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Tom Chute

Car accident Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   8 reviews

also known as J. Thomas Chute

  • Licensed for 30 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1993
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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

About Tom

Learn Tom’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Car accident
    If you’ve suffered an injury as the result of an automobile, truck, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle accident, you will likely be faced with immediate and long-term medical expenses. You'll need Attorney Chute's experience on your side. Call now.

  2. Personal injury
    Attorney Chute has been a premier personal injury lawyer in Illinois since 1993. If you've been hurt due to someone else's negligence and through no fault of your own, call him immediately to review your case.

  3. Slip and fall accident
    While you cannot foresee an accident, catastrophic injuries can dramatically change your life after one. Call today if you've been injured through no fault of your own.

  4. Brain injury
    Someone in the U.S. suffers a traumatic brain injury every 21 seconds, according to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIA). About 1.4 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury each year in the United States alone.

  5. Defective and dangerous products
    Have you been harmed as a result of a defective product? Simply put, this shouldn’t happen to anyone. Whether through a design or manufacturing error, mistakes could, and should, be caught before products are on the marketplace.

  6. Medical malpractice
    Professional health care providers include doctors, nurses, dentists, technicians, hospitals, nursing home facilities and any person or entity that provides medical care. Medical malpractice can also occur through outpatient services or prescriptions

  7. Wrongful death
    When a person dies as a result of someone else’s negligence, his loved ones have a right to seek compensation through the Illinois court system. A number of different incidents can lead to a wrongful death case being filed.

  8. Trucking accident
    Nationwide, 24% of all large truck drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2007 had at least one prior speeding conviction according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tom Chute is a 1990 graduate of St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York and a 1993 graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. For over 25 years, Tom has tried numerous cases to verdict and obtained millions of dollars in settlements and awards on behalf of injured clients. His common sense approach to each case and jury appeal has earned him a reputation as one of the leading trial lawyers in the Chicago area. Tom is also frequently appointed by his fellow trial lawyers to serve as an Arbitrator. His reputation as a practical, no-nonsense lawyer makes him one of most sought after attorneys among his peers.

Tom is a frequent speaker at legal seminars, professional organizations and law schools in Illinois, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute and DePaul Law School. He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and The Society of Trial Lawyers.

Tom lives in Hinsdale, Illinois with his wife and three children. He is an avid golfer and sports fan. He has coached youth football and served on the Board of Directors for the Hinsdale Falcon Football program. Tom also founded and coached the Clarendon Hills Hoyas 7th and 8th grade boys travel basketball team.

