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Romanucci & Blandin Ranked Amongst 1st Tier Elite Firms

May, 11 2016

Romanucci & Blandin Named an Elite Firm in Illinois for Medical Malpractice Work

A study shared in Crain’s Chicago Business recently examined the large number of law firms handling medical malpractice cases in the state of Illinois between 2000 and 2010. Of those 1,317 firms, only 22 were ranked as tier one and elite in terms of their percentage wins and recovery amounts. R&B is pleased to be recognized amongst the 1st tier elite firms for handling medical malpractice cases, ranking number 20 out of 1,317. Read more about the study here in Crain’s Chicago Business.

Five Attorneys from Romanucci & Blandin Recognized on Prestigious 2016 Super Lawyers Lists

R&B is pleased to share 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.

Furthermore, Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci has been named to the prestigious ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ list in Illinois. This is the 10th consecutive year Romanucci has been recognized as a ‘Top 100’ and the 12th consecutive year that he has been selected to the list of Illinois Super Lawyers. Stephan D. Blandin, Principal and Partner and Frank A. Sommario, Partner, have also 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.

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R&B on the Big Screen

Antonio Romanucci Sheds Lights on the Systemic Issues Rattling the Fox Lake Police Department
After being manhandled in a cell by three members of the Fox Lake Police department and then being pressured into signing a $4,000 settlement with the village, Jeff Grzonka knew he had been a victim of excessive force. CBS Chicago was able to get surveillance video released highlighting Grzonka’s abuse. Watch the surveillance video and listen as R&B’s Antonio Romanucci discusses the misconduct on the CBS Chicago segment here.

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

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The motion to dismiss a class action civil lawsuit filed by R&B in April of 2015 against the City of Chicago and former 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.

“We are pleased with the court’s decision to allow our civil class action lawsuit to proceed against both the City of Chicago and Superintendent McCarthy,” said Antonio Romanucci. “Protecting the constitutional rights of all of our citizens is paramount to the health of this country and to the City of Chicago.”

A staggering average of 93.6 individuals were stopped per 1,000 people in Chicago during 2014. This number dwarfs New York’s 2011 average of 22.9 individuals per 1,000. Read more in the South Side Weekly’s article “The Quiet Rise of Stop and Frisk” here.

Law Firm News

Antonio Romanucci Shares Insight on Civil Right Cases with Students at John Marshall Law School

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Antonio Romanucci, alumnus of John Marshall Law School, was honored to go back to his old stopping grounds this month to speak with students. Invited on behalf of the Pro Bono Clinic, he discussed his experience in trying civil rights cases, focusing on his recent work in the field of police misconduct, and was recognized and appreciated for his success in several recent civil cases.

Mike Grieco named President of the Loyola Chapter Justinian Society Executive Board

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Congratulations to R&B Law Clerk Mike Grieco, for recently being named President of his chapter of the Justinian Society at Loyola University. As President he plans to work with Justinian Society of Lawyers President and R&B Partner, Frank Sommario on ways to get more law students to the monthly Justinian dinners and meetings, and further integrating the Loyola Justinian Society and the Parent chapter. Grieco looks forward to meeting and networking with Justinians from other local Chicago law school chapters while embracing and exploring Italian culture and history.

From the Blog

Stay in the know as R&B team members share news and comment on the latest happenings in the legal community on our Blog. Read our latest posts here.


Romanucci & Blandin at the Top of its Game

April 29, 2016

$30 Million Dollar Settlement Awarded to a Boy Left Permanently Disabled and Brain Injured by Medical Malpractice

Justice was served recently for the family of a young boy left permanently disabled and brain injured as a result of the negligent care provided by Mark J. Holterman, MD., who performed 25 experimental surgeries on him after being born with an easily correctable condition called esophageal atresia.

In a settlement reached by R&B, Mark J. Holterman, MD and a Major Chicago Area Teaching Hospital, the family was awarded $30 million dollars. This 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.

Read more about the $30 million dollar settlement here.

