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Steven M. Levin, co-founder and senior partner of Levin & Perconti, is a nationally known attorney who has successfully represented clients in personal injury matters for over thirty years. In 1992, he and John Perconti founded the firm and our lawyers have achieved over $520 million for clients, including over $140 million in nursing home abuse and neglect cases.  

Steve has obtained numerous multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients in a variety of nursing home, medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death cases.  

$17.7 million settlement  on behalf of an injured police officer who sustained a serious brain injury due to nursing staff negligence in a Chicago hospital.   

$7 million verdict in a medical negligence suit against a doctor who failed to diagnose our client’s postpartum bleeding, resulting in her death.  

$6.7 million verdict in a birth injury lawsuit against a hospital involving a birth injury lawsuit.   

$5.7 million workplace injury settlement for a 27-year-old roofer who was injured on the job.  

$2.9 million Cook County record nursing home neglect verdict in a pressure sore case. 

Pioneering Nursing Home Litigation

Steve was among the first attorneys in the country to handle nursing home cases, and has established a reputation as one of the country’s top litigators in the area of nursing home litigation. He has advocated on behalf of hundreds of nursing home residents who have been victimized by improper care and treatment, achieving record-setting verdicts and settlements in these cases.  

More importantly, Steve’s vigilance in representing victims in nursing home negligence lawsuits has brought national attention to this rampant and unacceptable problem, sending a message that mistreatment of one of society’s most vulnerable groups will not go unnoticed.  

Steve is a member of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care's Leadership Council, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of nursing home residents and their families.  He is also the former chair of the AAJ's Nursing Home Litigation Group. Steve's comments on nursing home litigation have been quoted in national news publications including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. 

Steve was recently listed in the Illinois: The Top 100 list in the February 2015 issue ofChicago Magazine, a listing of the attorneys who ranked at the top of the Illinois Super Lawyers nomination, research and review process. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2005. 

Steve is well-respected among his peers who have nominated him as one of the top Illinois lawyers in personal injury and nursing home litigation through the Leading Lawyers Network. Steve was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. 

Steve has been honored by the Martindale-Hubbell American Law Directory, and awarded their “AV” rating for his legal abilities and very high ethical standards and The National Trial Lawyers, an organization composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state.  The Litigation Counsel of America also selected him as a Fellow of the organization. 

In October 2012, Steve received an award for Trial Lawyer Excellence for the Highest Reported Illinois Verdict in a Nursing Home Malpractice case .  The award was presented by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co. 

As a Chicago medical malpractice lawyer, Steve is dedicated to helping people who have been injured, or the families of people killed, because of someone else’s mistakes or improper conduct. He stands by the belief that lawsuits not only bring relief to injured victims, but also motivate healthcare providers, businesses and manufacturers to make systemic changes to provide better care, service, and safer products. 


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



Contingent (30-40%), Free consultation (15 minutes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

