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James Manning

Peoria, IL

Joined Firm in 1992

A lifelong Peorian and Spalding Institute graduate, Jim returned home after law school and has served in many community organizations striving to make his hometown a better place to live.

  • Real Estate Practice Group Chair
  • Peoria Area Association of Realtors® 2011 Affiliate of the Year
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James Manning

Attorney in Peoria, IL

Jim began his legal career with Heyl Royster after graduating from law school in 1992. A Partner and Shareholder, Jim now chairs the firm's Real Estate Practice Group, working out of the Peoria office. Although he has practiced in almost all areas of civil litigation, he specializes his legal practice in residential real estate and title services, assisting buyers and sellers and providing closing and title insurance services on residential transactions.

Jim's practical approach to handling residential real estate transactions and responsiveness to client's needs has garnered the respect of the real estate professionals in the Peoria area and many repeat clients. As a result, the firm has been honored with the Peoria Area Association of Realtors Affiliate of the Year Award for Jim's efforts and contributions to the Association.



J.D., Saint Louis University School of Law

B.B.A., University of Notre Dame

Licensure(s) and Admission(s)

State Courts of Illinois

United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations

Illinois Land Title Association

Illinois Real Estate Lawyers’ Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Peoria Area Association of Realtors®, Affiliate Member

Peoria County Bar Association

Real Estate Property Committee, Past-Chair

Community Involvement

Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Peoria Area, Inc., Past Board Chair

Former Legal Counsel 

Heart of Illinois United Way, Former Campaign Coordinator and Pillars Society Member

Medina Township Plan Commission, Chairman

Peoria County Board of Election Commissioners, Chairman

University of Notre Dame Alumni Club of Peoria, Board of Directors



“Residential Real Estate Contracts,” Peoria Area Association of Realtors (2014-2019)

“Student Accommodations - Concussion Safety Act,” Heyl Royster School Law Seminar (2016)

“Residential Real Estate Contracts,” Peoria County Bar Association (2015)

“Controlling Labor and Workers’ Compensation Costs,” Annual Conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (2014)


Effect of the Shift to a Work-From-Home Society on the Analysis of “Accident” in Worker's Compensation,” Below the Red Line - Heyl Royster Workers' Compensation Newsletter (April 2022)


  • Peoria Area Association of Realtors® 2011 Affiliate of the Year
  • Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media
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