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1 ILLINOIS Local litigation firms Highly recommended Rapoport Law Offices Recommended Local litigation stars Ryan Andrews, Class Actions Robert Bingle Richard Burke Susan Capra Robert Clifford Cathleen Combs Philip Corboy Personal Injury, Products Liability, Wrongful Death Philip Corboy Jr. Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Premises Liability Patrick Dahlstrom Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross Securities Michael Demetrio Thomas Demetrio Gino DiVito, Commercial Litigation Daniel Edelman Jay Edelson Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Protection Eric Freed Personal Injury Michael Gill Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Tara Goodwin William Gray Class Actions Keith Hebeisen Daniel Kotin George Lang Class Actions, Commercial and James Latturner Myles McGuire Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, Consumer Protection Mike McMorrow Class Actions, Commercial Litigation Jim Morsch Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd Antitrust,, Commercial Litigation, Securities Bruce Pfaff Personal Injury, Products Liability, Professional Malpractice Joseph Power David Rapoport Rapoport Law Offices, Medical Malpractice Larry Rogers Michael Rothstein Commercial and Thomas Siracusa Todd Smith THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 75

2 Caesar Tabet Commercial and Edward Wallace Robert Walsh Paul Weiss Antitrust, Class Actions, Insurance, Products Liability Jamie Weiss Antitrust, Personal Injury, Securities Kenneth Wexler 76

3 Illinois Illinois has seen litigation outside of Chicago flower substantially. With a steadily increasing rate of construction, rural and employment claims, smaller Illinois firms have been able to mobilize their talent to serve these highly nuanced markets. Chicago firms continue to be in high demand for their commercial, antitrust, and intellectual property claims. Highly recommended firms Litigators of enjoy consistent praise as an eminent trial firm. A competitor admits that, just dominates completely, especially in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury. The firm also practices in the areas of products liability, False Claims Act actions, aviation litigation, construction accidents, and natural gas explosions. In 2011, the firm has resolved cases in excess of $15 million, including $4.5 million for a man killed as a result of an industrial equipment defect. The firm has also resolved claims involving the failure of a surgeon to remove a sponge from the patient s body; delayed resuscitation during a cardiac ablation procedure on behalf of a 14- year-old; and the settlement of a claim stemming from a 15-year-old s fatal head injury that occurred during participation in a US Army obstacle. Robert Clifford is an immovable fixture of the Illinois bar. Clifford is tenacious...a fearless litigator that knows what he s doing and knows what you re doing. Make no mistake, he is to be feared, offers a competitor. Clifford was recently inducted as the 135th President of the extremely active Chicago Bar Association. The quality of the litigators at matches that of its founder. It s a go-to shop for a reason. They hire the best. And train them superbly. Other standouts include Robert Walsh and Keith Hebeisen. represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The firm emphasizes aviation litigation, construction negligence, medical malpractice, premises liability, railroad negligence and products liability. The firm also engages in commercial and business-to-business litigation. Founded in 1952, the firm has a history entrenched in the rise of the region s litigation powerhouses. Boasting 19 attorneys and 13 partners, the firm is consistently recognized for securing the highest yearly settlements in Cook County. Impressively, the firm has recovered over $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, and nearly 600 of those recoveries were in amounts over $1 million. The firm s record is braced by wins like the $26.9 million jury award for a passenger injured when a train derailed after going 50 mph over the posted speed. This is the largest verdict for an individual injured in a mass transit crash in Illinois. The firm also engineered a $75 million settlement on the eve of trial for 10 victims killed in the Hancock building scaffolding collapse. is applying its experience and resources in a number of complex claims including a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family of a newly hired Commonwealth Edison employee who was electrocuted while attempting an installation on a telephone phone; the estate of a married couple abducted and murdered by rebels in a claim against the US-based tour company and its international subsidiaries; and in a claim against the Park District for a claim involving the deaths of the mother and uncle of a young boy they rescued from the Kankakee River. focuses exclusively on consumer protection and class-action litigation. The firm zealously challenges those corporations that skirt the law and disregard the consumer rights. Litigation is frequently against advertisers, banks and lenders, auto dealers, debt collectors, landlords and credit bureaus that routinely and purposefully engage in practices that harm consumers. The firm brings individual and class actions at all levels of litigation and has recovered more than $500 million for consumers. The nature of the cases the firm handles are broad but are unified in their call for fair play. The firm has carved out a niche in litigation surrounding predatory lending practices especially in the payday loan lending; dozens of class actions on mortgage charges; improper finance charges, spot