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At a very young age, Dexter envisioned himself as an advocate for the sick and injured. The grandson of a Chicago union worker, he has always felt a strong urge to help those trying to protect their rights. It is from this foundation that Dexter established himself as an aggressive advocate for the rights of his clients.

“The greatest satisfaction in my profession is the gratitude of my clients. There is no better feeling than to get a hug from a client who is in tears because they finally received the justice they deserve. The thank you letters of my clients enjoy a special place in my office as a reminder of what our profession is all about.”

Dexter has tried several cases to jury verdict in counties all over Illinois. He has also written and presented numerous arguments in front of the Appellate Court, including a recent one in which he was successful in overturning a trial court’s decision to dismiss a case involving a slip and fall on ice. As an accomplished writer, Dexter has written a variety of articles and blogs for publications such as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Journal, DuPage County Bar Journal, and Fox Valley Labor News, amongst others.

Dexter has obtained several recent noteworthy case results, including

  • $595,000 settlement resulting from mediation in which client developed the onset of fibromyalgia following a car accident. This was the largest reported verdict in Illinois for a fibromyalgia case outside of Cook County.

  • $375,000 settlement on behalf of a truck driver who sustained severe laceration of his ring finger when loading dock door was inadvertently dropped onto his finger by loading dock worker. The client underwent surgery to reattach his finger and suffered nerve damage.

  • $450,000 settlement on behalf of client who was involved in a head-on car accident while test-driving a police car he repaired for a municipality. Settlement was made with workers’ compensation carrier, the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier, and the municipalities underinsured motorist carrier.

  • $300,000 policy limits settlement on behalf of client injured when she fell down the basement stairs of friend’s house. There was no handrail on basement stairs which violated the applicable building code.

  • $225,000 settlement negotiated for man who was at a friend’s house and fell through an access door that was unsecured and covered by mulch. Client suffered a torn rotator cuff which required surgery.

  • $215,000 workers’ compensation judgment on behalf of worker who sustained repetitive lifting injury to her shoulder. While recovering from surgery on that shoulder, the worker developed the same condition in her opposite shoulder necessitating surgery. Pre-trial offer was $32,568.69.

  • $200,000 settlement on behalf of client who was injured when he fell off of a defective ladder at ladder owner’s store.

Dexter’s ability to obtain outstanding results for his client stems from the fact that he looks at his clients as individuals who have families and need someone to help them protect their legal rights.

“It all starts with treating a client’s case like it is my own. If it was my case, would I want my lawyer to explain the legal process to me since I am new to it? Would I want my lawyer to return my calls and answer my questions so I am not left in the dark? Of course!”

When he is not taking on multi-billion dollar insurance companies, Dexter enjoys spending time with his wife and their 3 pups. Dexter also enjoys playing basketball, writing (songs and poetry), and reading books on such topics as history, politics, and philosophy.



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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    11 years
  2. Workers Compensation: 20%
    11 years



Contingent (33-40%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Christina Marguerite Morrison

    You can read the other reviews and endorsements to see how good of an attorney Dexter is. I believe he is not only a good attorney but a good person and that's what makes Dexter stand out. I work with him on the Board of the West Suburban Humane Society and his compassion and drive to help the most vulnerable in our community tells me the most about how he will treat his clients and handle their cases.


    Christina Morrison Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • David Lee

    Dexter is an extremely intelligent, skilled and compassionate Personal Injury and Worker's Comp attorney. In a field where reputation is everything, I refer all of my current and former clients to him, for all personal injury related matters. I know that he will do everything in his power to achieve the best possible results, and as a referring attorney, he will also protect my reputation. On top of all this, he is among the finest men I know and I consider it an honor to call him a friend and colleague.


    David Lee Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Woodruff Johnson & Palermo

4234 Meridian Parkway
Suite 134
Aurora, IL, 60504-8150


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2016 Rising StarSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyWoodruff Johnson & Palermo2007 - Present
AttorneyBotti, Marinaccio & DeLongis, Ltd.2005 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
DCBA BriefEditor2016 - Present
West Suburban Humane SocietyDirector2016 - Present
DuPage Inns of CourtMember2015 - Present
West Suburban Bar AssociationMember2015 - Present
Will County Bar AssociationMember2013 - Present
KCBA CaresVolunteer2012 - Present
Lawyers Lending a HandVolunteer2012 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
DuPage County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Kane County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Diaz v. Anco Steel Company, Inc.Successfully argued to have the trial court's decision on behalf of defendant reversed and the case remanded back to the trial court. Case ultimately settled.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northern Illinois University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude2005
Elmhurst CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Painter's Union MeetingChanges to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act2013
Municipal Department CommitteeWork injuries and Third Party Claims2010