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Kristin Nicole Barnette

Personal injury Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2005
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Ms. Barnette has tried in excess of 100 jury trials to verdict, and has obtained hundreds of settlements for both individual and corporate clients. Her background working at the Cook County State's Attorney and Cook County Public Defender's offices coupled with her successful civil trial record in insurance defense, has earned her a proven track record and a reputation as a trial attorney who has the vision, steadfast determination and commitment to resolving complex disputes with the highest level of quality and integrity. 

Since 2017, Kristin is President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. She was named one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” in 2014 by the Law Bulletin. She also currently on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Bar Foundation and Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (WE). In addition, Kristin has enjoyed volunteering her time as a Mentor in the Lawyer-to-Lawyer mentoring program, volunteering as a Presiding Judge for the YMCA’s annual National Judicial Competitions, serving as an arbitrator, participating in the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Bar Alliance, and has taught CLE courses on various topics including jury selection, jury instructions, closing arguments, defense tactics as well as ethics.

in 2004, Kristin received her Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law, where, in addition to her rigorous course of study, she was actively involved in various initiatives. She was invited to be a research assistant to Torts and Social Policy Professor, Stephen Landsman, which Kristin continued until graduation, and she was also elected to be the DePaul Chapter President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. She successfully competed to be a Staff Writer for the DePaul Journal of Healthcare Law, ranked among the top in the nation, and was selected to be Editor-in-Chief her second year, managing a staff of over thirty individuals. While still in law school, Westlaw hired her to teach professors and students research applications and strategy. Kristin also clerked at Clifford Law Offices and worked on cases involving medical malpractice and other catastrophic injuries. 

