Practice Areas

  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Auto/Trucking Liability
  • Negligence
  • Construction and Liquor Liability
  • Commercial Contract Disputes
  • Products Liability
  • Municipal Liability
  • Workers' Compensation

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Donald E. Stellato Download VCard

Donald E. Stellato, who has over 35 years of defense/trial experience, is the mangaging partner and founded the firm in July of 1989. He graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law. He has been published in the Illinois Bar Journal and other legal publications. He has lectured on trial practice at various Bar Association and continuing legal education seminars regarding such subjects as expert witnesses, jury selection, and the trial of the negligence case. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is the highest available, an "AV Preeminent" rating. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 he has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer, as well as a Leading Lawyer, and further, based on peer recognition and for personal achievement, one of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois." Mr. Stellato is an experienced trial lawyer intimately familiar with the law, strategy, and discovery tactics for defense, settlement and trial of personal injury and wrongful death matters. He has personally tried or supervised hundreds of jury trials to verdict involving cases with damages of the most severe kind. He is licensed in Illinois to practice in both our state and federal courts and is a member of the Federal Trial Bar. In 1996, he was admitted before the United States Supreme Court. Also in 1996, Mr. Stellato was featured in a Wall Street Journal Article about one of his retailer slip and fall cases and the use of a certain expert. As the holder of the Illinois record for the largest percentage of comparative fault assessed by a jury against a plaintiff (99%), in 1995, 1996 and again in 1998, Mr. Stellato was recognized by the Chicago Lawyer Magazine for having obtained favorable verdicts in the top ten cases for the respective years. Furthermore, according to the distinguished publisher of the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, an authority on jury trials in Illinois, one of his trials was chosen in 2010 as one of the five most noteworthy defense verdicts in the past 15 years. On a personal note, Mr. Stellato has been a member of the board of a charitable foundation devoted to fostering the non-profit community. He is also an avid, nascent golfer. Finally, in connection with his continuing work and mentoring for his alma mater, the University of Illinois College of Law, Mr. Stellato is or has been a member of the President's Council, the Board of Visitors and the Cribbet Society.