| Practice Description: |
Since graduating law school in 1976, Mr. Marszalek has represented injured workers throughout the state of Illinois. Having been a union member and walked picket lines for several years before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Marszalek is very familiar with the problems associated with a workers' compensation claim being fought by a "difficult" employer. He has prosecuted workers' compensation cases for injured workers throughout the state of Illinois before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission on arbitration and review, before the Circuit Courts throughout Illinois, the Illinois Appellate Cout, and even the Illinois Supreme Court.
Notable Cases and Results:
- Mills v. Industrial Commission, 89 Ill.2d 444 (1982)
- General Electric v. Industrial Commission, 129 Ill. App. 3d 352 (1984)
- Burgess v. Industrial Commission, 169 Ill. App. 3d 670 (1988)
- Gay v. Industrial Commission, 178 Ill. App. 3d 129 (1989)
- Michael v. Fansteel, 235 Ill. App. 3d 961 (1992)
- Little Company of Mary Hospital v. Industrial Commission, 256 Ill. App. 3d 1036 (1993)
- Casualty Insurance Company v. Kendall Enterprises, 295 Ill. App. 3d 582 (1998)
- Brian Vogel v. Hogan's Plumbing, 821 N.E.2d 807, 2005 Ill.App. LEXIS 8, 290 Ill.Dec. 495 (2005)
Hourly Rate: 20% contingency
Year of Birth: 1947
Law School: The John Marshall School of Law, J.D., 1976
Law School Honors/Involvement: Attended law school while working full time as a chemistry teacher for the Chicago Public Schools.
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois at Chicago, B.A.
Perz and Mc Guire, Janaury, 1977-December, 1982
James J. Marszalek and Associates, December, 1982-May 1, 1986
Marszalek and Marszalek, May 1, 1986-present
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Law Committee
Social Security Disability Law Committee
Volunteer, high school baseball coach
Published Legal Writing:
Once noted on the front page of the Chicago Sun-Times for recovering money for a worker injured by falling asleep at work.
Frequent guest lecturer at:
University of Illinois Law School
Various unions throughout Illinois
Moderator, Workers' Compensation Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada (1983 and 1984)
Marszalek and Marszalek is a full-service law firm for people who suffer injuries in Illinois. James Marszalek is in partnership with his brother, John Marszalek, who specializes in remedies other than workers compensation for the injured person. The firm handles workers' compensation, Social Security disability claims, occupational disease and other types of personal injury cases. The main office is in Chicago, but the attorneys are available for free consultation at various venues throughout the state monthly in such cities as Kankakee, Joliet, Danville, Rock Island, and Champaign-Urbana. All cases in workers' compensation are taken on a contingency of 20%, unless other arrangements are made. The general fee in workers' compensation cases is 20% of any recovery. No recovery results in no fee.
In determining the best avenue to take in reaching the client's desired goal, many of the firm's attorneys review and give their perspectives on each case. The firm takes an active approach to the litigation of workers' compensation cases and is capable of taking workers' compensation cases all the way to the Supreme Court in Illinois (Industrial Commission Division.)
Practice Group Description:
James Marszalek and Steven Globis of the firm both handle workers' compensation and Social Security disability. Attorney Agustin Garcia also is of counsel and handles Social Security also. John Marszalek handles personal injury cases. The law firm of Fasano and Farina is also associated in some personal injury cases with over 75 years of total experience in personal injury.
Parking arrangements can be made for the person who visits us in downtown Chicago. All sites where the clients or prospective clients meet outside of Chicago have free parking.