Stephan D. Blandin
Principal and Partner
Stephan Blandin, is Principal and Partner in Romanucci & Blandin LLC, in Chicago, Illinois, of which he co-founded in 1998. Mr. Blandin was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer for 2014, an honor determined by a high-level and exclusive voting process. Blandin’s ascent as a super lawyer exemplifies his performance perfected as a highly respected member of the legal community. With over 90,000 lawyers in the State of Illinois, and many of them affiliated with mega firms, Blandin’s rise to this exclusive list from an 8-lawyer boutique firm is a rare occurrence. Romanucci & Blandin’s intimate approach to the practice of law proves that a small firm can produce big results and have huge talent. In 15 years Romanucci & Blandin has secured over $300 million in recoveries for their clients.
Illinois Super Lawyers exclusive selection process earned it a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. Pat. No. 8,412,564). The multi-phased process includes research, peer nominations and evaluations of attorneys throughout the State of Illinois.
Mr. Blandin has also been nominated as an American Bar Foundation Fellow for 2014. Less than one percent of lawyers in each State are considered for the honor which consists of a review of their legal and civic contributions. The American Bar Foundation is recognized nationally as the premier institute for social science research on law. Mr. Blandin is also recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers in Illinois, by Super Lawyers and published in a 2014 issue of Chicago Magazine and the Chicago Tribune. Mr. Blandin’s selection as a top 100 lawyer in Illinois is especially coveted as it is rarely given to attorneys of small firms.
The focus of Mr. Blandin practice is personal injury cases involving motor vehicle and airplane crashes, medical negligence, product liability and workplace accidents. He also has a particular passion for birth injury cases in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona.
Among the many noteworthy verdicts and settlements Mr. Blandin and his firm have achieved on behalf of clients include an unprecedented $17 million jury award in a case involving wanton disregard for public safety by police during a high-speed chase that left a bystander an incomplete quadriplegic. That amount remains the largest verdict ever rendered by an Illinois jury against the Chicago Police Department. He also served as lead trial attorney in a medical malpractice case that resulted in a $22.3 million verdict for the parents of a boy who was injured as a result of negligent treatment by a local hospital.
After graduating from DePaul University with his Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. Blandin went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1986 from DePaul University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and Arizona as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Blandin its AV-Preeminent* rating for his superb record and ethical standards.
Mr. Blandin is a member of many professional organizations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois State Bar Association. Heavily involved in the community, he has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the Knapp Burn Foundation, Salute Inc. and West Side Mentally Retarded Children’s Aid Inc.
LEGAL ACTIVITIES & ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- Member, Esteemed Lawyers of America (2014)
- Member, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Hearing Board (2010, 2011)
- Ranked by other attorneys in Illinois as a Super Lawyer ® and a member of the Leading Lawyers Network (Top 5% in Personal Injury)
- An AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that his peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional excellence. A lawyer must be admitted to the bar for 10 years or more to receive an AV rating
- Memberships: Illinois State Bar Association, Public Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Society of Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, Motorcycle Injury Trial Lawyers Association
- Past trial advocacy instructor at DePaul College of Law
- Founding Member, Illinois State Bar Association Law & Leadership Institute
LEAD TRIAL ATTORNEY
$22,300,000 verdict-medical malpractice. A Cook County jury awarded the parents of a ten-year-old boy with a $22.3 million verdict in a medical negligence case arising out of the care and treatment on May 29, 1999 at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. The negligence resulted in the loss of the boy’s left leg and other disabilities.
$17,600,000 verdict-police car chase. A police car chase on the expressway leaves a bystander with incomplete quadriplegia.
$7,500,000 settlement. As a result of an industrial accident, a 45 year old boiler maker suffered crush injuries when an object fell on Plaintiff. His injuries included: a right orbital blow–out, multiple facial bone fractures, a thoracic burst fracture and multiple rib fractures.
$5,550,000 settlement. A female construction worker suffered incomplete paraplegia when a more than five foot trench collapsed on to her body.
