Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates
An estimated 300,000 work-related injuries occur each year in the state of Illinois. For three generations, the Chicago personal injury lawyers and workers compensation attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have represented workers who have been injured on the job, recovering millions of dollars for our clients through jury verdicts, directed judgments, administrative rulings, and out-of-court settlements. Many of our clients were initially represented by other personal injury law firms and told, “You have no case.” Looking to settle cases quickly and easily at reduced compensation, injured workers have often been told by other firms that their case had only modest value and should be settled out of court. Our firm has recovered millions on behalf of countless injured workers who were previously denied proper representation.
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The History Behind Horwitz Horwitz & Associates
Since 1924, the Horwitz family of distinguished Chicago trial attorneys has continued a tradition begun by grandfather, Jacob W. Horwitz, and then his son Andrew J. Horwitz, representing individuals against corporate wrongdoers and insurance companies who routinely take advantage of those who have been injured. Clifford and Mitchell Horwitz are third-generation Chicago personal injury trial lawyers who continue that tradition. Our firm has never represented corporate interests and never will.
Attorney Andrew J. Horwitz was a renowned trial attorney who pioneered the concept of “hedonic damages” that is now recognized across the nation. In 1978, Mitchell Horwitz, Andrew’s son, joined Andrew as one of his partners. In 1988, Clifford Horwitz (another of Andrew’s sons), after having achieved a string of record-setting jury verdicts, joined his brother and father as a partner in what became Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates.
Clifford Horwitz heads the lead trial team and has won virtually every case he’s taken to trial since the start of his career, with over 25% of his victories representing record-setting jury verdicts. Mitchell Horwitz leads the workers’ compensation team and was recently named one of the Top 10 Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Illinois in a survey of his peers conducted by Leading Lawyers.
Our team of 11 partners and 7 associates continue to expand the Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates legacy of successful litigation that few firms can claim.
In a recent example of our firm’s record of excellence, Clifford Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Michael Carter won another record-setting jury verdict of $64 million for an injured ironworker who fell and was left paralyzed from a job-site accident.
The American Association of Justice branded Clifford, Jay, and Michael as “masters in the profession.” According to the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter, when the jury returned their verdict, it was the highest ever in the state of Illinois for an individual. Less than two years after recovering what was the largest verdict in Illinois history, the lead trial team secured another record-setting verdict in Illinois history on behalf of an injured carpenter. The verdict was the highest ever in the state of Illinois for a non-amputation hand injury – the jury awarded $5.745 million.
Worker’s compensation attorneys, like Dan DeBias, Zibi Bednarz, and Tyler Berberich are vital components to the success we have established as Illinois and Chicago workers’ compensation attorneys.
Hundreds, if not thousands, of working men and women in Illinois will benefit from Marc Perper’s work. Marc convinced the Illinois Supreme Court to reverse an unfavorable appellate court decision in 2010.
The Supreme Court agreed with Marc that when an employer fires an individual while the person is on temporary light duty, regardless of whether the firing is for “cause” – the employer must reinstate weekly disability benefits. Injured workers are obviously extremely vulnerable when they lose weekly disability benefits because their daily existence depends upon it. The decision of the Supreme Court of Illinois will help thousands of these injured workers.
Tyler Berberich is the current president of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA). The organization has a membership of over 700 workers’ compensation attorneys and is dedicated to providing continuing legal education, as well as promoting the fellowship of Illinois State Bar members practicing workers’ compensation. In addition to his peers, members of the news media have recognized his authority in the field.
Attorneys at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates have been recognized by the American Association of Justice, Illinois Super Lawyers, the National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top 40 Under 40, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The Best Lawyers in America© for workers compensation. We congratulate Clifford Horwitz, Mitchell Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, Marc Perper, Michael Wierzbicki, and Michael Carter, six partners at our firm, who have been honored by their peers as Leading Lawyers, a distinction earned by fewer than five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice law in Illinois.
But our distinction is more than a legacy of record-setting verdicts or peer acclaim. It’s found in the satisfaction of thousands of clients, including countless cases felt too difficult for other firms to accept
Cases that Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates then took on, skillfully prosecuted and won, recovering millions of dollars for clients who had been denied representation by others. We have recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for hardworking families throughout the state of Illinois. Our consultations can determine whether your case has merit and is without charge.