James L. Gehrs was born and raised in Belleville, Illinois and is a lifelong resident of St. Clair County.  He received his undergraduate degree from Saint Louis University and earned his law degree from Saint Louis University in 2013.  Licensed to practice law in both Illinois and Missouri, Jim practices civil litigation, municipal law, election law and education law. Jim is the attorney for the Camp Jackson Fire District. He donates his time to several local charitable organizations and social causes including St. Vincent DePaul, coaching youth basketball and Join Hands of East St. Louis, and is also a Board Member of the South Broadway Athletic Club.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2013
  • Missouri, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2016


  • Saint Louis University School of Law
    • J.D. – 2013
  • Saint Louis University
    • B.A. – 2010
    • Major: Communications

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • East St. Louis Bar Association, Member