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Over the course of his career, Mr. Woodruff has handled thousands of injury claims, recovering millions of dollars for people who have been hurt. Through it all, he has fought tirelessly to prevent corporations and big insurance companies from trampling on the rights of working men and women.
On 40 different occasions, Mr. Woodruff represented employees from the University of Illinois who were denied their workers’ compensation rights after suffering repetitive-work injuries to their wrists, elbows and shoulders. Many of these workers were hurt performing tasks such as cooking and cleaning. Mr. Woodruff fought back against the university, winning 99 percent of these cases.
In a case close his heart, Mr. Woodruff was able to help a disabled woman who had been born with only one useable arm. After that arm was injured in a work-related accident, Mr. Woodruff was able to prove she was disabled from all gainful employment and obtained lifetime benefits for her, including medical. He also has assisted clients who have fallen on dangerous premises, who were victimized by drunken drivers and who were injured during childbirth.
For these and so many other reasons, Leading American Attorneys has ranked Mr. Woodruff in the top 5 percent of worker’s compensation lawyers. He is the author of a number of articles on his chosen field and has presented talks on work-related injuries to organizations such as the Illinois Education Association, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, United Food & Commercial Workers, the Service Employees International Union, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, the Champaign County AFL-CIO, the International Boilermakers Union, Cigna Insurance, the United Auto Workers, the Will County Bar Association and several others.
Mr. Woodruff’s star began rising when he was still at the Chicago Kent College of Law. After receiving the AmJur Award for the highest grade in his workers' compensation class, Mr. Woodruff was asked by his professor to join the Chicago-based law firm of Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle, where the instructor was a partner. Mr. Woodruff began practicing there in 1990, first as an associate and later as a partner. Ten years later, he had the experience and the clientele base to create his own law firm.
Today, Mr. Woodruff is driven not only to prevail on behalf of his clients, but to maintain Woodruff Johnson & Evans as the most highly regarded injury law firm in the state. He is a long-time resident of the Chicago area and a graduate of the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. In his spare time, he enjoys rooting for the Cubs, the Illini and his favorite horses at Arlington Park. He is the father of a daughter and two sons.
Year of Birth: 1962
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: AmJur Award
Undergraduate School: University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, B.A.
Woodruff Johnson & Evans, partner, 2000-present
Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle, partner, associate, 1990-2000
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association, 1990-present
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003-present
Kane County Bar Association, 2007-present
DuPage County Bar Association, 2007-present
DuPage County Bar Foundation 2014-present
Board of Directors
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Top 5 Percent of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers, Leading American Attorney
- Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2015-present
- Avvo "Superb" rating
Mr. Woodruff has made presentations on the topic of work-related injuries to the following groups:
Illinois Education Association
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
United Food & Commercial Workers
Service Employees International Union
International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Champaign County AFL-CIO
International Boilermakers Union
United Auto Workers
Will County Bar Association
Our personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers will fight for you if you have been injured on the job or have been in an accident and sustained personal injuries. Our Social Security Disability lawyers will work with your doctors to present the strongest case on your behalf.
You have many questions that require honest and direct answers. You need an advocate on your side who can help protect your rights and recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses related to your injuries. At the law firm of Woodruff Johnson & Evans, founded in December 2000, we provide outstanding legal representation to people who have been injured in Illinois. With over a century of combined legal experience, we have recovered substantial verdicts and settlements for our clients through hard work and dedicated service. We take an aggressive and results-oriented approach to our work.
Additional Office Locations:
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
301 N. Neil Street, Suite 400
Champaign, IL 61820