|Advisory Board Member|
| Litigator: Yes|
| Practice Description: |
Steven M. Levin is a nationally renowned trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience representing seriously injured individuals and the families of those wrongfully killed. Steve and John Perconti founded Levin & Perconti in 1992, and since then, the firm has recovered over $400 million in verdicts and settlements for clients. Steve has successfully represented victims in all types of personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits, including matters. Most recently, Steve obtained a $17.7 million settlement for a former police officer who suffered a devastating brain injury as a result of medical malpractice. Other notable cases include:
- $7 million medical malpractice verdict
- $6.7 million birth injury settlement
- $5.7 million workplace injury settlement
- $4 million salmonella poisoning settlement
Steve is known nationally as a pioneer in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect. He was one of the first lawyers in the country to represent nursing home residents and their families in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect. Since that time, he has represented thousands who have been injured or killed as a result of substandard care. Steve's approach to successfully prosecuting nursing home has been labeled by one of his peers as "Levinning the case", and has helped Levin & Perconti to obtain over $135 million for clients who have been neglected and abused in nursing homes. Some of these victories include:
- $2.9 million record nursing home negligence jury verdict
- $2.3 million assisted living settlement
- $1.5 million nursing home burn settlement
- $1.3 million nursing home assault settlement
Steve is frequently interviewed by local and national television news outlets and publications about his work on behalf of nursing home residents. His vigilance has raised awareness surrounding the epidemic of poor care and abuse in nursing homes.
Steve is on the Leadership Council of the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care and actively involved in the American Association for Justice's Nursing Home Litigation Group. He also serves on the boards of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Decalogue Society and the Society of Trial Lawyers.
Steve has received an "AV" rating from the Martindale-Hubbell American Law Directory, indicating preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards. Year after year, his peers have chosen him as one of the top 5% of Illinois lawyers in his field through Leading Lawyers, and he has also been named an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2005. Additionally, he was recognized as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois as a member of The National Trial Lawyers, and was recently named as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1976
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Hourly Rate: Contingent upon recovery
Date of Birth: 1951
Loyola University Chicago School of Law,J.D., 1976
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Lead Article Editor, Loyola University School of Law Review
Thomas Owens Award recipient (for highest grade point average)
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. 1973
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: cum laude
Severely injured persons
Published Legal Writing:
"Combating Juror Bias in Nursing Home Cases," AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group Newsletter (Winter 2009)
"Plaintiff's Perspectives," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Handbook, Advising Elder Clients and Their Families (2008) with Michael F. Bonamarte (IICLE website)
" Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions Under the Nursing Home Care Act," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Handbook, Advising Elder Clients and Their Families (2008) with Michael F. Bonamarte (IICLE website)
"Litigating Nursing Home Malpractice," GP Solo Magazine, (July/August 2008) with John M. Rushing
"Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions in the Elderly Population," The Advocacy & Litigation SIG Advocate: National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., Page 8, (Spring 2008) with Michael F. Bonamarte
"Handling Witnesses: Deposing the Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Attending Physician, Nursing Home Administrator and Nursing Staff," Nursing Home Litigation: Pre-Trial Practice and Trials, Ch. 10 (2001)
"Screening the Nursing Home Case," Nursing Home Litigation: Investigation and Case Preparation, Ch. 9 (2001)
"Litigating Nursing Home Wandering Cases," Elder's Advisor: The Journal of Elder Law and Post-Retirement Planning (Fall 2000)
"First Things First: Evaluating a Nursing Home Case," Illinois State Bar Journal (July 2000)
"Protecting the Rights of Nursing Home Residents Through Litigation," Illinois State Bar Journal (January 1996)
"Nursing Homes and Life Care Communities," IICLE, Advising Elderly Clients and Their Families, Ch. 8 (1991)
"A Question of Responsibility: Part Two - An Attorney's View of the Insanity Defense," Loyola Magazine (1982)
"Libel and Slander - A State is Precluded from Imposing Liability Without Fault or Presumed or Punitive Damages in the Absence of New York Times Malice," - Gertz v. Robert Welch, Inc., Loyola University of Chicago Law Journal (Winter 1975)
6th Annual Elder Law Short Course. Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation on Behalf of Older Americans and Long Term Care Residents. November 16, 2010, Lisle, IL.
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care Annual Conference. Protecting Residents' Rights Through Litigation. October 20, 2010, Orlando, FL.
Illinois Pioneer Coalition Conference. Using the Legal System to Incite Change in Nursing Homes. October 12, 2010, Springfield, IL.
New Jersey Association for Justice Advanced Nursing Home Litigation Seminar. Co-Opting the Defense Through Depositions. April 22, 2010, Atlantic City, NJ.
Community Renewal Society Senior Action Network Luncheon Advocating for Friends and Loved Ones in Long-Term Care. Greater Walters Church, April 15, 2010, Chicago, IL.
Culture Change Coalition of Peoria Understanding Nursing Home Laws: The Law?s Role in Protecting and Compensating Victims of Abuse and Neglect Illinois Central College, March 4, 2010, Peoria, IL.
Vernon Park Church of God's Senior Council Meeting. "How to Protect and Advocate for Your Loved One in a Nursing Home Setting." Vernon Park Church of God, January 16, 2010, Chicago, IL.
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyer's Section Criminal Law/Torts Committee Meeting. "Nursing Home Litigation: Doing Well by Doing Good." November 20, 2009, Chicago, IL.
