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Jay Paul Deratany, licensed in Illinois and Florida, has won some of the largest single verdicts in the Chicago-land area for people who have been seriously injured or victimized by medical negligence,foster care or adoption negligence. He is part of the Million dollar advocates; member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association;  featured in Chicago Magazine and listed as Chicago's "Top Lawyer 2007, 2008 and 2009" ; featured in Jett Magazine, Adoption magazines, stories in USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Sun Times etc.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Martin McMahon

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Jay for some 22 years, initially working together on a few cases. I have seen over the years his nothing short of phenomonal results in court on behalf of his clients, oftentimes, with very difficult facts. One of Chicago's best.


    Paul McMahon Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Dan M. Tsataros

    Jay Paul Deratany is a brilliant lawyer who is extremely well regarded in the legal community. I have referred many cases to him! I endorse this lawyer.


    Dan Tsataros Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

The Deratany Firm

221 North LaSalle Street
Suite 2200
Chicago, IL, 60601-1502


FLMember in Good Standing199009/08/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198711/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top Lawyers 2010Top Lawyers2010
Top Lawyers 2007Top Lawyers2007
Top Lawyers 2006Top Lawyers2006
Lawyers GroupMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2005
Ekroth Award for community ServiceCommunity Support Services Inc2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President/ PartnerDeratany & Associates Ltd.1992 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Advocates2005 - Present
N/AMember2002 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A1996 - Present
Florida BarMember1991 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Orlando SentinelE-mails about Nancy Grace interrogation of Melinda Duckett show concern about ratings, lawyer says2010
Lawyers & SettlementsAttorney Jay Paul Deratany Expects to Depose Nancy Grace in Wrongful Death Suit2008
USA TodayLawsuit against Nancy Grace, CNN moves ahead2008
Lawyers WeeklyA News Paper Article featuring Jay Paul Deratany Discussing the privatization of foster care2006
Fostering Families TodayWhere are the Laws to Protect Foster Families2006
Lawyers WeeklyJay Paul Deratany Goes On Crusade To Change Foster Care laws2006
Fostering Families10 Things You Must Know and Do Before Becoming a Foster parent2005
Fostering Families10 Things You Must Know and Do Before Becoming a Foster parent2005
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawN/AN/A1987
Michigan State UniversityN/AN/A1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Radio Host guest speaker regularlyEthics in the Law, Journalism and legal ethics2007
Filing claims for Bad Faith-Legal conferenceBad Faith litigation claims against Insurance Companies2006