James E. Sherwood Counsel

James Sherwood is a senior vice president with McGuireWoods Consulting, and counsel with McGuireWoods LLP. Prior to joining the firm, he served as deputy legal counsel and ethics officer for Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. James assists clients on a range of issues, including data privacy and security, worker classification and the gig economy, electrification of the transportation sector and the affordable housing crisis. He also counsels clients on various tax incentive programs. Most recently, he assisted an international data center client in obtaining a tax incentive for data centers located in Illinois.

As deputy legal counsel, James advised the Republican House Leader and ranking legislators on a variety of matters, including legislation that overhauled the state’s energy policies, transitioned Illinois to a statewide 9-1-1 system and dealt with the increase in heroin and opiate abuse. In his role as ethics officer, James ensured the House Republican caucus was apprised of their duties under Illinois ethics laws and regulations, and advised members to ensure compliance therewith.

James also serves as a board member on the Public Policy Committee for the Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

McGuireWoods Consulting

McGuireWoods Consulting LLC ("MWC") is a wholly owned subsidiary of the McGuireWoods LLP law firm. From time to time, various McGuireWoods lawyers provide non-legal services to MWC clients, but MWC cannot provide legal services or advice. Therefore, any work MWC performs for a client does not give rise to an attorney-client relationship or privilege. Should you require legal services from McGuireWoods, as well as consulting services from MWC, you must engage the law firm separately.

  • DePaul University College of Law, JD, Mary and Michael Jaharis Health Law Institute Fellow
  • University of California Santa Barbara, BA, Political Science, with Honors

Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Board Member, Public Policy Committee, Illinois Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association

  • Illinois
  • Panelist, "Illinois Workers’ Compensation Issues and Legislation," Rusin and Maciorowski Illinois Employer and Insurer Workers’ Compensation Conference, June 15, 2017
  • Co-Presenter, "Workers’ Compensation: Coverage and Constraints – an Interactive Discussion on the State of the Market," American Association of Payers, Administrators and Networks Forum, January 30, 2017
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