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Joseph G. Klest

Joseph Klest

Klest Injury Law Firm
1701 East Woodfield Road, Suite 909
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Klest Injury Law Firm
Phone 847-969-9510
Fax 847-969-9514


Selected To Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2013

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Practice Areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff

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A native of Illinois, Joseph G. Klest is the founder of Klest Injury Law Firm in Schaumburg, Illinois. Having practiced personal injury law since 1982, he represents Chicago clients who have been injured by the negligence of others. Specifically, Mr. Klest handles car, truck and motorcycle accidents; medical negligence cases; nursing home injuries and product liability cases. Mr. Klest also represents sexual abuse and assault victims as well as employees with workplace injuries.

Mr. Klest has obtained numerous successful jury verdicts and favorable settlements for his clients. His cases, many valued in the six or seven-figure range, have drawn the attention of the Chicago media and the National Law Journal. In 2011, he garnered a milestone victory when he won a $28 million jury award for victims of sexual abuse. This was the largest judgment for a sexual abuse case in Illinois history and one of the largest in the country. Mr. Klest also settled a medical malpractice case relating to kidney failure for more than $3.2 million. This was the largest kidney failure settlement in Illinois involving a homemaker.

Mr. Klest is a 1982 graduate of John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the United States District Courts for the Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. Mr. Klest is also the president of E.L.F.I., a computer software company. Mr. Klest is rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Ask Super Lawyers: answered by Joseph Klest

What Is A Fair Settlement For A Car Accident In Illinois?
If you've been involved in a car accident, it's fair to wonder how much compensation you could …

How Soon Must I File A Personal Injury Lawsuit In Illinois Before I Lose The Right To Do So?
The answer, generally, is two years following the date of the incident. There are exceptions, …

Do I Need A Lawyer For A Personal Injury Case In Illinois?
It depends on how the injury occurred and the severity of that injury. In any event, you should …

About Joseph Klest

Law School: The John Marshall Law School

Languages Spoken: English, Polish, Russian, Spanish

Admitted: 1982, Illinois

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Award for writing an Amicus brief in a case before the Illinois Supreme Court, William J Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, E.L.F.I. (Computer Software Company), 1987 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Federal Court, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1982
  • Illinois, 1982

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Proud Member, Illinois Brotherhood of Electric Workers

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • I have handled many cases valued in seven figures - most recently, I settled a medical malpractice case involving kidney failure resulting in a recovery of $3,215,000.00 which is the highest settlement for kidney failure in Illinois involving kidney failure of a homemaker
  • I began my law school career working in the office of an Illinois attorney who obtained the first verdict in excess of $1,000,000

Representative Clients:

  • Established Law Forms, Inc. (Computer Software Company)
  • Central Continental Bakery
  • Keller Heartt Co., Inc. Oil Company
  • City of Wooddale
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