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Antonio M. Romanucci

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Antonio M. Romanucci is a founding partner in the Chicago based law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a national trial practice committed to fighting for victims of negligence, abuse and wrongful death arising from police misconduct, corporate negligence, civil rights actions, medical malpractice, mass torts and class actions. Romanucci’s steadfast commitment to fighting for those seeking justice across the country has helped the firm obtain multiple verdicts and settlements in the millions of dollars, 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, the case against JUUL and vaping products, 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 2020 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 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.

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 both locally and nationally. Following the 2017 mass shooting at the Route 91 Las Vegas music festival, he was appointed to the legal steering committee which helped obtain a settlement with MGM Resorts International worth up to $800 million for thousands of victims and relatives affected. In October of 2019, the Circuit Court of Cook County appointed him Lead Counsel of a large group of plaintiffs firms pursing justice for those exposed to toxic ethylene oxide near Sterigenics International in Willowbrook, Illinois. And in February of 2020, Romanucci was appointed to the Executive Leadership of attorneys representing victims of a fatal 737MAX airplane crash in a case against Boeing International.

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, including: Co-Chair of the Finance Council, Judiciary Liaison for the state of Illinois, and Chair of the Ethylene Oxide Litigation Group. 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.


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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.

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PROFESSIONAL LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • THE LAW OFFICES OF DONALD J. NOLAN; Responsible for litigating major personal injury and workers compensation claims — 1990-1998
  • THE LAW OFFICES OF RICHARD F. PELLEGRINO; General trial practice with particular concentration in Workers’ Compensation-Personal Injury- Criminal — 1987-1990
  • THE COOK COUNTY PUBLIC DEFENDER; Representation of indigent defendants. Experience – jury trials, bench trials and preliminary hearing — 1984-1987

LEGAL ACTIVITIES

  • ITLA President, 2019-2020
  • Chairperson, State of Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2020
  • State of Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee, 2012-2020
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2020
  • Vice President, Judicial Accountability PAC, 2018-2020
  • AAJ Judiciary Liaison for the state of Illinois, 2020
  • Chair, AAJ Ethylene Oxide Litigation Group, 2020
  • Co-Chair, AAJ National Finance Council, 2019-2020
  • AAJ National Finance Council, 2011-2020
  • AAJ Exchange Advisory Committee, 2011-2020
  • AAJ Evergreen Advisory Board, 2018-2019
  • AAJ PAC Trustee, 2005-2007, 2014-2019
  • Chair, AAJ Police Misconduct Litigation Group, 2014-2018
  • Chair, AAJ Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, 2016-2017
  • Public Justice Board of Directors, 2008 – 2017
  • Chair, Lawyers Call to Action: A Summit hosted by the CBA, 2017
  • Chair, A Path Towards Solutions: A Summit on Curbing the Violence in Chicago for CBA, 2017
  • AAJ Board of Governors, 2010-2016
  • AAJ Section Leaders Council
  • ITLA Board of Managers, 2003-present
  • ITLA Nominating Committee, 2013
  • Legal Counsel, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, 2010-2014
  • AAJ Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Chair, 2011-2012
  • Illinois Bar Foundation Raffle Chair, 2005-2008
  • Illinois Bar Foundation Chicago Fellows Committee, 2007
  • ISBA Standing Committee Law Related Education for the Public
  • ISBA Assembly, May 1998-2004, 2006-2009
  • ISBA Torts Sections Council Member, 2005-2009
  • WCLA Board of Directors, 2005-2008
  • Suburban Bar Coalition Judicial Screener, November 2006
  • Law School Facilitator, appointed by the Professionalism Commission of the Illinois Supreme Court, 2004
  • AAJ National Host Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • Treasurer, National Italian-American Bar Association, 2001-2005
  • President, Justinian Society of Lawyers, 2002-2003
  • Executive Committee, Justinian Society of Lawyers, 1996-2006
  • Accipiter Award Committee, Fenwick Bar Association, 2000-2003
  • ISBA Agenda and Programs Committee on Hearings, June 1999
  • ISBA appointment to the Task Force on Certification, 1997-1999
  • Delegate to Board of Directors National Italian-American Bar Association, 1996-1997
  • Lawyers for Workers’ Rights Organization, 1995

EDUCATION

  • J.D., John Marshall Law School
    Chicago, IL (1985)
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Wisconsin
    Madison, WI (1982)

BAR ADMISSIONS

Illinois, 1985; United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois; United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan; United States District Court for the Southern District of New Jersey; United States District Court for the Northern District of New York; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; Pro Hac Vice Admissions, Multiple State and Federal Jurisdictions.

