Michael D. Block

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Workers' Compensation Attorney in Joliet, IL

Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell P.C.
 | 19 West Jefferson Street, Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: 815-726-9999
Fax: 815-727-6378
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1970
Practice Areas:
  • Workers' Compensation (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Michael (Mike) D. Block is the senior partner of Block, Klukas & Manzella, P.C., a Joliet, Illinois, law firm focused on handling plaintiff's personal injury and workers’ compensation claims throughout the state. Mike has substantial experience in all aspects of the firm's practice with an emphasis on automobile accident, construction site accident, defective product and workers' compensation cases.

After graduating with honors from the John Marshall Law School in 1970, Mike became one of the youngest members, if not the youngest member, of the Illinois Bar at the age of 22. In the years since, he has served as an adjunct instructor (John Marshall Law School, 1970-1974), published several articles on personal injury and trial practice topics, and has been a featured speaker at legal seminars for various organizations.

Mike holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell, is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and is also active in several professional associations. His professional leadership over the years has included more than 10 years of service on the board of governors of the American Association for Justice and more than 15 years of service on the board of directors of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Workers' Compensation (70%)

Personal Injury - General (30%)


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Michael Block

Admitted: 1970, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.blocklaw.com/michael-block/


  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • With Honors, John Marshall Law School

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Will County Bar Civil Practice Committee
  • Chair, ITLA
  • Trustee and President, Political Action Committee, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer Association
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice, 1995-2004
  • Board of Directors, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association (LAW-PAC 1997-2003)
  • Will County Bar Association
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 1971
  • U.S. District Court, Indiana, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Illinois, 1970
  • Illinois, 1970

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "ITLA Expert Witnesses, Rule 220, FRCP 26(b)(4)", 1992
  • "Special Admissibility Topics", ITLA Trial Evidence and Hearsay Seminar, 1991
  • "Identifying and Using Experts in Construction Cases", part of the AAJ Construction Site Accident Litigation Group (1992 - 1993)
  • "Clordane/Heptachlor," "Some Immune Consequences of Chlordane Exposure," Products Liability, Commentary & Cases, Callaghan & Co. November/December 1986

Representative Clients:

  • Berard v. Eagle Air Helicopter, 257 Ill App. 3d 778, 629 N.E. 2d 221, 195 Ill. Dec. 913 (3rd Dist. 1994)
  • Bandura v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 664 F.Supp. 1218 (N.D.Ill. 1987)
  • Bandura v. Orkin Exterminating Co., Inc., 865 F.2d 816 (C.A.7 (Ill.) 1988)

Educational Background:

  • Roosevelt University. B.A., 1968
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Office Location for Michael D. Block

19 West Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432

Phone: 815-726-9999

Fax: 815-727-6378

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Last Updated: 5/16/2018

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