James O. Hacking


  • Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 1997
  • Saint Louis University, B.A. History, 1992
  • Saint Louis University High School, 1988

About James O Hacking

Jim Hacking graduated in 1997 from the Saint Louis University School of Law. Since 2007, Jim’s practice has been devoted to immigration law. He launched Hacking Immigration Law in 2008 and his firm has grown to over 30 employees and helped thousands of individuals obtain their immigration benefits. He is the co-founder of Maximum Lawyer. He and his wife (and law partner) Amany Ragab Hacking have four children. In 2009 and 2013, the Riverfront Times named Jim the Best Lawyer in St. Louis.

Experience and Achievements

In 2009, he received the Eugene H. Buder Award from the ACLU of Eastern Missouri as volunteer of the year. In 2009, Jim was elected to the inaugural board of Missouri Immigrants & Refugee Advocates, an organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of immigrants and refugees. In 2010, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri awarded Jim the F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award for his efforts advocating for low income individuals in the St. Louis area. Jim has also taught as an adjunct professor at the SLU Law School.

In 2004 and again in 2013, the Riverfront Times named Jim the Best Lawyer in St. Louis. Jim graduated with honors from Saint Louis University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Saint Louis University Law Journal. His article “Won’t You Be My Neighbor – Does New Jersey’s Megan’s Law Violate The Constitution Ban On The Passage Of Ex Post Facto Legislation?” appeared in the 41st Edition of the Law Journal.

Jim has been featured in The New York Times, the Washington Post and on National Public Radio. He has been interviewed repeatedly on local television, radio and print outlets. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, three sons and daughter.

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Up & Coming Lawyer, Missouri Lawyers’ Weekly, 2010
  • F. Wm. McCalpin Pro Bono Award, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, 2010
  • Eugene Buder Spirit of Freedom Award, ACLU of Eastern Missouri, 2009
  • Best Lawyer, The Riverfront Times, 2004


Court Admissions

  • State of Missouri, 1997-Present
  • State of Illinois, 1998-Present
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2000-Present
  • Eastern District of Missouri, 1997-Present
  • Southern District of Illinois, 1999-Present
  • Central District of Illinois, 2002-Present
  • Northern District of Illinois, 2009-Present
James O. Hacking
James O. Hacking
Hacking Law Practice, LLC
St Louis Immigration Lawyer | USCIS Assistance
10900 Manchester Rd, # 203
MO 63122
(314) 961-8200 N/A