University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2018

  • Order of the Coif
  • Admissions Editor, University of Illinois Law Review

Grinnell College, B.A., 2012



James Borrasso is an associate in Chapman's Corporate and Securities Department and a member of the firm's Investment Management Group. His practice is focused on the formation and operation of unit investment trusts, open-end funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), closed-end funds, hedge funds, and private equity funds. James also advises broker-dealers, investment advisers, and municipal advisors on a variety of compliance and risk management matters. His experience also includes advising clients on general corporate matters.

James participated in Chapman's summer associate program in 2017 and joined the firm in 2018. Prior to law school, James worked in operations for an investment management firm.


  • Opening the Floodgates: Providing Liquidity to the Charitable Marketplace Through Changes to Donor-Advised Funds, 2018 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1533.

Honors & Awards

  • Rickert Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Business Associations, Corporate Taxation, Secured Transactions, and Advanced Legal Research: Corporate