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Donald A. Shapiro

Medical malpractice Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 49 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1974
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Donald

Learn Donald’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Medical malpractice
    Wide range of malpractice cases including birth trauma, drug overdose, surgical errors,misdiagnosis, and nursing neglect. Obtained largest malpractice verdict in Wisconsin history($24.7 million) and largest verdict in Kane County, Illinois ($24,775,000).

    44 years, 600 cases

  2. Car accident
    All motor vehicle accidents including auto, truck, pedestrian, motorcycle, bus and roadway hazards.

    49 years, 3,000 cases

  3. Personal injury

    49 years

  4. Social Security & Disability
    Lauren Cohen heads up this practice area and helps clients with severe injuries , diseases and disabilities appeal denials for Social Security Disability benefits.

    44 years

  5. Wrongful death
    Although a certain overlap between this and other areas, special expertise has been developed in handling death cases. Recently obtained a record verdict in Downstate Illinois for the family of a worker killed in an industrial accident.

    44 years, 150 cases

When I left a large corporate law firm in 1978 to start my own firm focused on personal injury litigation, my goal was to apply the big firm commercial litigation techniques I had learned  to cases for individuals who had been severely injured. The plan worked to perfection and I was able to win tough cases time and again for our clients. With every case I litigated,  the techniques became refined and improved on and the successes multiplied.  But rather than expanding to become the big firm I had left,  I have  purposely kept the firm small so we can provide close personal atttention to the cases we select to handle. If you are looking for the personal touch and don't want to be passed off to a novice lawyer at one of the law firm factories that advertise on TV, call our firm for a free consultation and see what we can do to help you obtain the justice you deserve.


AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2014
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Our lawyers:  Don Shapiro, Matt Basinger and Lauren Cohen.


Donald A Shapiro Limited
180 North La Salle Street
Suite 1801
Chicago, IL, 60601


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Client's Choice
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Posted by Blake | May 31, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
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From my first meeting with Don I new i was going to have him represent me. It was difficult enough to go through my rehab that I didn't want to worry about my lawsuit. His team kept me informed throughout the entire time. The end result of my settlement was way beyond what I had ever imagined. This helped to make a difficult time in my life so much better.
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Posted by Carol L | August 21, 2014
Life Saving Attorney
My husband had a massive stroke at the age of 63 which was mis-diagnosed as a brain tumor. He could no longer work, we lost our home and we had to quickly downgrade into a smaller space. Donald Shapiro took our case and won a settlement for us which provided funds for my husband's care (he lived another fourteen years). I was able to buy a larger house, care for him while teaching at home for nine years and then pay for his last five years of care in a nursing facility. At eighty, I am still teaching and I have the security that when I do decide to retire, the funds are there for me so that I will not be a financial burden on any of our six children. Donald Shapiro saved my life. Carol L.
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Posted by Jen | August 21, 2014
A lawyer I could trust
From our first meeting, I knew that Mr. Shapiro cares about people and doing the right thing. I had a tremendously positive experience as his client and highly recommend his services.
Posted by Liz | August 7, 2014
Experience and compassion make Donald Shapiro the ideal choice for a personal injury case.
I could not have asked for a more compassionate and experienced lawyer to work on my case: a personal injury case resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Don was always available to talk about the case, the accident, and other matters that arose. He was a huge support throughout the process and his experience shines through in all areas. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2014
Fantastic Attorney
I was struck by an automobile as a pedestrian and Donald Shapiro represented me. He did a fantastic job and secured an excellent settlement on my behalf.
Posted by Alice | August 3, 2014
Donald A. Shapiro, Excellent Attorney
I hired Mr. Shapiro to represent me when I was injured in a auto accident. He sucessfully secured settlements for me from two different insurance companies involved in the case. Donald and his team were with me every step of the way. He kept me informed and answered all my questions. He was very knowledgeable in the law regarding all aspects of my case, which made me feel confident and secure. I would highly recommend Mr. Shapiro and his organization to anyone need ing a great attorney.
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  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Donald A. Shapiro, Ltd.
  • 1978 - Present
  • Associate
  • Aaron,Aaron, Schimberg and Hess
  • 1974 - 1978


  • University of Chicago Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1974
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1971

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Estate of Curtis Cooper v. Urban Property Advisers Case No. 08 L 007181 – Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois. $2,000,000
  • Settled for $2,000,000
  • Estate of Francisco Moreno Garcia v. Archer Daniels Midland, Case # 07 L 142, Macon County, Illinois
  • Jury verdict for $6,741,731 affirmed by Appellate Court
  • Estate of Narin Bun v. Provena St. Joseph Hospital, Case # 03 LK 265, Kane County, IL
  • Verdict for $ 24,775,000.00
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  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 1980 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • 1980 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 1974 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 1974 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Publishing
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Publishing
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2012
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence
  • Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2012
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Law Bulletin Publishing
  • 2012
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Thompson Reuters Co.
  • 2007
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Medical malpractice Attorney | Sep 25
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Chicago Medical malpractice Lawyer Donald A. Shapiro
Donald A. Shapiro
Medical malpractice Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 49 years