$5,348,750 verdict. A self-employed roofing contractor, who was heading home on the Dan Ryan expressway, suffered multiple injuries, including leg, pelvis and rib fractures, lung contusions, ruptured spleen and a mild brain injury, when his vehicle was cut off by a CTA bus, and he struck another bus which was stalled in the middle lane.
$4,000,000-plus settlement- Premises Liability $2.5 million settlement for a 20-year old window washer who suffered extensive injuries, including a below the knee amputation of his left leg, after falling 30 feet from a hospital roof where he was working. As part of the settlement, the window washer’s employer waived $500,000 of its workers’ compensation lien and agreed to fund the plaintiff’s future medical expenses, which will exceed $1 million, increasing the settlement value to more than $4 million.
$4,000,000 settlement-wrongful death. In a wrongful death case, the family of a 38-year-old man received restitution upon his untimely death following a post-surgical complication related to a routine gastric bypass surgery. A CT scan revealed a partially obstructed bowel but the hospital physicians failed to follow up. The man became septic and died.
$4,000,000 settlement-wrongful death. Wrongful death occurred while man was on premises of area retailer.
$3,689,733 verdict-medical malpractice. In a record chiropractic malpractice verdict, a man suffered a sudden onset of paralysis from the chest down due to a growth in his thoracic spine which completely compromised his spinal cord. The chiropractor ignored x-rays of his lumbar spine which revealed this progressive, degenerative disease and performed chiropractic manipulations on that area of his back.
$3,500,000 verdict-bus accident. A male, who was intoxicated at the time, suffered severe injuries to his left leg when he was knocked down and his leg run over by a bus. The bus driver violated standard CTA operating procedures by failing to maintain a three-foot clearance between the bus and the pedestrian.
$3,500,000 verdict. A truck driver fell and sustained brain injuries while exiting his semi-tractor cab. The trucking company owner had failed to replace a missing driver’s side safety grab bar, which the plaintiff contended would have prevented or lessened the severity of the fall.
$3,375,000 settlement. The plaintiff, a 36-year-old truck driver, was helping to unload steel off his truck, when his right hand and wrist were crushed by a load of steel after the straps from the crane broke. The defendant in the case was a steel company.
Appellate Court Ruling. Appellate reverses trial court and reinstates wrongful death case against City of Peru, Illinois. A 14-year-old boy was killed while riding a dirt bike when his neck struck a cable. City workers had strung the cable neck high along a path owned by a railroad. The trial court ruled that the City was immune from prosecution and dismissed the case. The Appellate court reversed the ruling because the cable was not on the City’s property and they were not authorized to string the cable. The boy is survived by his parents and siblings.
$2,750,000 settlement-car accident. A 35-year-old male worker suffered aggravation of his prior spinal injury after being rear-ended by a semi-truck. Prior to the collision, plaintiff had undergone two spinal fusions. At the time of the subject collision, he was asymptomatic. As a result of the collision, plaintiff aggravated his prior back conditions and developed chronic pain syndrome. As a result of the chronic back pain, he has undergone three surgical procedures for a spinal cord stimulator, one temporary, one permanent, and one repair.
$2,500,000 settlement-motorcycle accident/brain injury. A motorcyclist lost control of his bike at an intersection, resulting in orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury. Our investigation uncovered improper warning signals and raised manhole covers at the intersection.
$2,500,000 verdict. The plaintiff, a 50-year-old Bosnian immigrant working as an iron worker, fell while on the job at a construction site. He suffered bi-lateral pelvic fractures and underwent surgery for the insertion of plates and screws to stabilize the pelvic rim.
$2,000,000 settlement-wrongful death. In a wrongful death suit, a deliveryman’s decedents received compensation for his death, resulting when he was hit by a street sweeper’s vehicle as it improperly merged from a highway median.
