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Timothy Simon Tomasik

Trucking accident Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   20 reviews

Licensed for 33 years

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RELENTLESS & COMPASSIONATE.

Timothy Tomasik is a founding member of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. In his 28 years of practice, Tim has distinguished himself as one of Chicago’s elite trial attorneys. Prior to joining the firm, Tim practiced for 15 years at the prestigious Clifford Law Offices in Chicago and, before that, as a member of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office Bureau of Special Prosecutions. He has tried over 100 jury and bench trials to verdict. Tim has handled and successfully resolved hundreds of millions of dollars in claims in a variety of practice areas, including complex premises liability, aviation litigation, medical negligence, medical liability, hospital liability, and mass disasters.

As a trial attorney, Tim has handled some of this generation’s most high profile and complex cases. For instance, after 180 depositions and navigating millions of pages of documents over several years, Tim, acting as one of the lead counsel of the Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee, secured a $1.2 billion settlement in the World Trade Center litigation against the airlines for security breaches that led to the tragic 9/11 hijackings and air crashes. After a scaffolding collapse at the John Hancock center in March 2002 that resulted in the heartbreaking death or serious injury of ten bystanders, Tim acted as co-counsel and received a $75 million global settlement for the victims. Tim also obtained a sizable settlement as one of the lead lawyers for NBC Sports Chairman Dick Ebersol, who tragically lost his 14-year-old son when a chartered plane crashed moments after takeoff due to the pilot’s failure to de-ice the plane’s wings. Tim also successfully handled a wrongful death case for the surviving family members of a Cirrus SR 22 aircraft crash that settled for $2.5 million. Tim successfully demonstrated how the instructor failed to responsibly maintain proper air speed and prevent wing stall on approach for landing, which caused the plane to crash short of the runway. Pursuant to FAA Standards, the instructor was deemed the pilot in command, and failed to ensure the safe operation of the airplane at low altitude.

Most recently, Tim Tomasik, according to the 2015 National Law Journal's Big Money Wins ranking, obtained the largest verdict in Illinois and the 25th largest in the nation with a $25.9 million verdict on behalf of a client who was severely injured in a horrific Yellow Cab taxi crash 10 years ago. The incident involved the speeding cab hurling off an expressway ramp and smashing head-on into a concrete barrier. As co-counsel, Tim obtained a $13 million jury verdict for a medical doctor who was paralyzed as a result of negligently-administered epidural anesthesia before a routine knee surgery. The Illinois Supreme Court affirmed the verdict as well as several key trial practice and agency issues. After a dilapidated structure owned and operated by the Chicago Cubs collapsed on a 21-year-old man, resulting in his death, Tim recovered a $2.5 million settlement from the Cubs. In another wrongful death action, Tim obtained a $1.9 million settlement from a national retailer after its pharmacy negligently provided incorrect prescription drugs that killed the victim in a matter of days. Tim's work was critical in obtaining a $3.02 million settlement for a 9-year-old victim of a sexual assault, Girl X. Tim also obtained a $2 million settlement for a Chicago Tuckpointer who suffered a mild traumatic brain injury after he was struck by cement falling from a building he was working on. Tim brought a medical malpractice action after a mother of two’s doctor failed to properly treat a lesion on the victim’s lung that led to Stage III B non-small cell lung cancer and death. The case settled for $5 million. In another matter, Tim obtained a $3 million settlement on behalf of a client who suffered multiple fractures while he was the unwitting passenger of a drunk driver in a horrific Ferrari crash.

Tim’s peers have also recognized his excellence in trial work. He was inducted as a fellow into the International Society of Barristers, an honor society of outstanding trial lawyers, and he currently serves on the Board of Governors of this organization. Tim’s accomplishments have followed him throughout his career. In 2000, the Law Bulletin Publishing Company of Chicago named him a Top 40 Under 40 award winner, and he was named a Leading Lawyer in 2008. Tim served for 15 years, including as a General Chair, for the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee. In 2009, Tim received the William J. White Award of Excellence for his exceptional efforts for that committee. In 2015, Tim was chosen to be one of 30 trial lawyers as a member of The Summit Council, an exclusive group of today’s top civil justice attorneys dedicated to the highest levels of courtroom advocacy, to obtaining justice for those who have been hurt by corporate wrongdoing, and to protecting of the civil justice system. All members are nationally recognized by their peers as top civil justice advocates. Tim has been recognized multiple times as a Super Lawyer, and in 2019, Super Lawyers named him one of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois.

