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Our group of leading personal injury lawyers is, individually and collectively, lauded by peers and competitors. From our founding in 1955 to today, our original philosophy and commitment to protecting the rights of injured individuals remains our continuing legacy.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following:

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • Social Security Disability
  • Truck Accidents
  • Work Place Accidents

Call Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd. today at 312-815-6575 today to arrange your free initial consultation.

Attorney John M. Popelka (President, Managing Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1986
  • Wisconsin, 1989
  • Iowa, 1989

Education:

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
    • J.D.
  • Marquette University , Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Economics

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Association of Justice, Workers' Compensation Section (Member)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Workers' Compensation Section (Member)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Workers' Compensation Section (Member)
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association of Illinois (Member)
  • Included on the 2021 Illinois list
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2013-2019
  • 2006 superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list

Attorney Mark Novak (Chairman)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1977

Education:

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: "Outstanding Student", Advanced Trial Practice Class
  • University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, 1974
  • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2008-2021
  • superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list, 2005-2007
  • Listed in "Leading Lawyers"
  • Listed in "Illinois Super Lawyers"
  • Listed in "Who's Who in American Law"
  • Listed in "Who's Who in America"
  • Listed in "Who's Who in the World"

Attorney Douglas A. Colby (Senior Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982

Education:

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
    • J.D.
  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, 1979
    • B.A.
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Marketing

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2008, 2013-2021
  • superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list, 2006 & 2007
  • Leading Illinois Attorney Listing
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Listing

Attorney Steven A. Berman (Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1994

Education:

  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
  • J.D.
  • Bradley University, 1991
  • B.S.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2021 Super Lawyers Illinois list

Attorney Jeffrey M. Alter (Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Education:

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1999
  • J.D.
  • Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
  • B.S.
  • Honors: Graduated with Honors
  • Major: Biology

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Chicago Bar Association (Past Committee Chair and Seminar Speaker)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Workers Compensation Lawyers Association
  • 2021 Super Lawyers Illinois list

Attorney Brian D. Teven (Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2002

Education:

  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, 2002
  • J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 1999
  • B.B.A.
  • Major: Finance

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Attorney Jennifer J.C. Kelly (Partner)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2005

Education:

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Moot Court Society
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Illinois, 2001
    • Journalism

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Chicago Bar Association, 2005 - 2013 (Member)
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2011 - 2013

Attorney Steven A. Wade (Associate)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Ohio
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

Education:

  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 1994
    • J.D.
  • Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Indiana, 1989
    • B.A.
    • Honors: summa cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Committee Member
  • Chicago Bar Association Probate Practice Committee Member
  • Chicago Bar Association Bankruptcy and Reorganization Committee Member
  • Will County Bar Association
  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys

Attorney Lisa Ciharan (Associate)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2012

Education:

  • Ohio State University, 2007
    • B.S.
    • Psychology
    • B.A.
    • Sociology
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Distinction from the Honors Program

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2020 & 2021

Attorney Hayley Graham Slefo (Associate)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2012

Education:

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2012
    • J.D.
    • Honors: CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Analysis, Research & Communication III
    • Honors: Chancellor's Award for Volunteer Service
  • Columbia College Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
    • B.A.
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Honors: 1st Place for In-Depth Reporting, Illinois College Press Association
    • Honors: Newspaper Pacemaker Award, Associated Collegiate Press
    • Major: Journalism

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International
  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2017-2021

Attorney David Figlioli

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1991

Education:

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Concordia University
    • B.A.
    • Education

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Board of Managers
  • Super Lawyers Network
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2008-2021
  • 2007 superlawyers.com Super Lawyers list

Attorney Scott Sands

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1986

Education:

  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • Southern Methodist University
    • B.A.
    • Major: English
    • Minor: Business Administration

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys

Languages Spoken:

  • Spanish

Attorney Patrick Blum

Bar Admissions:

  • California, 2003
  • Illinois, 2009

Education:

  • Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, 2003
    • J.D.
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1998
    • B.S.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA)

Attorney Charlie Terry

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern Michigan

Education:

  • Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2018
    • J.D.
  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, 2015
    • B.S.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Major: History

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Dean’s List Honor Recipient
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Nat P. Ozmon (Deceased)

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1954
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1956
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1964
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1973

Education:

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Ranked First in Class
    • Honors: Order of Coif
    • Honors: Board of Law Review Editors
  • New York University, New York, New York

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Trial and Appellate Lawyer, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chairman, Trial Techniques Committee)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (Diplomat)
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Court Practice Institute (Diplomat)
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation (Founder)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (Founder)
  • Institute for Injury Reduction (Founder)
  • Illinois College of Advocacy (Associate Director)
  • Loyola University School of Law (Adjunct Professor)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Member, Managing Board)
  • Chicago Bar Association (Member, Managing Board; Chairman, Torts Council)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Chairman, Illinois Torts Committee and various committees)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers (Member, Managing Board)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Past President)
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (Member, Board of Directors)
  • Listed in Guide to Leading American Attorneys
  • Super Lawyer, Chicago Magazine
  • Fellow, Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Fellow, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Fellow, Institute for Injury Reduction
  • American Trial Lawyers Association for Protecting Citizens from Defective Products
  • "Extraordinary Contributions to Legal Education" Award, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • "Contributions Toward the Study of 'Caseflow Problems'" Award, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • "The Best Lawyers in America" Award, Harvard Law School Study of Naifeh and Smith
  • Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Leading Illinois Attorneys
  • Guide to Leading American Attorneys
  • Illinois Super Lawyers
  • American ORT Foundation Jurisprudence for a Lifetime of Distinguished Service to the Legal Profession
  • The Prestigious 2003 Laureate status in the Academy of Illinois Lawyers for his Legendary Success as Civil Litigator

Attorney Curt N. Rodin (Retired)

Bar Admissions:

  • Wisconsin, 1986
  • Illinois, 1975

Education:

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1975
    • J.D.
  • University of Illinois, 1972
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994 - 1995 (President)
  • Illinois Supreme Court (Member, Committee on Civil Jury Instructions)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Featured in "The Best Lawyers in America"
  • 13 Most Successful Lawyers in America, "The National Law Journal", 1994

Attorney Bruce M. Kohen

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983

Education:

  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1979
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • University of Illinois, 1976
    • B.S.

Professional Memberships and Achievements:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Member, President, Executive Committee)
  • American Association for Justice (Member, State Delegate)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Assemblyman)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Chairman, Legislative Committee)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers in America Listing
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist - Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1998
  • Leading Illinois Attorneys Listing
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Listing

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