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Ken Apicella

Personal injury Attorney at Palatine, IL

5.0   5 reviews

also known as Kenneth C. Apicella

Licensed for 23 years

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About Ken

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Practice areas
  1. Life insurance
    Unfortunately, this peace-of-mind is not always well placed. Too often, insurance companies inappropriately deny death benefits while beneficiaries are too bereaved to fight for what is rightfully theirs.

    23 years

  2. Personal injury
    An accident or mistake that results in serious injury or death always has a profound impact on many—not just the victim. Serious accidents and the injuries that result can incapacitate an entire family, call today for a free case evaluation.

    23 years

  3. Insurance
    Some insurance companies will find any excuse to deny coverage or delay a payment simply as a means of negotiating a settlement. Other times, insurance companies deny claims in outright bad faith. If your insurance claim has been denied, call.

    23 years

  4. Wrongful death
    The Illinois Wrongful Death Act allows surviving spouses and children of individuals who have been killed due to the negligence or wrong-doing of another to sue for monetary damages.

    23 years

  5. Litigation
    If you're going to court against an insurance company, call Attorney Apicella now for a free case evaluation at 312.548.1578 and stop worrying. Let him help you today.

    23 years

Ken has successfully recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients through settlements and trials. In addition to cases here in Illinois, Ken has gone where his clients need him, handling cases on a pro hac vice basis before courts in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Iowa, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Florida, Washington and Hawaii.  Ken Apicella is a member of the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar and has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits.

He is a current member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and was elected to the Board of Governors for the Northwest Suburban Bar Association. Ken has earned the designations “Super Lawyer” and “Rising Star” by Thompson Reuters, honors awarded to only 5% of all attorneys nationally based upon professional achievements and a high degree of peer recognition.

In 2009, Ken was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of Forty Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch. Ken has published articles in peer journals including the Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has authored materials and lectured for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves as a moderator at NWSBA Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Licensed for 23 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1999
Updated 10/11/2022

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

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Posted by Mike | March 30, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer, Great Result
Mr. Apicella did an excellent job with my case. He was very professional, knowledgeable and obtained a great result. I highly recommend Ken Apicella.
Posted by Vicki | April 7, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Working with Ken was a pleasure and his results exceed my expectations. I would definitely recommended Ken and his staff to take on a personal injury case.
Posted by Sabrina | February 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Car accident
Could not have asked for a better experience! I’ve never needed a lawyer before so I had many questions throughout the whole process. He was always willing to answer the questions that I did have while explaining things in more detail for me and getting a hold of him was never a problem. He even worked around my work schedule to get things done. Over all if I ever need a personal injury lawyer again he will be the one I call.
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Posted by Cynthia | August 28, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Intention tort case
I could not be more pleased with the work Ken did representing me in this case. From the onset I felt in good hands and he assured me that I could go live my life and to let him do his job. All throughout the duration of the case I felt he listened and kept the focus on what we needed to do. In the end the case was dismissed due to his brilliant strategy and I walked away in a short time spending less than my retainers worth. I actually got money back! I strongly recommend Ken. He’s the best and I’m so very grateful to have found him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 26, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Ken Apicella
Mr. Apicella has been representing me in an accident law suit. After 2 1/2 Years the defendant came to an agreeable statement which was more than I had hoped for or even expected, and I have Mr. Apicella to thank.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Apicella Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - 2013
  • Partner
  • Apicella & Malatesta, LLC
  • 2008 - 2011
  • Attorney
  • Nielsen, Zehe & Antas
  • 2000 - 2008
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD
  • 1999
  • Northern Illinois University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995


  • Suburban Bar Coalition
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • 2016 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2011 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2011 - Present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Co-chair
  • 2010 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2009
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  • Daily Herald Business Ledger
  • How to Handle a Denied Insurance Claim in Illinois
  • 2014
  • Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Thoughts on Handling Special Interrogatories at Trial
  • 1999

Speaking Engagements

  • Winter Dinner Meeting CLE
  • Mobile Device Forensics & Social Media Discovery
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
Personal injury Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ken is simply one of the best attorneys I know. He is smart, savvy, professional and truly cares about his clients. He works hard, knows his way around a court room, and achieves great results. I highly recommend Kenneth Apicella!"
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken Apicella earns the respect of his peers and the court through his hard work, sharp legal mind and easy-going demeanor. Anyone involved in civil litigation or who has been injured in a personal injury would be well served hiring Ken to represent him or her."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ken is a great law partner. He is able to pinpoint the key issues of a client's case quickly and identify the facts that influence those issues almost immediately. Ken is a results oriented hard worker. I enjoy practicing law with him."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ken is an outstanding lawyer that understands how to really help people."
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Palatine Personal injury Lawyer Ken Apicella
Ken Apicella
Personal injury Attorney
Palatine, IL
Licensed for 23 years
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