Matthew L. Willens

Matthew L. Willens

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Willens Law Offices
 | 30 N LaSalle St, #3450
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-957-4166
Fax: 312-726-4776
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1995
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (10%)
Attorney Profile

Willens Law Offices is a top-rated personal injury law firm headquartered in Chicago and serving all of Illinois. Representing the injured is all we do. We don't represent corporations. We don't represent insurance companies. We don't represent physicians in medical malpractice matters. We focus exclusively on representing individuals and their families who were injured by someone else's negligence. Whether you have been in a car, truck, bicycle or motorcycle accident or whether you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice, we can help. We want to help. Since we charge no legal fees unless and until we succeed in obtaining a monetary recovery for you, you can count on us fighting hard to get you the compensation you need and deserve. The firm’s founder, Matthew L. Willens, is recognized nationally and by the Illinois legal community as the “Best of the Best” in personal injury law. For instance, nationally, he has been selected for membership into the National Association of Distinguished Counsel – The Nation’s Top One Percent of Attorneys. In Illinois, he is rated best and voted best by his peers, year after year. He is recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Personal Injury Law and Professional Malpractice and a "Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer” – an honor given to less than 1% of Illinois lawyers. While a majority of Illinois personal injury lawyers regularly attend legal seminars to learn from top lawyers in the personal injury field, Mr. Willens is frequently a speaker at them. If you ask Mr. Willens what his firm does to receive so many honors and accolades, he'll tell you, "We just care more."  Over the past two decades, Mr. Willens has been instrumental in obtaining numerous million-dollar-plus recoveries on behalf of clients in a wide variety of personal injury, car accident, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. One of the personal injury verdicts he was involved in was recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the country in the year in which it was tried. One of the medical malpractice verdicts he helped secure set a state record. At Willens Law Offices, clients come first. We don’t churn out cases, settling them for a fraction of their full value. All clients get the attention and respect they deserve, whether they have a million-dollar-plus case or not. We answer our phones and promptly return e-mails. We communicate with you while we aggressively pursue justice for you. We dedicate the time and resources it takes to be successful for you. We Never Settle For Less. We know that an injury case has the potential to take over a person’s life, making it difficult to move forward. Our top-notch team of attorneys and staff want to help people take control of their situation so they can focus on what matters most — getting back on track. People turn to us for the dedicated, caring help they require, regardless of the type of accident they were in or the type of injury sustained.

Areas of Practice - Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

The list goes on, as you can see from below. If you or a loved one was injured, and someone or some entity caused the injury, you very well may have a personal injury case. If you want a top-tier, professional and dedicated law firm who focuses exclusively on personal injury cases, you have come to the right place. Willens Law Offices is rated as one of the top personal injury law firms in Illinois, year after year. No matter what the injury or what type of specific personal injury case, our lawyers have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your rights. Some say our success comes from just caring more. Call us. We can help. We can help with most types of personal injury cases. If we don't think we are the best law firm for your particular case, we will point you in the direction of a law firm who may be able to help. We've earned our excellent reputation because we care about those who are injured. You and your needs will be our priority. Willens Law Offices will put your needs first, not what's easiest or for us. If you want lawyers who you can rely upon, then you need Willens Law Offices.

Personal Injury

Medical Malpractice

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Workers' Compensation

Construction Accidents

Mass Transit Accidents

Aviation Accidents

  • Commercial Aviation Accidents
  • General Aviation Accidents
  • Helicopter Accidents

Asbestos/Mesothelioma

 

About Matthew Willens

Admitted: 1995, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.willenslaw.com/matthew-l-willens/

Honors and Awards:

  • Matthew L. Willens was selected to Top 100 Super Lawyers 2013, 2013
  • Matthew L. Willens was was selected to Illinois Super Lawyers., 2012
  • Matthew L. Willens has a "Superb" Avvo Rating with the highest possible marks in all categories including experience, industry recognition and professional conduct., Avvo, 2010
  • Matthew L. Willens featured in Chicago Lawyer magazine for his multi-million dollar settelment on behalf of a young man injured when a porch railing collapsed., Small Firms Nab Big Settlements, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2010
  • In 2002, after several million dollar plus verdicts and settlements, Matthew L. Willens was appointed as a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum., 2002
  • Recognized by legal community as one of Chicago's Top Lawyers as published in The National Law Journal
  • Matthew L. Willens has an AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 peer review rating – the highest rating possible in personal injury and medical malpractice – in the Martindale-Hubbell® legal directory.
  • Matthew L. Willens was selected to Illinois "Leading Lawyers" for Personal Injury Law: General and Professional Malpractice.  This distinction has been earned by fewer than 5% of all lawyers licensed to practice in the state
  • In 2004, Matthew L. Willens was named one of the '40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois to Watch' by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company (an honor given to less than 1% of the lawyers in Illinois).
  • Matthew L. Willens is listed in  Strathmore's Who's Who. 
  • Matthew L. Willens is listed in Who's Who in American Law.   
  • After a $16 Million Verdict, Matthew L. Willens was selected to be an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • ITLA- Member CBA - Judicial Evaluation Committee 2004-2007 AAJ- Member ISBA - Tort Law Committee - 2005-2007, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Paul Revere Eastern Star Award Winner for Service to the Community

