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Carl Harry Reisman

Workers compensation Attorney at Champaign, IL

5.0   19 reviews
  • Licensed for 27 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1996
    Voluntarily Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Carl

Learn Carl’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    I represent injured workers exclusively. I have also served on the state bar section council dedicated to workers' compensation law.

    28 years, 500 cases

  2. Car accident

  3. Personal injury
    I have represented clients in a wide variety of injury cases, including wrongful death, malpractice, car accidents, slips and falls, dog bites, product liability, premises liability, construction accidents, among others.

    28 years

I have deep roots in downstate Illinois--just take a look at my garden.  Before I was a lawyer I cooked for a living for 12 years, and I've found that no amount of cooking skills can substitute for produce picked right from your back yard.  Central Illinois has amazing soil and a long but tricky growing season (I've lost tomato pepper plants to frost in June.)  I've lived in Illinois since 1975, graduated from with two degrees from the University of Illinois, and two of my three children were born here, so my personal roots are deep here, too!


Reisman Law Office
1312 West Green Street
Champaign, IL, 61821


5.0 / 5.0
  19 customer reviews
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Posted by Danielle | August 11, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Work Comp.
I cannot say enough wonderful things about Carl. He has been my Work Comp. attorney since 2009-2010 and worked on my case diligently to get to arbitration in order to keep my medical rights open (after sustaining a severe arm injury and subsequent surgeries beginning in 2005.) Since arbitration, there have been a handful of times over the years where I have needed additional help and support in getting the continued and subsequent medical care I need and to which I am entitled. He has and continues to be nothing but extremely kind, patient, helpful and caring. He is also no-nonsense in his responses to my former employer and their Work Comp. insurance provider, and extremely professional in all interactions. He always takes care of things in a timely (and often very fast) manner, and is honestly just one of the most genuinely personable and caring attorneys I have ever met. I could not continue to “fight” this seemingly never ending battle as a result of my original injury and subsequent surgeries and procedures without him. I honestly would be lost without him. Know that if you value compassion, respect, and kindness, along with someone who gets things done, Carl should be your attorney. No question. Of course my hope is always that I don’t have to continue this fight; but when I need someone in my corner, he is always there.
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Posted by Jo | February 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's a compassionate, professional, and an excellent Atty!
When I needed an Atty for my injury at work, I only relied to all the reviews on this site. And when I met Atty. Carl Reisman, I told him my deciding factor why I chose him to represent me, it's because of the amazing reviews. I had an injury and a personal problem at the same time and he even told me not to think of paying his service at all. But I told him, regardless of my personal situation, he is entitled with his share. That alone, I can tell how compassionate he is as a person. He sent me text messages updating me about the progress of the case. He is respectful. honest and easy to talk to...he worked hard also and was able to get the best result. There's no doubt that he is loved by his clients and I am one of them. Thank you so much Atty. Carl Reisman! You are the BEST! God Bless you always.
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Posted by Carolyn | January 15, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Conscientious and very caring
I hired Mr. Reissman after I was in a car accident. He was always available, patient and understanding. He was respectful to both parties, kind and considerate. We won the case without having to go to court. He is a wonderful attorney!
Posted by William Moynihan | October 21, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A dedicated attorney, a better person!
From the moment I met Carl I knew I could trust him. He immediately made me feel as if I was consulting with a friend and not an attorney. Carl explained to me in detail my rights and gave me an idea of what I could expect should I choose to move forward with him. From day one, he made it clear he was going to do everything he could for me. He was in immediate contact with the insurance company, and was very thorough when explaining to me what was happening with the case. He gave excellent advice, and he was always available to take my call or respond to an email. I knew I had little to worry about with Carl on my side, and trusted his advice throughout the entire process. His knowledge and experience of worker's compensation and personal injury (as well as applicable state laws) was incredible. Carl never made false promises so I knew exactly what to expect. I could not have been happier with my experience with Mr. Reisman, and would very strongly recommend him to anyone needing legal advice or representation. I found Carl here on Avvo, and every rating of him was spot on. He is an excellent attorney who cares about his clients on a personal level. He regularly contacted me after my surgery to see how I was doing, and made himself available whenever I needed him. If you need someone who is going to treat you as an individual and not just a case numer, look no further. In my personal opinion, Carl is a dedicated attorney with thorough knowledge of his field. He settled my case as quickly as possible, and I could not be happier. I brought my entire family to our final meeting to thank Carl for all he had done for us in a difficult and exhausting time. Thank you Carl, for all you did for me and my family. You are a true professional in every sense of the word, and I could not recommend anyone in higher regard.
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Posted by Joyce | September 8, 2015
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Great Service
