James P. Brinkoetter

Practices Areas
  • Child & Adult Adoptions
  • Child Custody, Support & Visitation
  • Guardianship
  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Wills
  • Power of Attorney
  • Personal Injury
  • Non-DUI Traffic
James P. Brinkoetter

Jim Brinkoetter is a native of Decatur, Illinois. After completing his undergraduate work, he went directly into law school. He began his career serving as a Prosecutor for the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office. After 3 years, he realized that defense was his calling. For the next 30 years, Jim was a Public Defender for the Macon County courts. During his time serving the State’s Attorney’s Office, he also took on private practice cases. In September of 2008, Jim retired from his role as a Public Defender and has been solely in private practice since.

Although Jim has extensive experience practicing in a wide variety of areas, his passion is in facilitating adoptions. From 2010 to 2015, Jim represented over 50% of all adoptions completed in Macon County, Illinois.


Chicago-Kent College of Law
Juris Doctor - June 1975

Lewis University
Bachelor of Arts - May 1972

Bar Admissions

State of Illinois
October 1975

Admitted to Practice
October 1975

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Central District of Illinois

Professional Associations

Decatur Bar Association

Macon County State's Attorney's Office

3 years

Public Defense
30 years