R&B on the Big Screen

Stephan Blandin Discusses Safety Violations at Chicago’s Parkway Gardens

R&B’s Stephan Blandin comments on the numerous safety violations at Chicago’s Parkway Gardens in a report by Dave Savini as part of CBS Chicago’s investigation into the apartment complex. The story was prompted by a sixth story fall by a 4-year-old resident who miraculously survived and is recuperating from his injuries. Be sure to watch the CBS Chicago segment here.

Antonio Romanucci Addresses Growing Concerns over Hoverboard Accidents
Amidst a growing number of incidents involving hoverboard devices, including one more recently in suburban Fox Grove, R&B’s Antonio Romanucci talks with ABC-7 Chicago about the possibility of class action suits coming about. Be sure to watch the segment here.

Law Firm News

Romanucci & Blandin Welcomes Three New Team Members

2016 began on an exciting note as we welcomed three new attorneys to our R&B team!

As a third-generation lawyer, Debra Thomas knew from a young age that she wanted to carry on the family tradition of studying law. She now has years of legal experience in the fields of criminal defense and civil litigation, along with being the continuing legal education (CLE) manager for R&B. Her background as an educator and significant experience in CLE coordination with the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), is invaluable to our team.

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Vincent Arrigo dedicates his legal advocacy to those who have been wrongly abused or neglected. Prior to his recent appointment as Associate Attorney, Vincent served as law clerk for R&B, worked at United Service Companies, Inc. where he created and implemented an automated and secured subpoena compliance and litigation hold process to protect employee information during interdepartmental communication, and also clerked for the Honorable James P. Flannery Jr., Presiding Judge of the Law Division and the Honorable Raymond W. Mitchell, Circuit Court of Cook County.
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Associate Attorney Bhavani Raveendran’s legal experience includes civil litigation, and civil rights, as well as years of experience working with human rights organizations. Since obtaining her law degree, Bhavani completed a fellowship in human rights litigation at DC-based International Rights Advocates and most recently practiced as a municipal prosecutor and general civil attorney with McHenry, Illinois firm Diamond & LeSueur, P.C.
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R&B Attorney Martin Gould Chosen as the Presenting Speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forum

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Martin Gould, associate attorney at R&B, was the presenting speaker at Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Martin Luther King Jr. Forum on Thursday, January 21st. The event covered recent developments and current cases that have polarized the City of Chicago; the fallout at the Chicago Police Department, City Hall and in Springfield; and the call for reform.

“This is a historic moment for the City of Chicago and the reform movement currently underway in the CPD,” said Gould. “Not only are the eyes of the citizens of Chicago focused squarely on necessary change and the ongoing developments, but the world is watching as well.”

R&B Principal and Partner, Stephan Blandin Reappointed to Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission

The State of Illinois Supreme Court recently appointed 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 R&B, 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. “I am honored to be a part of the ARDC for the fifth year in a row,” said Blandin. “Preserving the integrity of the legal profession and ensuring that the Illinois public can trust in our legal system is of the utmost importance.”

Antonio Romanucci Moderates Two Programs at the American Association for Justice Winter Convention

Founding partner and principal at R&B, Antonio Romanucci, was recently a featured moderator and breakout leader for two programs at the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Winter Convention in Boca Raton, Fla. February 27 through March 2, 2016. Romanucci led the breakout panel entitled ‘Settlement and Negotiation Techniques,’ which covered a series of six topics including: procedural and substantive issues, best practices when negotiating for your clients, the mediator’s perspective on what plaintiff lawyers do wrong in mediation, and other helpful practices and perspectives for attorneys to consider while negotiating a settlement. Romanucci was also the breakout leader for the workshop entitled ‘Multigenerational Workforce Diversity and Law Firm Management.’ This program concentrated on the multigenerational workplace, specifically concentrating on millennials and their contributions and importance as the new workforce.

From the Blog

Stay in the know as R&B team members share news and comment on the latest happenings in the legal community on our Blog. Read our latest posts here.

Romanucci & Blandin Expands its Footprint Across the Country

November 24, 2015

Recognized as a leading personal injury firm concentrating in police misconduct, constitutional violations and excessive force lawsuits, R&B is currently representing a number of victims across the country where the force response and actions of local law enforcement has been needlessly excessive. We remain steadfast in our mission to deliver justice to those who have experienced unlawful action by law enforcement in any state across the nation.

