Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. Mourns the Passing of Partner Jim Serritella


With a heavy heart, we advise of the passing of Jim Serritella, our Partner, colleague and friend on April 23, 2021.

Jim was an internationally recognized authority on religious and not-for-profit law, who was a named Partner of our firm, the Chair of our Religious Organizations Practice Group and a former member of our firm’s Management Committee. For nearly 50 years, Jim served as principal outside counsel for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He skillfully advised Cardinals, Archbishops and other religious and secular leaders on constitutional and other legal issues relating to religious and not-for-profit organizations.

“Jim Serritella joined our firm in 1997 as a partner, founder, and leader of our religious organizations practice group,” said Richard Burke, founding partner of Burke, Warren, MacKay & Serritella, P.C. “He and we believed the civil law needs of religious organizations required a broad base of legal expertise. Through his diligent work ethic and insistence that only the best advice be provided, he met the needs of his clients. He was a major contributor to the work of the firm and had the respect of all who worked with him.”

In addition to being an extraordinary attorney, Jim served on numerous professional and civic organizations and was recognized often for his legal and philanthropic work. Jim was also a mentor to many of our current and former attorneys and staff, whose lessons will enable them to continue to serve as he would.

Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jim’s son, Anthony, and his sister, Camille Vena, and their families.  

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