Lawrence T. Ruder

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Riverwoods, IL

300 Saunders Rd, Suite 200
Riverwoods, IL 60015
Phone: 312-481-7007
Fax: 312-471-8877
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (70%), Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%), Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

A personal injury attorney with Ruder Law, Lawrence T. Ruder has spent almost four decades working with those in Chicago, Illinois, who have been injured by another. With a focus on brain injuries, he has recovered several seven figure settlements for his clients over the years. For his high ethical standards and long list of successful results, he holds the highest peer rating possible of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Ruder graduated from the UIC John Marshall School of Law with his Juris Doctor in 1980. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has proven to be a passionate advocate for the injured, including a laborer who was hit by a school bus and a woman who developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Illinois Leading Lawyer’s Network has included him as a Leading Lawyer, and he was invited to join the Society of Trial Lawyers.

He is a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Illinois. A member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he is also on the Civil Trials & Appeals Committee of the Lake County Bar Association.

Mr. Ruder is passionate about serving the immigrant and underprivileged communities in the area. While he has gained success and a strong reputation as a personal injury lawyer, he also works to help those who are less fortunate than him. At the St. Gall Parish in Chicago and the Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan, he provides pro bono legal assistance and counsel to families, and he sponsored the Ruder Scholarship for Hispanic Law Students.

* AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.


Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Professional Liability: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2018 - 2021

About Lawrence T. Ruder

Admitted: 1980, Illinois

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  • $750,000:  Wrongful death of an electrician working at a Chicago Transit Authority subway train washing facility at Midway Airport who was sprayed with dormant water and contracted Legionnaire’s Disease.
  • $300,000:  Semi-pro hockey player who hurt his hip during a bus accident.
  • $897,000 (Jury Verdict):  Sheet metal worker with severe pre-existing back condition suffered new injuries when he was rear ended by school bus operated by local school district. (McHenry County Record-Case settled for $920,000)
  • $915,000:  Wrongful Death of a speeding motorcyclist who had been drinking and was legally intoxicated who entered a road construction zone near his home and hit an unmarked vertical cut in the roadway. Survived by his wife.
  • $1 Million:  A young woman who was over-prescribed opiates by her physiatrist thereby causing addiction.
  • $1 Million:  Paid by a North Suburban physician and hospital for failing to diagnose and treat breast cancer in 40 year old woman.
  • $1 Million:  Wrongful death of a single 62-year-old man killed when he alighted from a CTA bus, stumbled and fell to the street just before the driver pulled away into traffic. He left behind 4 adult siblings who had not seen him in nearly 2 years.
  • $1.183 Million/Product Liability/Wrongful Death:  Sign installer operating a vehicle mounted aerial lift inadvertently hit two buttons on the control panel at the boom tip. The boom suddenly elevated and crushed him under the eave where he was working.
  • $1.03 Million (Gross Jury Verdict):  ER nurse suffered severe ankle fractures while riding her motorcycle to begin her shift at University of Chicago Medical Center and was hit by a turning car.    
  • $1.2 Million:  Injuries caused during a police pursuit in Hammond, Indiana.
  • $1.25 Million (Settlement-6 months after incident):  Wrongful death of a US Postal worker struck by car while walking to post office to begin night shift (full insurance policy limits).
  • $1.3 Million:  Apprentice electrician suffered mild traumatic brain injury in car crash while on way to work site.
  • $1.375 Million:  Leg injury suffered by ironworker injured during construction of pedestrian walkway leading from the Art Institute to Millennium Park in Chicago.
  • $2 Million:  Painter who had his left arm traumatically amputated in a automobile crash when returning home from a job site (Insurance policy limits)
  • $1.45 Million:  Carpet cleaner suffered severe complications after back surgery as a result of medical malpractice by his surgeon. Hospital paid $750,000 for its own corporate negligence.
  • $1.75 Million: Wrongful death of 31-year-old man whose delivery truck struck the rear of a semi-tractor trailer illegally parked on the road without warning flags, flares or signage.
  • $1.8 Million:  Product Liability involving a maintenance worker who lost his arm while servicing a conveyor system designed and operated by Federal Express at O’Hare Airport.
  • $2 Million (Jury Verdict):  Wrongful death of a 24-year-old, undocumented Honduran man killed by a speeding police squad in Waukegan, Illinois.
  • $2.3 Million + waiver of $1.7 Million in medical expenses:  Malpractice involving a north suburban, Illinois hospital and anesthesiology group for injuries suffered by a 22 year old woman during the delivery of anesthesia while undergoing a routine gynecological procedure. [Lake County, Illinois Record for this type of case]
  • $2.6 Million:  Carpenters working at the McCormick Place project suffered serious injuries when their work tower collapsed.
  • $3 Million:  Wrongful death of 50-year-old woman killed when her car was rear-ended by an intoxicated speeding motorist on Interstate 55 in Missouri.
  • $2.85 Million:  Medical malpractice involving a four-year-old girl prematurely discharged from the ER who died from an undiagnosed bowel obstruction. Paid by a north suburban, Illinois hospital. [Lake County Record for this type of case]
  • $6 Million:  Paid by Chicago Transit Authority after its bus struck a 26-year-old woman walking home from work on Michigan Avenue. She developed complex regional pain syndrome in both legs. (Record for Illinois for this type of case).
  • $5 Million (Gross Jury Verdict):  Wrongful death of a 28-year-old woman who was struck and killed by speeding semi-tractor trailer on the Indiana Toll road near Portage County, Indiana.
  • $8.8 Million:  Landscape laborer suffered traumatic brain injury when hit by a school bus after dropping his two children off at school.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings


  • , Included in The National Trial Lawyers list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Illinois
  • , “Super Lawyer”
  • , “AV Preeminent” by Martindale Hubbell
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Network’s designation of “Leading Lawyer”

Bar/Professional Activity

  • The Lake County Bar Association, Civil Trials & Appeals Committee, Member
  • The Chicago Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1980
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2017
  • United District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Pro bono legal assistance: Maternity BVM Catholic Church, St Procopius Catholic Church, St. Frances of Assisi Catholic Church., 2019
  • Pro bono legal work for St. Gall Catholic Church, 2014
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Office Location for Lawrence T. Ruder

300 Saunders Rd
Suite 200
Riverwoods, IL 60015

Phone: 312-481-7007

Fax: 312-471-8877

Last Updated: 2/26/2021

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