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Christopher Lawrence Panio

Car accident Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   11 reviews

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Attorney, Christopher Panio, has obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of his injured clients.  

Since 2015, Christopher Panio has received the prestigious distinction of being considered by his peers part of the top 2% of all Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger. 

Christopher Panio has also been recognized for his customer service by Thumbtack, Avvo, and has other several other awards, including being named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the nation & one of the Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers in IL by the National Trial Lawyers Organization.

In addition to his law practice, Mr Panio is a court-appointed arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County Mandatory Arbitration program. He is also Chairman of the Civil Law Committee of the South Suburban Bar Association.

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Licensed for 17 years
State IL
Status Active and Authorized to Practice Law
Acquired 2005
Updated 01/06/2023

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

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Posted by Vonnetta | December 19, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney -Highly Recommend
I retained the services of Attorney Christopher Panio back in April of 2019 after becoming involved in a car accident. Mr Panio was very transparent from the beginning with the process and expectations of my personal injury case. He and his staff stayed in constant contact with me during my recovery from injury. I was able to receive full compensation for all medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. I highly recommend his services and would absolutely retain him for any future legal matters.
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Posted by Gwen | December 1, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
From the beginning to the end Chris Panio and his staff communicated and informed me of every detail of my case. I am so appreciative of his service and understanding in regards to the whole experience. I will definitively recommend his law practice to anyone in need of an attorney.
Posted by Lori | November 14, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done right and brings in great results quickly.
While I can not talk about my case specifically because Mr. Panio got me even more money for signing a confidentiality agreement, I can talk about my lawyer. I hired Mr. Panion and exactly one year later I had a check in my hand. No court AND he got them to settle more then expected. Calls and email where handled very timely and he let me know what was going on all along the way. I have never been through a lawsuit before so Mr. Panio made sure I stayed in the loop all along the way. I highly recommend him and would use him again in a heart beat.
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Posted by Edward | November 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Great job!
Chris had a plan and was very communicative which made the process seemless. I couldnt asked for a better outcome given the circumstances I highly recommend Panio Law Services.
Posted by Stewart | August 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Auto Injury
Chris was a true professional throughout the whole process. He kept me informed through E-mail, texts and phone calls - very contactable. Not at all like the lawyers on those TV commercials. You speak with him, not some representative associated with him. After about 1 year and 10 months after the injury and interviewing 3 other attorneys, I chose Chris. 1 attorney told me to take the money the Insurance was offering. 1 said ask for 50% more and 1 said “not a good case”. After speaking with Chris he guided me through the process and increased the settlement by 6 times what the insurance company was offering. I had a lot of questions and he had patience and answers along with practical, realistic experience to make the correct decisions. He always presented me with choices throughout the process, but did what I decided to do. My health, wellbeing and my family are better off because of Chris.
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Posted by anonymous | June 13, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
This is a Great Attorney!!!
The excellent communication skills and ease of reaching Mr. Panio and his associates made the process of our case so much easier than we anticipated. We couldn't be happier with the outcome. We highly recommend this firm!
Posted by Pamela | December 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
5 Stars
Mr. Panio worked for three years on my behalf so that I was eventually able to pay my medical bills. He was professional, organized, and kept me appraised of his progress. I could not have done all the required paperwork, phone calling, etc. without his assistance and expertise. I will continue to recommend him whenever I can.
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Posted by Thomas | November 9, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced and Compassionate Law Service
I felt compelled to write a review for Attorney Panio. I do not regularly leave reviews, but the professionalism and swiftness with which he handled my case prompted me to do so. After a car accident, I was left injured, frustrated, and with minimal support from my insurance company. I contacted Attorney Panio to help me with this situation, and he knew exactly what needed to be done for me to receive the care and attention I deserved. He is both a compassionate and experienced lawyer. I would recommend him to anyone seeking an attorney to skillfully navigate their legal problem, remove the worries from you, stay in communication about the progress of the case, and get good results. Nobody wants to have legal issues, but I would certainly hire him again if the need arose.
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Posted by Jen | October 15, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Chris Panio is great! I retained his services after an auto accident, and not only was he personable and easy to work with, he was able to get us a great settlement with very reasonable fees. He worked diligently on my behalf, provided me with all the details about my case in a timely manner, and explained it all in 'English." I highly recommend Chris Panio.
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Posted by NaKetha | May 5, 2015
Very Helpful Services
I was involved in a accident in September 2014 with a semi-truck. After many weeks of Physical Therapy and many weeks of lost wages. I decided to retain Panio Law Offices to help me to attempt recover the damages I encountered due to this very scary and painful situation. I experienced great communication, timely progress updates and a fair settlement. Mr. Panio was extremely helpful in helping me to understand my options throughout the entire process of pursuing the damages in my case. I would highly recommend the services of Panio Law Offices to anyone who needs or is considering consulting an attorney regarding injury cases. I would certainly utilize the same law offices if I were to encounter any future accident or injury damages. I highly recommend this law office.
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Posted by Linda | April 15, 2015
Auto accident claim
Chris comes highly recommended from my family. He helped us through a tough situation and lead us where we needed to be. He was straightforward and honest and helped us tremendously. He made everything easy and smooth. Thank you Chris !!!
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  • Contingency 30%-40%


AVVO RATING 9.6 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Arbitrator
  • Cook County Circuit Court
  • 2013 - Present
  • Owner
  • Panio Law Offices
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Wadington & Associates
  • 2006 - 2012
  • Clerk
  • Cook County State Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • The John Marshall Law School
  • Doctor of Law (J.D.)
  • 2005
  • University of Colorado At Boulder
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Lopez v. James
  • $1,250,000.00
  • Sikora v. Gestes
  • $100,000.00


  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • South Suburban Bar Assocation
  • Chairman - Civil Law Committee
  • 2012 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top-Rated Chicago Personal Injury Firm
  • Thumbtack
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top-Rated Law Firm
  • Thumbtack
  • 2015
  • Clients' Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2015
  • Emerging Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
Endorse Christopher
Litigation Attorney | Apr 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I always enjoy talking to Chris because he works hard and cares about his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Panio is a tireless advocate for his clients. He fights to make sure they obtain the maximum recovery for the their injuries. I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Car accident Lawyer Christopher Lawrence Panio
Christopher Lawrence Panio
Car accident Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 17 years