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: 847-969-9510
Fax: 847-969-9514
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Polish,
  • Russian,
  • Spanish
    Attorney Profile

    A native of Illinois, Joseph G. Klest is the founder of Klest Injury Law Firm in Schaumburg, Illinois. Having practiced personal injury law since 1982, he represents Chicago clients who have been injured by the negligence of others. Specifically, Mr. Klest handles car, truck and motorcycle accidents; medical negligence cases; nursing home injuries and product liability cases. Mr. Klest also represents sexual abuse and assault victims as well as employees with workplace injuries.

    Mr. Klest has obtained numerous successful jury verdicts and favorable settlements for his clients. His cases, many valued in the six or seven-figure range, have drawn the attention of the Chicago media and the National Law Journal. In 2011, he garnered a milestone victory when he won a $28 million jury award for victims of sexual abuse. This was the largest judgment for a sexual abuse case in Illinois history and one of the largest in the country. Mr. Klest also settled a medical malpractice case relating to kidney failure for more than $3.2 million. This was the largest kidney failure settlement in Illinois involving a homemaker.

    Mr. Klest is a 1982 graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. Mr. Klest is also the president of E.L.F.I., a computer software company. Mr. Klest is rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell.

    *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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Personal Injury - General
    • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice


    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013, 2016 - 2020

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    About Joseph Klest

    Admitted: 1982, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • 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

    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

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Proud Member, Illinois Brotherhood of Electric Workers


    • 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

    Representative Clients:

    • City of Wooddale
    • Established Law Forms, Inc. (Computer Software Company)
    • Central Continental Bakery
    • Keller Heartt Co., Inc. Oil Company
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    Office Location for Joseph G. Klest

    1834 Walden Office Square
    Suite 500
    Schaumburg, IL 60173

    Phone: 847-969-9510

    Fax: 847-969-9514

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    Last Updated: 3/3/2020

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