I left the United States Attorneys Office in 1993. I knew I wanted to continue as a trial attorney, which in my mind left two options: defending criminals or personal injury work. I chose representing injured persons.
I have had the good fortune of being the lead trial attorney on several multi-million dollar jury verdicts. For example, jury verdicts I have obtained on behalf of clients in Chicago include an Illinois record $5.3 million jury verdict for a knee injury in a trip and fall case; $1.2 million jury verdict for an unoperated compression fracture at L5 in a construction case; and most recently, June 2007, $11.11 million medical malpractice jury verdict for failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis; and a $4.4 million verdict for an electrician who was hurt at McCormick Place when a steel beam he pulled on unexpectedly fell and crushed his foot.
I have been practicing as a trial lawyer for over 30 years, the last 20 in the serious personal injury and death area. I have handled all types of auto and truck accident cases, product liability, medical malpractice, slip and fall, and construction site injury cases.
I grew up in Indiana, where my dad was on the administration at the University of Notre Dame. After graduating from Notre Dame with a degree in business, I went to law school at Notre Dame and graduated with distinction. After working six years in Washington, D.C. as an antitrust litigator at the Federal Trade Commission and as a trial attorney for the U.S. Dept. of Justice, I moved home to be near my family.
I then worked as an Assistant United States Attorney prosecuting tax and white-collar fraud cases while in the Northern District of Indiana. I left with the thrill of prosecuting a case with national media headlines in obtaining a health care fraud conviction of a defendant who sold as new what were used heart pacemakers. The case was the apparent basis for an episode on the TV series
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