Howard M. Zavell, a shareholder of the firm, received his Juris Doctorate with Honors from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in June 1992 and was admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois the same year.
He concentrates his practice on representing business entities and individuals in complex litigation involving commercial matters and professional liability. In a very hands-on approach, he counsels and assists business entities with their corporate and business law matters which include commercial litigation, contract negotiation, corporate structure, long term planning, financing, and day-to-day operations. His clients include physicians, banks, insurance agencies, contractors, manufacturers, shopping center developers and owners, and importers.
Mr. Zavell also aggressively represents individuals in significant complex civil litigation in the areas of professional liability, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and nursing home abuse and neglect.
Honors & Awards
- Selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer
Year Joined Firm
Areas of Practice
- Civil Litigation
- Corporate & Business Law
- Professional Liability
- Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect
- Wrongful Death
- Medical Malpractice Litigation
- 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Illinois, 1992
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
- Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
- Juris Doctorate – June 1992
- Honors: With Honors
- University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
- Bachelor of Arts – 1989
- Honors: Co-Captain, 1989 Mens Gymnastics Team, NCAA Division I Champions
Notable Recent Cases
Successfully represented a Plaintiff in a medical malpractice case where the Plaintiff’s OBGYN failed to discuss the reality of a condition leading to the development of cervical concerns. This matter was settled before trial for $1,650,000.00.
Successfully represented the Plaintiffs in a wrongful death, survival, and negligence action based upon the “Duty to Warn.” The claims arose out of the mother stabbing her two children, causing the death of one child. The claims were successfully brought against the mother’s treating psychiatrist, social worker, and others for their failure to warn the boys’ father of her condition.
Successfully represented the Plaintiff in civil rights claims against various correctional officers and the warden of the facility where the Plaintiff’s descendant was killed in his cell by his cellmate. Within this cause, a judgment of $13,000,000 was obtained against the non-correctional Defendant.
Successfully represented a Plaintiff where the Plaintiff’s accountant had embezzled from the practice over a five (5) year period. Recovered $960,000.00.
- Midwest Board Member of American Friends of Magen David Adom
- AYSO Soccer as Coach
- Boy Scouts of America as an adult volunteer
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice, Member
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Chicago Bar Association, Member
- Northwest Suburban Bar Association, Member
- DuPage County Bar Association
- Leading Lawyer