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Douglas A. Colby

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd.
161 N Clark St, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-997-5784
Fax: 312-372-3833
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Social Security Disability
Attorney Profile

Douglas A. Colby's legal career began as a law clerk with Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin Novak & Kohen, Ltd., in 1980. Upon obtaining his law degree in 1982, he joined the firm as an associate attorney. Over the next 25 years, Douglas devoted his practice to representing people seriously injured on the job in Chicago and throughout Illinois. He is now a managing partner of the firm's workers' compensation department and has a national reputation as a leading workers' compensation attorney. Douglas has won millions of dollars in successful verdicts and settlements for injured union workers and other people injured in the workplace. His clients benefit from his close relationships with Northern Illinois trade unions. As a firm leader, he provides insight and guidance to the firm's experienced attorneys in their more difficult cases and teaches younger associates the techniques required to be effective litigators in the field.

Practice Areas
  • 90%Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10%Social Security Disability

Selections

13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2013 - 2022

About Douglas A. Colby

First Admitted: 1982, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://anesilaw.com/attorneys/douglas-a-colby/

Honors/Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Leading Illinois Attorney Listing
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Listing

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $250,000 lump sum settlement for a union ironworker with a knee injury requiring an arthroscopic procedure.
  • $215,000 for a handicap-accessible home and van for a union ironworker who became paralyzed after a fall.
  • $195,000 for a handicap-accessible home and van for a union ironworker who became paralyzed after a fall.
  • $375,000.00 lump sum for a union ironworker who fell 25 feet sustaining multiple injuries but able to return to work.
  • $178,000 for modifications to a home for a paraplegic needing accomodations.
  • $335,000.00 lump sum settlement for a truck driver who was severely injured after being run over at a gas station.
  • $222,500.00 settlement for an electrician with an operated shoulder.
  • $200,000.00 lump sum settlement for a Local #1 ironworker with an unoperated back injury.
  • $425,000.00 for a local #1 union ironworker with an unoperated low back injury and permanent weight restrictions.
  • $245,000.00 lump sum settlement for a painter who had 2 surgeries to his knee.
  • $645,000.00 settlement on a totally disputed case for a laborer who had an unwitnessed fall off a ladder sustaining a brain injury.
  • $250,000.00 settlement for a Local #1 ironworker with a knee and back injury.
  • $200,000+ award for a construction worker injured in a fall but denied Workers' Compensation.
  • $170,000 for a handicap-accessible home and van for a union roofer who became paralyzed after a fall.
  • $438,000.00 lump sum for a totally denied claim on behalf of a widower whose wife died while attending a business dinner.
  • $12,000,000 settlement in favor of a catastrophically injured worker.
  • $600,000+ award for a school administrator who died as a result of mental stress.

Representative Clients

  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Union Construction Workers

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association - Workers Compensation Notebook (Employee-Employer Chapter)
  • Lecturer, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Lecturer, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, Illinois Institute of Continuing Education
  • Lecturer, John Marshall Law School
  • Lecturer, Various Construction Trade Unions

Educational Background

  • Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, Illinois, B.A., Cum Laude, Marketing, 1979
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Office Location for Douglas A. Colby

161 N Clark St
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-997-5784

Fax: 312-372-3833

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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