delivery, force-placed insurance, improper obligations of cosignatories, and evasion of FTC holder rules in automobile transactions and sales; and in the area of unlawful debt collection practices. In most of these areas, the firm has litigated leading cases that set the benchmark for practices. For instance, the firm has been integral in shaping Illinois law under the junk fax and text message spam provisions of the Telephone Act. Partners Daniel Edelman, Cathleen Combs, James Latturner and Tara Goodwin are bulwarks for consumers throughout the country. The firm is distinct not just for its focus on consumer protection and its record of success but also because over half of their litigators are women. Eric Freed and Paul Weiss have crusaded on behalf of the injured since 1999 and in that time, their firm has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars. The firm does not pick on perpetrators its own size; goes toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful companies in the world and prevails. The firm has overwhelmed companies like AOL, Ford Motor Company, Hollywood Video and UPS with its legal efficacy. The firm practices in the areas of consumer fraud, defective products, antitrust and insurance fraud, and it further focuses on the telecommunications industry bringing claims for early termination fees amongst other charges. The firm also has a practice group dedicated to litigating claims in Canada on behalf of Canadian citizens who suffer injury by dangerous products or fraudulent business practices that are based in the United States. Notable successes include compelling a $50 million payout from AOL for its imposition of unauthorized charges on accountholders; obtaining over $60 million in a claim that challenged Nationwide Insurance Company s use of a biased claims valuation software; and a $11.5 million settlement challenging T-Mobile s early termination fees. The firm is currently litigating several consequential complaints, including their appointment as interim lead class counsel in a lawsuit against PayPal for holding seller s money for up to 180 days, often without explanation; service as co-lead counsel in a class action challenging H&R Block s peace of mind charge because certain participants in the program could not benefit from the peace of mind because of their financial position. In May of 2011, survived a motion to dismiss and is now a step closer to securing justice for Hungarian Holocaust survivors from international banking institutions that are accused of playing a role wealth expropriation. A three-partner trial firm, represents those aggrieved by the conduct of others. Committed to expediency, the firm aggressively pursues plaintiffs claims in areas of professional malpractice, personal injury, wrongful death, construction accidents, birth injury and nursing home abuse. The firm is particularly proud of its 2011 victory on behalf of the survivors of a woman who suffered respiratory arrest while being administered anesthesiology. The $8 million settlement represents loss of society damages. Other successes included the $9 million settlement for that family of a four-year-old who suffered brain injuries after being trapped under a garage door; a $30 million jury verdict for a six-year-old whose cerebral palsy is a result of her delayed caesarean delivery; $14.5 million on behalf of a woman rendered paraplegic as a result of vehicular deficiencies; and the representation of THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 77

4 plaintiffs injured or dead as a result of the Romeoville explosion and fire, which resulted in $12.7 million for the firm s clients. The firm is currently pursuing a number of medical malpractice claims including a claim against Cook County for the wrongful death of a child whose arthritis was mistreated; a case involving the negligent prescription of a potent narcotic resulting in an overdose and stroke; and a case surrounding the failure of a doctor to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy. Firm founder Bruce Pfaff is reported to be one of only two lawyers in Illinois who has obtained four verdicts in amounts exceeding $10 million. Two of these awards were against Ford Motor Company. Pfaff has personally secured jury verdicts in excess of $100 million, and has over $100 million in pre-trial settlements. Pfaff has also presented over 90 speeches and articles related to his practice. Partner Michael Gill is an accomplished trial attorney that has received recognition for his successes by his peers and competitors. Rapoport Law Offices Rapoport Law Offices handles personal injury claims throughout Illinois and Wisconsin with a successful and specialized national practice in aviation accident litigation. However, the firm is particularly proud of its trial capacity in all areas of personal injury. In 1999, the firm recovered over $14 million from American Airlines insurer as a result of a lawsuit stemming from an aircraft crash that killed 10 passengers and the command pilot. Another laudable accomplishment is the $9.858 million verdict against Mideastern University s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and the parties. The firm s client was injured as a result of an unsupervised medical student s manipulation of the client s neck when she went to the clinic with complaints of shoulder and neck pain. As a result of this injury, the client had two shoulder surgeries, developed a chronic pain syndrome, and subsequently dropped out of medical school. Other successes include a $13 million award for a toll road semi truck case; $5.6 million on behalf of a baby asphyxiated at birth as a result of medical negligence and $3.38 million on behalf of an injury factory worker in a products