Romanucci & Blandin Contests Use of Excessive Force in Utah Shooting

R&B has been retained by the family of Kevin Norton, a gentleman from Utah who was fatally shot by a Police Lieutenant in Uintah County, Utah this past May. According to police reports, officers implemented “less-than-lethal” (bean bag) shotgun rounds before an officer fired a third live round, which ultimately left Norton dead. An investigation was soon carried out by the Utah County Attorney’s Office, which concluded that the Lieutenant was justified in his actions. Video footage from the incident was captured on two body cameras at the scene; however, the state declined release of this video footage, creating reasonable doubt as to the validity of this investigation. R&B is pressing for the release of the video.

Wrongful-Death Suit filed in Texas
In a story that grabbed national headlines in 2013, Emily Krumrei, a 31-year-old mother of two minor children, was shot to death by a Richardson, Texas police officer who claimed he feared for his life when she refused to pull over during a routine traffic stop. Less than a year later, her family filed a wrongful-death lawsuit on behalf of one of Krumrei’s children. The case has since been settled and closed.

A second wrongful-death suit was recently filed by attorney Scott Palmer, who initiated the original lawsuit, in Dallas federal court on behalf of Krumrei’s other child. Antonio Romanucci has joined the team representing the child’s father who will work diligently alongside Mr. Palmer to ensure justice is received for Ms. Krumrei’s remaining child.

Shreveport, LA Police Officers Charged following Excessive Beating and Abuse
R&B is currently handling a federal civil rights lawsuit against Shreveport, Louisiana police officers who falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted, and physically abused an unarmed man during an incident while he was leaving a local pharmacy after picking up medication. The victim, Desmond Lewis, was exiting a Walgreen’s when approached by officers searching for a burglary suspect described only as an African-American male. Lewis became scared and ran from the officers who chased and forcefully “took down,” restrained, and handcuffed him. This alleged excessive force by the officers lead to Lewis being struck across the legs with a nightstick and sodomized. The complaint also states the officers knew Lewis was not the suspect for whom they were searching, but decided to arrest him for some pre-textual offense to justify their excessive and unlawful use of force in apprehending and restraining him.

“These acts violate every expectation we have of responsible police conduct and sully the reputation of the many good officers risking their lives daily on the street,” said Lewis’ attorney Antonio M. Romanucci.

Antonio Romanucci Appointed as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group at AAJ Conference

At the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) annual conference in Montreal, Antonio Romanucci was appointed as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group. He also serves as Chair-Elect of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and was elected to a three year term as one of AAJ’s PAC Trustees this year.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve as Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation group for AAJ, as well as serve other meaningful leadership roles for the organization,” said Mr. Romanucci. “The use of unlawful, excessive force by police officers currently taking place across our country is a rampant concern. I am looking forward to collaborating with other like-minded attorneys and individuals in my new role, to tackle this issue head-on.”

At the conference, Mr. Romanucci spoke to the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Civil Rights Section on the topic of “Overcoming Juror Bias in Police Misconduct Cases.” His presentation focused on key issues involving implicit bias and methods to deselect jurors with bias in favor of police officers and trial strategies to contain jurors with bias who make it onto juries. Mr. Romanucci has been an active member of AAJ for nearly 20 years and has served leadership positions since July 2007.

Two Cases of Unjust Police Shootings Move Forward – Justice Served

In late August, a U.S. District Court of Appeals rejected a claim of qualified immunity for a Walworth County, WI Sheriff’s deputy involved in the 2012 fatal shooting of John Brown, 22. The decision sends the case back to the U.S. District Court, Milwaukee, where, pending a rehearing by the appeals court, the case may end up going to trial.