I was very pleased with the service I received fro, Carl Reisman. He was respectful, informative and easy to communicate with about my case.
Posted by David | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Great attorney!
Carl was refered to me by a friend of mine. I am so thankful for that recomendation. Carl''s expertise in his field allows him to give his clients the advise and guidance that they will not find anywhere else. If you are looking for an attorney while dealing witn an injury you need to know that the person representing you is the best. I would highly recommed Carl.
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Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Communication, Patience, & Expertise!
Carl is excellent and has been very patient with me and my case. I think alot of large firms would have dropped me or not.even taken my case because of the amount of time and patience it takes. Lucky for me, he did take it and he is working and waiting right along with me. He calms me, which is why I hired him, because I get angry and.irrational when dealing with my now ex-employer, and obviously they took me much more seriously when I retained him. He responds to my emails or calls 24 hours a day so I get answers to my burning questions fast and before I make an irrational decision or one that could potentially hurt my case if I do something outside of the boundaries. I highly recommend him to help, whether simple or complex, he will work 110% for you if you retain him (if he feels as though he can help you). He is also a specialist and expert in the area of law he practices, so he's not a one stop shop where the person knows a little of everything and not alot about anything, Carl know a little of everything and alot of the specialty area he practices is in..... which is obviously better for me as a client. My case is ongoing so I am writing this as a satisfied client up to this time.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2015
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Excellent experience working with Mr. Reisman
I cannot emphasize strong enough how professional Mr. Reisman was in handling my auto accident case. He was thorough and worked in a timely manner. There were several parties involved--insurance companies, doctors, hospitals, physical therapists, etc. The accident also involved three states due to where the accident occurred and where treatment was received. The case was complex to say the least. Mr. Reisman kept me apprised of my case at all junctures. He "translated" the legal jargon so that it could be understood by me, while still including the necessary details. He always returned phone calls and emails--bottom line--he was there for me.
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Posted by Audrey | August 31, 2015
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Patient Listener who Takes Action
Carl Reisman always impresses me with how well he listens, with great patience and understanding. He stays calm, explains things clearly, and takes action. I always felt Carl was on my side, but he is fair-minded and doesn't make false promises. He was a great help to me after I was injured at a business that had a down-sloping sidewalk with no handrail or light and a drain from the roof that went right onto the sidewalk, allowing it to get icy. When presenting me my settlement award, Carl gave me excellent advice about using it to take care of myself and my injury which will be with me the rest of my life. Carl Reisman offers wise counsel.
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Posted by Mike | August 27, 2015
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The Perfect Combination: Competence and Compassion
Carl is a total professional who treats clients not only as his legal responsibility, but first and foremost as people deserving of his utmost diligence and respect. If you need Carl's help, you no doubt are in an unfortunate situation. My experience informs me that Carl will only make it better.
Posted by Aaron | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Dedicated Legal Representation and expert knowledge
I chose Carl Reisman at Reisman Law Office to represent me for my workers compensation case. He came very highly recommended by several injury victims. Workers compensation law is a very complex and difficult matter to navigate alone. If your situation is not handled correctly, one can be doomed to face life long pain, suffering, and financial responsibility. Injuries will effect your life drastically, and health care insurance providers and employers have their own agenda that looks out for THEIR best interests, and not YOURS. Carl Reisman obtained all the information from my injury, and related medical records and reports. He coached me through the maze of requirements and procedures, and is always available to talk and communicate about whatever I need. Carl provides first class service, and does so with compassion and integrity. He also doesn't get paid unless I receive a settlement. I am still receiving treatment from my injury, and we expect to receive a settlement in the near future.
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Posted by Laura | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
highly recommend
Carl Reisman represented me on more than one occasion. He was diligent, responsive, and competent. I always felt that he had my best interests at heart and was doing everything he could to make sure that I received just compensation. I have no reservations about his work and would recommend him to anyone seeking a conscientious and committed lawyer.
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Posted by Tina | December 30, 2013
The Perfect Attorney Highly Recommend!!!
Carl has been working with me on my workers comp case. He has been a dream come true during this nightmare. The insurance company has been giving us the runaround since the beginning. With every twist and turn they throw at us, Carl handles each situation quickly and diligently. He is always very prompt at returning my calls an getting answers. He keeps me updated regularly, even when I don't call him. He's very down to earth and easy to talk to. I have had attorneys in the past that I've never even met face to face. That's not the case with Carl. He makes you feel comfortable. He takes the time to get to know you and your case on a more personal, friendly, and professional level. I've never had that with any attorney I've dealt with before. He genuinely cares about his clients. This case has not been easy and we are far from done, but just knowing that I have his good representation makes me feel at ease. I truly don't know what I would do without him! He handles all the paperwork that I'm sure isn't easy. I know that with him handling my case, the outcome will be great. He is compassionate, knowledgable, and very professional. He is not pushy or overbearing in any way! he is definitely a rare find! I couldn't ask for more!!!
