James W. Calvo is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois with a B.S. in Finance. He graduated with honors from Northern Illinois University School of Law, having earned the American Jurisprudence Award in Property. Mr. Calvo was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois in 1990 as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and he is a member of the Federal Trial Bar. He started his career working as a sole practitioner on LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois from 1990 through 1998 where he developed extensive trial experience as well as experience working in the area of commercial real estate. In 1998 - 1999 he worked as general corporate counsel for real estate developer Metropolitan Real Estate Co. in Oak Brook, Illinois.
In the year 2000 he formed Brownstone Development Company, LLC and began a successful real estate development company completing over $75,000,000 of commercial real estate development projects throughout the Chicago area including the development of twelve free standing drug stores on behalf of a major national drugstore chain. He is a licensed Illinois real estate broker.