Location

Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz
60 W. Randolph Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL, 60601-1604
Schwartz Injury Law
14496 John Humphrey Dr
Orland Park, IL, 60462
Schwartz Injury Law
360 West Butterfield Road
Suite 300
Elmhurst, IL, 60126
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Posted by Georgine | April 16, 2018
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The Best!
I have to say that I was very fortunate to have Kristin represent me. She went above and beyond to ensure that I was given the money that I deserved from my accident. She was always in communication with me and explained things to me in a manner that was very easy to understand. Even though I had a smaller case, she always made my case seem important to her. I couldn't have asked for a better lawyer!
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Posted by anonymous | April 21, 2017
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Smart, persistent, and kind
Kristin is an incredibly sharp lawyer. She did just a good a job of answering my questions and empathizing with my pain as she did with arguing my case. I was hit by 2 cars while on my bike - one right after the other - and neither driver had insurance. Regardless, she worked my case for some 2 years and ended up getting me a generous settlement. I never thought we'd get anything, and she got us enough money for me to cover my hospital bills, pay back my student loans, and then some. She's trustworthy person, and I'd highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | April 13, 2017
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great attention to detail
My attorney was relentless in her efforts to get me the best settlement possible for my injuries with a traumatic brain injury. She contacted everyone involved in a timely manner and continually explained to me what she was doing and why. She went to bat for me when issues came up with a doctor I had seen and brought that situation to a quick resolution. She listened carefully when I had questions and went out of her way to fully inform me at every turn.
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Posted by Desiree | May 25, 2016
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Kristin Barnette excellent attorney
Kristin was diligent in my case. There was nothing she wouldn't do for me. Everytime there seemed to be a roadblock that popped up, she made sure that we got past it. She advised me that it would take awhile for it to complete the case. She was correct. But she always called and kept me up to date. I didn't feel that she ever put me to the side for other clients. She called me late at night if need be. She's the best lawyer I've ever had the pleasure of working with.
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Posted by Nick | March 31, 2016
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Exceeded Expectations and then Some
I referred a client to Kristin, and boy did she exceed expectations! (It was another Personal Injury attorney who moved out of Chicagoland.) Kristin was there with my client every step of the way. After I sent Attorney Barnette an email introducing her to my client, within minutes, Kristin was calling telling my client about something quite time sensitive! Kristin is thoughtful and informative to the client, yet assertive and practical. I highly recommend Kristin to any body who has been inured in an accident. My client was quite happy with her work and so am I!
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Posted by John | March 23, 2016
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Personal Injury/Slip and Fall
Hired Kristin Barnette as my Attorney for a long shot slip and fall case/leg injury. She was very attentive, professional and understanding. Got me a settlement in a speedy amount of time and the amount was more than expected without getting to a trial. I highly recommend Kristin for your personal injury case.
Posted by Amy | November 12, 2015
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Happy
My experience with Kristin was beyond wonderful! She is such a dedicated and tenacious lawyer! Kristin helped me fight for the truth and made me feel safe and secure every step of the way. She has a kind, warm and compassionate energy and will fight to the end for you! I'm incredibly grateful she was representing me and anyone will be lucky to have her at their side!
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Posted by Alexis | November 4, 2015
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Excellence personified
Kristin took on a case for me that other lawyers deemed as not solid. For the duration of the case, she made sure I was well informed and always directed me to the best course of action. The matter was resolved to my favor and I feel that Kristin's representation of me was the deciding factor in this case. Thank you Kristin!
Posted by Charles | October 30, 2015
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Kristin Barnette review
Kristin was/is a very professional individual and approaches her job with concern for the well being of her clients. She is thorough in her approach to gaining complete resolution to the clients' issues. She has provided constant communication to us in regards to her progress and openly discussing any impasses with our case. Kristin has represented us most effectively and professionally.
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Posted by anonymous | June 15, 2015
Greatful for her help following an auto accident
Kristin provided strong guidance through a personal injury insurance claim that resulted in a lawsuit. She was encouraging through the difficult parts and a sympathetic listener. I felt that she had my best interest at heart and provided great communication and advice throughout the process, despite the fact that I now live in another state and we never met in person. We were able to resolve the case in a manner that gave me peace of mind. I wouldn't hesitate to use her services again if I needed too.
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Posted by Shanikwa | April 9, 2015
Executed Excelence Exceptional Actions as Attorney
An overall review of Attorney Barnette: I found Attorney. Barnette to be trustworthy, knowledgeable and professional. Being A person with a impaired hearing disability! it was necessary that I have a Lawyer that would keep me informed about the legal aspect of my case, and be responsive to any questions, and suggestion that I might have. As a client I 'am grateful to say how, "Attorney Barnette provided and meet all of the above criteria that I was looking for". I 'am please with the quality of service an professionalism attorney Barnette executed in handling and resolving my case.
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Posted by Jeffrey K | February 12, 2015
I Wouldn't Want To Be Them
Kristin took over my case from an attorney that was leaving the firm. Kristin called me and introduced herself and by the end if the call I was not worried another attorney was handling my personal injury case. Kristin told me what she intended to and she did it. Kristin kept me informed every step of the way and returned every phone call, or email. She also helped me with third party funding to help me through rough times until my case settled. If you have ever been injured and out of work you know exactly what I mean. That to me is the biggest difference between Kristin and other lawyers is that she really cares about her clients. So whoever, or what she is litigating on your behalf " I Wouldn't Want To Be Them."
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Posted by Julie | October 6, 2014
Medical Malpractice Review for Kristin Nicole Barnette
Since the time we delivered the medical records to Kristin in my infant son’s medical malpractice case, she told me what the plan was going to be and kept me updated with any new details along with way. She was accurate about the value of it and upfront about any weaknesses of the case that would be used by the defense. My husband and I were very surprised that she was able to settle it in less than one year given that many lawsuits take many years. Kristin fought hard for my son, and we would recommend her to anyone in need of personal injury representation.
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Posted by Mike Correa | September 18, 2014
Excellent job
Kristin took care of my auto accident/personal injury case and did an outstanding job. She always kept me informed about what was going on with the case and got back to me quickly whenever I had any questions. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for an excellent attorney.
Posted by Lauri | September 10, 2014
The Unceasing Attorney, Kristin Barnette
Kristin did a fabulous job with my case. She set clear expectations in the beginning of what to do or not do and how those expectations will most likely play out. Kristin was persistent with others who sought to unnecessarily drag out the case,. She persevered and brought it to agreement with a very favorable resolution for me. I highly recommend Kristin Barnette as an attorney.
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AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Iowa
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1997

Associations

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2015 - 2016
  • Women Everywhere Project
  • Director
  • 2014 - 2016
  • Women's Bar Foundation of Illinois
  • Director, Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch 2014
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • 2014
  • Lawyers with Style
  • Law Bulletin
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Damages Seminar
  • Attacking Defense Arguments
  • 2015
  • Your Online Reputation
  • Defining & Defending Yourself in the Public Forum
  • 2014
  • Soft Tissue Superstars
  • Cross Examination of a Doctor
  • 2013
  • Jury Selection Law & Technique Training Seminar
  • Attorney Coach
  • 2013
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Chicago Personal injury Lawyer Kristin Nicole Barnette
Kristin Nicole Barnette
Personal injury Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 19 years