P: 847.441.8800 | F: 847. 441. 6270 | jhamilton@weisscpa.com


I strive to truly listen to my clients and get to know them on both a business and personal level. This allows me to be proactive in anticipating my client’s needs and helping to advise them.

James L. Hamilton, CPA

Jim is a tax partner who leads the firm’s Tax Planning & Compliance Department. Jim has over 25 years of experience in public accounting in both large and mid-sized firms, along with five years in the private industry. Jim has worked closely with a variety of individuals and small business owners in various industries providing tax compliance and consulting services. Jim provides a perspective on issues from the client’s point of view due to experience in private industry. His industry experience includes manufacturing, distribution, entertainment, construction, real estate, not-for-profit and professional practices. Jim has extensive experience in assisting clients in resolving tax inquiries and controversies with federal, state and local authorities. Jim has been with Weiss & Company since 1997.

Jim enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He enjoys travelling and relishes in the occasional, however inconsistent, game of golf. As a bit of a foodie, Jim has made an effort to visit just about every restaurant in Chicago. A native Chicagoan, he can also be found cheering on the Cubs, Bears and Blackhawks.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate, partnership and individual tax compliance and planning with emphasis on closely-held businesses
  • Federal, state and local income tax, sales and use, and estate and gift areas
  • Tax planning strategies for closely held businesses, owners and their families
  • Assisting with entity selection for start-up businesses
  • Experience in working with individuals and businesses in resolving audits of income, sales and payroll taxes

Memberships and Education

  • MBA, Finance & Accounting, Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University
  • Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Mathematics, Vanderbilt University
  • Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
  • Member of the Illinois CPA Society
  • Member, Glenview Chamber of Commerce

Community Involvement

  • Treasurer, Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Board of Trustees, Congregation Beth Shalom in Northbrook
  • Volunteer, Alzheimer’s Association — Greater Chicagoland Chapter

Awards and Memberships

Best Places to Work in Illinois 2017 Best Places to Work in Illinois 2016 Best Places to Work in Illinois 2015 Best Places to Work in Illinois 2014 Best Places to Work in Illinois 2013 Best Places to Work in Illinois 2012