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Mr. Veugeler concentrates his practice in the area of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, products liability and workers' compensation cases. He is a cum laude graduate of Northern Illinois University. He received his law degree after graduating from the University of Illinois School of Law, where he attended on scholarship. He was a legal research fellow for the Department of Defense, Army Corps of Engineers.
He has successfully tried cases involving medical malpractice, wrongful death, products liability and other types of injury cases in the Circuit Court of Cook County Law Division including a $6 million verdict for a carpenter injured while working, and a $9.2 million verdict for a laborer fatally injured on a construction site. His settlements have included a $7.5 million recovery for an immigrant seriously injured in a car accident, approximately $3 million for an Irish immigrant injured in a trucking case and a $1.5 million recovery for a carpenter injured on the job. In the Illinois Industrial Commission, he has also successfully tried disputed workers' compensation cases. In a disputed claim involving a sprinkler fitter injured at a construction site, Mr. Veugeler obtained $2.5 million in workers' compensation benefits, including over $500,000 in future medical benefits.
In 2010, he was recognized as one of Illinois' "40 attorneys under 40," to watch by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. In 2007, he was elected to a three-year term in the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly. He was re-elected to the Assembly in 2010. He also served as the Chair of the Tort Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Mr. Veugeler has been invited to lecture to other attorneys by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Topics have included "Expert Witnesses," "Ethics," "Construction Cases," "Settlement Strategies," "Underinsured Motorists Claims" and "Liens." He has also published several articles on legal topics and has been privileged to have the opportunity to speak to various union groups on workers' compensation and litigation issues that affect working men and women.
He was raised in a union household; his father has been a member of Sprinkler Fitters' L.U. 281 for over 40 years, as well as a member of Firefighters' L.U. 3074. His father also served as President of South Cook County Firefighters' Association for 15 years.
Mr. Veugeler is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now the American Association for Justice (ATLA/AAJ), the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Illinois State Bar Association, and Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1996
Year of Birth: 1971
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.A.
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois State Bar Association
Former Assembly Member
2012-2013 Chair, Tort Law Section Council
Chicago Bar Association
American Association for Justice (ATLA/AAJ)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions: 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin