Our Firm

Barney & Karamanis, LLP is committed to providing innovative, cost effective and practical legal services and solutions that focus on the needs of the client.

If at any time you wish to speak to one of our attorneys regarding a legal issue or wish to inquire about retaining our lawyers, please contact us at (847) 382-2221 or use our quick contact form to send us an email.




Joshua S. Barney

tel.: 847-382-2221
fax: 847-382-8521

Practice Areas: Civil Practice; Business Law; Real Estate; Entertainment; International Law; Corporate Law; Commercial Litigation; Estate Planning, Probate.

Admitted: California 1985; Illinois 1990,  U.S. District Court

Law School: University of California, Davis, J.D., 1985; Columbia University School of Law, LL.M., 1990

Publications:  IICLE, Land Use


James A. Karamanis

tel.: 312-553-5300
fax: 312-856-9905

Practice Areas: Civil Practice; Business Law; Personal Injury; International Law; Corporate Law; Commercial Litigation; Software Licensing; Customs Law; International Trade.

Admitted: 1987, New York; 1990, Illinois, U.S. Court of International Trade and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois

Law School: New York Law School, J.D., 1986; New York University, LL.M., International Legal Studies, 1988

College: University of Wisconsin, B.S., 1983 Member: Chicago, Illinois State, New York State and American (Member, International Law and Practice Division) Bar Associations; New York County Lawyers Association; Eastern Orthodox Lawyers Association; American Judicature Society; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Biography: Law Clerk to Honorable Nicholas Tsoucalas, U.S. Court of International Trade, 1987-1989.

Languages: Greek and French







We are always looking for talented attorneys and personnel who share our philosophies to join our practice.



Barney & Karamanis, LLP is not only known for dedication to clients, but also for commitment to not for profit. We have strong roots in the community. Members of the firm are active in civic, charitable, religious, educational, professional, international, governmental and arts-related organizations.

Our partners, associates and assistants live and work here. We know that supporting our communities makes a difference in Chicago and the Midwest, and we are privileged to forge lasting relationships with our clients both in and out of the courtroom.

Pro Bono work is a big part of our activities. In addition, we sometimes take on cases that on a purely economic basis, do not make sense. But when other factors such as charity, justice or just doing the right thing come into play, justify our involvement.