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Steven M. Levin is the co-founder and senior partner of Levin &
Perconti, and a trial lawyer with more than 25 years of litigation
experience and success. Steve began his career as a private criminal
defense attorney, during which time he gained extensive trial
experience. In 1983 he founded Steven M. Levin and Associates, a firm
dedicated to representing plaintiffs in substantial personal injury and
wrongful death cases. In 1992, he and John Perconti founded Levin &
Perconti, which has since grown into an nine-lawyer plaintiff personal
injury firm with more than 125 years of combined trial experience.


Steve has obtained an extraordinary number of multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements
for his clients in a tremendous variety of personal injury and wrongful
death cases, including birth injury, failure to timely diagnose cancer
and workplace negligence. His most recent victories include a $7
million judgment for his client against a doctor who failed to diagnose
postpartum bleeding, and a $6.7 million medical malpractice verdict
against a hospital involving a birth injury case. Steve has appeared on
ABC, NBC and CBS news programs for cases which have attracted both
local and national attention.


Over the past eighteen years,
Steve has established a reputation as one of the country's top
litigators in the highly-specialized area of nursing home abuse and
neglect. He has represented hundreds of nursing home residents and
their families who have been victimized by improper care and treatment,
achieving landmark victories and record-setting verdicts and settlements for his clients in these cases.


importantly, Steve's vigilance in representing such victims has brought
national attention to this rampant and unacceptable problem, sending a
message that mistreatment of one of society's most vulnerable groups
will not go unnoticed. His comments on nursing home litigation are
frequently quoted in national news publications including The New York
Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Steve Levin has received an
"AV" rating from the Martindale-Hubble American Law Directory,
indicating preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards.
Steven has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Chicago Magazine
in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008.  He has also been named one of Illinois'
top litigators by Leading Lawyers Network, a peer-recommended


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Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
  2. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (30-40%)

Payment types:

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Attorney endorsements

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  • Paul Chatzky

    Steve is a valuable resource to his professional colleagues and a zealous advocate on behalf of his clients.


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  • Alan James Brinkmeier

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Contact info

Levin & Perconti

325 North LaSalle Drive #450
Chicago, IL, 60654


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197611/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2015
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2014
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2014
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 2013 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2013
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2011
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2011
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2010
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2010
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2009
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2008
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2007
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2006
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLevin & Perconti1992 - Present
Founding PartnerLevin & Associates1983 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Managers2011 - Present
Society of Trial Lawyers of IllinoisSecretary2011 - Present
Decalogue Society of LawyersBoard Member2011 - Present
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term CareLeadership Council Member2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionVice Chair, Medicine Law CommitteeN/A
American Jewish CommitteeHuman Relations Award Dinner Vice ChairN/A
Highland Park Zoning Board of AppealsN/AN/A
Ravinia ParkAd-hoc Committee on Amusement TaxN/A
American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer ChapterBoard of AdvisorsN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-chairN/A
The National Trial Lawyers Birth Injury Litigation GroupMemberN/A
Nursing Home Litigation ReporterBoard of AdvisorsN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home ReformCommittee of 20N/A
Illinois Citizens for Better CareAdvisory CommitteeN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysSteering CommitteeN/A
Illinois Attorney General's Task Force on Nursing HomesMemberN/A
City of Chicago Committee on Nursing HomesMemberN/A
Chicago Department of Aging Ombudsman Advisory CouncilMemberN/A
National Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-chairN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
D. Guerin as administrator of the estate of M.Guerin v. Mario Yu, M.D. et al$7.62 million verdict
N.N. for G.N. v. R.D. et al.$17.7 million medical malpractice settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Daily Law BulletinHow Changes to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Will Affect Long-Term Care Abuse and Neglect Cases2013
Trial MagazineWeaving a Nursing Home Deposition Strategy2013
Chicago LawyerThe Effects of Grief and Sorrow Damages in Illinois Wrongful Death Cases2012
AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group NewsletterCombating Juror Bias in Nursing Home Cases2009
IICLE HandbookPlaintiff's Perspectives2008
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Litigating Nursing Home Malpractice2008
Advocacy and Litigation SIGPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions in the Elderly2008
IICLE HandbookAdvising Elderly Clients and Their Families2008
Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families- IICLE PressPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions Under the Nursing Home Care Act2008
Nursing Home Litigation: Pre-Trial Practice and TrialsHanding Witnesses: Deposing the Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Attending Physician, Nursing Home Administrator and Nursing Staff2001
Nursing Home Litigation: Investigation and Case PreparationScreening the Nursing Home Case2001
Elder's Advisor: Journal of Elder Law and Post-Retirement PlanningLitigating Nursing Home Wandering Cases2000
Illinois State Bar JournalFirst Things First: Evaluating a Nursing Home Case2000
Illinois State Bar JournalProtecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents Through Litigation1996
IICLE HandbookNursing Homes and Life Care Communities1991
Loyola MagazineA Question of Responsibility: An Attorney's View of the Insanity Defense1982
Loyola University Chicago Law JournalLibel and Slander - A State is Precluded from Imposing Liability Without Fault or Presumed or Punitive Damages in the Absence of New York Times Malice1975
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Vernon Park Church of God Senior Council MeetingHow to Protect and Advocate for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home Setting2010
NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar - Advanced Nursing Home Litigation SeminarThe Windy City Comes to Jersey: Using Midwest Sensibilities to Deal with the Conservative Juror2009
NAELA Illinois Chapter MeetingProtecting the Rights of Elderly Clients in Personal Injury Matters2009
Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarMoving From Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home—Differences to Watch For2009
DePaul University School of Law Elder Law ClassUnderstanding Nursing Home Litigation2009
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section Criminal Law/Torts Committee MeetingNursing Home Litigation: Doing Well by Doing Good2009
American Association for Justice Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarMoving from Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home- Differences to Watch For2009
Topics in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect LitigationNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
Safeguarding Our Seniors: Perspectives on Elder LawNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
Quarterly Volunteer Ombudsmen MeetingIdentifying Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect2008
Nursing Home Litigation, Insurance, and BeyondNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
CHRMS 2008 Law DayPerspectives on Discovery and Long Term Care from Both Sides of the Bar2008
Loyola Summer Institute on AgingAdvocating for Nursing Home Residents2006
Illinois Long Term Ombudsman Statewide Tranining ConferenceEmpowering Long Term Care Ombudsmen2006
ATLA Nursing Home Litigation GroupClosing Arguments2006
Top Ten TeleseminarsNursing Home Case Preparation2005
Nursing Home Litigation Group MeetingNursing Home Falls2005
Mealey's Nursing Home Litigation ConferenceNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2005
Annual ConventionOpening Statements in a Nursing Home Case2005
Nursing Home Strategies for 2004Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2004
Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarDeposing Home Employees2004
Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman MeetingIssues in Nursing Home Law2003
Prairie State Legal Services TrainingAddressing Quality of Care in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2003
Medical Malpractice SeminarJury Selection2003
Internet ConferenceInformation for Catastrophic Injury Litigation Professionals2003
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association SeminarPlaintiff's Nursing Home Litigation2002