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Mark McNabola


Judicial Experience and Successes

Trial Attorney Mark McNabola has devoted his career of 35+ years to victims of catastrophic personal injury and medical malpractice. In that time, Mark has received much recognition, including being the youngest recipient of the distinguished Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for having been the lead trial attorney earning five or more jury verdicts of $5 million or more. His trial experience has earned him record verdicts and settlements in Cook, DuPage, and Will Counties. His trial record is one of the best in Illinois over the past 35+ years. Mark prides himself in giving each client personal attention and helping them through their most extremely 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:

  • His firm, compromising of only 10 employees, 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 verdicts and settlements in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties
  • See his results here

Mr. McNabola received one of the legal field’s top accolades in October 2011. Mark was given a 2011 Trial Lawyer Excellence award from the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co. Mark now joins an elite group of ten attorneys in Illinois who have won five or more jury trials of $5 million or more. He is the youngest attorney to receive this honor.

In a recent ten-day period, Mr. McNabola tried a case in DuPage County and received a record jury verdict after rejecting a serious offer from the defense. During a day off from that trial, he represented a family at a mediation resulting in a $14 million settlement.

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. He has been an adjunct law professor at DePaul University College of Law in trial advocacy. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and is on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. 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, 1985
  • 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 Honors, Awards, and Professional Associations

Honors & Awards

  • 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

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Executive Committee, Boys Hope Girls Hope Chicago
  • Board of Advisors, Chicago Archdiocese
  • Executive Committee, Center of Concern
  • Vice President, Irish Fellowship of Chicago
  • Honorary Member, Mulliganeers
  • 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 has four children: Luke, Molly, Jack, and Audrey.