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Eric J. Carlson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Edwardsville, IL

Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC
411 St. Louis St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1603
Phone: 618-307-4054
Fax: 618-655-4004
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1995
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime
Attorney Profile

Attorney Eric J. Carlson is a partner with the Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb, LLC, law firm, which has offices in Edwardsville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri. At the firm, Mr. Carlson focuses his practice exclusively on personal injury law. Licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri, Mr. Carlson serves clients throughout both states who need help securing their rightful compensation and benefits following an injury or loss caused by another party's negligence or wrongdoing.

A 1992 cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois, Mr. Carlson attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, in 1995. That same year, the Illinois State Bar Association admitted him to practice, and The Missouri Bar admitted him in 1996. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th, 7th and 8th Circuits.

A long-time resident of the Edwardsville/Glen-Carbon area, Mr. Carlson genuinely cares about the legal issues that affect the citizens of his community. As a personal injury attorney, he uses his extensive knowledge and experience to advocate on behalf of the rights and entitlements of innocent accident victims and injured workers. Through his efforts, he has recovered substantial settlements and awards for those he serves, including many in excess of a million dollars.

Fully committed to his practice, he is actively involved with many professional legal organizations, including the American Bar Association. He has held several leadership positions for the Madison County Bar Association and currently serves as the organization's president. He is also heavily involved with the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, having served on that association's board of advocates and executive committee.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Transportation/Maritime
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Railroad Accident, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law


7 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2022

About Eric J. Carlson

First Admitted: 1995, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Board of Editors for the Southern Illinois University law review
  • Southern Illinois University Law Journal, Articles Editor
  • “Case Selection: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff”, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Work Effectively with Subrogations, Reimbursements, Liens and Privileges and Plan Your Strategy for Effective Settlement Drafting, National Business Institute, Obtaining the Best Settlement for Personal Injury Clients, 2010
  • "Premises Liability: The Exception that Swallowed the Rule, Lee v. CTA,", 19 S.Ill.L.J. 217
  • "Offensive Use of Supreme Court Rule 237(b)", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • “Testimonial Evidence”, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • Consulting Editor, "General Considerations / Summons and Appearance", Nichols Illinois Civil Practice, Vol. 1A, 2001
  • Consulting Editor, "Enforcement of Judgments / Costs.", Nichols Illinois Civil Practice, Vol. 5, 2004

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Southern Illinois American Inn of Court, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2001
  • Young Lawyers Committee, Co-Chair
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1998 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Missouri, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1996
  • Missouri, 1996
  • Illinois, 1995
  • Madison County Bar Association, Executive Committee , President, 2016 - 2017
  • Madison County Bar Association, Executive Committee , 1st Vice President , 2015 - 2016
  • Madison County Bar Association, Executive Committee , 2nd Vice President, 2014 - 2015
  • Madison County Bar Association, Executive Committee , Treasurer, 2013 - 2014
  • Southern Illinois Inn of Court, Member
  • Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Madison County Bar Association, Executive Committee / Secretary, 2012 - 2013
  • Illinois State Bar Association, November 9, 1995 - Present
  • American Bar Association, January 1, 2000 - Present
  • American Association of Justice, May 24, 1996 - Present
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Advocates
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers, 2001 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee


  • Isbell v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 318 Ill.App.3d 1011 (Ill. App. 5th Dist. 2001)
  • Best v. Taylor Machine Works, Inc., 179 Ill.2d 367, 689 N.E.2d 1057 (Ill. 1997)


  • Recognized as Trial Lawyer of the Year finalist by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1998 
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • National Product Liability Moot Court Team, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois,1993-1995
  • Order of Barristers, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, Illinois

Educational Background

  • Edwardsville High School, 1988
  • University of Illinois, B.A., cum laude, 1992
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Office Location for Eric J. Carlson

411 St. Louis St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025-1603

Phone: 618-307-4054

Fax: 618-655-4004

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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