Jerome Mirza (1937-2007) was a well-known Bloomington and Chicago trial attorney. A 1960 graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University, he earned his law degree at the University of Illinois College of Law in 1963. Upon passing the Illinois bar exam, Mirza returned to Bloomington to practice law and later founded Jerome Mirza and Associates in 1970.

Mirza served as president of both the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mirza served as a member of the University of Illinois College of Law’s Board of Visitors and hosted The Jerome Mirza College of Advocacy at Illinois Wesleyan University and later at the University of Illinois. He was also a prolific writer, authoring three editions of “Illinois Tort Law and Practice,” in addition to “Illinois Personal Injury” and “Winning Litigation the Mirza Way.”

As a student at Illinois Wesleyan, Jerry found his niche acting and performing. He believed learning to relate to an audience contributed to his success as an attorney. An endowment in his name was established at Illinois Prairie Community Foundation to help foster the arts and culture community in McLean, DeWitt, Logan and Livingston counties.