John J. Castaneda

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Geneva, IL

Castaneda Law Office
 | 514 W. State Street, Suite 210
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: 630-938-7630
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1987
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (90%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

For more than 25 years, Illinois attorney John J. Castaneda has focused his law practice in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury. With his law practice, John J. Castaneda, P.C., based in Elgin, he represents clients throughout the Chicago metropolitan area in cases involving workplace injuries, disputed claims, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents and more.

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago, Mr. Castaneda earned his law degree at the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served on the editorial board for Law and Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice.  He is admitted to practice law in state courts throughout Illinois, as well as in front of the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Castaneda has argued cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, many circuit courts and the Illinois Appellate Court. Several of his cases have been reported in official court publications, helping to shape Illinois law for years to come.

Active in professional organizations, Mr. Castaneda has served as president and director of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association and is currently the editor of the organization's newsletter. He is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.

Mr. Castaneda's accomplishments and years of experience have helped him to become much in-demand as a speaker for professional organizations. In recent years, he has delivered many lectures, including one educational seminar entitled "Worker's Compensation Basics" for the Illinois State Bar Association. He has earned the highest rating, AV Preeminent*, from the attorney peer-review service Martindale-Hubbell and has been featured in the publication "The Best Lawyers in America."

* AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (90%)

Personal Injury - General (10%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About John Castaneda

Admitted: 1987, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2010
  • Editorial Staff of the Law and Inequality Journal, University of Minnesota
  • Illinois Super Lawyer
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • Illinois, 1987
  • Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Director, Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Past President, Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic President, Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Knights of Columbus, St. Patrick Church
  • Guest Musician at Sunday Worship

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lecturer, "Repetitive Carpal Tunnel Syndrome under recent legislative changes", Judicial Training of the Arbitrators and Commissioners
  • Lecturer, "Worker's Compensation Basics", Illinois State Bar Association
  • Lecturer, "Litigation Techniques for the Difficult Workers' Compensation Cases", NBI™
  • 15th Annual Occupational Orthopedics and Workers' Compensation Presentation, AAOS (American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons), November 2013, Lecturer
  • Editor, Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association, Newsletter


  • Alejandro Irizarry vs. The Industrial Commission, et al. 337 Ill.App.3d 598, 786 N.E.2d 218, 217 Ill.Dec.960
  • Daniel Stone vs. The Industrial Commission, et al.675 N.E.2d 280, 286 Ill.App.3d 174, 221 Ill.Dec.373 All Steel, Inc.

Educational Background:

  • Loyola University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts
Office Location for John J. Castaneda

514 W. State Street
Suite 210
Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: 630-938-7630


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Last Updated: 9/10/2018

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