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Starting Your Own Law Firm was published in March 2, 2012 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Author, 2012
  • Matthew L. Willens to speak to judges, lawyers and law students regarding Preparing and Presenting Expert Witnesses in Civil Trials, Speaker, 2011
  • Matthew L. Willens presented to law students at Loyola University Chicago School of Law School,, Speaker, What Lawyers Do, 2010
  • Contributing author on Evidentiary Issues in Illinois Wrongful Death and Survival Actions, Contributing Author, Evidentiary Issues in Illinois Wrongful Death and Survival Actions, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • "Transition From Working at a Small Firm To Starting Your Own"Matthew L. Willens featured in Blackacre, February, 2010 "Alumni Spotlight"Matthew L. Willens featured in Loyola University Chicago School of Law Newsletter, February, 2010 "Q & A"Matthew L. Willens featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine, January, 2010 "Career Choices"Presented to law students and lawyers at Loyola University Chicago School of Law School, Winter, 2010 "90 Days Before Trial: The Final Countdown"Detailing Your Case for Trial - Presented to lawyers at the Chicago Bar Association, Fall, 2006 "Traumatic Brain Injuries"Presented at the Lake County Center for Independent Living in Mundelein, Spring 2006 "Liens - Contractual Reimbursements"Presented at two Illinois Trial Lawyer Association Seminars, Winter and Summer, 2006 "Presenting Psychological and Neuropsychological Evidence in a Personal Injury Case"Presented to lawyers, academics and experts from around the country at the American Bar Association, Spring, 2005 "Traumatic Brain Injuries"Illinois Trial Journal (republished in The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Journal, Issue 499, 2005), 12/01/2004 "Top 10 Mistakes Made by Attorneys"Presented to lawyers in Illinois, New York, Texas, California, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, 2003 "How Personal Injury Law and Workers' Compensation Law are Related"Presented to law students at IIT, Kent Law School, 1998-2000