Levin & Perconti

325 North LaSalle Drive #450
Chicago, IL, 60654


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197605/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2016
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2015
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2014
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2014
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 2013 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2013
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2013
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Illinois Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2011
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2011
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2010
Leading LawyerIllinois Leading Lawyer Network2010
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2009
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2008
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2007
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2006
Illinois Super LawyerChicago Magazine2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerLevin & Perconti1992 - Present
Founding PartnerLevin & Associates1983 - 1992
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Managers2011 - Present
Society of Trial Lawyers of IllinoisSecretary2011 - Present
Decalogue Society of LawyersBoard Member2011 - Present
The Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term CareLeadership Council Member2010 - Present
American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice SectionVice Chair, Medicine Law CommitteeN/A
American Jewish CommitteeHuman Relations Award Dinner Vice ChairN/A
Highland Park Zoning Board of AppealsN/AN/A
Ravinia ParkAd-hoc Committee on Amusement TaxN/A
American Constitution Society Chicago Lawyer ChapterBoard of AdvisorsN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupMemberN/A
American Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-chairN/A
The National Trial Lawyers Birth Injury Litigation GroupMemberN/A
Nursing Home Litigation ReporterBoard of AdvisorsN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home ReformCommittee of 20N/A
Illinois Citizens for Better CareAdvisory CommitteeN/A
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysSteering CommitteeN/A
Illinois Attorney General's Task Force on Nursing HomesMemberN/A
City of Chicago Committee on Nursing HomesMemberN/A
Chicago Department of Aging Ombudsman Advisory CouncilMemberN/A
National Trial Lawyers AssociationCo-chairN/A
Litigation Counsel of AmericaFellowN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
D. Guerin as administrator of the estate of M.Guerin v. Mario Yu, M.D. et al$7.62 million verdict
N.N. for G.N. v. R.D. et al.$17.7 million medical malpractice settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Daily Law BulletinGrief and Sorrow: A Powerful but Uncharted Element of Damages in Nursing Home Cases2014
Trial MagazineProving Pain in Nursing Home Cases2013
Chicago Daily Law BulletinHow Changes to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Will Affect Long-Term Care Abuse and Neglect Cases2013
Trial MagazineWeaving a Nursing Home Deposition Strategy2013
Chicago LawyerThe Effects of Grief and Sorrow Damages in Illinois Wrongful Death Cases2012
AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group NewsletterCombating Juror Bias in Nursing Home Cases2009
IICLE HandbookPlaintiff's Perspectives2008
GPSolo Magazine (ABA)Litigating Nursing Home Malpractice2008
Advocacy and Litigation SIGPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions in the Elderly2008
IICLE HandbookAdvising Elderly Clients and Their Families2008
Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families- IICLE PressPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions Under the Nursing Home Care Act2008
Nursing Home Litigation: Pre-Trial Practice and TrialsHanding Witnesses: Deposing the Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Attending Physician, Nursing Home Administrator and Nursing Staff2001
Nursing Home Litigation: Investigation and Case PreparationScreening the Nursing Home Case2001
Elder's Advisor: Journal of Elder Law and Post-Retirement PlanningLitigating Nursing Home Wandering Cases2000
Illinois State Bar JournalFirst Things First: Evaluating a Nursing Home Case2000
Illinois State Bar JournalProtecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents Through Litigation1996
IICLE HandbookNursing Homes and Life Care Communities1991
Loyola MagazineA Question of Responsibility: An Attorney's View of the Insanity Defense1982
Loyola University Chicago Law JournalLibel and Slander - A State is Precluded from Imposing Liability Without Fault or Presumed or Punitive Damages in the Absence of New York Times Malice1975
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of Wisconsin, MadisonN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
AAJ 2016 Winter ConventionSexual Abuse of Residents in Nursing Home Facilities2016
WebinarNursing Home Injury Litigation: Evaluating Common Claims, Reviewing Medical Records, and Assessing Damages2015
Leading, Litigating, and ConnectingPresumed Defective: The Impact of the Malfunction Theory on Product Cases2015
ConferenceNursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Litigation Seminar2015
National Jewish RetreatTaking Doctors to Task: The Ethics of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits2014
ACWHTR Annual MeetingPlaintiff and Defense Points of View on Recent Wound Care Topics2014
IICLEAdvanced Evidentiary Issues at Trial2013
ConferenceLitigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar: From Case Selection to Trial2013
ACWHTR Annual MeetingWound Care and the Law: Liability and Other Issues for the Practicing Wound Care Clinician2013
Nursing Home Litigation for the Elder Law PractitionerElder Law Practice in the Circuit Court of Cook County2012
Lunchtime Seminar SeriesVoir Dire: Legal & Strategic Issues2012
Deposing Adverse Parties and Expert WitnessesPretrial Preparation in Civil Practice2012
ConferencePersonal injury in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities2012
American Association for JusticeNursing Home College: Depositions2012
Advanced Nursing Home Litigation SeminarWinning Your Case Through Depositions2012
AAJ 2012 Annual ConventionResearch Strategies for Expert Depositions and Trial Preparation in Nursing Home Cases2012
Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarExposing and Understanding Juror Attitudes2011
Illinois Governor's Conference on AgingProtecting Residents' Rights Through Litigation2011
Annual ConferenceUsing the Law to Advocate for Residents of Long-Term Care2011
Vernon Park Church of God Senior Council MeetingHow to Protect and Advocate for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home Setting2010
New Jersey Association for Justice Advanced Nursing Home Litigation SeminarCo-Opting the Defense Through Depositions2010
Illinois Pioneer Coalition ConferenceUsing the Legal System to Incite Change in Nursing Homes2010
Culture Change Coalition of PeoriaUnderstanding Nursing Home Laws: The Law’s Role in Protecting and Compensating Victims of Abuse and Neglect2010
Community Renewal Society Senior Action Network LuncheonAdvocating for Friends and Loved Ones in Long-Term Care2010
Annual ConferenceProtecting Residents' Rights Through Litigation2010
6th Annual Elder Law Short CoursePersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation on Behalf of Older Americans and Long Term Care Residents2010
NJAJ Boardwalk Seminar - Advanced Nursing Home Litigation SeminarThe Windy City Comes to Jersey: Using Midwest Sensibilities to Deal with the Conservative Juror2009
NAELA Illinois Chapter MeetingProtecting the Rights of Elderly Clients in Personal Injury Matters2009
Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarMoving From Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home—Differences to Watch For2009
DePaul University School of Law Elder Law ClassUnderstanding Nursing Home Litigation2009
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section Criminal Law/Torts Committee MeetingNursing Home Litigation: Doing Well by Doing Good2009
American Association for Justice Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarMoving from Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home- Differences to Watch For2009
Topics in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect LitigationNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
Safeguarding Our Seniors: Perspectives on Elder LawNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
Quarterly Volunteer Ombudsmen MeetingIdentifying Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect2008
Nursing Home Litigation, Insurance, and BeyondNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2008
CHRMS 2008 Law DayPerspectives on Discovery and Long Term Care from Both Sides of the Bar2008
Loyola Summer Institute on AgingAdvocating for Nursing Home Residents2006
Illinois Long Term Ombudsman Statewide Tranining ConferenceEmpowering Long Term Care Ombudsmen2006
ATLA Nursing Home Litigation GroupClosing Arguments2006
Top Ten TeleseminarsNursing Home Case Preparation2005
Nursing Home Litigation Group MeetingNursing Home Falls2005
Mealey's Nursing Home Litigation ConferenceNursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2005
Annual ConventionOpening Statements in a Nursing Home Case2005
Nursing Home Strategies for 2004Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2004
Litigating Nursing Home Cases SeminarDeposing Home Employees2004
Regional Long Term Care Ombudsman MeetingIssues in Nursing Home Law2003
Prairie State Legal Services TrainingAddressing Quality of Care in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation2003
Medical Malpractice SeminarJury Selection2003
Internet ConferenceInformation for Catastrophic Injury Litigation Professionals2003
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association SeminarPlaintiff's Nursing Home Litigation2002