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Welcome. Thank you for considering me. I hope you find this information helpful.  Living with a spinal cord injury and spinal cord surgery has given me a unique perspective on spinal cord cases.  Additionally, I have spent a lot of time researching and litigating brain injury cases.  I also have considerable experience with herniated disc, vertebral fracture, facet joint and failed back surgery cases.  


I have experience in putting together all aspects of automotive roof crush cases.  I have personal knowledge of many of the key documents from the manufacturers.  I understand the concept of occupant space protection, commonly referred to as the survival zone, and that no one should ever die or be injured from roof crush.  I commonly refer to NASCAR where a vehicle may flip several times and land on its roof and there's no roof crush and the driver steps out uninjured.  With this knowledge, roof crush injuries are unacceptable.  


I have been involved in prosecuting several seven figure cases, including one I worked up from scratch by myself and settled for over five million.  Additionally, I've handled cases that involved spending hundreds of hours in prep due to the complex nature of the issues and the thousands of pages of discovery produced.  Besides trial work, I have had success in the appellate court.  


I'm a member of many groups that provide me with cutting edge information about trial practice and the areas of law and medicine I routinely use.  


Recently I was nominated and accepted into The ATLA, a group comprised of the top 100 trial lawyers from each state.  This is an invitation only organization and it was with great pride that I accepted.


I am a member of the million dollar advocates and multimillion dollar advocates organizations.  


I am a member of the Amicus committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers.  This committee submits briefs on issues of importance to the Illinois Supreme Court.  


Also, like all good lawyers, I use a mac.  You should too.  


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 25%
    15 years, 15 cases
  2. Brain Injury: 25%
    16 years, 15 cases
  3. Defective Products: 15%
    15 years, 20 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 15%
    19 years, 40 cases
  5. Other: 20%
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Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Horwitz Horwitz & Associates

