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PRESS RELEASES FEATURING TOP CHICAGO PERSONAL INJURY LAW FIRM ROMANUCCI & BLANDIN

2016

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Principal and Partner, Stephan D. Blandin Reappointed to Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission

CHICAGO (March 11, 2016) – The State of Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed personal injury attorney, Stephan D. Blandin, to another one year-commitment on the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) hearing board, effective March 1, 2016. Founding partner and principal at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, Mr. Blandin has served on the ARDC’s hearing board for five years. He is one of more than 75 hearing board members who will make recommendations in disciplinary matters of lawyers in Illinois throughout the next year.

Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Recognized on Prestigious 2016 Super Lawyer Lists
CHICAGO (March 2, 2016) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is pleased to announce that five of its attorneys have been selected for inclusion on the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers and 2016 Illinois Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers Magazine.
Stephan D. Blandin, Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci, Principal and Partner, and Frank A. Sommario, Partner, have been named as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers. Michael E. Holden, Senior Associate, and Martin D. Gould, Associate, have been named as 2016 Illinois Rising Stars. They join an elite list of Top Lawyers in Illinois in the practice areas of plaintiff’s personal injury and workers’ compensation.

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Reach $30 Million Dollar Settlement with Mark J. Holterman, MD and a Major Chicago Area Teaching Hospital for a Boy Left Permanently Disabled and Brain Injured as a Result of 25 Experimental Surgeries

The Lawsuit Ranks as the Fourth Largest Medical Malpractice Suit for a Minor in the State of Illinois

CHICAGO, IL – (February 19, 2016) The medical malpractice attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC announced a settlement today on behalf of their client, the Chavez Family, for a lawsuit involving their minor son, who endured 25 experimental surgeries and was critically injured and left disabled for life as a result of the negligent care provided by Mark J. Holterman, MD., who was employed at a major Chicago area teaching hospital. As a result of the settlement, the Chavez family was awarded $30 million dollars – which is the fourth largest medical malpractice suit for a minor in the state of Illinois, and is the largest settlement for a child born with esophageal atresia in Illinois.

The plaintiff was born on November 5, 2009, with a non-life threatening, easily correctable condition called esophageal atresia. The day after his birth, Dr. Mark J. Holterman performed what is typically a routine surgery to repair the condition.  Following the procedure Dr. Holterman failed to exercise due care and began an odyssey of 24 experimental procedures on the young boy. These procedures were not authorized by the hospital and not pursuant to clinical trial protocol. The final surgery culminated in an inappropriate, off-label use of an endoclose needle that severed the child’s pulmonary artery, resulting in profound, irreversible brain injury and cerebral palsy.

“The fact that Dr. Holterman continually deviated from the standard of care and repeatedly exposed this young boy to the hazards of surgery and risky, novel operations was not only medically careless and personally irresponsible, but it also demonstrated a dramatic lack of oversight from the hospital,” said plaintiff’s attorney, Stephan Blandin, principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.

“Securing justice for the Chavez family and bringing to light the absence of accountability in healthcare organizations was critical. The excessive number of procedures performed by this physician never should have taken place. This tragedy could have been avoided with more rigorous attention to physician outcomes,” added plaintiff’s attorney, Antonio Romanucci, principal and partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC.  Michael Holden and Rebecca Neubauer, associates at Romanucci & Blandin, also assisted in representing the Chavez family.

2015

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Markita Wells and Her 4-Year-Old Son Against Related Management Company and Parkway Gardens Preservation Group

CHICAGO, IL – (November 24, 2015) Attorneys for private citizen, Markita Wells, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against Related Management Company, LP; LR Development Company, LLC, d/b/a Related Midwest; Parkway Gardens Preservation GP, LLC; and Land Trust No. 10486504 alleging that the defendants’ negligence contributed to Ms. Wells’ 4-year-old son falling from a sixth floor window resulting in severe and permanent injuries, both internally and externally; significant physical pain and emotional suffering; continuing medical expenses; and permanent disability and disfigurement.  

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department to Move Forward

CHICAGO, IL – (November 10, 2015) The motion to dismiss a class action civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago and Superintendent McCarthy for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stop and frisks by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) of City of Chicago residents, including plaintiffs, has been denied according to an opinion issued yesterday by the Honorable Judge Amy J. St. Eve. Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, filed the class action civil lawsuit in April of 2015.

