Todd A. Heller

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Deerfield, Illinois

Heller Trakhtman & Associates
Todd A. Heller
Heller Trakhtman & Associates

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Alternative Dispute Resolution; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1978

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024

Heller Trakhtman & Associates

707 Lake Cook Rd
STE 316
Deerfield, IL 60015 Visit website


Todd A. Heller is an attorney with the Heller Trahktman & Associates law firm, which has offices in Deerfield and Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated trial lawyer with more than 43 years of legal experience, Mr. Heller focuses his practice primarily on personal injury law. He provides exceptional advocacy and support to plaintiff clients throughout the greater Chicago metro area and Northern Illinois who suffered an injury or loss as the result of someone else's negligence.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Heller has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his clients adversely affected by motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, animal bites and other preventable tragedies. At all turns, he has proven himself a dedicated and highly effective legal advocate who always pursues the most favorable outcomes possible for those he serves, and he has earned consistent designation from his peers as being among the leading trial attorneys in his region.

Along with handling all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Heller also has considerable experience with commercial litigation, family law, real estate and appeals. Furthermore, in addition to his impressive legal credentials, he is also a licensed real estate broker in Illinois.

Mr. Heller graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1975 with a Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies and was vice president of his class. He then attended DePaul University College of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1978. The Illinois State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Drawing upon his extensive legal knowledge, Mr. Heller has conducted numerous lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics. He is also an active member of several local, state and national legal organizations, and he has served on various committees for The Chicago Bar Association, including a year as Chair of the Tort Litigation Committee.  Additionally, he has served as arbitrator with the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and the American Arbitration Association.


Mr. Heller has taught at Roosevelt University since 1992.   He currently teaches in both the Paralegal Studies Program and the Conflict and Mediation Masters Program.

Highly active in his local community as well, Mr. Heller has served as president, vice president and as a board member of Northbrook School District No. 27, a Village Trustee for the Village of Northbrook as well as president and a board member of the Charlemagne Homeowners Association. He has also served as Cub Master for his local Cub Scouts as well as a little league and softball coach.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Health Care, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arbitration, Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Dental Malpractice, Mediation, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Nursing Home, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 30% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 10% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Health Care
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1978, Illinois

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Roosevelt University Conflict & Mediation Masters Program (Negotiation Tactics; Negotiation; Alternative Dispute Resolutions), 2017-Present
  • Instructor, Contract Law Seminar, Roosevelt University, Lawyer's Assistant Program, May 14, 1999 - May 15, 1999
  • Roosevelt University Paralegal Studies Program, 1992-Present
  • Instructor, Lawyer's Assistant Program, Roosevelt University, 1992 - Present
  • Presenter, Using TIMSS Data to Improve Local Math Programs and Bring About World Class Performance, National School Board Association Annual Conference, April 6, 2002
  • Presenter, Benchmarking for International Success: Using TIMSS Findings to Scale Up Programs, National School Board Association Annual Conference, March 25, 2001
  • Speaker, Administrative and School Board Support for Creating an Exemplary Library Curriculum, International Reading Association Convention, May 1, 2000
  • Panelist, Deliberate Dialogue: Reading Program Success Stories: Districts That Work, International Reading Association Convention, May 4, 1999
  • Panelist, Deliberate Dialogue #1: Public Issues Related to Literacy and Education, International Reading Association Convention, May 4, 1998
  • Instructor, Paralegal Studies Program, Roosevelt University, 1992 - Present
  • Instructor, Contract Law Seminar, Roosevelt University, Lawyer's Assistant Program, May 3, 2002 - May 4, 2002
  • Instructor, Contract Law Seminar, Roosevelt University, Lawyer's Assistant Program, May 11, 2001 - May 12, 2001
  • Instructor, Contract Law Seminar, Roosevelt University, Lawyer's Assistant Program, March 24, 2000 - March 25, 2000
  • Vice-President, Class of 1975, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Mauricio Barraza v. Tootsie Roll Industries Inc., 294 Ill. App. 3d 539, 690 N.E. 2d 612 (1st Dist 1997)
  • Mauricio Barraza v. Tootsie Roll Industries Inc., 228 Ill. Dec. 853 (1st Dist 1997)
Representative Clients:
  • Puma Express, Inc.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Chicago Bar Association, Vice-Chairman, Tort Litigation Committee, 2003 - 2004
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1978 - Present
  • Illinois, 1978
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1990
  • Chicago Bar Association, Legislative Liaison, Tort Litigation Committee, 2001 - 2003
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, Arbitrator
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Tort Litigation Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1978 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1979
  • American Arbitration Association, Arbitrator
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Johns Hopkins University, Reunion 2005 Committee
  • Temple Beth EI of Northbrook, Financial Vice President, 1992 - 1994
  • Charlemagne Homeowners' Association, Board of Directors, 1984 - 1992
  • Northbrook School District No.27, Elected Member, School Board, 1995 - Present
  • Assistant Cub-Master, Cub Scouts, Pack 63, Northbrook, Ill, 1991 - 1992
  • Chicago Alumni Association, Johns Hopkins University, Leadership Council, Member
  • Temple Beth EI of Northbrook, Board of Directors, 1991 - 2000
  • Northbrook School District No.27, President, 1999 - 2001
  • Village Trustee, Village of Northbrook, Illinois, 2005
  • Little League Coach
  • Johns Hopkins University, Reunion 2000 Committee
  • Temple Beth EI of Northbrook, Administrative Vice President, 1994 - 1996
  • Northbrook School District No.27, Vice-President, 1997 - 1999
  • Charlemagne Homeowners' Association, President, 1987 - 1989
Educational Background:
  • Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, B.A., Honors: Vice-President, Class of 1975, Majors in Humanistic Studies, 1975

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office location for Todd A. Heller

707 Lake Cook Rd
STE 316
Deerfield, IL 60015

Phone: 847-929-9624


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2024

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