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Joseph G. Klest

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Schaumburg, IL

Klest Injury Law Firm
1834 Walden Office Square, Suite 500
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 847-595-0387
Fax: 847-969-9514
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1982
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, Polish, Russian, Spanish
Attorney Profile

The founder of the Klest Injury Law Firm, Joseph G. Klest, has for nearly 30 years devoted his practice to the representation of people who have incurred significant economic and noneconomic losses because of the negligence or recklessness of other parties. He works out of the firm’s offices in Schaumberg, Illinois, and his client base comes from the Greater Chicago metropolitan area.

Mr. Klest pursued his legal education at what was then known as the John Marshall Law School and is now the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. He graduated in 1982, and he opened his own firm after being admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts later that year. Mr. Klest subsequently became admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Mr. Klest’s personal injury and wrongful death litigation experience has encompassed a wide variety of cases. He has handled claims arising out of incidents involving medical malpractice, motor vehicle crashes, childhood sexual abuse, legal professional negligence, and defective products, and along the way, he has been able to obtain millions of dollars in compensation for his clients. Some of his representative results have included a $28 million jury award for people who had been the victims of sexual abuse when they were younger and a settlement in excess of $3.2 million for a client whose kidney disease was misdiagnosed. These and other successes have earned Mr. Klest an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10 “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo.

*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
  • 80%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Medical Malpractice


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2022

About Joseph G. Klest

First Admitted: 1982, Illinois

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Pro bono/Community Service

  • Proud Member, Illinois Brotherhood of Electric Workers

Representative Clients

  • City of Wooddale
  • Established Law Forms, Inc. (Computer Software Company)
  • Central Continental Bakery
  • Keller Heartt Co., Inc. Oil Company

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1982
  • President, E.L.F.I. (Computer Software Company), 1987 - Present
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1982


  • Award for writing an Amicus brief in a case before the Illinois Supreme Court, William J Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • AV rating with Martindale Hubbell

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Co-author of Illinois’s 2003 Child Protection Act


  • I have handled many cases valued in seven figures - most recently, I settled a medical malpractice case involving kidney failure resulting in a recovery of $3,215,000.00 which is the highest settlement for kidney failure in Illinois involving kidney failure of a homemaker
  • I began my law school career working in the office of an Illinois attorney who obtained the first verdict in excess of $1,000,000
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Office Location for Joseph G. Klest

1834 Walden Office Square
Suite 500
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Phone: 847-595-0387

Fax: 847-969-9514

Last Updated: 10/27/2021

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