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Joseph Kolar

Personal injury Attorney at Highland Park, IL

5.0   6 reviews

About Joseph

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I am a civil trial lawyer with 30 years of experience in Illinois state and federal courts.  I concentrate my practice in handling serious personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, aviation crashes, train crashes and truck/car crashes.  In four cases alone, I - along with partner Bob Baizer - obtained $78.8 million for our clients.  Those cases involved:

  • A 2013 trial against the United States of America resulting in a $29.8 million award to a child who suffered a brain injury from an unnecessary delay in his delivery.
  • A $19.4 million Cook County settlement for a brain injury to an adult (following a three week medical negligence trial).
  • An $18.6 million Lake County jury verdict for a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth (an Illinois record at the time).
  • An $11 million federal jury verdict for the death of an 18-year-old in a truck-car crash.

In December 2014, I obtained a $4.8 million jury verdict in Chicago for a woman who nearly died from a post-surgery infection.  In September 2015, I obtained another seven-figure jury verdict in Waukegan for the death of a 73-year-old man at a Lake County area hospital. In both cases, the defense made no offers prior to trial.

I have regularly been named an Illinois “Super Lawyer” for personal injury litigation.  I also hold an AV peer-review rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can receive for general ethical standards and legal ability.

Licensed for 37 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1985
Updated 10/11/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Baizer Kolar P.C.
600 Central Avenue.
Suite. 325
Highland Park, IL, 60035


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Posted by Nancy | October 25, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Joe Kolar
Joe Kolar is the best of the best. He handled my family's case and won. Great track record and great attorney. My family has a new respect for the amazing ability, knowledge, and hard work he puts into cases.
Posted by Vicki | April 30, 2015
Meeting Joe, was the best thing I could have ever done for myself, after I was forever changed by the negligence of a doctor. He made me feel at peace, with knowing that someday, justice would be served for me, and he did. He is an attorney that has a wealth of knowledge that is amazing. He works very hard to make sure your interests are his interests. His staff is always so pleasant to talk to and work with as well. I could continue to praise him, but there is only one thing that really matters, he is truly a phone call you should make, if you have been hurt. He will do everything he possibly can to make sure that justice will be served.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
Medical Negligence
I hired Joe Kolar four years ago. Mr. Kolar's commitment to me and my well-being has secured my future. He is intelligent, articulate, and above all effective. His experience and expertise in medical malpractice combined with his compassionate nature has been unwavering since our initial consultation. You will not find better representation than Joe Kolar.
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Posted by LEN | September 2, 2014
I reccomend Mr. Joseph Kolar
During a difficult time Mr. Kolar was very understanding and knowledgeable of our situation, he represented our family very well.
Posted by Patoya | March 15, 2014
Client Review
Very Great Attorney Joe Knows his stuff and he is very Genuine. We appreciated Joe and his team and all the hard work they done for us. He will not let you down.
Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2014
Joe Kolar a true advocate for his client.
Joe Kolar is a professional and compassionate person. His ability to communicate and comfort both myself and my son was an unexpected reassurance we both needed in a very stressful time. Joe Kolar's discretion and work ethic was what our family needed to solidfy that he would do what's best for my son.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Baizer Kolar, P.C.
  • 1989 - Present


  • Northern Illinois University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Illinois State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • CSC v. United States of America
  • $29.8 million award
  • Estate of Alberto Davila, Jr. v. USF Holland Inc., et al.
  • $11 million verdict.
  • Bolduan, et al v. Highland Park Hospital, et al.
  • $18.6 million verdict.


  • Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1985 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2016
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2009
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2007
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2005
  • Advocate of Trial Advocacy
  • N/A
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  • Northern Illinois University Law Review 179-202
  • Adoption of a Flexible Standard for Analyzing Informant's Tips in Illinois v. Gates
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • The Art & Ethics of Trial Advocacy
  • Courtroom technology
  • 2015
  • 15th Annual Civil Trial and Appeal Seminar
  • Litigating Medical Negligence Cases in Federal Court
  • 2014
  • Damages Seminar
  • Present Cash Value of Future Medical Expenses and Earnings
  • 2014
  • Ethics & Professionalism
  • Get Organized to Win
  • 2011
  • Civil practice seminar
  • Use of technology in court
  • 2004
  • Civil Practice Seminar
  • Internet Research
  • 2000
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Attorney endorsements

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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is one of the lawyers I trust I can go to for a detailed review of a case and he will fight for a client when other lawyers might shy away from a case."
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