From the Missouri to the Mississippi, bicycling is a wonderful way to enjoy Iowa. Iowa is home to RAGBRAI, the oldest, largest and longest running recreational bicycle touring event in the world. Iowa is also home to a huge cycling culture, beautifully expansive trailways, and tens of thousands of miles of underused highways, yet drivers and bicyclists are still learning how to safely share the roads. Lawyer Jim Freeman is fighting for the rights of bicyclists, some of the most vulnerable users of Iowa’s roadways.

Representation in Iowa bicycle injury cases

Jim Freeman first became involved in legal representation of bicyclists when a friend was struck by a car during a group ride in 2006. She sustained a head injury and couldn’t recall the details of the collision. The insurance company initially denied the claim suggesting that the bicyclist had simply darted in front of the car. Jim investigated the accident and through witness interviews he determined what really happened. Eventually he was able to help his friend get compensation for her injuries. Since then Jim built his client base through word of mouth among cyclists who knew him as a fellow commuter, bike racer, and touring cyclist.

He is the founding partner of the Freeman Kevenides Law Firm, a personal injury practice dedicated to helping bicyclists throughout the Midwest. Begun in Chicago, the firm now practices in Iowa (because that's where Jim wants to raise his child).  All members of the FK Law team are cyclists who participate in the local bicycling community by donating time and finances to groups that promote cycling and improve conditions for bicyclists. They also attend group rides, sponsor racing teams, and frequently commute to work by bicycle.

Known as “Lawyer Jim,” he believes that immersing himself in his hobby for a living is his favorite thing about practicing bike law. For many years, Jim has volunteered and worked with local bicycle advocacy organizations educating people about their rights and responsibilities. He gives regular "legal cycling" presentations to bike clubs throughout the Midwest in an effort to educate cyclists about safety issues and how to handle collisions, assaults and accidents. Jim has over a decade of experience working for and against insurance companies. This experience gives him a tactical advantage over both the insurance companies and their defense attorneys.

Jim is a member of the Iowa State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious group of trial lawyers who have won multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Freeman prides himself on taking not only big cases, but also small cases that other lawyers might turn down because of value or difficulty. He wants bicyclists to be able to turn to him for help getting compensation for their injuries regardless of the size or difficulty of their case.

Jim began bicycling like most other people, as a kid in grammar school. When he was in fourth grade he surprised himself and his family by riding 50 miles for a charity fund raising event.  As an adult, Lawyer Jim enjoys touring, racing and mechanics. In 2006 he rode from Chicago to Montreal with the Continental Pedal. Lawyer Jim took first fixed, second overall in the 2007 Tour Da Chicago alleycat series. Jim also has many years of experience as a bicycle mechanic. True to his passion, Jim still enjoys "turning a wrench" in the shop on occasion.

Jim is currently looking forward to the imminent arrival of his first child. He plans to raise his son in Jefferson County Iowa, surrounding him with a large family of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Jim is always up for a ride, so if you have a good ride that just can’t be missed send Jim an invitation.

If you have been injured in a Iowa bike accident, by a defective bicycle product, or because of an unsafe road condition and would like to discuss your case with a Iowa bicycle accident attorney who gets cycling, Jim welcomes your call for a free consultation.  He can be reached at and 844-531-7530.

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