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Melvin L. Brooks

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Cochran Firm Chicago
140 S Dearborn St, Suite 1020
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-262-2880
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1985
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Rights, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Melvin L. Brooks is a managing partner with The Cochran Firm in Chicago, Illinois. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Brooks provides unmatched counsel and support to clients throughout the greater Chicagoland area who are dealing with complex and pressing legal challenges arising from any of the following:

·       Personal injury and wrongful death

·       Automobile, trucking and other motor vehicle accidents

·       Premises and product liability

·       Medical malpractice

·       Civil rights violations

·       Police brutality

Having focused on civil litigation for most of his legal career, Mr. Brooks has achieved remarkable success advocating on behalf of those who have suffered a serious injustice due to another party's negligent, careless or unlawful actions. To date, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, including several multimillion-dollar awards. 

Among his most notable successes, he recovered more than $20 million for the families of those who suffered injuries or lost loved ones in the E2 Nightclub tragedy as well as a $4.5 million award for a victim fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer. 

Honored for his outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Brooks has earned a Leading Lawyer designation for Civil Rights and Personal Injury. He has also received a Top 100 Trial Lawyer designation from the National Trial Lawyer along with designation as among the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He has also received the Women of Wisdom’s Distinguished Service Award and the Harold Washington Historical Award from the Cook County Bar Association.

A 1982 graduate of Iowa State University, Mr. Brooks obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1985. He is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. He is also an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Cook County Bar Association and the Federal Trial Bar.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 10%Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Police Misconduct, Motor Vehicle Defects


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2023

About Melvin L. Brooks

First Admitted: 1985, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Leading Lawyers have been recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in the areas of practice noted on this website. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer. , Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, a division of Law Bulletin Media
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. The mission of the NADC is to objectively recognize the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate. By virtue of the incredible selectivity of our research process, only the elite few are invited to join the ranks of the NADC. Specifically, less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys”. The recipients of this prestigious award have demonstrated the highest ideals of the legal profession., Nation's Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Board Chairperson: Habilitative Systems, Inc.("HSI"), 2010 - 2012
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers(Selected by the American Trial Lawyers Association), 2008 - 2011
  • Distinguished Service Award, October 10, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Federal Trial Bar, Member
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1992
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2009 - 2012
  • Illinois, 1985
  • American Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Cook County Bar Association, Member, 2008 - 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2009


  • Goodall v. City of Dolton
  • Sanders v. City of Chicago, 96 L 14155
  • Johnson v. Ford Motor Company, Confidential Settlement (Circuit Court, Cook Cty,IL)
  • Weatherspoon v. Martin, $1.8 MIllion Settlement (Circuit Court, Cook Cty. IL)
  • Buckner v. Boy Scouts of America
  • Marshall v. Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, $7.5 Million Verdict (Circuit Court, Cook Cty,IL)
  • Williams v.City of Chicago, $2.0 Million Verdict (Circuit Court, Cook Cty, IL)
  • Syas v. Mietus, $1.1 Million Settlement (Circuit Court, Cook Cty. IL)
  • Obtained a $4 million, confidential settlement where client’s decedent was struck by a large, municipal motor vehicle making a right turn through an intersection. Two witnesses who were interviewed by the police and news media indicated that the decedent was running in and across the street and through traffic when the accident occurred. The decedent was survived by three adult children.
  • Jefferson vs. City of Chicago, 95 L 13388
  • Salters v. City of Chicago, $3.5 Million Settlement (Circuit Court, Cook Cty,IL)
  • Ford-Ott v.Chicago Transit Authority, $1.1 Million Settlement (Circuit Court, Cook Cty. IL)

Educational Background

  • Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, B.A. - 1982

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Presenting on the subject of delivering opening statement with a focus on storytelling, Presenter, Delivering A Quality Opening Statement, Cook County Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, 2019
  • Presentation in the area of ethics with a focus on managing the client's expectations, Presenter, Ethics & Professionalism Seminar - Managing Your Client's Expectations Throughout Litigation, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association , Plaintiffs' Bar, 2016
  • New Attorney's Intro to Effective Law Practice, Illinois Institute For CLE, 2008 - 2010
  • Success Skills to Launch Your Career, Illinois Institute For CLE, 2002 - 2008
  • Lectures, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Lectures, Chicago Bar Association
  • Police Pursuit Liability: Violation of General Order Did Not Constitute Evidence of Negligence or Willful and Wanton Conduct", Legal Defense Manual, Summer, 1997
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Office Location for Melvin L. Brooks

140 S Dearborn St
Suite 1020
Chicago, IL 60603

Phone: 312-262-2880

Last Updated: 8/10/2022

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