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Mark McNabola


Legal Experience and Successes in Personal Injury Law

Trial Attorney Mark McNabola has devoted his career of 40 years to victims of catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice. In that time, Mark McNabola has received much recognition, including being the youngest recipient of the distinguished Career Achievement Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Chicago Law Bulletin, putting him in the select group of what was then 11 attorneys in the history of the State of Illinois with at least five jury verdicts in Illinois courts in excess of $5 million. His trial experience has earned him record verdicts and settlements in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties. His trial record is one of the best of any lawyer in Illinois over the past 40+ years. McNabola prides himself in giving each client personal attention and helping them through their most difficult times.

Mark McNabola's Career

Consider these facts about Mark McNabola, a highly accomplished Illinois attorney who has gained significant legal recognition according to experts in the field, including the Jury Verdict Reporter:

  • He has achieved $550 million in verdicts and settlements
  • Never offered more money than he received at jury trial
  • Success rate of almost 100% of the cases he accepts
  • Top 5% of lawyers in the Illinois bar
  • Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating
  • Many results over $10 million
  • Record jury verdicts and settlements in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties
  • See his results here

In a recent ten-day period, Mr. McNabola tried a case in DuPage County and received a record jury verdict after he and the client rejected a significant offer from the insurance company for the defendant. During a day off from that trial, he represented a family at a successful mediation resulting in a $14 million conclusion.

Mark McNabola is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Society of Trial Attorneys and a frequent columnist in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on personal injury law. He has been an adjunct law professor at DePaul University College of Law in trial advocacy and on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He has lectured and is an author on various topics concerning accident victims’ rights. He is frequently quoted in the press on personal injury law and the judicial system.

Member of the Illinois Bar and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1985


  • DePaul University, Chicago Illinois, B.A.
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D.

Published Works and Media Recognition

  • Invited Speaker, “Motions in Limine,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith/Governmental Defendants and Government Regulation of Health Care Professionals, Chapter 18, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook
  • Juries Should Not Decide Contingency Fee Disputes, Vol.157, No. 214
  • Invited Speaker, “How to Not Meet a Plaintiff Lawyer,” 13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium
  • Physicians and Litigation: Emerging Trends, Vol. 157, No. 151
  • Juror’s Questions Have Place in Today’s Courtroom, Vol. 157, No. 131
  • Embracing Change in the Jury System, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Vol.157, No. 88
  • Invited Speaker, “Deposition Taking and Establishing Accountability,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, “Trial Strategy Regarding the Use of Economic Damages,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, “Damages and Its Impact on the Trial of a Premises Liability Case,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, “The Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Lawsuit,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Invited Speaker, Litigation Skills Conference, Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • It’s Time to Move Beyond Separate Discovery and Evidence Depositions in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 92
  • The Special Interrogatory: An Instrument of Unfairness in the Jury System, Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 4, No. 1: 18-19, 32, 34-35
  • Proof of Facts (Contributing Author)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Contributing Author)
  • ITLA Notebook Series (Contributing Author)

Mark McNabola's Professional Honors, and Associations

Professional Honors

  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award – Jury Verdict Reporter
  • Million Dollar Advocacy Forum
  • Top 5% of Lawyers – Leading Lawyers Network
  • Illinois Super Lawyers – Top 5% of attorneys of the Illinois State Bar
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100

Professional Associations

  • Board of Trustees, La Lumiere School
  • Executive Committee, Boys Hope Girls Hope Chicago
  • Board of Advisors, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Chicago
  • Executive Committee, Center of Concern
  • Vice President, Irish Fellowship of Chicago
  • Board Member, Mulliganeers; giving kids a second chance
  • Former Parliamentarian, Secretary and Board of Managers, Illinois Trial Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Volunteer coaching for the following youth programs: Welles Parks, Hamlin Park, Loyola Park, The Frances Xavier Warde Catholic School, and Mustangs Youths in Chicago

Mark McNabola is married to Eileen McNabola and they have four children: Luke, Molly, Jack, and Audrey.