$1,900,000 settlement-pharmacist dosage error-wrongful death. Prior to litigation commencing, the wife of a 50-year-old man received restitution upon her husband’s untimely death after he was a prescribed a lethal dosage of morphine. Her husband, who was recently given a good prognosis after finishing rounds of chemotherapy for treatment of his tongue cancer, died after being given six times the normal dosage of morphine by the pharmacy.
$1,500,000 settlement-Verdict. While working at a construction site on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue, our client – a 50-year-old male laborer – sustained a crushed leg when a stacker was improperly loaded onto a delivery truck. His leg became entangled in a loose cable, and the stacker rolled back, pulling the cable taut and causing numerous leg fractures.
$1,300,000 settlement. A 24-year-old man’s vehicle was stalled on the expressway when he was rear-ended by a Coca Cola truck traveling at high speed. The family was compensated for the loss of the male head of household and breadwinner.
$1,250,000 settlement-medical malpractice. Our client died from inoperable prostate cancer as the result of a doctor’s failure to take a sufficient tissue sample during a biopsy. The doctor continued to rely on a negative test, despite the plaintiff’s persistence of high PSA levels.
$1,000,000 settlement-medical malpractice. Our client suffered a stroke as a result of the doctors’ failure to follow up with his transitory ischemic attacks. He is now permanently impaired.
$1,000,000 settlement-medical malpractice. The family of a deceased man received a settlement of $1 million, arising out of the failure by his physician to perform a cystoscopy that would have diagnosed late-stage muscle invasive bladder cancer.
$925,000 settlement. A male HVAC worker sustained extensive injuries to his wrist, shoulder and ankle, which required a total of 13 surgeries, after falling from a hospital roof where he was working. As part of the settlement, the HVAC worker’s employer waived $787,452 of its workers’ compensation lien, increasing the settlement value to about $1.69 million.
$900,000 settlement. As our client and his wife were crossing the street under the “el” tracks in Chicago’s Loop, a 16-foot-long piece of fiberglass angle guard, weighing approximately 25 pounds, fell from the track, striking the man in the occipital region of the head and the left shoulder, causing a traumatic brain injury and partial rotator cuff tear.
$900,000 settlement. A 59-year-old woman died when her physician misdiagnosed the patient’s paralysis as Bell’s palsy when, in fact, she was suffering from a stroke.
$800,000 settlement. A worker for Nicor Gas Company suffered injuries and traumatic arthritis due to an injury caused by an explosion resulting from an improperly marked gas line.
$750,000 settlement. While recovering from a stroke, a 73-year-old female developed decubitus ulcers to her spine, necessitating debridement and skin grafts.
$610,000 settlement-wrongful death. In a wrongful death case, the family of a 14-year-old boy whose neck was broken in 2001 after running into a neck-high wire while riding his dirt bike, received a settlement
$500,000 verdict-nursing home liability. An elderly nursing home resident, undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke, fell and fractured his hip. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of the fracture where he began early stages of skin breakdown. He was transferred to a nursing home, where, over six weeks, he became malnourished and dehydrated. Ultimately, he died. The nursing home and physician were found guilty of neglect.
$425,000 verdict. While driving his car, a 27-year-old graphic artist was hit and pinned in his car by a trailer which became detached from its truck. Our client sustained an inoperable lumbar disc herniation and suffered numerous other injuries including facial lacerations, numerous cracked teeth requiring repair and root canal work, post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.
$325,000 settlement-wrongful death. The family of a 47-year old man received restitution upon his untimely death following a fall off the stairs of a nursing home. The man suffered multiple fractured ribs, left shoulder fracture, facial and skull fractures, wrist fractures, vertebrae fractures, multiple contusions, and closed head injuries, which caused his death. Many other settlements are “confidential” and therefore not listed on this page.
- J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1986
- B.A., Political Science, DePaul University, 1983
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- Illinois, 1986
- Northern District of Illinois, 1987
- Arizona, 2012
Admitted to bar in Wisconsin and Arizona
SELECTED TO SUPER LAWYERS 10 YEARS
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