Tim is a member of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, American Bar Association Torts Committee, and Chair of the Sub-Committee on Experts and Evidence. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Antitrust Law Section and the Chicago Bar Association Antitrust Law Committee. Tim was a member of the American Bar Association’s Task Force on Federal Agency Preemption of State Tort Laws and sits on the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Managers. In February 2014, Tim was inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), one of the most exclusive and respected groups of trial lawyers in America, and he serves as President of the Illinois chapter of ABOTA. In March 2018, he became a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America. In April 2018, Tim was nominated to join the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation (ABF) a global honorary society of legal professionals who have demonstrated an outstanding dedication to the legal profession and to their communities throughout their career.

Tim began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County. As a member of the Bureau of Special Prosecutions, Tim handled numerous high profile criminal cases, including the trial of capital murder and sexual assault cases. In 1999, he was named the American Legion Expert Litigator for his outstanding service as a gang prosecutor in the Chicago community as well as for his excellence as a civil litigator.

Tim is frequently invited to speak before audiences ranging from anesthesiologists to business professionals to other lawyers. He has given presentations on aviation litigation and mass disasters before audiences in New York, Miami, London and Shanghai. Specifically, in February 2012, Tim lectured on the profound effects 9/11 has had on the aviation industry and aviation litigation to the International Air Transport Association Legal Symposium in Shanghai. Tim also presented on litigating cases in the United States at the 2012 Cross Border Personal Injury Seminar in London. As a recognized authority in the legal field, Tim also speaks regularly to members of the American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, and Chicago Bar Association on a wide range of legal topics, including the benefits of mock juries, jury research, professionalism, Medicare, aviation, medical malpractice, and evidentiary issues. As a fellow of the Pound Civil Justice Institute, Tim also moderated a forum for state appellate court judges at the American Association of Justice Convention.

Widely published, Tim has authored numerous articles on varying legal topics. For instance, Tim has published multiple articles on the proper measure of damages for property damage on the ground in the wake of his work on the 9/11 litigation. Tim’s work on jury research can also be found in the American Bar Association’s publication for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section.

Holding a number of prestigious faculty appointments, Tim regularly donates his time to assist law students and other lawyers. Tim is an Instructor of Trial Advocacy at the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia Law School. He has also taught trial advocacy for the National College of District Attorneys and National Advocacy Center, and is a former instructor for the Illinois Federal Bar Training Course.

Away from work, Tim was also elected as Board Chair of Lawyers Lend-A-Hand, a foundation which provides grants to mentor programs dedicated to serving Chicago’s underprivileged youth. He is also a Board Member of the Western Springs Foundation for Educational Excellence, a non-profit, volunteer organization, raising funds to enhance the education of D101 students. He is a supporter of the Public Justice Foundation, which is devoted to advocating for the public interest and helping ordinary people combat injustice by providing them with access to the courts.

Tim received his undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and his law degree from the University of Denver. He is also licensed to practice in Colorado.

Licensed for 33 years
State IL
Status Active And Authorized To Practice Law
Acquired 1990
Updated 01/05/2023
State CO
Status Inactive
Acquired 1989
Updated 01/13/2023

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Tomasik Kotin Kasserman
161 N. Clark
Suite 3050
Chicago, IL, 60601

