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Mitchell Horwitz devotes his entire legal practice to workers' compensation matters, including arbitrations and settlement. As the head of the workers' compensation practice at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Mitch has handled thousands of cases from arbitration through the appellate courts. Over the course of his career he has obtained many scores of millions of dollars for his clients.
Mitch believes that the dynamics of every case are unique, and he has seen many thousands of them. He is known for developing groundbreaking legal theories to apply to workplace injury cases as well as for his detailed memory. Although the opposing side always sets up roadblocks in workers' compensation cases that must be overcome, attorneys who devote sufficient time and resources to a case can form very good ideas about which direction is likely to yield the best results.
On many occasions, Mitch and other workers' compensation lawyers at the Horwitz firm have skillfully prosecuted cases that other law firms considered overly difficult. Clients have sometimes recovered millions of dollars with Mitch's assistance after other firms have denied representation or counseled workers to accept low-ball settlements.
Mitch is responsible for many of the day-to-day business functions of his firm's paperless offices, where he has practiced since 1979. His organizational and communication skills — as well as his initiative and credibility — help Mitch excel during negotiations.
Mitch was born in Chicago and graduated from New Trier High School. Among the activities he enjoys in his spare time are golf and fishing.
Notable Cases and Results:
Among the many thousands of workers' compensation cases Mitch has successfully resolved over the years are the following:
- A union electrician suffering from myofascial pain disorder saw more than an elevenfold increase in a $45,000 settlement offer after Mitch caught a doctor providing prepared cross examination questions and answers to an insurance company defense attorney. The doctor had denied repeatedly under oath the possibility that such a document existed.
- A hard-fought court-ordered college education for a disabled electrician was awarded. The electrician obtained a bachelor's degree in accounting, paid for by workers' compensation. In 2009, he was hired as a staff accountant by the Central Intelligence Agency in Langley, Virginia, where he lives now with his family.
- A person with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) received a $2 million settlement. The condition, also known as Type I Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, can involve severe burning pain, pathological changes in bone and skin, tissue swelling and extreme sensitivity to touch.
- A bulldozer operator recovered a $500,000 settlement for his ongoing and sometimes debilitating back injuries. The Horwitz firm had prevailed in arbitration, before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and in Circuit Court. Although the employer's insurance company then took the case to the Illinois Appellate Court, it settled before the appeal was decided.
Year of Birth: 1954
Law School: The John Marshall Law School, J.D., with honors, 1979
Law School Honors/Involvement: With honors
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1976
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Pro Bono Work:
- Since 2008, Mitch has been recognized by Super Lawyers as an "Illinois Super Lawyer." Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
- Recognized by Leading Lawyers since 2012 in the area of Workers' Compensation Law
In certain circumstances where fairness and justice to a client demand it, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates will cut the firm's fees in a case to zero. Mitch also has performed pro bono work for certain unions.
Mitch speaks frequently to labor, civic and professional organizations, including unions representing carpenters, ironworkers, teamsters, laborers, plumbers and pipefitters, sprinklerfitters, tilesetters, steelworkers and electricians. He enjoys answering questions about workplace injuries that many people find extremely confusing.
Mitch currently resides with his family in Evanston.