John M. Popelka - Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd.

John M. Popelka

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2015
Phone: 312-372-3822

John M. Popelka focuses his entire practice on the field of Workers’ Compensation law at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd.  He has achieved millions of dollars in compensation for injured victims and their families.  John takes great pride in the number of cases he tries each year in order to maximize the recovery for his clients.  This has resulted in dozens of awards resulting in lifetime weekly payments for clients suffering career-ending injuries or who have been rendered permanently and totally disabled.  As a result of these awards, his clients enjoy lifetime medical coverage for their injuries in addition to their weekly benefits.  John’s trial practice has also resulted in an extensive appellate practice, in which John has argued numerous cases before the Illinois Appellate Court and a case before the Illinois Supreme Court.  A significant portion of John’s practice involves litigating and settling claims for union tradesmen who suffer career-ending injuries, permanent total disability, catastrophic injuries requiring home modification and lifetime medical care, and death cases.

John’s career was sparked by an accident he suffered as a teen-aged paper mill worker in Wisconsin in which he was unjustly denied benefits because he did not know his rights.  In the years since, his legal career has been devoted to helping other people avoid the same fate.  Armed with a service ethic that is embracing, he not only works with his clients on Workers’ Compensation matters, but advises them and gets them help on other related problems they encounter as a result of their injuries. 

John Marshall Law SchoolJ.D. 1986
American Association of Justice, Workers’ Compensation Section Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Chicago Bar Association, Workers’ Compensation Section Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association of Illinois

Case History

Verdicts and Settlements
  • $1,500,000.00 settlement for roofer who fell and sustained a closed head injury. He had previously opted out of coverage as an owner of the business the year prior to the injury. We prevailed on the theory that the insurance company’s failure to obtain a new opt out signature in the second year in writing nullified the choice, thereby entitling our client to payment of weekly benefits and medical care under the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • $315,000.00 settlement for union boilermaker who injured his neck while working in the Quad Cities, but received his treatment in his home state of Arkansas.
  • $300,000.00 settlement for union laborer working for a demolition company, who sustained crush injuries to his leg.
  • $285,000.00 settlement for hospital worker who injured knee and underwent multiple surgeries. Claimant was provided vocational rehabilitation assistance that found him suitable work in a new career. 

Office Location

161 North Clark Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
United States

Practice Areas

Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants

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