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Posted by Susan | October 8, 2019
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My Injury Lawyer Tim Tomasik
I endured a very complex injury and did not know who to turn to or trust. A friend of mine referred Tim Tomasik to me. Through Tim's research, his extensive knowledge of the health care industry along with his wide network of industry experts, he won my trust in building my case. He was passionate, committed, client focused, trustworthy and most of all my advocate! Tim always kept me up to date as my case progressed and what was coming next. He put my mind at ease so I could focus on my physical and mental recovery. I would recommend Tim Tomasik to anyone in need of a super personal injury lawyer and most important a true advocate! Thank you Tim! Susan
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Posted by Joseph | September 18, 2019
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GREAT GUY and THE FINEST ATTORNEY
I would absolutely recommend Tim Tomasik. As my Attorney, it was comforting to know he had my best interest in mind. He took the time to explain and guide my wife and I through the many questions we had during a difficult time, even if it was what I call after hours. His demeanor is such that, it’s like talking to a good friend that I have known for years. Tim is very knowledgeable, honest and professional. I could always count on him and his team. I consider Tim a friend for life.
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Posted by Bob and Rhonda | January 5, 2023
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Exceptional Lawyer
After our son was hit by a car while riding his skateboard, my wife and I were very concerned about his extensive injuries and what we would be exposed to medically to make him whole again. We’ve known the Tomasik family for some time and Tim’s was the only phone we dialed. His outstanding legal reputation is well established in our community and Tim was soon in our home to discuss our legal options and he was hire immediately. Tim and his team were absolute professionals and educated us on the legal system, patiently answering all of our questions and there wasn’t a moment when we didn’t feel a part of the process. Tim was thorough in his explanation and knowledge of the law, confident and effective in his practice of it, endlessly available and diligent in his pursuit of our son’s best interest and personal wellbeing. Our son was soon back to his normal life and thriving and Tim was there with every step showing our boy compassion and encouragement which any parent would greatly appreciate from an attorney and a friend. In the end the results of our case were far greater than we expected and we couldn’t be happier. We whole heartedly recommend Tim and the group at TKK for capable, compassionate legal representation.
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2022
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Top-Notch Attorney
Tim did an outstanding job from start to finish in our very terrible trucking accident with life changing injuries. We did not know where to turn called numerous attorneys, We set up a meeting with Tim..his impressive years of experience and knowledge along with his great caring personality and understanding of what our family was going through, We decided with No doubt he should represent us and So glad we did! Any questions and concerns we had during our journey he was always there for us, Tim and his team including Loren and Patrick also worked with our case and were so dedicated and hardworking too with such compassion. Could not ask for anything more! Highly recommend!
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Posted by Erin | August 17, 2022
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Best Lawyer and Team Ever
I cannot even begin to explain how much this man and his team changed my life. Not only did he put immense care into the work he did for me, but he and his team made me feel very cared for. While I was going through the worst of medial treatments, they would check up on me. Never during this process was I anxious, left in the dark, or uninformed. I was not only given Justice regarding my case, but an overwhelming amount of empathy and care. Personable, exceptional, and will listen to every detail you have to share. I wouldn’t recommend anyone else but Tim and his team.
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Posted by Mark and Nina | July 2, 2020
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Recommendation
My wife was in an automobile accident in early 2018. She was hit broadside on the driver’s door by a truck running a red light. Injuries consisted of broken bones and a severe head trauma. My daughter who works in risk management for a major Corporation consulted with collegues to find the most competent Attorney. Consensus was that Tim Tomasik from the firm Tomasik Kotin Kasserman was the best. Tim met us in the hospital on a Sunday. Tim was compassionate and caring of my wife’s condition. He explained the procedure and was straight forward regarding the terms of our agreement and Tim was hired. Through the whole process of investigation, depositions, mediation, etc. Tim showed his professionalism and experience. Tim offered excellent advice but always made it clear that decisions were ours. Tim negotiated a great settlement, then completed the case by negociating and settling with creditors owed with the outcome of the case. Throughout this process, Tim kept us informed and always returned phone calls and emails promptly. We highly recommend Tim Tomasik without reservation. Mark & Nina
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Posted by craig | January 29, 2020
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Outstanding Attorney and man
Tim and his firm put a personal interest in both my cases he represented me in. Not just the cases but more important the personal things me and my family have been going thru. Tim and his people are the best!!
Posted by George L. Datro | November 9, 2018
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Balance in Perfection
I met Mr. Tomasik through a referral and because of the impact he left with me, I will always have that date recorded on my calendar. Mr. Tomasik is first of all, a kind gentleman who practices law services for his clients as though they were a member of his family. At least that is how I perceived our time together during the legal process. His office staff and associates are also highly trained, courteous and are very professional but yet you don't feel as if you can't ask any questions that may arise. He and his staff were highly interested in how I perceived what had occurred during the accident even to the point of meeting me at the site for a detailed walk through and analysis. This firm is a Major League Player in the Legal Field. You cant go wrong with Mr, Tomasik and his team. They Are #1!
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Posted by Michael | August 28, 2017
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One of the Best
Being a litigator for almost 40 years I think I know what constitutes a good lawyer and a good litigator. Tim is all of that and an outstanding human being besides. He was compassionate and understanding with our entire family at a time of deep emotional pain and a wonderful lawyer in his examinations during depositions, his interaction with opposing counsel and working with experts. In my judgment he is one of the very best.
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Posted by Jan | March 21, 2016
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Presently Surprised