American Association for Justice Litigating Nursing Home Cases Seminar. "Moving from Medical Malpractice to Nursing Home- Differences to Watch For." October 17, 2009, Chicago, IL.
New Jersey Association for Justice Advanced Nursing Home Litigation Seminar. "The Windy City Comes to Jersey: Using Midwest Sensibilities to Deal with the Conservative Juror." April 23, 2009, Atlantic City, NJ.
DePaul University School of Law Elder Law Class. "Understanding Nursing Home Litigation." March 31, 2009, Chicago, IL.
NAELA Illinois Chapter Meeting. "Protecting the Rights of Elderly Clients in Personal Injury Matters." March 13, 2009, Chicago, IL.
Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS). "Perspectives on Discovery and Long-Term Care from Both Sides of the Bar." Sears Tower Oak Room, September 7, 2008, Chicago, IL.
American Constitution Society for Law and Policy: "Safeguarding Our Seniors: Perspectives on Elder Law and Nursing Home Litigation." Ungaretti & Harris LLP, June 19, 2008, Chicago, IL.
NAELA Telephonic Conference on Advocacy and Litigation. Topics in Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Litigation. June 25, 2008.
JAMS: "Nursing Home Litigation, Insurance and Beyond." JAMS Resolution Center, June 6, 2008, Chicago, IL.
Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman Program. "How to spot signs and symptoms of nursing home abuse and neglect." May 2008, Arlington Heights, IL.
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago; Quarterly Vounteer Ombudsmen Meeting. Discussion on Advocating for Nursing Home Residents, Identifying Nursing Home Abuse, and Defending Residents' Rights. Arlington Heights Senior Center, April 16, 2008, Arlington Heights, IL.
North Shore Senior Center Men's Club. "Nursing Home Abuse: How to make sure your loved one is not a victim." North Shore Senior Center, January 15, 2008, Northfield, IL.
American Association for Justice - Nursing Home Litigation Group. "Rules of the Road: Nursing Home Cases" Hyatt Regency, July 16, 2007, Chicago, IL.
Boulevard Healthcare LLC's Medical Director's Meeting. "Litigation in Long Term Care: The Emerging Storm." May 22, 2007, Chicago, IL.
Guardianship and Advocacy Committee of Illinois - Annual Meeting. "Long Term Care Abuse and Neglect: When is legal action appropriate?" May 9, 2007, Chicago, IL.
American Geriatrics Society - Annual Meeting. "Litigation in Long Term Care." May 3, 2007, Seattle, WA.
ITLA -Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know. "Top Ten Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Depositions." Hilton Suites Chicago, March 31, 2007, Chicago, IL.
Loyola Summer Institute on Aging. "The Nature, Extent, and Impact of Abuse and Neglect by Staff at Residential Facilities and How to Advocate on Behalf of a Resident." Loyola University School of Law, August 16, 2006, Chicago, IL.
ATLA - Nursing Home Litigation Group. "Closing Arguments - Tying it All Together" Washington State and Trade Center , July 17, 2006, Seattle WA.
Illinois Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Statewide Training Conference. "Empowering the Ombudsman - Advocacy Suggestions," March 29, 2006 Bloomington, IL.
ATLA Education and ATLA's Nursing Home Litigation Group. "Litigating Nursing Home Cases: Rising to New Challenges / Nursing Home Falls - Not Your Average Slip & Fall Cases," Hyatt Regency, September 30, 2005, Albuquerque, NM.
ATLA 2005 Annual Convention. Nursing Home Litigation Group Lecture and Demonstration: "Opening Statements in a Nursing Home Case," July 24, 2005, Toronto Canada.
Mealey's Nursing Home Litigation Conference, Speaker, June 9, 2005.
Top Ten Teleseminars of 2005. "Nursing Home Cases: Proving Your Case Through Effective Persuasion," April 7, 2005.
Levin & Perconti is a Chicago-based law firm that has received national recognition for our outstanding representation of catastrophically injured clients and the families of those wrongfully killed. Since 1992, we have achieved over $520 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, including a number of record-setting cases. Our team of attorneys has handled virtually every type of catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death type action, including medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, car and trucking accidents, defective or dangerous products, work and construction accidents, fires, and premises liability matters. Our founding lawyers are regarded nationally as pioneers in the area of nursing home abuse and neglect litigation, and the entire firm is committed to improving the quality of nursing home care through legal action. We have achieved substantial verdicts and settlements for victims of abuse and neglect, and these lawsuits have led to the implementation of significant remedial measures designed to protect nursing home residents from future harm. Our lawyers are highly experienced in nursing home abuse and neglect litigation and are connected to an extensive network of experts, outside consultants and industry insiders to help us investigate and prosecute cases. The firm has mastered the intricacies of this extremely important area of law and has the knowledge, experience and passion to hold nursing homes accountable for substandard care and conduct. Year after year, our attorneys are named as Leading Lawyers, Illinois Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Each of our partners has been given an AV rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest possible rating for an attorney. Our attorneys have also had a number of multimillion settlements listed in the Chicago Lawyer's annual Settlement Survey. Additionally, three of our associates were recently named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company's list of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty To Watch." To learn more, visit www.levinperconti.com
Steven and his wife Marsha have been married for 28 years. They are the proud parents of four children: Rebecca (26), Joey (24), Jon (22), Jimmy (20.)1012928
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