Ronald W. Kalish

Top rated personal injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish
Ronald W. Kalish
Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1992

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish

2 Prudential Plaza
180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 1974
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


Ronald W. Kalish is an attorney at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish, where he focuses his practice primarily on personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From the firm's office in Chicago, Illinois, he provides dedicated representation to clients throughout the metropolitan area who have incurred economic and noneconomic losses due to the negligence or recklessness of other parties. Admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, Mr. Kalish is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The types of cases that Mr. Kalish has handled have included defective products, birth injuries and other forms of medical malpractice, motor vehicle crashes, premises liability, and nursing home neglect. He has obtained numerous sizable jury awards and negotiated settlements during his career, including a $5.8 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit and a $2.3 million premises liability settlement. Mr. Kalish's colleagues have taken note of these and his many other successful outcomes and have awarded him an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Kalish attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and he received a Bachelor of Science in finance in 1989. His legal education was obtained at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and in 1992, he was awarded his Juris Doctor. An active participant in several legal organizations, Mr. Kalish serves on the Tort Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, and his other professional memberships include the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, The Society of Trial Lawyers and The Chicago Bar Association.

*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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Civil litigation: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Premises liability - plaintiff, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis

  • 50% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 40% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1992, Illinois

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer, Chicago Public Elementary Schools called Lawyers in the Classroom coordinated by the Constitutional Rights Foundation
  • I am a volunteer for the Constitutional Rights Foundation "Lawyer in a Classroom" program. I have been paired with Jamieson School in Chicago for the last 6 years. Several times a year we teach 7th and 8th graders about the Constitution, with a special focus on the Bill of Rights.  It is a very rewarding experience.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Trial Lawyer for Public Justice
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Member
  • American Financial Service Association, Member, Law Committee
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois, 1992
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1992
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Tort law section council, 2005
  • Invited to speak at a continuing legal education seminar by the Illinois State Bar Association. The ISBA Law Ed Program was entitled Evidence: Before, During and After Trial or After Settlement and took place on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office. I was asked to speak on the topic of Settlement Releases, Liens & Medicare Set-Aside, Plaintiff’s Perspective., 2017
  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Scholarship Award
Educational Background:
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • A primer on fees allowed when taking over a contingency fee case., Author,, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • Published in the Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends newsletter, this article addresses a common defense tactic used at trial in medical negligence trials, and suggests ways in which the practice can be curtailed or eliminated at trial. , Author, A Strategy To Address The Phantom Causation Defense In Light of Campbell v. Autenrieb, Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends , Tort Law, Litigation, Illinois Rules Of Evidence, 2019
  • I was appointed to be on a task force to review and study the concept of limited scope representation in Illinois. Ultimately we drafted legislations and proposed rule modifications to the Illinois State Bar Association., Joint Task Force on Limited Scope Representation, Illinois State Bar Association, 2011
  • I was asked to submit materials and speak on the topic of Settlements, Liens and Medicare Set-Asides for a CLE presentation of the ISBA., Invited speaker, Foundations, Evidence & Objections: Before Trial, During Trial, On Appeal, or After a Settlement, Illinois State Bar Association, 2014
  • Confidential settlement against a medical device manufacturer where the stem of a hip replacement component fractured 1.5 years after its implant., 2017
  • $4,318,366 jury verdict in June, 2015. No offer. Synthes,now owned by Johnson and Johnson, designed a spinal fixation system used by spine surgeons after a laminectomy to achieve fusion. The set screws and locking cap loosened after implantation. This allowed movement which prevented fusion from occurring and caused a pseudo arthrosis and necessitated multiple surgeries., 2015
  • 2.3 Million settlement involving injuries to a pedestrian in a parking lot., 2015
  • $4.1 Million jury verdict in December, 2012 for a 41 year old man who fell 20 feet through a hole at an elevated station under construction along the Brown Line.  He was working as a flagger for the CTA at its Southport Ave. station on a walkway at track level. His job was to stop the trains so that construction workers could get off the elevated tracks.  He slipped on a patch of ice and then fell through the hole and landed on the sidewalk.  He suffered a crushed pelvis, broken back and other injuries. He ruptured his intestines and needed emergency surgery. FHP Tectonics Corp. was the general contractor and Garth Construction Services Corp. was the subcontractor., 2012
  • 5.8 Million jury verdict against Isaac  Dor MD in August, 2014 Patient died following a diagnostic angiogram hours after he was discharged from the hospital. He died from a retroperitoneal bleed., 2014
  • $385,000 settlement against a Chicagoland nursing home for a fall resulting in a femur fracture. , 2019
Representative Clients:
  • $1,385,000 settlement with a general surgeon for the death of an 81 year old woman who died from an unrecognized bowel perforation. , 2019
  • $1.4 Million settlement of a construction negligence lawsuit against a large construction general contractor, for injuries to a drywall taper who was injured while working on stilts. The case settled prior to trial.  , 2019

Office location for Ronald W. Kalish

2 Prudential Plaza
180 N. Stetson Ave., Suite 1974
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-782-1386


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2023

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