25 E. Washington, Suite 900
It's best to contact me by email at
Chicago, IL, 60602-1716


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law199705/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Award of Trial Lawyer ExcellenceJury Verdict Reporter2013
10/10 ratingAVVO.com2013
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
10/10 Rating.AVVO.COM2012
Invited MemberAssociation of Trial Lawyers of America2011
William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer AwardIllinois Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Invited MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2011
Silver AwardElite Lawyers of America2011
William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer AwardIllinois Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2010
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2010
Invited MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Invited MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Invited memberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Top 100 Trial Lawyers (in Illinois)American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA)2009
Invited memberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2009
Front page article for Fischer appealChicago Daily Law Bulletin2002
Front page Article for Carter appealChicago Daily Law Bulletin2001
Chicago-Kent Legal Scholar AwardChicago-Kent College of Law1994
Lloyd "Curlly" Harris Award in government.SIUE Political Science Department1993
Essay winner-What the 1st Amendment means to meSt. Louis Post Dispatch1990
InMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Trial Lawyer, Partner.Horwitz Horwitz & Associates2010 - Present
Trial LawyerHorwitz, Horwitz & Associates2004 - Present
Admitted to Practice LawFederal Court for the Central District of Illinois1997 - Present
Admitted to Practice LawFederal Court for the Southern District of Illinois1997 - Present
Admitted to Practice LawFederal Court for the Northern District of Illinois1997 - Present
AttorneySutterfield & Carter1998 - 2004
AttorneyEffingham County State's Attorney1997 - 1998
Law ClerkTomes, Lee & Dvorak1995 - 1997
N/ASouthern Illinois University Graduate School1993 - 1994
Plumbers & Steamfitters UnionLocal Union 1571985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Society of Trial ConsultantsMember2015 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Managers2012 - Present
National Association of Class Action Trial LawyersMember2012 - Present
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMember2012 - Present
Railroad Accident Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2012 - Present
Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of AmericaMember2010 - Present
Multimillion Dollar AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
Million Dollar AdvocatesMember2009 - Present
The ATLAMember2009 - Present
Preemption Law Litigation GroupMember2007 - Present
AIEGMember2006 - Present
Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of IllinoisMember2000 - Present
Northwest Academy for DUI DefenseFounding Member1998 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
National Fire Protection AssociationMember2006 - 2007
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - 2003
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Filipos v. OzingaSettled during trial for $1,000,000.00
FCL v. JAK Ironworks$2,900,000 settlement.
Santos v. BrinerJury verdict of $1,301,000.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationGetting Psyched for Trial: Trial Psychology2014
The Trial LawyerThe Relationship between Back Pain and Morphological Brain Changes: Why Your Chronic Pain Client Likely has a Claim for Brain Injury too.2012
Manual of Traumatic Brain InjuryMedical Legal Considerations in Traumatic Brain Injury2011
Law BlawgMichael's Law Blawg2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer CollegeTrial PracticeCertificate2014
West Legal EducationFederal Environmental Litigation After MonsantoCertificate2011
West Legal EducationThe Williamson v. Mazda Motor DecisionCertificate2011
Trial Lawyer's CollegeImproving opening statementCertificate 21 hours2011
West Legal EducationStorytelling for Trial AttorneysCertificate, 1.5 hours.2011
West Legal EducationEffective presentation of evidenceCertificate 1.5 hours2010
West Legal EducationIntegrityCertificate 2.75 hours2010
West Legal EducationProving damages in TBI and spinal cord cases.Certificate 1.0 hours2010
West Legal EducationU.S. Supreme Court honest services decisionsCertificate 1.02010
West Legal EducationTrial advocacy & trial presentationCertificate 1.0 hours2010
West Legal EducationThe 1st Amendment since WW1Certificate 2.75 hours2010
West Legal EducationAsbestos litigation: where's it going?10.5 hours credit2010
West Legal EducationEmerging issues in automobile designCertificate 1.0 hours2010
West Legal EducationThe new rules of professional conductCertificate 2.75 hours2010
West Legal EducationThe Constitution and the war on terror1.02010
West Legal EducationHow Technology affects jurorsCertificate 1.0 hours CLE2010
West Legal EducationCommunicating your message to the jury.1.752009
West Legal EducationCourtroom visual strategiesCertification 1.5 hours2008
Mass Torts Made Perfect SeminarPharmaceutical litigationCompleted two days of course work2007
Continuing Legal EducationDamages: Fundamental Themes and Jury SelectionCompleted 3.5 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationDamages: Closing ArgumentsCompleted 1.75 hour course.2007
Continuing Legal EducationOpening Statement: The Damages ModelCompleted 2.75 hours course2007
Continuing Legal EducationTechnology and ethicsCompleted 1.5 hours2007
Continuing Legal EducationFundamental Principles and Closing Arguments for DamagesComplted 1.5 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationInsurance coverage litigation in IllinoisCompleted 1.75 hour course.2007
Continuing Legal EducationLitigating Trucking CasesCompleted 1.5 hour course.2007
Continuing Legal EducationTruck LitigationCompleted 1.25 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationAttorney client privilegeCompleted 1 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationEmpowering the jury, the story of the caseCompleted 1 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationComplaint and Motions in Civil CasesCompleted 1 hour course2007
Continuing Legal EducationEthics and Law-Duke Lacrosse CaseCompleted 1 hour course.2007
Continuing Legal EducationAsbestos Litigation in the 21st CenturyN/A2007
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Southern Illinois UniversityPolitical Science & Speech CommunicationBS - Bachelor of Science1993
Lake Land CollegePre-LawA.S.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
North American Brain Injury Association - TampaUsing embedded suggestions via trance hypnosis2016
2014 Legal Conference on Brain InjuryChronic Pain and the Brain: How Pain Changes Brain Morphology and Why It Matters for Trial Lawyers2014
NABIS 2013 - New OrleansMorphologic Brain Changes in Response to Chronic Pain2013
LWG Consulting Annual MeetingWhat I look for in expert CVs2013
Ring of Fire Radio programSuing the correct nursing home entities and nursing home insurance requirements2007
Ring of Fire Radio programRoof crush injury from rollover accidents2007
Audio discussion with Margaret Neiderer on Nursing Home NeglectNursing Home Neglect and Abuse2006
University of Illinois Moot Court competitionGuest Judge for Moot Court competition2003
Illinois Liquor Association meetingShortcomings of using the NHTSA Field Sobriety manual in DUI prosecutions2000