AWARDS/HONORS

  • 2019 – Illinois Top 10 Leading Plaintiff Lawyer, Top 10 Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Top 10 Consumer Lawyer and a Top 10 Nursing Home Negligence Lawyer by the Illinois Leading Lawyer’s Network
  • 2019 – Judicial Accountability PAC Barbara Jordan Award for Excellence in Judicial Advocacy and Education
  • 2019 – Italian American Political Coalition PACA Award
  • 2019 – American Association for Justice Above & Beyond Award
  • 2018 – American Association for Justice Above & Beyond Award
  • 2016 – Justinian Society of Lawyers Award of Excellence
  • 2016 – The Order Sons of Italy, Leonardo DaVinci Award of Excellence
  • 2014 – Fenwick Bar Association Accipiter Award
  • 2003-2019 – Illinois Leading Lawyer’s Network Top Lawyer
  • 2013-2019 by U.S. News and World Report – Named “Best Lawyer in Chicago”
  • 2014 – Top 8 Aviation Lawyer in State of Illinois
  • 2012 – Present – Top 100 Trial Lawyer as certified by the National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013 – The Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Humanitarian Award
  • 2013 – International Legal Award for Practice Excellence for Aviation Law Firm in Illinois
  • 2009 thru present – AVVO Top Rating 10/10
  • 2005-2019 – AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell™
  • 2016 – Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell™
  • 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011 -2019 – Top 100 Super Lawyer in Illinois
  • 2013 – Justinian Society of Lawyers Gerald Sbarbaro Mentoring Award
  • 2010 – Justinian Society of Lawyers, Moses W. Harrison Recognition Award
  • 2010 – Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Excellence in Leadership Award
  • 2007 – Certificate of Appreciation for Civic Contributions from the City of Chicago
  • 2003 – John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award
  • 1998 – David Award
  • 1995 – Certificate of Merit for outstanding service in the program of Continuing Legal Education-WCLA Seminar
  • 1989 – Constitutional Rights Foundation Lawyer of the Year
  • 1986 – City of Chicago Citizen’s Bravery Award
  • Life Member of Who’s Who

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • North American Brain Injury Society Conference, Defense Vocational Experts, New Orleans, LA, February 26, 2020
  • Exigent Medical Litigation Summit, Panelist, The Intersection of Technology, Medical Expertise, and Legal Innovation
  • John Marshall Law School, Legal Implications of Concussions for Sports and the Military in the Future, October 2012
  • AAJ, Police Misconduct, Chicago, IL, January 2014
  • AAJ, Guest Lecturer, Police Misconduct, San Francisco, CA, July 2013
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Jury Selection, Chicago, IL, October 2012
  • Law Bulletin Seminars, Rule 243 Examination – Questions from Jurors, Chicago, IL, November 2012
  • Law Bulletin Seminars, Case Examination, Chicago, IL, November 17, 2011
  • AAJ, Program Moderator – 21st Century Discovery and Litigation Techniques, Chicago, IL, July 2012  
  • AAJ, Program Moderator – Litigation at Sunrise, Chicago, IL,  July 2012
  • Law Bulletin Seminars, Jury Deliberations, Chicago, IL, June 7, 2011
  • Litigation Skills Conference, Hudson v. City of Chicago, et al., November 2010
  • John Marshall Law School, Starting your own Law Firm, Chicago, IL, October 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association, Anticipating Objections During Discovery and Motions in Limine, Chicago, IL, October 2010 
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Proving Damages in the Traumatic Brain Injury Case, Chicago, IL, October 2010
  • American Association for Justice, Cross Examination of the Defense Neuropsychologist, Vancouver, BC, July 2010
  • Litigation Skills Conference, Courtroom Visuals, April 2010
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group, Ethical Considerations in Representing the Client with Traumatic Brain Injury, May 2010
  • Litigation Skills Conference, Juror Deselection and Jury Management Strategies, March 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association, Anticipating Objections During Discovery and Motions in Limine, Chicago, IL, October 2009,
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Trial Primer, Chicago, IL, May 2009
  • American Association for Justice, Reconstructing the Complex Motor Vehicle Case, New Orleans, LA, May 2009
  • Litigation Skills Conference, Jury Selection and Strategies, March 2009                                         

