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Jamaal R. Buchanan joins Disparti Law Group as an Associate Attorney after prosecuting more than 100 bench trials and several jury trials as a Cook County Prosecutor.
He also was personally selected to work as a Special Prosecutor within the Community Justice Center Division and assisted with Task Force cases within the Financial Crimes Unit.
Most recently, Mr. Buchanan worked as an Associate at a different personal injury law firm representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death matters. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Attorney representing clients in general insurance defense, commercial litigation, transportation, and premise liability matters for household names such as FedEx and Mariano’s.
Mr. Buchanan has also worked as a trial attorney where he represented major insurance companies in personal injury and subrogation matters involving multiple defendants.
Mr. Buchanan has broad experience in other areas of the law, including working as an investigator for the State Bar of California’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel, reviewing and investigating ethics complaints filed against attorneys.
Also, from 2010 to 2020, Mr. Buchanan founded and ran Buchanan Management & Consulting, providing legal and business consulting services for entertainers and industry related companies and serving as Principal Manager of more than 25 actors.
While working in California, Mr. Buchanan worked as a Sr. Litigation Law Clerk at famed lawyer Johnnie Cochran’s law firm in Los Angeles from 2006-2009.
Mr. Buchanan is very involved in the community, as a volunteer Co-Coach of the St. Ignatius College Preparatory Mock Trial Team in 2016-2017 & 2019-2020.
He’s served on the boards of Project Syncere, The Yellow Tractor Project, and The Erica Hubbard Foundation, and he currently serves on the board of The Joel Hall Dancers & Center.
He has also served on the Board of The Talent Managers Association, a trade association for talent managers.
In 2021, Mr. Buchanan was selected to The National Black Lawyer Top 100 – Illinois. He is the recipient – twice – of the Archbishop James P. Lyke African American Male Image Award, which he received as a student at St. Ignatius College Prep High School and again in 2015.
- St. Ignatius College Prep High School
- Bradley University, Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/African American Studies
- Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor
Mr. Buchanan received his J.D. from Vermont Law School following a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice/African American Studies from Bradley University.
While in law school, Mr. Buchanan was a judicial extern for The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois working with Federal Magistrate Judge W. Thomas Rosemond Jr. He was also a judicial extern for Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Lee Preston.
During his undergraduate education, Mr. Buchanan served as an intern at the City of Chicago Law Department, the Chicago Board of Elections, and the Public Defender Service in Washington D.C.
About Jamaal Buchanan
In his own words
“A lawyer is either a social engineer or a parasite on society. A social engineer is a highly skilled, perceptive, sensitive lawyer who understands the Constitution of the United States and knows how to explore its uses in the solving of problems of local communities and in bettering conditions of the underprivileged citizens.” – Charles Hamilton Houston
I have found that the key to having a career rooted in serving others and the community is ultimately dependent on one’s ability to connect with people. I take pride in being able to help individuals seeking assistance with probably the most difficult situations they have ever had to encounter. The practice of law can and should serve as a tool for creating equality in society.