“This decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals not only represents a victory for the family of John Brown who was unnecessarily shot by Walworth County police officers, but also an important precedent and guideline setting case for the manner in which police agencies treat emotionally disturbed people who are calling out for help and are non-violent,” said Antonio Romanucci. “There is no indication John Brown was violent towards the officers or others. Instead, the officers chose to shoot and kill John rather than waiting for the situation to calm down or call for professional help.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court affirmed the position that Marion County, FL sheriff officers used excessive deadly force against Joshua Salvato, 21, who was shot and killed while walking along a local highway. While there were no witnesses at the incident, the entire scene culminating in Mr. Salvato’s tragic death was captured by the patrol car’s dashboard camera. The recording became a key piece of evidence in trial. Jurors awarded restitution damages in the amount of $2.3 million in the May, 2014 trial.

Recently, after the 11th Circuit affirmation of the verdict against the Deputy Sheriff for wrongful death, Marion County and the Deputy settled the case for $2.56 million dollars.
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Do you have a police misconduct case requiring an attorney with related experience? These cases can be complicated and met with serious opposition from defense council. The police brutality legal team at R&B have effectively prosecuted lawsuits of wrongful arrest, search and seizure, assault, use of excessive and deadly force, and hazardous vehicle pursuits. With a worldwide reputation of positive outcomes for plaintiffs, we have been instrumental in defending citizens against unconstitutional police conduct.

Stop & Frisk Update Newsletter

Aug 13, 2015

R &B Commends ACLU/CPD Agreement; Continues Pursuit of Justice for Class Plaintiffs

Last Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) announced an agreement regarding monitoring how officers go about conducting street stops of citizens in Chicago. Romanucci & Blandin commends the agreement, but remains steadfast in its continued pursuit of justice pursuant to the civil class action lawsuit our firm filed in April, which now has 53 named African-American plaintiffs. The case alleges that the street stop practice is being done without reasonable articulable suspicion which is required under the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Instead, the CPD employs race and/or national origin as determinative factors in deciding to stop and frisk individuals, in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment.

“The announcement made today is exactly why the class action lawsuit is so important in our efforts to expedite and help create radical policy changes at the Chicago Police Department,” said Antonio Romanucci, lead attorney for R&B. “If not for the pending stop and frisk class action lawsuit filed against the City of Chicago and CPD, this announcement from the ACLU and CPD would not have occurred.” Prior to its issuance, R&B held meetings with the ACLU and was in agreement with the policy changes that are incorporated into this understanding.

Click here for a news report covering the agreement and civil class action lawsuit.

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Romanucci & Blandin Contests Use of Excessive Force in Utah Shooting

On the heels of Romanucci & Blandin’s (R&B) filing of a historical class action civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago for the practice and policy of unconstitutional stops and frisks by the CPD, R&B has been retained by the family of Kevin Norton, a gentleman from Utah who was fatally shot by a Police Lieutenant in Uintah County, Utah this past May. According to police testimony, officers implemented “less-than-lethal” (bean bag) shotgun rounds before an officer fired a third live round, which ultimately left Norton dead. An investigation was soon carried out by the Utah County Attorney’s Office, which concluded that the Lieutenant was justified in his actions. Video footage from the incident was captured on two body cameras at the scene; however, the state declined release of this video footage, creating reasonable doubt as to the validity of this investigation.

Careless police brutality is a growing problem in our country, and when a case is a murdered man’s perspective vs. that of a police department, it becomes a slippery slope for justice and citizen protection. At R&B, we are dedicated to serving justice for victims of irresponsible police action and will not let this case slide until we have proper video evidence. Antonio Romanucci said to reporters, “I think [the footage] should be made available not only to us, but to the public for viewing for proper determination of whether or not [these actions are] justified.”

Click here to read the story as reported by the local NBC news affiliate.

Romanucci & Blandin Secures Appellate Court Reversal in Construction Site Accident

Through the efforts of Romanucci & Blandin, the Appellate Court of Illinois recently reversed the decision of a trial court paving the way for just compensation for the family of a deceased construction worker.

In 2010, Malcolm Johnson fell from an elevated access point at a construction site resulting in a torn rotator cuff. Tragically, Mr. Johnson passed away (unrelated to his injury) prior to providing testimony in the matter. R&B filed a lawsuit against the owner of the construction site, the general contractor and several subcontractors. Deposition testimony established that the elevated access point from which Mr. Johnson fell was unsafe, a fall hazard and violated OSHA regulations. The defendants filed a motion for summary judgment, which the trial court granted as Mr. Johnson could not testify, thus his estate could not prove how he fell. Justice was secured as the ruling was reversed finding that R&B had established enough direct and circumstantial evidence to establish that the defendants’ negligence caused Mr. Johnson’s fall.

