Antonio is a founding principal and partner in Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a Chicago-based personal injury law firm which concentrates in catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation. The firm has recovered more than $200 million for its clients, including a record $23 million medical malpractice verdict against a hospital and a record $17 million verdict against the City of Chicago. Dozens of those verdicts and settlements were $1 million or higher.
Considered one of the top personal injury lawyers in Illinois, Antonio, in addition to the 2011 “Top 100” list, has been named a Leading Lawyer in Illinois and has obtained the highest ethical and legal ability possible from Martindale-Hubbell, an AV® rating. Antonio works tirelessly as a member of numerous professional and civic organizations, including Public Justice, Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (he is its current President), National Italian-American Foundation, American Bar Association, Workers Compensation Lawyer’s Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Illinois State and Chicago Bar associations. Antonio also serves as Chair of the Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section and is a Governor for the American Association for Justice (AAJ), a national organization that strives to ensure that every person can obtain justice and hold wrongdoers accountable for medical negligence, and is an executive of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group serving as Board Liaison to the Brain Injury Association.
Just a few of his civic activities, there isn’t room to recite all of them, tells volumes about Antonio M. Romanucci: Constitutional Rights Foundation, seventh and eighth grade student instructor (1988-1994), Wisconsin Alumni Association Career Connections counselor, Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteer (1994-present), The Greater Barrington Area Lawyer’s Guild, founder and President (1996-1998), Vice President, River Park Athletic and Dining Club (1998-1999), President, Knapp Burn Foundation (2000-2002), President, Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse (2001-2006), Board of Directors, Barrington Area Arts Council (2000-2003), Invited Delegate by the Chinese Ministry of Health, People to People Ambassador, Board of Directors, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative (2002-2006), President and Founder, Justinian Society’s Children Endowment Fund (2002-present), Board of Directors, Giant Steps, Inc., (2003-2005), Finance Co-Chair, Robert Fioretti, 2nd Ward Aldermanic Candidate, Board of Directors, Italian American Chamber of Commerce (2007-present), President, Joint Civic Committee (2011).
He helped found and served for many years as board president of the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse, providing guidance and leadership to help the organization grow. He is a fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and many other local and national candidates for political office.
Antonio’s contributions to his profession and the community have not gone unnoticed as a list of just some of his honors would indicate: David Award (1998), Certificate of Merit for outstanding service in the program of Continuing Legal Education — WCLA Annual Medical Seminar (1995), Constitutional Rights Foundation Lawyer of the Year (1989), City of Chicago Citizen’s Bravery Award (1986), Life Member of the National Registry of the Who’s Who, John Marshall Law School Distinguished Service Award (2003), Illinois Leading Lawyer’s Network Top Lawyer (2003-2010), Named Top 100 Super Lawyer in Illinois (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011), AV Rated Attorney by Martindale Hubble, Top 8 Aviation Lawyer in State of Illinois, Certificate of Appreciation for Civic Contributions from the City of Chicago (2007), Justinian Society of Lawyers Moses W. Harrison Recognition Award (2010), and Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County Excellence in Leadership Award (2010).
A prolific author, a frequent lecturer and panelist across the country on catastrophic injury and the rights of victims, Antonio has won several awards, including a “Citizens Bravery Award” from the Chicago Police Department, the Italo American National Union Foundation’s “David Award for Excellence in the Profession of Law,” the Constitution Rights Foundation’s “Lawyer of the Year Award,” the Justinian Society of Lawyers’ “Hon. Moses W. Harrison Award of Recognition,” and the “Excellence in Leadership Award” from the Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Antonio represents the best of our profession and our community.