liability suit. David Rapoport makes very clear that he never represents insurance companies or businesses because of his commitment to using the trial process to secure justice for those injured by others. This commitment is supported by three decades of advocacy, and in July 2011, David Rapoport was elected as President Elect of the National Board of Trial Advocacy for a two-year term. is a renowned litigation boutique that represents shareholders, consumers, pension plans, institutional investors, businesses, governments and organizations throughout the world that have endured substantial injury by those who carelessly wield their power. The firm leads complex class actions and multidistrict litigation that leverages the collective muscle of the injured to demand reparations. The firm is heavily involved in litigation in the following areas: antitrust, securities, consumer protection, mass torts, healthcare litigation, False Claims Act litigation, government representation and additional business and commercial litigation. Led by partners Edward Wallace, Kenneth Wexler and Sacramento-based Mark Tamblyn, is currently renewing its motion for class certification in a suit against GlaxoSmithKline that alleges the company filed baseless patent infringement actions against makers of generic Wellbutrin SR in order to extend its market exclusivity. This has had the effect of causing consumers and third-party payors to pay more for the name-brand medicine. is also seeking to recover $140 million in the representation of funeral home directors throughout the state of Illinois in derivative litigation and class actions. The complaint asserts that monies received as prepayment for funeral services were supposed to be invested in conservative instruments to cover inflation costs. Because the money was allegedly imprudently invested by Merrill Lynch entities, funeral directors were directly damaged and forced to pay for funerals out of pocket. The firm is also litigating a class action complaint against Zynga and Facebook, alleging that consumers are bamboozled into signing up for services without the meaningful intent to do so. Recommended firms Headquartered in Chicago, has offices in Florida, Denver, New York and California, and has a practice that includes the representation of the media regarding defamation claims, infringements on the right of publicity, privacy cases, copyright issues and the structuring of book and movie deals. The firm, spearheaded by Jay Edelson and Myles McGuire, also works for unions and regularly serves as lead in collective bargaining negotiations. The firm also represents employees in whistleblower claims, retaliatory termination claims, wage disputes and discrimination charges. Edelson McGuire is currently involved in litigation against Amazon for deleting electronic books purchased by customers in order to sell a more expensive version of the book, and is also involved in other tech-related litigation, including the representation of a woman filing a claim alleging that ebay does not accommodate hearing-impaired sellers; a national class action on behalf of customers of E*Trade Securities charging that the company unlawfully charged customers fees; and litigation against companies guilty of violating text messaging spam laws. Litigators of have been so successful with their tech-related class actions that they have been declared one of the most hated firms in Silicon Valley. With recoveries in excess of $2 million, has verdicts and settlements that draw the awe of the legal community and the broader community. The firm litigates medical malpractice, products liability and wrongful death cases that are frequently featured in newspapers and television programs. The firm s own success is a challenging touchstone to maintain. recovered a noteworthy $100 million in a trucking accident that killed six children, and the firm reports that its investigation resulted in 72 criminal convictions including a former Illinois governor who is still imprisoned. Founding partner, Larry Rogers, Sr has over 20 years of litigation experience. In that time, his victories in some extremely complex matters have been demonstrated trial work at its finest. He recently won $55 million, the state s largest medical malpractice verdict on behalf of a brain-damaged woman. The other founding partners, Joseph Power and Todd Smith have similarly demonstrated feats of legal distinction. 78

5 Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Compensatory Damages in Illinois ILLINOIS Joshua L Weisberg of Rapoport Law Offices Afundamental aspect of any personal injury or wrongful death action is determining the elements of compensatory damages available and any damages limitations that may exist. Under Illinois law, the basic elements of damages in a personal injury case include past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of earnings, past and future pain and suffering, past and future disability/loss of a normal life, and disfigurement. In certain cases, additional damages may be claimed such as caretaking expenses, emotional distress, and shortened life expectancy. An injured plaintiff s spouse may also maintain an action for loss of consortium and loss of services. Illinois also allows damages for increased risk of future harm. This element of damages was recognized by the Supreme Court of Illinois in Dillon v. Evanston Hospital, 199 Ill. 2d 483 (Ill. 2002), and it enables certain plaintiffs to recover where the likelihood of future harm occurring is less than 50%. These damages are calculated by reducing the total amount of damages to which plaintiff would be entitled if the harm actually occurs by the proven probability that the harm will in fact occur. In wrongful death actions, there are three statutes governing the available elements of damages: the Survival Act (755 ILCS 5/27-6), Wrongful Death Act (740 ILCS 180/1) and Family Expense Statute (750 ILCS 65/15). The Survival Act allows a decedent s estate to recover damages sustained by the decedent prior to death. In practice, the most common element of survival damages sought is pain and suffering. Meanwhile, the Wrongful Death Act allows a decedent s surviving spouse and/or next of kin to recover for their pecuniary injuries. The term pecuniary injuries has been defined by the Supreme Court of Illinois, and generally includes loss of economic support, loss of services, and loss of society. Additionally, the Illinois legislature recently amended the Wrongful Death Act to expand the definition of pecuniary injuries to include grief, sorrow, and mental suffering. 