David Axelrod


David A. Axelrod & Associates, P.C.

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David A. Axelrod is one of Chicago’s foremost trial attorneys, and is widely noted for his skills across a broad spectrum of legal fields, his comprehensive and meticulous preparation, and his extensive trial experience. Named an Illinois Super Lawyer Æ and an Illinois Leading Lawyer, Mr. Axelrod has a proven record of success. He has obtained millions of dollars of verdicts and settlements in cases involving medical malpractice, catastrophic injuries, pharmacy malpractice, professional negligence, ERISA fraud, commercial disputes, copyright infringement, and equitable relief.

Mr. Axelrod represents clients in a variety of complex cases against major companies represented by some of the largest law firms in the world. Among his trial successes, Mr. Axelrod led the legal team that won a record $31.35 million verdict, including $25 million in punitive damages, in Marston v. Walgreen Company. As a result of his trial and litigation skills, Mr. Axelrod has also successfully negotiated substantial settlements for his clients. Examples of some of Mr. Axelrod’s work includes the negotiation of a structured settlement valued in excess of $4 million against a large hospital in a medical malpractice case, the procurement of $5.4 million in a major real estate dispute, the collection of $1.35 million from a national retail chain in a copyright infringement case, and the recovery of millions of dollars for a defrauded corporate retirement plan.

Mr. Axelrod holds a J.D. from the American University Washington College of Law and a B.A. with Honors from Michigan State University. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1984, and has argued and tried cases in courts across the country. These include, but are not limited to, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and in State courts throughout Illinois and the nation. Mr. Axelrod has also been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Axelrod is a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; the American Association for Justice, Commercial Litigation Section and Professional Negligence Section; the Illinois State Bar Association; and the Chicago Bar Association, and is one of the founding fellows with the Litigation Counsel of America.

Mr. Axelrod, who founded David A. Axelrod & Associates in 2001 and is its Senior Partner, is a frequent presenter on legal topics before organizations such as the Litigation Counsel of America and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.