PUBLICATIONS

  • School Bullying Cases: Holding School Districts and Officials Accountable in Illinois, Trial Journal, Vol. 21, Num. 1, Winter 2019
  • Excessive Police Force Against the Emotionally Disturbed, TRIAL, October 2016
  • Police Misconduct: Section 1983 Violations, Proving Claims Against the Government, Trial Journal, Vol. 17, Num. 1, Winter 2015
  • Defeating Immunities Defenses in Police Misconduct Cases, TRIAL, December 2014
  • The Invisible Injury of PTSD, TRIAL, June 2014
  • Current State of Police Misconduct, AAJ Civil Rights Newsletter, Winter 2014
  • US Supreme Court Analysis of Police Misconduct Cases, AAJ, Winter Conference 2014
  • Letter to the Editor, Chicago Tribune, September 2014, Personal Cameras on Police Officers
  • The Invisible Injury of PTSD, TRIAL, June 2014, Volume 50, No. 6, Protecting Those Who Serve (Peer Reviewed)
  • Juror Selection, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, October 2012
  • Head Trauma Requires More, Crain’s Chicago Business, June 2007
  • Employees Should Know Workers Compensation Rights, Star Newspapers Business Section, March 2007
  • Using Reconstruction Animations in Complex Transportation Litigation, December 2003, ATLA’s Motor Vehicle and Premises Litigation Section Newsletter
  • Born To Lead, July 2003, Fra Noi
  • Litigating the Complex Case Section 41 claims Against the Chicago Transit Authority, October 2002, ITLA Lawyer’s Notebook
  • Premises Liability, 2001, ITLA Lawyer’s Notebook
  • Ignoring the Injured, March 19,2001, The Chicago Tribune
  • The Pegram Decision, June 23, 2000, The Chicago Sun-Times
  • And Now, a Good Word About Lawyers, December 29, 1998, Chicago Tribune, Voice of the People
  • Sound the Alarm, March 5,1998, Chicago Tribune, Voice of the People
  • Litigation Techniques For The Difficult Injured Employee’s Case, 1997 NBI Advanced Workers’ Compensation In Illinois
  • Medical Issues In The Complex Workers’ Compensation Claim 1997 NBI Advanced Workers’ Compensation In Illinois
  • Injudicious, May 2, 1997, Chicago Tribune, Voice Of The People
  • New Cases and Recent Developments, 1997 CBA Worker’s Compensation Handbook
  • Statute of Limitations, 1996-2007, ITLA Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Notebook

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Board of Trustees, John Marshall Law School, 2017 to present
  • Board of Directors, Synapse House, 2014 – 2015
  • Chicago 2016 Host Committee Member and Sprint Through the Finish Dinner Committee
  • Chairman, Cameron Can Foundation Fundraiser, 2013
  • First Vice-President, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, 2012-2014
  • DCCC Fundraiser, 2006 to present
  • Finance chairman, Lisa Marino for Judge, 2011-2012
  • Finance Chairman, Robert Fioretti, 2nd Ward Alderman, 2011
  • Founder of the Adopt-A-Veteran program, Chicago, 2010
  • Chairman JCCIA Cardinal Bernardin Award Gala 2008-2009
  • Chairman IACC Gala 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
  • Honorary Board member, Giant Steps, 2005 – 2013
  • President, Joint Civic Committee, 2010 – 2012
  • Board of Directors, Italian American Chamber of Commerce, 2007
  • Finance Co-Chair, Robert Fioretti, 2nd Ward Alderman Candidate
  • Board of Directors, Giant Steps, Inc., 2003-2005
  • President and Founder, Justinian Society’s Children Endowment Fund, 2002
  • Board of Directors and Advisors, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative, 2002-present
  • Invited Delegate by the Chinese Ministry of Health, People to People Ambassador
  • Board of Directors, Barrington Area Arts Council, 2000-2003
  • President, Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, 2001-2006
  • President, Knapp Burn Foundation, 2000-2002
  • Vice-president, River Park Athletic and Dining Club
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteer, 1994
  • The Greater Barrington Area Lawyer’s Guild, founder and President, 1996-1998
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association Career Connections Counselor
  • Constitutional Rights Foundation, seventh and eighth grade student instructor, 1988-1994