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 15.8 million verdict | Car Accident in a case where a pedestrian was struck by a car (pre-trial offer - $250,000); $10 million settlement | Medical Malpractice case involving a traumatic birth injury; $7 million settlement | Medical Malpractice case involving the improper surgery leading to short gut syndrome;$4 million settlement | Medical Malpractice case involving the failure to diagnose lung cancer in a young man;$3.1 million verdict | Medical Malpractice case where two physicians failed to diagnose cancer in a woman (pre-trial offer - $0); $3 million settlement | Wrongful Death Car Accident for a young woman whose mother was killed in a car accident; $2.25 million settlement | Wrongful Death Car Accident for a man whose wife was killed in a car accident; $2.01 million settlement | Premises Liability for a man who fell from a second floor porch after a railing that he leaned upon collapsed; $1.5 million settlement | Wrongful Death Trucking Accidentfor the family of a maintenance worker who was struck and killed by a truck at a construction site; $1.25 million settlement | Personal Injuryfor a bystander who was struck in the eye by a bullet fragment during a police chase; $1 million policy settlement | Medical Malpracticein a medical malpractice case where a doctor failed to diagnose breast cancer in a woman; $850,000 settlement | Medical Malpracticein a medical malpractice case where a doctor caused a shoulder injury during surgical removal of a lump on a young boy's neck; $750,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a man who was injured when he fell from a scaffold at a construction site; $750,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a woman who fell through an unguarded hole at a construction site; $650,000 settlement | Medical Malpractice in a downstate Illinois medical malpractice case where a women suffered a bowel perforation during a hysterectomy; $553,917 partial settlement | Asbestos Exposurefor a man who was exposed to asbestos while on the job as a diesel technician; $511,000 verdict | Medical Malpracticefor a man in a medical malpractice case involving urologic surgery (pre-trial offer - $0); $491,863 verdict | Car Accidentfor a woman who was injured in a car accident (pre-trial offer - $0); $405,000 settlement | Car Accidentfor a man who was struck by a vehicle while driving his bicycle and injured his ankle; $400,000 settlement | Construction Accident for a construction worker who fell from a ladder and suffered a shoulder injury; $400,000 settlement | Construction Accident for a man who fell into an improperly guarded hole at a construction site; $400,000 settlement | Medical Malpracticein a medical malpractice case for a woman who suffered an injured bowel during exploratory abdominal surgery; $378,495 verdict | Personal Injuryfor a man who suffered a cut calf muscle while on a work-site (pre-trial offer - $17,500); $375,000 settlement | Medical Malpractice for a man who developed bed sores while recuperating at a hospital after orthopedic surgery; $374,000 verdict | Bus Accidentfor a passenger on a bus who broke his foot after he was thrown into the air when the bus hit a bump (pre-trial offer - $75,000); $325,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a woman who suffered an electrical shock injury after coming into contact with an improperly guarded electrical outlet on a work site; $300,000 policy settlement | Wrongful Death Boating Accidentfor the family of a young boy who was killed in a boating accident; $300,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a man who fell through a skylight of a mall; $300,000 settlement | Premises Liabilityfor an elderly woman who tripped and fell in restaurant and suffered a closed head injury; $250,000 settlement | Medical Negligencefor an elderly woman who fractured her hip when dropped by staff members of a hospital who were taking her to the bathroom;$275,000 settlement | Personal Injuryfor a woman who suffered a knee injury after being involved in a bicycle accident; $250,000 settlement | Medical Malpracticein a medical malpractice case where a woman who had to go through additional surgery after an improperly performed tubal ligation; $250,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a man who was injured at a work site when he slipped on a ladder laden with resin; $234,409 verdict | Car Accidentfor two brothers who were injured in a car accident (pre-trial offer - $150,000); $225,000 verdict | Medical Malpracticein a medical malpractice case involving a gastroenterological procedure (pre-trial offer - $0); $200,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a construction worker who injured his elbow after stepping into a hole that had been covered with carpeting; $190,000 settlement | Construction Accidentfor a construction worker who was injured when a staircase he was on collapsed; $185,000 settlement | Premises Liabilityfor a man who fell off of a second floor porch because of a loose railing; $175,000 settlement | Car Accidentfor a man who suffered low back pain after being in a rear end car accident; $167,500 settlement | Personal Injuryfor a warehouse worker who fractured his leg when it went through the floor of a truck that he was unloading; $150,000 settlement | Premises Liabilityfor a woman who slipped and fell injuring her knee at a gas station; $150,000 arbitration award | Premises Liabilityfor a man who injured his back when the staircase he was on collapsed (pre-arbitration offer - $0);$140,000 settlement | Personal Injuryfor a businessman who contracted salmonella poisoning at a catered luncheon; $140,000 settlement | Premises Liability for a woman who injured her leg after falling in a parking lot; $140,000 settlement | Car Accident - for a man who suffered neck injuries after he was in a car accident;  $133,000 settlement | Bicycle Accident for a man who, while driving his bicycle, collided with an automobile and suffered facial injuries; $125,000 settlement | Premises Liability for a woman who suffered an ankle injury after slipping and falling at a bowling alley; $125,000 settlement | Car Accidentfor a man who suffered a shoulder injury after he was in a car accident;$110,000 settlement | Car Accident for a man who suffered a neck injury after he was in a car accident; $100,000 settlement | Premises Liability for a man who slipped and fell in restaurant and suffered a shoulder injury $100,000 policy settlement | Car Accidentfor a man who suffered injuries to his sternum, hand, neck and back after being involved in a car accident; $100,000 settlement | Car Accident for a woman who suffered a knee injury after being in a car accident; $100,000 policy settlement | Car Accident for a pedestrian who was struck by a car and suffered a traumatic brain injury;$100,000 settlement | Premises Liabilityfor a woman who slipped and fell on a wet floor and suffered a shoulder injury; $100,000 settlement | Bus Accidentfor a woman who suffered a pelvis injury after being hit by a bus; $100,000 settlement | Car Accidentfor a man who suffered neck and back injuries after being involved in a car accident;$100,000 settlement | Car Accident for a downstate Illinois woman who suffered neck and back injuries after being involved in a car accident; $100,000 settlement | Car Accidentfor a minor girl who was struck by a car and injured while crossing the street.

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Educational Background:

  • 1991 - Received B.S. Degree in Business Management from Northern Illinois University 1995 - Received J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1991
Office Location for Matthew L. Willens

30 N LaSalle St
#3450
Chicago, IL 60602

 

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Last Updated: 10/13/2017

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