Over his practice, Tommy has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients. He is a proud Ottawa native and cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He concentrates in civil litigation and workers' compensation. He has successfully argued before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, the Illinois Appellate Court and the Supreme Court of Illinois. He is licensed in both the Northern and Central Federal District Courts in Illinois and also the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Give him a call if you're injured on the Bourbon Trail.
Tommy's first legal work was as a volunteer for the Champaign County CASA, an organization dedicated to advocating the interests of abused and neglected children. He also interned abroad with the Association of Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, located in The Hague, Netherlands.
While at U of I he was a member of the National Moot Court Team and recipient of the Rickert Award for Excellence in Oral Advocacy. He also received recognition as Best Oralist in the Frederick Green Moot Court Honorary Round Competition and earned a CALI Excellence for the Future Award for his studies in Philosophy of Law. He is also a graduate of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana, where he double-majored in Philosophy and Religious Studies. College also provided him the great opportunities of studying abroad in Jerusalem, Israel, detouring for a semester to Boston University's School for the Arts, Acting Division, and playing trumpet at Carnegie Hall in New York with AU's Wind Ensemble. But after realizing his majors and experiences only qualified him to be homeless, he went to law school.
Tommy was selected again for 2023 as a "Leading Lawyer" in both personal injury and workers' compensation. Leading Lawyers have been recommended by their peers to be among the top lawyers in the areas of practice noted on the Leading Lawyers website. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer. Tommy was also previously profiled in the inaugural publication of Emerging Lawyers. Click here.
Tommy is a member of the LaSalle County Bar Association and sometimes member of the Illinois Valley Community College Wind Ensemble. He is also a prior Board member of the LaSalle County CASA and past President of the Ottawa Township High School Educational Foundation. He lives in Ottawa with his lovely wife, Morgan, and their four wonderful children.
Published Appellate and Illinois Supreme Court Opinions:
Gruszeczka v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2013 IL 114212 (2013).
Dye v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2012 IL App (3d) 110907WC (2012).
Jacobo v. Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, 2011 IL App (3d) 100807WC (2011).
Gurnitz v. Lasits-Rohline Services, Inc., 368 Ill.App.3d 1129 (3d Dist. 2006).
And many other unpublished appellate decisions. See Illinois Supreme Court Rule 23.
You can email Tommy at email@example.com