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL PARTICIPATION

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyer’s Association (WCLA) )
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association (ITLA) )
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) )
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA) )
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers)
  • National Italian-American Foundation (NIAF) )
  • Fenwick Bar Association)
  • American Bar Association (ABA) )
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) )
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) )
  • Melvin M. Bell Society)
  • Public Justice)

SIGNIFICANT LITIGATION INVOLVEMENT

  • Carreon v. City of Chicago, April 2019, police chase, $22.3M verdict
  • LaPorta v. City of Chicago, October 2017, civil rights, $44.7M verdict
  • Class Action Red Light Camera Case v. City of Chicago, August 2017, civil rights, $38.75M settlement
  • Victims of the Route 91/Las Vegas Shooting v. MGM, Live Nation, Slide Fire Solutions, etc., mass tort, pending
  • Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting v. G4S Secure Solutions, mass tort, pending
  • Brown v. Wayne Blanchard and Walworth County Wisconsin, February 2017, civil rights, $1.1M settlement
  • Chavez v. Dr. Mark Holterman, medical malpractice, $30M settlement
  • Doe v. Grand Prairie Transit, July 2016, sexual assault, Confidential
  • Estate of Joshua Salvato, deceased, Vincent Salvato v. Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Norman Brown, et al., May 2014, civil rights, $2.28M verdict
  • Private Bank and Trust Company v. City of Chicago, et al., 2014, civil rights, $4.5M settlement
  • Severin v. American Airlines 4184, aviation
    TWA Flight 800, aviation
  • Poull v. Courtney (Cicero fire tragedy — Six wrongful deaths), premises liability
  • Domenick v. Dominick’s (Roof collapse; $4M+ settlement sets record in Illinois for octogenarian), premises liability
  • Talley v. Barrington School District 220, bicyclist, $1.5M+ settlement
  • Chmielewski v. CTA, March 1999, motor vehicle, $5.33M verdict
  • Tews v. Stoxen Chiropractic, malpractice, $3.71M verdict
  • Pietras v. Biddle Corporation, work injury, $3.6M verdict
  • Kuprianczyk v. CTA, January 2002, pedestrian, $3.6M verdict
  • Alaska Airlines Flight 261, aviation, $6.5M settlement
  • American Airlines Flight 587, aviation
  • Doe v. Doe, June 2002, $1.125M settlement
  • Buhle v. Associated British Foods, motor vehicle, $2.25M settlement
  • Hudson v. City of Chicago, civil rights, $17.6M verdict
  • Wszolek v. Chicago Bus Co., pedestrian, $1.75M settlement
  • Deig v. Polaris, products liability, Confidential Settlement
  • Dell’Oglio v. Concord Homes, work injury, $1.45M settlement
  • Briefman v. City of Chicago, work injury, $5M settlement
  • Bonnie Bobo v. Chicago Housing Authority, premises liability, $3.65M settlement
  • Milnamow v. Shedd Aquarium, work injury, $4.85M settlement
  • Southwest Airlines Flight 1248, aviation
  • Cabay v. Loyola University, medical malpractice, $4M settlement
  • Balzano v. Takaghi, motor vehicle, $1.45M settlement
  • Yanakiev v. Confidential, motor vehicle, $800,000 settlement
  • Depasquale v. Confidential, motorcycle, $495,000 settlement
  • Livingston v. Earman, medical malpractice, $525,000 verdict
  • Lane v. Confidential, premises liability, $4M settlement
  • Marion Misiak, 45 year old laborer, work injury, $7.5M settlement
  • Tinman v. Christ Hospital, medical malpractice, $22.3M verdict
  • Does v. Northwest Suburban HS District, educational abuse, Confidential
  • Does v. North Suburban HS District, educational abuse, Confidential
  • Norton v. Vestel County, civil rights, $900,000 settlement
  • Krumrei v. City of Dallas, civil rights, $625,000 settlement
  • Miller v. Southwest Airlines, class action, pending
  • Smith v. City of Chicago, civil rights class action, pending
  • Plaintiffs v. Sterigenics International, Inc., matt tort, pending

INTERESTS

Racquetball, reading, computers, fluent Italian, travel, philanthropy, political fundraising, duathlon athlete, marathoner

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