About Us


At Derico & Associates, P.C., attorneys James T. Dercio, Jr. and Gaspare R. Ruggirello are recognized throughout Illinois for their responsiveness to client needs, professionalism in handling complex legal matters and results-oriented approach to the law.

James T. Derico, Jr.
Mr. Derico, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been practicing law in the State of Illinois since 1985. Mr. Derico also worked handling general corporate matters and commercial finance transactions. 

Previously, Mr. Derico worked as an Associate Attorney at Gardner, Carton & Douglas (now Drinker, Biddle & Reath) from 1985 until 1988 where he worked on varoius types of corporate transactions. Mr. Derico was also an in-house Corproate Attorney for Borg-Warner Corporation and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago specializing in contracts and commercial law.

Mr. Derico founded Derico & Associates, P.C. in 1992. The firm focuses on meeting the needs of it's client base which includes numerous small and mid-size businesses. Mr. Derico has also represented individuals in real estate, probate and litigation matters.

Gaspare Ruggirello
Mr. Ruggirello has spent more than 30 years helping successful people and organizations to plan and execute strategies to secure and extend their economic and financial interests. As an attorney he has represented both individuals and publicly traded companies; Gaspare served as General Counsel for Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAAI), and as a Corporate Attorney for Borg-Warner, Inc. (BWA). Gaspare has advised Fortune 200 companies and individuals on the placement, acquisition and disposition of hundreds of millions of dollars of securities and other assets.

Gaspare graduated from Michigan State University in 1979 with a BA in Business. He received his JD from the University Of Detroit School Of Law in 1982. Gaspare is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago. 

Valerie Carlos (Paralegal)
Ms. Carlos earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Luther College. She also has a Paralegal Certification from Harold Washington College. She has been actively involved in residential real estate transactions since 2005. 


Main Office Location:
Derico & Associates, P.C.
77 West Washington Street
Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60602

312-553-9257 
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