
James.Botana@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

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 provide 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

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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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October 3, 2019
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Monica H. Khetarpal Honored on the 2019 "40 Under Forty" List by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer

October 3, 2019

CHICAGO, IL (October 3, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce Principal Monica H. Khetarpal has been recognized on the 2019 “40 Under Forty” list presented by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer. The list recognizes up-and-coming attorneys across Chicago and... Read More

April 30, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Publishes Q1 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter 2018

April 30, 2018

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the first quarter of 2018. A best practice of our firm, it includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Diversity Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diverse attorney promotions, diversity-related activities, sponsorships and events... Read More

December 1, 2017
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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

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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