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Posted by Mercedes | March 13, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer in the world
Thomas chute has helped me threw this whole processs I was dealing with my case for almost 5 years I also had to switch my lawyer because my last lawyer wasn’t the best but Thomas stepped in & made everything go smoothly he was very professional and kept me updated on the case with great news every time I would highly recommend that you people reach out to Thomas he was the best lawyer I could ever. Ask for and I appreciate his assistance to but we won our case & we’re rewarded with a great amount of money !!! Thanks Thomas I will be using him in the future you are truly a blessing !!!!!
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Posted by steven | May 12, 2015
accident case
Tom did a great job. He handle our case in a professional manner and had it resolved quickly. Tom went above and beyond to get our case resolved fairly and equitably. Thank you, Tom, for all of your help.
Posted by Marci | April 30, 2015
Mr. Chute takes on hard cases and gets results
I was injured in a car accident a few years back. Went to see three lawyers who wouldn't take my case until I found Mr. Chute and he stepped up to the bat for my case and never left my side. Through the whole process he answered all my questions, was patient with me and my husband and kept us informed of everything. He is an all around great guy and got us what we deserved for my injuries.
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Posted by Isabell | April 23, 2015
Great lawyer!
i had an auto accident involving injuries. I had no idea how to proceed. Tom answered all my questions and informed me on what was going on all the time. He always returned my calls promptly. He did what was best for me . I highly recommend him to anybody that is looking for a good lawyer who is genuinely looking out for his client's best interest.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2015
Thomas Chute a lawyer who demonstrates respect for his clients
It was very important that I had a sensitive, understanding and respectful lawyer. The client was a family member. The client would not go to a lawyer without my support because he did not feel he could represent himself well. He sometimes has difficulties understanding things and can become nervous and upset when he doesn't. I loved the way Tom dealt with the situation. Although I was with the client each time he met with Tom, Tom never lost sight of who his client was. He always respected him and spoke directly to him. Tom was very good at taking the time and explaining things at a level that the client could understand which is a skill many lawyers lack. 2 lawyers rejected the case because they felt they could not win. Tom took the case, won and exceeded our settlement expectations. If the need for an attorney arises again I would definitely call J. Thomas Chute.
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Posted by jdy | April 16, 2015
Awesome Attorney
Working with Tom was a great experience. He trusted and believed in my case from the start and was able to deliver an outcome that I really didn't think was possible. Along with being knowledgeable, he knew how to approach every situation that came up. He guided me all the way , was very responsive and kept me informed all through the process.
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Posted by jdy | April 13, 2015
Awesome Attorney
Working with Thomas Chute was a fantastic experience. He trusted me, believed in my case and made sure justice was served to an extent I didn't think was possible. He is very knowledgeable, knew how handle all of the various situatrions that developed along with guiding me and keeping me informed during the whole process.
Posted by Angelo | April 8, 2015
Worked with Mr. Chute on several matters and he could not be more qualified.
Mr. Chute and I have interacted on several cases that have crossed the various borders between New York and Illinois. I was immediately impressed with not only his knowledge of Illinois legislation and landmark decisions, but the varied interplay of Federal statutes and case law. He exemplified passion and professionalism throughout our matters together and I have, in turn, referred cases to Mr. Chute with excellent results and client feedback. This is a lawyer who personifies "excellence."
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Chute O'Malley Knobloch & Turcy, LLC
  • 2018 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Turcy Chute, LLC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Owner
  • Law Offices of J. Thomas Chute
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Partner
  • Rhatigan & Chute, LLC
  • 2007 - 2010
  • Trial Attorney
  • Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Partner
  • Dowd & Dowd
  • 1999 - 2003
  • Partner
  • O'Connor, Schiff & Myers
  • 1993 - 1999
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1993
  • St Lawrence University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Defective Hoist Mechanism
  • Case settled for $2,500,000
  • Eye Injury Due to Work Related Injury
  • Case settled $1,250,000
  • Pedestrian Wrongful Death
  • Case settled for $1,000,000


  • Better Business Bureau
  • Affiliate Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2019 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Leading Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Society of Trial Lawyers of Illinois
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2017
  • Leading Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • 2016
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  • ITLA Update Seminar
  • Trial Themes
  • 2008
  • IICLE Young Lawyers Seminar
  • How To Take and Defend Deposition
  • 2002

Speaking Engagements

  • Update Seminar
  • Trial Themes
  • 2008
  • Maximizing Damages and Preserving Plaintiff's Recovery
  • Refining and Pursuing Your Theory
  • 2005
  • Young Lawyers Seminar: What They Didn't Teach You In Law School
  • How to Take and Defend Depositions
  • 2002
  • Palmer House Hilton
  • How to Prepare For and Take a Desposition
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (2)
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Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I would trust Tom to care for my closest family members - Excellent attorney - wonderful with clients"
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is an excellent attorney who is extremely knowledgeable and hard working. He obtains the best possible result for his clients and provides a level of personal service rarely seen in our practice."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is bright and ethical. He finds creative solutions to handling cases and treats all his clients and opposing counsel with the utmost civility."
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have been a lawyer for 30 years. Tom and I have worked together on several matters in the last 10 years. Tom is one of the best attorneys I have ever worked with. He is always prepared and practices law as a true gentleman."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work."