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Posted by Mike | June 20, 2013
Very Good Representation.Highly Recommend
Hired Carl for a workers compensation claim. He met with us initially and took all the information about the injury and wasn't pushy about trying to get us to sign on for him to take out case. We had checked a few other attorneys and they seemed more concerned about getting us to sign a representation agreement. Not so with Carl he explained some of the laws and rules to us and what our legal rights were for workers compensation issues and gave a brief run down of how the process works if we chose to have him represent us. We felt at ease and comfortable with Carl so we hired him. Simply put it was a wise choice, He got everything filed and processed quickly and dealt with the workers comp company from the start and kept us informed along the way. We were not satisfied with the first opinion/recommendation or treatment of the first workers compensation Dr and we were advised to seek a second opinion by Carl. Glad we did there were substantiated medical issues that were missed and/or overlooked by first Dr and we are in the process of getting the medical issues resolved. Throughout this process Carl has taken care of all the needed correspondence, been on top of discussions with the physician(s) and making sure all the medical records and workers comp insurance stuff has been dealt with. We have been regularly notified of what is happening and where we are going next in this claim. Anytime I have had an issue or a question I either called or emailed Carl and I have always received a call or return email in less than a few hours with an answer to my question or concern. Based on my experience with work comp Drs, health care facilities and workers compensation insurance providers I would not want to try to handle and deal with all that needs done without a good attorney. Without good legal representation these mentioned entities will try to delay, not be truthful (in my opinion) and you may not get you the treatment or coverage you need to recover from a workers compensation injury and claim. I have a full time occupation and with workers comp there are too many things that need done or need to be taken care of to try and do it on your own. Carl has handled our case very well and gotten things done and done efficiently and timely that would not have gotten done if he wasn't representing us. Bottom line I will recommend any one who has a workers compensation injury and claim to seek out Carl to represent you. If you want to spends lots of time and have lots of headaches trying to deal with all the stuff involved and still have to fight the work comp industry people then try it yourself but I would recommend you go see Carl.
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Posted by Alicia | September 10, 2012
Non Pushy
Carl was referred to me by another Attorney because I have a worker's comp case that has been dragging on for almost three years, although worker's comp wants to settle. My previous attorney was pushing me to have surgery, which was against my will, because it would get me more money, and of course him too. However, I refused to submit to his wishes and the case just lingered. I was told to call him when I had the surgery which I never did so he didn't call me and I didn't call him until I got fed up with my condition and waiting for him to help me settle this matter. I met Carl a couple of weeks ago and I have learned more from him without being pushy, and I fell like we are finally getting some where with this case. Carl is working with me as to how I would like to settle the case. I truly want his expertise in this matter and he is giving it and I really appreciate him! I will encourage every one I know to contact him for his trustworthiness, responsiveness, knowledgeability as he keep me informed on my case. When I meet with him, he never rushes me or makes me feel uncomfortable. He is very professional, yet down to earth. We even talked about his plants. :-) Having an Attorney with all of these characteristics are very important in every aspect to any case which Carl possesses.
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Posted by Scott | August 16, 2011
Above and Beyond
Mr Reisman embodies all the qualities I was looking for in a lawyer, and constantly went the extra mile to ensure my case was handled quickly and professionally, all the while keeping me updated without me even having to ask. I have used several lawyers in my life, I assure you I will now use only one the rest of it. Thanks Carl.
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Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2009
Superb Lawyer!
Mr. Reisman handled a personal injury case for me where the State of Illinois was the defendant. He very effectively dealt with arcane matters, state bureaucracy and state lawyers. He was persistent, thorough, and effective, provided much guidance, and gave importantly good council. His approach is client centered, affable and caring. His professional handling of my case was superb. Highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2009
Great attorney
Carl has handled two worker's comp cases for me over the past six years. I could not have asked for a more professional handling of my cases. When my mother passed away during the first case, he sent flowers and a card. That really tells you the cares about his clients.
Posted by anonymous | July 15, 2009
The Perfect Lawyer
I have been a client of Mr. Reisman for 3 years. He is a very nice and caring man. He is very easily accessible. He takes all his own calls and is very prompt getting back to you. He works mostly on referrals so that in itself should speak loudly! I dont' know what I would have done without him! If you hire him , I'm sure you won't be disappointed! He's the greatest!
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Contingency 20%-33%


