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Antonio M. Romanucci is a Founding Partner in the Chicago-based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, where he focuses his practice on catastrophic personal injuries arising from police misconduct cases and corporate negligence including civil rights actions, mass torts and class actions. Romanucci’s steadfast commitment to fighting for victims seeking justice across the country has helped the firm obtain dozens of verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million, including most recently a record breaking $44.7 million verdict on behalf of a young man left bound to a wheelchair and with permanent brain damage following a gunshot wound to the head, an unprecedented $38.75 million settlement of a class action lawsuit against the City of Chicago for its red light camera practices, a $30 million settlement on behalf of a brain injured child, a $22.3 million verdict in a police chase case, a $19.25 million settlement against the City of Chicago and a $17.7 million verdict in another police chase case.
Mr. Romanucci has been widely recognized for his insight and experience in police brutality, mass shootings, traumatic brain injuries, sex trafficking, aviation disasters and environmental issues. He has been named a ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ for 12 straight years in Illinois, a ‘Top 10 Leading Plaintiff Lawyer in Illinois’ for 2019 by Leading Lawyers, and was named a ‘Best Lawyer’ for 2013 through 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. He maintains a perfect Martindale-Hubble AV rating and an AVVO rating of 10/10. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. In October 2019, the court appointed him Lead Counsel of a large group of plaintiff firms pursing justice for those exposed to toxic ethlyene oxide near Sterigenics International in Willowbrook, Illinois.
Often called upon as an expert, Mr. Romanucci appears regularly on local and national television to comment on his own cases, as well as other high-profile legal matters and trends. He has appeared on CNN, CBS This Morning, and Chicago’s ABC, NBC, CBS, WGN and FOX. Additionally, he contributes to stories regularly in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Associated Press and others.
Mr. Romanucci’s vast experience has earned him the admiration of his colleagues who have supported his rise to leadership positions, such as Past Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Past Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the world’s largest trial bar dedicated to victim’s rights.
Outside the courtroom, Mr. Romanucci participates in many professional and charitable organizations. He currently serves as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President of the Judicial Accountability PAC, sits as Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, and is in multiple leadership roles for the American Association for Justice. In 2017, he served as Chair of “A Path Towards Solutions: A Summit on Curbing the Violence in Chicago,” hosted by the Chicago Bar Association, as well as a subsequent Lawyers Call to Action event to directly aid those in Chicago most impacted by gun violence. He is a Founding Chairman of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, which is devoted to optimizing the lives and recovery of people affected by brain injuries or strokes. Mr. Romanucci is also the Founder of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Charitable Endowment Fund, where thousands of dollars annually are awarded to needy organizations.
Mr. Romanucci earned his Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1982 and earned his law degree from John Marshall Law School in 1985. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, along with numerous other pro hac vice admissions throughout the country.
As you go about your daily routine, it’s likely you will come across scenarios where you could suffer an injury. Maybe you are grocery shopping, dining at your favorite restaurant, or driving in your car. A Chicago personal injury attorney represents those who have been injured because of another party’s carelessness, negligence, or willful disregard of others. These wrongful acts are more formally referred to as torts. When you suffer harm as a result of another party, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the financial burden which often accompanies an injury because of medical expenses and lost wages. A licensed personal injury attorney in Chicago can help you seek the compensation you deserve in civil court. Although personal injury attorneys deal with tort law, they often specialize in one or more areas. The following list is not exhaustive but includes three broad types of cases Chicago personal injury lawyers handle on a day-to-day basis.
Each year, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates more than six million traffic collisions are reported to law enforcement, including more than 35,000 fatal crashes, and about 2.5 million injuries. A skilled Chicago accident attorney can help investigate your accident and build a strong case against the defense to hold at-fault drivers accountable. Traffic accidents can include truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian accidents. When high speeds are involved, victims who are lucky enough to live through an accident, potentially face lifelong complications.
In all 50 U.S. states, property owners have the legal obligation to maintain a safe environment for those who visit their business and home. Although exact laws vary from state to state, when a property owner fails to uphold his legal obligation and someone suffers an injury, courts often find the owner liable for damages in civil court. Premises liability accidents include a wide variety of accidents based on location and the type of injury. Victims might get injured at a swimming pool, a theme park, on an elevator, at a shopping mall, and many other locations. The most common type of premises liability accident is a slip-and-fall injury or a trip-and-fall injury. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries, besides traffic accidents, is unintentional falls.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) records and maintains millions of complaints of injuries caused by defective products each year. A defective product might have a manufacturing defect, a design defect, or a marketing defect, which occurs when companies don’t warn consumers of dangerous products or provide proper instructions. When a known or unknown defect causes injury to a consumer, courts can hold any party in the product’s chain of distribution liable for damages. The CPSC is concerned with all types of household items, sports equipment, toxic and flammable chemicals, toys, and much more, but they do not serve as a watchdog for the automotive industry or the pharmaceutical. Defective airbags and defective tires have been a common cause of injury or death, as well as dangerous drugs.
With how many fatalities and injuries happen every year due to personal injury accidents, it is good to have a Chicago personal injury attorney on dial in your time of need. Many accidents have a procedure to follow to guarantee you the best results in your case. Don’t trust your knowledge, schedule a free consultation today.