740 ILCS 180/1. Damages may also be sought for medical and burial expenses incurred by a surviving spouse or next of kin pursuant to the Family Expense Statute. Regarding limitations on damages, there are no statutory caps on damages in Illinois. While the Illinois legislature has enacted damages caps on several occasions, each time they were found to be unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Illinois. For instance, in Best v. Taylor Machine Works, 179 Ill.2d 367 (Ill. 1997), the Supreme Court struck down a cap on noneconomic damages as unconstitutional special legislation and in violation of the separation of powers doctrine. More recently, in Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 237 Ill.2d 217 (Ill. 2010), the Supreme Court held a noneconomic damages cap in medical malpractice cases was unconstitutional. While there are no damages caps, compensatory damages awarded by a jury may be reduced if they are found to be excessive. The Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, recently summarized the standard for remitter as follows: The amount of a verdict is generally at the discretion of the jury. A damage award is not subject to scientific computation. A question of damages is to be determined by the trier of fact, and a reviewing court will not lightly substitute its opinion for the judgment rendered in the trial court. However, a court will order a remittitur, or, if the plaintiff does not consent, a new trial, if a verdict is excessive. * * * [T]he supreme court [has] indicated that an award may be viewed as excessive if it (1) exceeds the range of fair and reasonable compensation, (2) is the result of passion or prejudice, or (3) is so large that it shocks the judicial conscience. But remittitur will not be ordered when an award falls within the flexible range of conclusions which can reasonably be supported by the facts. Colella v. JMS Trucking Co. of Illinois, Inc., 403 Ill. App. 3d 82, 96 (Ill. App. Ct. 2010)(internal citations omitted). Damages may also be barred or limited due to a plaintiff s conduct. The law concerning contributory negligence states a plaintiff is barred from recovering if his or her fault is 51% or more of the proximate cause of the damages for which recovery is sought. 735 ILCS 5/2-1116(c). Meanwhile, a plaintiff whose contributory negligence is 50% or less of the proximate cause of the damages for which recovery is sought shall have their damages reduced in proportion to the percentage of their contributory negligence. Id. Plaintiffs also have an independent duty to mitigate damages by exercising ordinary care to obtain medical treatment, and they may not recover damages proximately caused by their failure to exercise such care. Finally, the law concerning joint and several liability is worth noting. Defendants found liable in actions arising out of medical negligence or environmental contamination are jointly and severally liable for all damages to which plaintiff is entitled. 735 ILCS 5/ For all other personal injury and wrongful death actions, liable defendants are jointly and severally liable for plaintiff s past and future medical expenses. 735 ILCS 5/ Additionally, liable defendants are jointly and severally liable for all other damages to which plaintiff is entitled if their fault is 25% or greater of the total fault attributable to the plaintiff, the defendants sued by the plaintiff, and any third party defendant except the plaintiff s employer. Id. In calculating the total fault for purposes of joint and several liability, good-faith settling defendants that have been dismissed from the THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 79

6 JAY EDELSON EDELSON MCGUIRE 350 North LaSalle, 13th floor Chicago, IL Tel: (312) Fax: (312) Web: DAVID E RAPOPORT RAPOPORT LAW OFFICES 20 North Clark Street, Suite 3500, Chicago, IL Tel: (312) Toll-free: (877) Web: Jay Edelson is the founder and managing partner of, LLC. He has been recognized as a leader in class actions, technology law, corporate compliance issues and consumer advocacy by his peers, the media, state and federal legislators, academia and courts throughout the country. Jay has been appointed lead counsel in numerous state, federal, and international class actions, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients. He is regularly asked to weigh in on federal and state legislation involving his cases. He testified to the U.S. Senate about the largest pet food recall in the country s history and is advising state and federal politicians on consumer issues relating to the recent federal bailouts, as well as technology issues, such as those involving mobile marketing. Jay also counsels companies on legal compliance and legislative issues in addition to handling all types of complex commercial litigation. Adding to the diversity of his practice, Edelson advises major labor unions and