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I consider myself a legal scholar who has a broad understanding of and experience in many areas of the law. In recent years I have concentrated a large portion of my practice on civil litigation and personal injury law. I am passionate about victims' rights.


A particular area of my interest is product liability law, as this can involve injuries caused by complex machinery or technical medical devices. I excell in researching how these products work and what caused them to malfunction or otherwise become (or start out) defective. I recently showed that a warehouse industrial heating unit malfunctioned because it was installed incorrectly. I did this through thorough analysis of the machinery components, and even learned how to install this highly complex unit myself. Further, I scrutinized years of emails between the parties to show how the real problem came about and to obtain a successful outcome for my client. The bottom line on that case was that I was successful because I was the only attorney who took the necessary steps and research to fully understand the problems that occurred.


Thoroughness is thus my philosophy in all my cases. That and keeping my clients informed and in-the-loop of the case. I consider my clients the prime decision makers. I take the time to ensure they understand the case, explaining it in every-day, easy to understand terms. Together we will develop a strategy that you are not only happy with, but that you feel invested in and invigorated to win your case.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Employment: 60%
    11 years, 50 cases
  2. Social Security: 20%
    3 years, 15 cases
  3. General Practice: 10%
    11 years, 25 cases
  4. Personal Injury: 10%
    11 years, 200 cases



Contingent (70-80%), Retainer (sometimes), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Chapman Law, LLC

6737 W. Berwyn Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60656


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Top Women Attorneys - Outstanding Young Attorneys in IllinoisChicago Magazine2014
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2013
High Distinction on Comprehensive English ExamsDePaul University1996
Academic Writing Grammar School Rubrick Development CommitteeAnnenberg Foundation1995
Certificate in Freelance JournalismUniversity of Chicago1990
J. Kerker Quinn Fellowship for Creative WritingUniversity of Illinois1988
Phi Beta KappaGamma of Illinois at the University of Illinois1988
High Honors in EnglishUniversity of Illinois1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChapman Law, LLC2011 - Present
AssociateScarpelli & Brady, LLC2010 - 2011
AttorneyMarc J. Shuman & Associates2009 - 2010
AttorneyMoore Strickland2006 - 2008
Law Clerk and Assistant Corporation CounselCity of Chicago Law Department2003 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2002 - Present
American Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2009 - 2010
Chicago Bar AssociationMember, Chorus Member2006 - 2011
Illinois Defense Trial Counsel AssociationMember, Young Lawyer Committe2006 - 2009
Defense Research InstituteMember2006 - 2008
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember2002 - 2011
American Women in PublishingMember1991 - 1996
Publication nameTitleDate
Journal of the Illinois Defense CouncilAdmitting Expert Testimony on Vehicle Speed in Car Accident Cases2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
DePaul UniversityEnglish LiteratureMA - Masters1996
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignEnglish/RhetoricBA - Bachelor of Arts1988