James T. McGovern became Berrien County Corporate Counsel in February 2015. Corporate Counsel serves as the in-house attorney for general County legal matters which are civil in nature, such as representing commissions and elected officials acting on County business, as well as advising on issues related to personnel/labor, ordinance and policy, and litigation.
James holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law. He is a member in good standing with the state and federal courts of Michigan and the State Bar of Michigan.
Prior to joining Berrien County, James was in private practice for approximately four years and worked as a defense attorney for both railroads and the City of Chicago and its police officers. Prior to his work in the private sector, James was a Special Litigation Counsel for the City of Chicago and represented the City and its police officers in Civil Rights cases. He began his career in 2002 as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago and defended the City in personal injury cases.
He and his wife have two daughters and reside in Lincoln Township.