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Reisman Law Office
  • 2005 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Reisman and Taylor
  • 2001 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Zimmerly, Gadau, Selin & Otto
  • 1996 - 2001


  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Richard Ems v. Inman Plaza, 05 WC 21604
  • The case ultimately settled for $125,000.


  • Channing Murray Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Wabash and Ohio Rivers Coordinating Council
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • member Agricultural Management Committee
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member Water Resources Committee
  • 2010 - 2012
  • American Bar Association
  • Member Water Quality and Wetlands Committee
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Preservation and Conservation Association
  • Board Member
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member Workers Compensation Section Council
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Urbana Human Relations Commission
  • Commissioner
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Champaign County Bar Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 2000 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • CALI Award for Excellence in Legal Writing
  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • 1996


  • Lawyer Poets and That World We Call Law
  • Slip and Fall Lawyer
  • 2013
  • Legal Studies Forum
  • A Commitment for Sanity
  • 2011
  • Illinois Bar Journal
  • Wendling and the Common Fund Doctrine
  • 2011
  • Legal Studies Forum
  • Being a Poet Came First
  • 2007
  • Legal Studies Forum
  • Poetry
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Carl
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Carl is superb. He is very prompt, knowledge and compassionate."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Carl is an exceptionally talented personal injury lawyer. He is respected among his peers for his strong work ethic and his dedication to his clients. I highly recommend him."
Workers compensation Attorney | Oct 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"As the attorney for Laborers' Local 703 in Urbana, Illinois for the past fourteen years, I know how important it is for our members to be well represented when they get hurt on the job. That is why I only refer my workers compensation cases to Carl Reisman. I am always confident that he will handle the matter professionally and honestly and I know that our members are getting the best service possible during a very difficult time in thier lives."
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