Mark E. McNabola

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

McNabola Law Group
Mark E. McNabola
McNabola Law Group

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1985

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019

McNabola Law Group

55 W. Wacker Drive
9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


Serving citizens of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs, Mark E. McNabola is the founding partner of the Illinois-based firm McNabola Law Group. A devoted and dedicated attorney, he has over 35 years of experience representing victims of any sort of catastrophic injuries, medical malpractice, car accidents and brain injury. 

Mr. McNabola earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University in 1981. He later received his doctorate in jurisprudence from DePaul College of Law in 1985 and was admitted by the Illinois State Bar Association to practice law in the state the same year. 

An understanding and empathetic attorney, Mr. McNabola takes extreme care to provide each client with his personal attention, be a comforting figure and help them get through a dark and trying time in their life. He is held in high regard by both his clients and peers for his exemplary knowledge and skills in preparing a case and recovering several million dollars through verdicts and settlements. 

Honoring his legal work, Mr. McNabola’s peers rated him AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell. He is also the recipient of several other awards, including being one of the youngest attorneys to receive the Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Law Bulletin Media’s Jury Verdict Reporter and being a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum. 

Along with his day-to-day legal work, Mr. McNabola had served as an adjunct professor at his alma mater where he taught the trial advocacy class, and he is also frequently seen as a lecturer sharing his knowledge on victims’ rights. He also has authored several published legal articles. He holds memberships in various organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer-review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

First Admitted: 1985, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Juries Should Not Decide Contingency Fee Disputes, Volume 157, No. 214
  • Physicians and Litigation: Emerging Trends, Volume 157, No. 151
  • Jurors Questions Have Place in Today's Courtroom, Volume 157, No. 131
  • Embracing Change in the Jury System , Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Volume 157, Number 88
  • ITLA Notebook Series (Contributing Author)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Contributing Author)
  • Proof of Facts (Contributing Author)
  • The Special Interrogatory: An Instrument of Unfairness in the Jury System., Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 4, Number 1: 18-19, 32, 34-35
  • It's Time to Move Beyond Separate Discovery and Evidence Depositions in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 92
  • Adjunct Professor, Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Invited Speaker, Litigation Skills Conference, Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Invited Speaker, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Invited Speaker "The Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Lawsuit", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, "Damages and Its Impact on the Trial of a Premises Liability Case", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, "Trial Strategy Regarding the Use of Economic Damages", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Professor, Business Law, Chicago College of Commerce
  • Invited Speaker, "How to Not Meet a Plaintiff Lawyer" , 13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium
  • Invited Speaker, "Deposition Taking and Establishing Accountability", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • $25M result for a man who was injured and suffered quadriplegia.
  • $7.8 Million - Medical Negligence result- A woman presented herself to the emergency room on three consecutive days with worsening symptoms. Finally, she was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis but suffered severe injuries due to the delay of diagnosis and treatment. The initial settlement offer was $3 million.
  • $9.2 Million-Record High Settlement - Medical Malpractice - A young woman suffered amputation of her legs as a result of complications following surgery at a suburban hospital. Doctors and nurses failed to develop and implement an appropriate plan to manage blood thinning medications pre and post-operatively leading to severe clotting and tissue death. The case settled during jury selection. The offer was $3 million before trial. 
  • $9.8 Million verdict - Automobile Negligence - A 72 year old woman was paralyzed following an automobile collision. The defendant turned into the plaintiff’s vehicle causing her to sustain a spinal fracture and dislocation at C6-C7 requiring a fusion. She is wheelchair dependent. The offer for settlement before jury trial was $4 million. 
  • $10.12 Million Jury Verdict - Trucking Negligence - A Cook County jury entered the verdict in favor of a 72-year-old grandmother rendered wheelchair-dependent after a car vs truck accident. The offer prior to trial was $3 million. 
  • $10.27 Million Jury Verdict - Trucking Negligence  - A young girl was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had previously collided with a bus that was traveling too fast for conditions. After a ten-day jury trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of the family. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, this is a record high verdict for the wrongful death of a minor in a motor vehicle accident. There was no offer for settlement by the defendant.
  • $12 Million- Medical Malpractice- A 52 year old man suffered an anoxic brain injury following routine bowel surgery when doctors and nurses at a suburban hospital failed to properly monitor and treat him post-operatively. The offer before jury trial was $3 million. Case settled after it was set for jury selection. 
  • $20 Million - Construction Site Negligence - A man was demonstrating construction equipment known as a “man lift” and was elevated in the air. The lift collapsed and two men suffered permanent injuries. McNabola Law Group represented one of two men injured totaling $20 million. Prior to jury trial the offer was $3 million. 
  • $14 Million: A woman died during negligent obstetrical treatment and the child is disabled. 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Catholic Charities Advisory Board (providing assistance for the homeless and underprivileged)
  • Member, Center of Concern (helping underprivileged seniors and disabled adults)
  • Governing Board Member, Boys Hope Girls Hope Chicago (providing a new life and full education for at-risk children and those in poverty)
  • Board of Directors, Mulliganeers (providing funds for critically ill children and families in need)
  • Executive Board member of Vincentian Out-Reach Center Task Force and Legal Assistance (further development of a homeless shelter and outreach program and providing legal and financial assistance)
  • Misericordia Heart of Mercy (providing for people with mild to severe mental disabilities)
  • Joseph Academy (serving young people with disabilities)
  • The Courage Program (assisting single mothers)
  • Notre Dame's President's Circle (Mentorship of students who are considering a legal education)
  • Law Board, Loyola Academy
  • Executive Board member, Dreams for Kids (mentoring and financial support for disabled and underprivileged children)
  • Executive Vice President, Irish Fellowship of Chicago (providing scholarship assistance to students in need and philanthropic causes in the Chicago area)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Fellows of the American Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Contributor, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Chicago Bar Association, Civil Procedures Committee
  • Member, Society of Trial Lawyers, Chicago, Trial Techniques Committee
  • Member, Prevent Child Abuse America, Chicago Board
  • Past Member, Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Holds Record High Injury Results for Injured Victims in Three Counties
  • Highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 5% of Lawyers - Leading Lawyers Network
  • Million Dollar Advocacy Forum
Educational Background:
  • DePaul University, B.A., 1981
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Mark McNabola received the 2011 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Jury Verdict Reporter for securing more than five Cook County jury verdicts over $5 million in his career., 2011

Office location for Mark E. McNabola

55 W. Wacker Drive
9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-629-2900


15 Years Super Lawyers
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