Kenneth C. Apicella

Top rated personal injury attorney in Palatine, Illinois

Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC
Kenneth C. Apicella
Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Insurance coverage, Civil litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1999

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2011

Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC

4811 Emerson Ave
Suite 110
Palatine, IL 60067 Visit website


Kenneth C. Apicella is the founding partner of Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella, LLC, in Palatine and Chicago, Illinois. He serves clients across the state of Illinois, including the Northwest Chicago Suburbs and Northern Illinois. Representing a diverse range of clients, he assists them with various legal matters such as:

  • Personal injury
  • Insurance disputes
  • Employment law
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Civil litigation

Obtaining a Bachelor of Science from the Northern Illinois University in 1996, Mr. Apicella went on to earn his law degree from the DePaul University College of Law in 1999. The same year, he was licensed to practice in Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Later, he gained admissions before the United States Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th and 7th Circuits.

Maintaining an active presence in the legal community, Mr. Apicella is a member of several professional associations, including The Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is also a part of the board of governors for the Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA).

With more than two decades of experience, Mr. Apicella has represented various individuals, companies and municipalities in Illinois and 16 other states across the U.S., helping them recover tens of millions of dollars in settlement amounts and trial verdicts. Recognized for his vast knowledge of the law and professionalism, he has been rated 10 out of 10 on Avvo. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin have named him in the Forty to Watch list and The National Trial Lawyers have added him to their Top 40 Under 40 list.

Mr. Apicella has authored many articles in the Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and written course materials and presented lectures at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. He also plays an active role as a moderator at the NWSBA Continuing Legal Education seminars.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Insurance coverage, Civil litigation: plaintiff, Employment & labor: employee, Employment litigation: plaintiff, Workers' compensation: claimant

Focus areas

Animal bites, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Insurance, Bad faith insurance, Employment law - employee, Wage & hour laws, Whistleblower, Sexual harassment, Labor law, Wrongful termination

  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Insurance coverage
  • 10% Civil litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Employment & labor: employee
  • 10% Employment litigation: plaintiff
  • 10% Workers' compensation: claimant

First Admitted: 1999, Illinois

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author, Thoughts on Handling Special Interrogatories at Trial, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Presenter/Author, Personal Injury Practice: Emerging Issues for 2010, Damages Update, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2010
  • Presenter/Author, Personal Injury Practice Update, Damages Update, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2014
  • Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters
  • Forty Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2009
  • Rising Star, Thomson Reuters
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers
  • In 2009, Ken Apicella was selected as one of the Forty Illinois' Attorney under the age of 40 to watch, 40 Under Forty, Law Bulletin Publishing, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, Member
  • Illinois Bar in 1999
Industry Groups:
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association

Office location for Kenneth C. Apicella

4811 Emerson Ave
Suite 110
Palatine, IL 60067

Phone: 847-780-2623


10 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2013, 2015 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2011

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