Illinois Trial Lawyer Association Announces Williams J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award

On Friday, June 10, 2016, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) will be recognizing the recipients of the 2016 William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award.  Included in this year's recipients are David A. Axelrod and Stacey Leinheiser. This award recognizes "dedicated volunteer service and professional efforts on behalf of the ITLA Amicus Curiae Committee in preparing legal briefs before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts during the past twelve months."


This award is in addition to Mr. Axelrod being recognized as an Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association of Justice) Top 100 Trial Lawyer, an Illinois Super Lawyer® and an Illinois Leading Lawyer. As Senior Partner and founder of David A. Axelrod & Associates, Mr. Axelrod has many notable successes winning millions of dollars on verdicts and settlements.

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Here are highlights you may have missed. Won a $5,835,000 jury verdict in a medical malpractice case involving negligent post-operative care following a total knee replacement, which resulted in permanent nerve damage in her ankle. Negotiated a $2,200,000 settlement with a hospital for failing to properly treat a woman’s infection prior to performing surgery

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