DuPage Justinian President Mario Palermo

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Oak Brook attorney Mario Palermo has been elected president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers’ DuPage County Chapter.

Palermo grew up in New York City, attended Kent College of Law in Chicago, passed the bar in 1996 and joined the chapter 15 years ago after setting up shop in DuPage County.

“The organization gave me a chance to meet people who are respected in the legal community and establish connections to help me grow my business,” he says. “I’ve made lifelong friends, and now I get to mentor younger lawyers and pay it forward.”

“The people are fantastic, and the organization does so much good,” he continues. “We raised over $50,000 for Ronald McDonald House, and at our charity ball on Oct. 29, we’ll be raising funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”

In addition to the October charity ball, the chapter hosts a St. Joseph Day dinner in March, an installation dinner in August and a Christmas party in December. It also provides scholarships to law school students.

Palermo is the lead attorney at the Palermo Law Group, a personal injury firm in Oak Brook that he founded five years ago. Before starting PLG, he was a partner at Woodruff, Johnson & Palermo or 10 years and an attorney at a pair of Chicago law firms for 10 years prior to that.

Among his many goals, he hopes to get the organization back on track after the pandemic and “to give lawyers the type of loving and supportive legal family that Italians are known for.”

For details about the DuPage Justinians, click here.


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