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Mike has been an attorney since age 22. For most of his career he has handled complex catastrophic personal injury and worker's compensation cases. He currently serves on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civil Jury Instructions, and on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He also served over 11 years on the Board of the American Trial Lawyer's Association, now American Association for Justice. He has published on topics which vary from admission of positron emission tomography scans in traumatic brain injury cases  and immune consequences of chlordane exposure to using experts in construction site accident cases. He has served on the Illinois State Bar Political Action Committee and various other boards or committees. He has also taught at The John Marshall Law School. He is married 35 years and has three grown children.


Contact info


19 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL, 60432

Block, Klukas Manzella & Shell PC

19 W Jefferson St
Joliet, IL, 60432-4301


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 70%
  2. Personal Injury: 15%
  3. Construction: 5%
  4. Brain Injury: 5%
  5. Wrongful Death: 5%

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197005/17/2016
TXVoluntary Resignation198707/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Personal Injury litigation-PlaintiffsBest Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Personal Injury litigation- PlaintiffsBest Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
super lawyersSuper Lawyers2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2008
FellowATLA's Nation College of Advocacy2007
Leading Lawyers NetworkLeading Lawyers Network1999
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell1994
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentBlock, Klukas, Manzella and Shell, p.c.1970 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Will County Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1970 - Present
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaBoard of Governors1996 - 2007
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1975 - 2016
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bandura v Orkin Exterminating Cojury verdict for plaintiffs
Berard v Eagle Airjury verdict of $1,000,000 for widow
Will Co Forest Preserve v Illinois Workers Compensation Commissionaward for claimant
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Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownIdentifying and Using Experts in Construction CasesN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1970
Roosevelt UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1968
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
it's a whole new worldevidence1996
Litigating Workplace IssuesWorkplace injuries1995
Shotgun SeminarHandling Technical Evidence1994
American Trial Lawyers Association Convention 1994Pesticide Litigation Seminar1994
Environmental and Toxic TortsPlaintiff's perspective1993
Expert Witnesses SeminarFederal Rules1992
Evidence and Hearsay SeminarSpecial Admissibility Topics1991
UnknownSome Immune Consequences of Chlordane ExposureN/A