Hollywood financiers and serves as a consultant on several film, television, and radio deals. Jay is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and Brandeis University. Jay was born in New York, grew up in Boston, and currently lives with his wife and two kids in Chicago, Illinois. Representative Plaintiff s Class Actions: Lead counsel in over a half-dozen nationwide class action settlements collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars involving claims of unauthorized charges on cellular telephones. Lead counsel in $30 million class action settlement involving leadinfused Thomas the Tank Engine children s toys. Lead counsel in numerous text message spam class actions, including a $16 million settlement involving 20th Century Fox, a $10 million settlement involving Simon & Schuster and a $7 million settlement involving the Timberland Co. Part of a U.S. and Canadian class action mediation team obtaining a $24 million settlement involving the 2008 contaminated pet food recalls. Named interim co-lead attorney in putative nationwide class actions alleging illegal suspensions of home loans against Citibank and JPMorgan Chase. Obtained an injunction preventing an insurance company from cancelling the health insurance of thousands of self-employed individuals, later reaching settlement guaranteeing them insurance for the future. Successfully prosecuted a case against Riverboat Casino on behalf of employees suffering from second hand smoke. Settled cases involving claims of privacy breaches or intrusive behavior against companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Sears. David E Rapoport limits his practice to prosecuting personal injury and wrongful death cases. He is admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and all state and federal courts in Illinois and Wisconsin. In 1981 David earned a JD with high honors from IIT Chicago- Kent College of Law, where he served on the Law Review; and in 1978 he was awarded a BS in finance from Northern Illinois University. David is board certified * in civil trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and serves as president elect of that board. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). These qualifications are reserved for the most experienced personal injury trial lawyers in America. Top publishers have repeatedly recognized David s accomplishments. For example, Benchmark Litigation has awarded him its top honor as a local litigation star; Martindale-Hubbell rates him in its top category as AV Preeminent ; Thomson-Reuters has named him an Illinois super lawyer every year the program has been in existence; Avvo rates him 10-Superb and the Leading Lawyers Network has named him a leading lawyer every year since the inception of the program. In an opinion published on June 9, 2011, United States Senior District Court Judge Karl S Forester described David Rapoport s trial work: Rapoport was overwhelmingly responsible for the $7.1 million Plaintiffs verdict. The $5 million loss of consortium verdict for the teenage children was record-setting The court had the opportunity to observe Mr. Rapoport personally on a number of occasions, including the damages trial. His skills in selecting and presenting the evidence and his handling of the unique, all-male jury were among the best this court has seen in over twenty years on the bench. Recently, David served as lead counsel in a semi-tractor trailer truck crash personal injury and wrongful death case that settled for $13 million, and as the lead trial attorney in three multi-million dollar jury trials: the one resulting in the $7.1 million wrongful death and loss of parental consortium verdict mentioned by Judge Forester; another resulting in a record-setting $6.9 million settlement while the jury was deliberating in a semi-truck personal injury and wrongful death accident case tried in Madison, Wisconsin, and the third garnering a $1.55 million record-setting jury verdict against a trucking company in a personal injury case tried in Friendship, Wisconsin. David also recently managed Rapoport Law Offices trial teams that obtained a $9.858 million record-setting jury verdict in a medical malpractice case tried in Chicago; a $3.09 million dollar record-setting jury verdict in a work injury case involving mild traumatic brain injury in Decatur, Illinois; a $2.25 million bench verdict in a collision case tried in Peoria, Illinois and a $2.03 million jury verdict in a products liability case tried in Chicago. After the Value Jet crash in Florida's Everglades, the television program 60 Minutes featured an interview with David for a segment entitled Open and Shut Case? on some of the unexpected issues airplane crash victims or their families may encounter in the aftermath of an aviation negligence disaster. In The Lost Art: An Advocate's Guide to Effective Closing Arguments, United States District Court Judge Joseph Anderson, who presided over the USAir flight 1016 liability trial, published an excerpt of David's closing argument to the jury in that case as an example of attacking an opponent's case in the right way. * Board certification is not required to practice law in Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize specialties in the practice of law. 80

