In May of 2019, the Law Firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C. achieved an all time record county verdict of over $2,000,000 in favor of one of its clients after a two-week medical negligence jury trial.              

James E. Fagerman

James E. Fagerman, attorney at the law firm of Mertes & Mertes, P.C.Legal Concentration:

  • Criminal
  • DUI & Traffic
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation
  • Litigation and Appeals
  • Family Law


  • 2000 - Bachelor of Arts, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
  • 2004 - Juris Doctorate, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

Experience on both sides of the courtroom.

Attorney James E. Fagerman was DuPage County Assistant Public Defender for three years, and Whiteside County Assistant State’s Attorney for five years.


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Whiteside County Bar Association