2014 - Antonio M. Romanucci
Antonio Romanucci is a founding partner, principal and trial lawyer in the Chicago-based tort litigation law firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, which has successfully recovered over $250 million dollars on behalf of victims. Antonio concentrates his practice in wrongful death and personal injury which includes police misconduct, aviation, and the representation of victims of sexual abuse. He has been named a Top 100 Super Lawyer for 10 straight years in Illinois, a Leading Lawyer since 2004, and has a perfect Martindale Hubble AV rating and an AVVO rating of 10/10 along with being named a “Best Lawyer” for 2013 by U.S. News and World Report. He has worked tirelessly in the community having served as president of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, Knapp Burn Foundation, Justinian Society of Lawyers and the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans. He serves on the Boards of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice and America’s public interest law firm, Public Justice. He is past Chair of AAJ’s Motor Vehicle and Premises Litigation Group, Secretary of the Brain Injury Litigation Group and the founding Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group. He is a frequent lecturer and moderator across the country on the topics of litigation and jury selection. Antonio has been involved in many cases that are newsworthy and changed policies and procedures across corporate America, such as the Maine West High School sexual abuse scandal, the Jenni Rivera plane crash outside of Monterrey, Mexico, the metal baseball bat litigation and numerous other police misconduct cases, product safety recalls and catastrophic injuries across the country.
He is especially proud of founding the Children’s Endowment Fund, the charitable arm of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, whose sole mission is to grant dollars to underprivileged or disabled children regardless of race, ethnicity or religion. Since inception, the CEF has granted in excess of $65,000 and has made a profound impact on the children it serves by saving lives because of early interventional medical care that otherwise would not have been received.
Antonio is a prolific fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and for numerous state and federal officials.
He graduated from Fenwick High School in 1978, University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1982 and the John Marshall Law School in 1985. He has run multiple Chicago Marathons and participated in numerous half marathons across the country as well as many duathlons and is a competitively ranked “A” club racquetball player.
Antonio is the proud parent of Elizabeth, a graduate of Florida Gulf Coast University, and John who is currently a junior at Indiana University.