7 20 North Clark Street, Suite 3500, Chicago, IL Tel: (312) Toll-free: (877) Web: Customized Service: Rapoport Law Offices provides customized service to plaintiffs in a select number of catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. The law firm limits the number of cases it accepts to ensure that each client receives superior personal service, and each case receives the personal attention of all three law firm partners who collaborate to create a custom litigation plan designed to maximize case value. The firm s commitment to personalized service includes having an on-call trial lawyer available at all times to speak to a client or prospective client including during the day, at night, and on the weekend. The firm s customized approach has allowed it to maintain a loyal network of former clients and referring attorneys throughout the country, and to deliver consistently outstanding results. Proven Results: Rapoport Law Offices has a remarkable record of accomplishment in personal injury and wrongful death matters, not just in Illinois but throughout the United States. The firm is well known for its national aviation practice, having obtained multi-million dollar recoveries for aircraft disaster victims and their families in many major commercial airline disasters over the last 25 years. The firm s founder David Rapoport has served as lead trial attorney and member of the court-appointed plaintiffs steering committee in several high profile trials arising out of commercial crashes, including American Airlines Flight 1420, in which over $14 million was recovered by the firm s clients, and the crash of USAir Flight 1016, in which over $10 million was recovered for the firm s clients. Most recently, in 2009, the firm obtained a $7.1 million jury verdict for the family of a thirty-nine-year-old man who was killed in the 2006 crash of Comair Flight 5191 at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Kentucky. The firm also has recovered millions of dollars for victims of recreational airplane and helicopter crashes. The law firm has also had tremendous success in cases involving trucking and other motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, construction accidents, product liability and other areas. Recent examples include a $13 million settlement in a case arising out of a semi-tractor trailer crash in Indiana; a $9.858 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case tried in Chicago; a $6.9 million settlement reached during jury deliberations in a semi-tractor trailer accident case tried in Madison, Wisconsin; a $3.09 million dollar jury verdict in a work injury case involving mild traumatic brain injury in Decatur, Illinois; a $2.25 million dollar verdict in federal court in Peoria, Illinois for the family of a 76-year-old man killed in a vehicle crash; a $2 million verdict for a factory worker who was injured when a heated press fell on her hand in a products liability case tried in federal court in Chicago; a $ 2 million verdict for the family of a 9-year-old girl killed in a personal watercraft accident in Wisconsin; and a $1.55 million verdict for a man and wife injured in an auto accident in Wisconsin. Each of these verdicts greatly exceeded the defendant s last settlement offer, and several of the firm s recent verdicts are record-setting. 500 Lake Cook Road, Suite 350 Deerfield, Illinois Tel: (847) Toll-free: (877) Web: Industry Leadership: The firm s lawyers are recognized by judges and peers around the country as leaders inside and outside of the courtroom. In an opinion published on June 9, 2011, United States Senior District Court Judge Karl S Forester of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, who presided over the trial stemming from the crash of Comair Flight 5191, had this to say about the work of David Rapoport as lead trial counsel: "Throughout the three years that Mr. Rapoport represented [his client], this Court observed his thorough preparation, his strong advocacy, and his noteworthy trial skills.... His skills in selecting and presenting the evidence and his handling of the unique, all-male jury were among the best this Court has seen in over twenty years on the bench." David Rapoport currently serves as president elect of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification, formerly known as the National Board of Trial Advocacy, the oldest and largest not for profit American Bar Association accredited trial attorney certification board in the United States. He is a Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation, dedicated to preservation of the right to trial by jury in civil cases, and is part of the elite Leaders Forum of the American Association for Justice. Each of the three law firm partners has been recognized by Thompson-Reuters in its Super Lawyers publication. The firm s lawyers take an active role in educating lawyers and advancing understanding of the law through teaching in law school and writing for law journals and other publications. Rapoport Law Offices attorneys have also been quoted and interviewed by many television, radio and newspaper reporters, including an interview with Mr. Rapoport on the television program 60 minutes. Referral Based Business Rapoport Law Offices is a referral based business and values its loyal network of referring lawyers. The firm s commitment to high quality service assures referring lawyers that our mutual clients will receive the personal service and respect they deserve during an extremely difficult time in their lives, and each case will receive the focused attention of a team of experienced trial attorneys dedicated to maximizing its valu e. To learn more about Rapoport Law Offices, visit When necessary, the firm has also enjoyed tremendous success in the state and federal appellate courts, including securing a major victory for victims of defective medical devices in Bausch v. Stryker Corp., 630 F.3d 546 (7th Cir. 2010). These and similar results are the product of the thorough preparation and focused commitment the law firm brings to every case. THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO AMERICA S LEADING LITIGATION FIRMS & ATTORNEYS 81

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