I had to do one of my least favorite things, go see a lawyer. I did receive Mr Tomàsik's name from a friend of my daughter's. That made things a little better. I wasn't walking in to see a lawyer I picked from the phone book. Imagine how surprised I was when I came out of Mr. Tomàsik's office feeling I had known him for a very long time. I hired him to represent me. Through the entire process him and his staff couldn't have treated me any better than I did. They were considerate, polite, and understanding. That continued the whole entire time that my case went on. I had a great outcome for myself. It was because of Tim Tomàsik he has a great work ethic and uses that to help his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend him in an instant.
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Posted by mark | March 24, 2015
very professional
At one of the toughest times in me and my family's lives, Tim made us feel positive, and well informed throughout my case. Tim was very honest, understanding, and sincerely cared about our well being. A substantial amount was acquired through Tim, and made us feel like justice was served. I would highly recommend Mr. Tomasik to anyone needing an attorney.
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Posted by Hayley | March 23, 2015
Couldn't have asked for more!
I was referred to Tim Tomasik at TKK by someone who said they trusted him implicitly to do the best job he could for my case. I absolutely found this to be true of Tim and everyone at TKK including his legal assistant Nicole and fellow lawyer Patrick. I was continually kept informed about the status of my suit and what I could expect every step of the way. As someone unfamiliar with the legal field, I had many questions which were answered very quickly, honestly, and helpfully. All in all, I could not have had a better experience with Tim Tomasik and would wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone in the future.
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Posted by anonymous | March 8, 2015
Outstanding Lawyer
Tim is an outstanding lawyer. He is very sharp, and really gets to the bottom of complicated issues and presents them in a clear, concise way. He did a great job on our case.
Posted by anonymous | March 7, 2015
Top trial lawyer and advocate
Tim Tomasik is a real trial lawyer and advocate for his clients. Lots of lawyers claim to be "trial lawyers" but Tim is for real in this regard since he knows how to strategically litigate a case in preparation for trial and then how to win with juries. Tim has credibility with judges and opposing attorneys. Tim kept me very informed throughout the process. If something happens to me, family, or friends we now have Tim on speed dial.
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2015
Kristy Burden - Director, BMO Harris Bank
Tim was an excellent attorney, representing my minor son in a medical malpractice case. This was a sensitive, emotional case, and Tim conducted himself with the utmost professionalism. He was able to present the facts of the case in a compelling and concise manner. Furthermore, he is trustworthy and responsive; I would definitely recommend Tim.
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Posted by Catherine | February 27, 2015
Hard-working and Honest
Tim handled a personal injury case where my daughter was the victim of Carbon monoxide poisoning. He handled the case expeditiously and professionally. He was always available to answer our questions and resolved the matter to our complete satisfaction. I would highly recommend Tim. We are very grateful for his help with this very difficult matter.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
Top-Notch...one of Chicago's Finest.
Tim began helping my family with a legal issue a few years ago. When my family member was injured, we felt vulnerable and scared. We didn't know what to do. At our first meeting, we immediately felt relief because we felt confident that Tim was the right attorney for the job. He was fair and honest about his assessment of our situation and his knowledge of the law was superb. I felt like Tim really listened to us and helped us through a really difficult time. He was kind and compassionate, but firm in his resolve to fight for justice. I was really thankful to Tim for being so patient (big family with a lot of personality and opinions). Tim was great at keeping things focused and he was really good at simplifying complicated issues. Tim was easy to get in touch with and kept us in the loop through the whole process. My family was really happy with the result that Tim got for us and I know that we wouldn't hesitate to call him again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 26, 2015
Thoroughly satisfied client
Tim and his team were very compassionate, thoughtful, and responsive throughout my experience. The follow up and follow through was immaculate! Tim set and managed my expectations and exceeded the timeline. I consider my financial outcome to be both a blessing and a miracle. Tim was able to advocate and negotiate in areas I thought were unmovable. Watching Tim work my case demonstrated his expertise in his field. I am truly grateful for the recommendation. I strongly recommend Tim's law firm. Ian confident that you will not be disappointed. Thanks Tim!
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Posted by Linda | February 25, 2015
Tim Tomasik is outstanding
Tim is outstanding. He is extremely bright, client focussed and diligent. He is proactive, an excellent listener and total advocate for his clients. He is also very pragmatic, collaborative and reasonable and gives superb advice. I was extremely fortunate to have Tim represent me and recommend him extremely highly and without any hesitation.
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Posted by Joe Steinke | February 25, 2015
My trusted attorney and friend.
Mr Tomasik not only did a fantastic job, he treated myself and my past wife as if we were family. Thirteen years later, Tim and I are still friends . I would recommend Mr Tomasik to handle all my legal needs. He is a fanatic attorney and friend. Thanks Tim.
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • University of Denver
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 1989
  • University of Colorado
  • Bachelor's degree
  • 1986

Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Treasurer
  • 2018 - Present
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow
  • 2017 - Present
  • Summit Council
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Illinois Chapter)
  • President
  • 2014 - Present
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Board of Governors
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Aviation Litigation Committee
  • Chair
  • 2013 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Board of Managers
  • 2013 - 2015
  • American Bar Association
  • Chair Aviation Committee
  • 2010 - 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Chair
  • 2008 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2020
  • Top 100
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2019
  • Top 100
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2018
  • Top 100
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2017
  • Top 100
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2016
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2015
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2014
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2013
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2011
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2010
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2009
  • William J. White Award of Excellence
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network
  • 2008
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • 2007
  • 40 under 40 to Watch
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • 2000
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Chicago Trucking accident Lawyer Timothy Simon Tomasik
Timothy Simon Tomasik
Trucking accident Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 33 years