Attorney Frank A. Sommario of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Named First Vice President of Justinian Society of Lawyers

CHICAGO, IL (October 1, 2015) – Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly announces that partner Frank A. Sommario has been named first vice president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers.  Since the founding of the organization in 1921, the institution has become one of the largest ethnic bar associations in the U.S.

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department Still Pending

Romanucci & Blandin Commends Agreement and Continues Pursuit of Justice for Class Plaintiffs
CHICAGO, IL – (August 7, 2015) Personal injury law firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, recognizes the efforts of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department who announced today an agreement going into effect immediately regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. In addition, the agreement names independent consultant U.S. Magistrate Arlander Keys, who will issue bi-annual reports on the department and recommend policy changes.
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Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Alleges Shreveport Police Officers Beat and Abused Mental Health Patient

SHREVEPORT, LA – (July 29, 2015) Earlier this month attorneys for Desmond Lewis filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana charging that Shreveport police officers had falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused Lewis during an incident where he was chased while leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication prescribed for his mental health.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Shatrell McComb and Her Deceased 13-Month-Old Son Against City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins

CHICAGO, IL – (July 23, 2015) Attorneys for private citizen, Shatrell McComb, today announced the filing of a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago, CPD Officers and Antoine Watkins whose willful and wanton conduct resulted in the wrongful death of 13-month-old Dillan Harris on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Jury Verdict That Marion County, Fla., Deputy Was Responsible for Excessive Force in Wrongful Death of Unarmed Man

Ruling sets stage for family of Joshua Salvato to receive $2.3 million award.  A federal appeals court today upheld a lower court jury verdict that Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Lauren Miley violated the civil rights of Joshua Salvato when she used excessive force that resulted in the death of the unarmed 21-year-old.

Romanucci & Blandin Principal and Partner Stephan D. Blandin Admitted to Practice in State of Wisconsin

Founding firm Principal and Partner was recently sworn in to the Wisconsin Bar. Upon receiving the Oath of Office, Blandin can practice in the state of Wisconsin.

$3 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital

Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

Stop and Frisk Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against City of Chicago and Chicago Police Department

Historic Federal Lawsuit Models Successful NYPD Case Floyd, et al v. City of New York, et al.

$3 Million Medical Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital

Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit

Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC and Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File a Class Action Lawsuit against the City of Chicago for Violating Due Process in Automated Speed and Traffic Law Enforcement Violations

Automated Speed and Traffic Law Enforcement Violations

Civil Lawsuit on Student Victims of Hazing at Maine West High School Endures

Administrative Hearing Reverses DCFS’s Previous Decision 

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland Receives $50,000 Pledge from the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Frank A. Sommario, partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, and past President of WCLA, spearheaded the organization’s decision to donate to the children’s charity.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Rebecca Neubauer to Associate Attorney

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Rebecca Neubauer to associate attorney.

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Martin Gould to Associate Attorney

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Martin Gould to associate attorney.

2014

Roy Sherman Files Civil Lawsuit Against Sheriff and Deputies of Marion County

Lawsuit alleges unlawful arrest and excessive force by police officers

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Challenges Ill. Governor-Elect Rauner on Nursing Home Care Reform

Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC and The Center for Public Integrity Uncover Major Disparities in Nursing Home Care

Personal Injury Law Firm Files Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Mary Mims Alleging Wrongful Death Against Chicago Nursing Home Care Facility

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Sexual Abuse Victims Against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC File Civil Lawsuit on Behalf of Rickey Williams 

Attorney Michael Holden of Romanucci & Blandin, Admitted to Practice in State of Wisconsin

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Promotes Two Law Clerks to Associate Attorneys

Marion County FL Sheriffs’ Office and Deputies are Found Guilty by a Federal Jury for Wrongful Death by Shooting an Unarmed 21 Year Old

Soccer-coach verdict sends wrong message

Chicago Law Firm Romanucci & Blandin Hosts Cocktail Reception Supporting Sharon Oden Johnson for Appellate Court Justice

2013

Antonio Romanucci, Stephan Blandin Named to Super Lawyers’ List of Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois

The Chicago law firm of Romanucci & Blandin recently announced the filing of a new suit on behalf of a fifth victim of brutal hazing at Maine West High School.