Birth Injury Practice Continues to Grow – R&B Launches Website Focusing on Obstetric Related Cases

Medical errors and oversights that occur during pregnancy, delivery, or in the period following childbirth can have a justifiably terrible effect on a family. The errors may be irreversible and can end up creating a tremendous personal strain and financial burden for loved ones. Romanucci & Blandin continues to be a leading advocate for birth injury victims, obtaining justice and full compensation for the families who experience these tragic injuries.

We are pleased to share our new birth injury website which we hope will be a useful tool for those seeking information and resources on how to most appropriately pursue help and justice following an obstetrics related incident. Visit our new site here at: http://birthinjurylawchicago.com

New Firm Profile Video – Check it out!

At Romanucci & Blandin we believe in taking on cases that make a true difference in people’s lives. Often, we find cases with similarities so we can help not only one person or family, but also address a continuous problem that affects many. We are dedicated to our clients and do our best to create an environment that promotes comfort as well as confidence. We are very proud to share our brand new company profile video, which is now featured on our website. It is a great representation of who we are and what we stand for. Be sure to check it out here and let us know what you think!

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Do you have a police misconduct case requiring an attorney with related experience? These cases can be complicated and met with serious opposition from defense council. The police brutality legal team at R&B have effectively prosecuted lawsuits of wrongful arrest, search and seizure, assault, use of excessive and deadly force, and hazardous vehicle pursuits. With a worldwide reputation of positive outcomes for plaintiffs, we have been instrumental in defending citizens against unconstitutional police conduct

Winter Newsletter 2015

Happy New Year to our colleagues and friends!

2014 was a banner year for Romanucci & Blandin filled with many wonderful changes, accomplishments and most importantly – opportunities. Some highlights included:

  • Increasing our total number of attorneys to 10
  • Dedicating our client waiting room to the Honorable Bruno J. Tassone
  • Publishing 6 articles – 3 of which were peer reviewed in Trial Journal and AAJ’s TrialMagazine
  • Having many feature stories on R&B team members in notable publications including, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer
  • Speaking at 7 conferences and/or bar associations across the country in topics ranging from aviation to police misconduct
  • Filing one of the highest publicized civil rights cases in Chicago this year: Williams vs. Evans
  • Filing one of the most egregious nursing home cases of abuse and neglect: Mims vs. Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, Inc. and its liability company
  • Taking 4 cases to verdict this year, with 3 of the 4 resulting in either guilty verdicts or settlements
  • Proudly having 6 R&B attorneys named as Super Lawyers in Illinois

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In 2015 our firm will strive for:

Habits (Good ones), Excellence, Leadership and Perfection.

If you did not notice the acronym for these characteristics, it is HELP. Our goal is to help those who need us most by displaying these characteristics personally and professionally.

Cheers to a wonderful 2015!

Law Firm News

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In response to the overwhelming outcry from the public regarding recent cases of police misconduct, the White House has proposed a $263 million initiative on police reform, $75 million earmarked to equip police officers with body cameras. R&B’s Antonio Romanucci and Angela Kurtz recently co-authored an article for the December 2014 Civil Rights issue of AAJ Trial Magazine titled “Defeating Immunity Defenses,”which explores how immunity defenses invoked in police misconduct cases pose challenges for plaintiffs, but can be overcome with the proper research and planning.

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R&B Managing Attorney Gina Arquilla DeBoni was recently interviewed by the Pioneer Press in the article “Glenview Personal Injury Attorney Named Illinois Rising Star,” discussing how our clients truly are not just another case number – they become family. Read more here.

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Antonio Romanucci and Angela Kurtz again addressed the issue of excessive force within the police force in the Winter 2015 issue of Trial Journal, co-authoring a piece titled, “Police Misconduct: Section 1983 Violations, Proving Claims Against the Government.”

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