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More than 300 trial attorneys and Illinois judges were in attendance on the evening of October 25th as the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Chicago-based Law Bulletin Media, hosted its annual reception and awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence in the elegant Hyatt Regency Chicago. Forty-five professionals from both sides of the trial bar received individual Trial Lawyer Excellence awards in one of seventeen 2022 categories.

Richard H. Donohue of Donohue Brown Mathewson and Smyth LLC and Joseph A. Power Jr. of Power Rogers LLP were recognized with Lifetime Achievement awards for their body of trial work, leadership, mentoring and contributions to the legal community.

Award Winners


Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Legal Malpractice Case
John W. Patton Jr., Kathryn R. Vaughan, Patton & Ryan LLC
David L. Drake, Christian D. Biswell, Drake Narup & Mead PC

Highest Reported Illinois Settlement for a Work Injury Case
David C. Wise, Robert J. Bingle, WiseMorrissey LLC

Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Premises Case
Gerald T. Donoghue, Anne M. Madormo, Chicago Transit Authority Law Department

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement for a Dental Case
John F. Winters, Jr., Winters Salzetta O’Brien & Richardson LLC

Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Product Liability Case
Manuel Sanchez, Renee Ziolkowski, Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman LLP

Highest Reported Lake County Settlement
J. Matthew Dudley, Marisa Schostok, Dudley & Lake LLC

Highest Reported Boone County Verdict or Settlement
Patrick A. Salvi, Brian L. Salvi, Eirene N. Salvi, Salvi Schostok & Pritchard PC

Defense Attorney Achievement Awards
Sharon M. Peart, Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP
Joseph P. Switzer, Swanson Martin & Bell LLP

Plaintiff Attorney Achievement Awards
Robert S. Baizer, Romanucci & Blandin LLC
Bradley M. Cosgrove, Clifford Law Offices

Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case
David C. Hall, David L. Kalimuthu, Gina M. Ambrose, Hall Prangle & Schoonveld LLC

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement in a Pedestrian Case
Robert A. Clifford, Kevin P. Durkin, Tracy A. Brammeier, Clifford Law Offices

Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Product Liability Case
Anthony J. Monaco, Michael A. McCaskey, Swanson Martin & Bell LLP
Patrick P. Clyder, McGuireWoods LLP

Highest Reported Kendall County Verdict or Settlement
John M. Power, Sara M. Davis, Cogan & Power PC
Daniel K. Cetina, Walsh Knippen & Cetina Chartered

Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement Since 2019 TLE Awards
Brian C. Bianco, Julia R. Lissner, John M. Schafer, Akerman LLC

Top Firm in the Chicago Lawyer JVR Settlement Report
Power Rogers LLP