Douglas A. Colby

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Anesi Ozmon, Ltd.
Douglas A. Colby
Anesi Ozmon, Ltd.

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability

Licensed in Illinois since: 1982

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2013 - 2024

Anesi Ozmon, Ltd.

161 N Clark St
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


A behemoth figure within the legal field across the United States, Douglas A. Colby has taken on tough challenges for his clients seeking workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability benefits for their workplace injuries and disabilities respectively. An of counsel at Anesi Ozmon in Chicago, Illinois, and licensed to practice in the state since 1982, he brings his massive breadth of experience to the table. He emphasizes his commitment to getting his clients the respite they deserve and works tirelessly for the same goal.

Mr. Colby joined Anesi Ozmon right after he passed the Illinois Bar, and now sits as a senior partner at the firm’s Workers’ Compensation Department. He is adept at handling spontaneous changes in situations and has, throughout his career, provided solid support and continual challenges to give his clients an effective chance of getting their claims approved.

After graduating magna cum laude in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University, Mr. Colby went on to enroll at the John Marshall Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1982. He is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

His peers and prestigious legal organizations have lauded Mr. Colby for his many contributions to promoting top-quality, client-centered advocacy in Illinois and nationwide. He has been featured in the Top 100 list by The National Trial Lawyers, the 10 Best list by the American Institute of Legal Counsel and Best Lawyers. In addition, he was profiled by Leading Lawyers Magazine for his efficacious and judicious work ethic.

The list of high-paying settlements and jury awards Mr. Colby has won on behalf of his clients is quite long, and some notable examples include a settlement of $12 million for a worker who sustained catastrophic injuries, a settlement of $2.9 million for a union painter who sustained an injury and a $600,000 jury award for the wrongful death of a school administrator who died due to mental stress.

When not passionately advocating for his clients, Mr. Colby takes an important role in educating his peers and the general public on a wide variety of issues. He has lectured at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), the John Marshall Law School, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, among many others. He holds memberships in The Chicago Bar Association (Workers’ Compensation Committee), the ITLA (Workers' Compensation Committee) and the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association.

Practice areas

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

First Admitted: 1982, Illinois

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois, 1982
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association
  • Chicago Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017 nominated to “The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers”
  • Listed in “American Institute of Legal Counsel – 10 Best”
  • Listed in “National Trial Lawyer Top 100”
  • Listed in “Illinois Super Lawyer”
  • Listed in “Leading Lawyers”
  • Leading Illinois Attorney Listing
  • Illinois Super Lawyer Listing
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $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

Office location for Douglas A. Colby

161 N Clark St
Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-997-5784


15 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2008, 2013 - 2024

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