Maine West Hazing Lawsuit to Proceed

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC Named Aviation Law Firm of the Year

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Applauds Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in effectuating a 4.5% reduction in the statewide average rate used to calculate workers’ compensation insurance premiums

Romanucci & Blandin Recognized Among “Best Lawyers in Chicago”

Frank A. Sommario Elected and Installed as 2013 President of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Frank A. Sommario Elected and Installed as 2013 President of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

CONGRATULATIONS To our Principal and Partner Antonio M. Romanucci For being recognized by his peers as one of the Top 100 ‘Super Lawyers’ in Illinois for 2013!

$4 Million-Plus Settlement for Young Man who Falls off Hospital Roof

2012

Romanucci Calls for Maine West Coaches, Principal To Be Fired in Maine West High School Hazing Scandal

Romanucci & Blandin Announces That More Parents Have Joined Suit against Staff, Former Coaches for Vicious Hazing at Maine West High School

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents of Maine West High School Student for Acts of Battery, Sexual Assault

Romanucci & Blandin is Co-counsel in Florida Wrongful Death Lawsuit Seeking Justice for Josh Salvato

Antonio Romanucci Leads Two Workshops at Annual Judges Symposium

Frank A. Sommario Named to Law Bulletin’s “40 Under 40” List

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuit Against Raani Corporation on Behalf of Family of Deceased Victim

Romanucci & Blandin Files Lawsuits Against Trampoline Parks
On Behalf of Two Chicago Area Families

Bruno Marasso Joins Romanucci & Blandin

Romanucci & Blandin to Represent Two Chicago Families Whose Children Were Injured in Trampoline Parks

Chicago Area Family Files Lawsuit Against Manufacturer of Slalom Glider

Five Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Make 2012 SuperLawyer® Status

Romanucci & Blandin Retained by Family of Fatal Chicago Shooting Victim

Rebekah Williams Joins Romanucci & Blandin

2011

Frank Sommario Inducted as Officer in Justinian Society of Lawyers

Frank Sommario Re-Elected to Board of Governors Of Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois State Law Protects Those Injured on the Job (Romanucci & Blandin Offers Brochure on Workers’ Compensation)

Three Romanucci & Blandin Attorneys Named a 2011 SuperLawyers Rising Star

Romanucci & Blandin Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Christopher Coleman and Joyce Meyer Ministries In Sheri Coleman Murder Case

Stephan Blandin Reappointed to Illinois ARDC Hearing Board

Romanucci Reappointed General Counsel To Italian American Chamber

Antonio Romanucci Named as 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers ®

Antonio Romanucci is President of Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans for 2011-12

2010

What’s Wrong With America

Letter to the Editor, Metal Baseball Bats Have No Place in Youth Sports

Romanucci & Blandin to File Lawsuit Against Baseball Bat Manufacturer on behalf of Family Of 11-year-old Victim of Baseball-related Accident

$1.477 Million Verdict Rendered in Construction Site Accident

Gina Arquilla DeBoni Joins Romanucci & Blandin

Richard F. Pellegrino Joins Romanucci & Blandin as Counsel

Frank A. Sommario Elected Treasurer of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Romanucci & Blandin Reaches $1-million Settlement in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

2009

$22.3 Million Verdict Rendered in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

Attorneys to Establish Pro Bono Volunteer Legal Clinic at Rainbow PUSH

Romanucci and Cates Named State Coordinators

Michael E. Holden Joins Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci Installed as First Vice President Of Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans, Named a Super Lawyer ®

2008

Frank Sommario Elected to Board of Governors of Illinois State Bar Association

House Speaker Pelosi Praises Romanucci

State Law Protects Those Injured on the Job

Romanucci to Speak on Confidentiality of Injury Settlements

Traffic Accident Victim Receives 1.4 Million

Romanucci Named Chair of Bernardin Award Dinner

Lawsuit Filed Against The Blue Man Group Claims Grandfather Injured by Cast Members at Performance

Frank A. Sommario Elected to Board of Directors of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

2007

Romanucci Speaks at Traumatic Brain Injury Summit

Lawsuit Filed Against Chicago Police Department By Son of Late Rapper Freddie Wilson

Romanucci & Blandin Settle Wrongful Death Case for $4 Million

Romanucci & Blandin Is Among Top 12 Injury Law Firms in Illinois

Appellate Court Upholds $17.6 Million Verdict In Police Car Chase

Romanucci & Blandin Files Suit Against NAPA For Monster Truck Accident in DeKalb

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