Steven M. Sandler

Steven M. Sandler

Associate Attorney

  • Bio
  • Education
  • Classes & Seminars
  • Awards
  • Professional Associations

Steven M. Sandler

Associate Attorney

Steven M. Sandler has worked as a civil litigation trial attorney for the last 35 years. “In the courtroom, there is no substitute for experience,” says Steve. What a fulfilling experience it has been.

Steve has spent the majority of his career representing the victims of catastrophic injury. While doing so, he obtained several multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients. For the ten years prior to joining Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices, Steve defended individuals and corporate entities faced with lawsuits arising out of airplane, trucking, and auto accidents. This unique perspective from both sides of a lawsuit makes him an astute advocate on behalf of the seriously injured.

Steve has been selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyer® list for civil litigation for the past six years. He is also AV Rated® by Martindale-Hubbell® (the highest attorney rating issued) and has been honored for outstanding client service. Steve is an airplane pilot and an adjunct professor at DePaul College of Law.

At Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices, Steve diligently represents the victims of transportation accidents, defective products, and medical malpractice.

Contact Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices if you need a personal injury attorney in Chicago. Call us at (866) 891-9211 or fill out an online contact form to request your free consultation.

Education & Certifications

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law: J.D. with Honors
  • University of Illinois: B.A. in Political Science

Classes & Seminars

  • DePaul University College of Law, Adjunct Professor
  • Aviation Product Liability, Chicago, Illinois
  • John Marshall Law School, Guest Lecturer
  • Aviation Law, Chicago, Illinois
  • I.I.T. Chicago Kent College of Law, Lecturer
  • Exclusiveness of Workers’ Compensation Remedies, Presenter
  • Products Liability – 10th Annual McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability and Insurance, Montreal, Canada, Presenter
  • American Bar Association National Institute on Aviation Litigations, Faculty, Presenter
  • Chicago Bar Association – Aviation Law Committee
  • EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – Aviation Accident Litigation
  • Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, Presenter

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated® by Martindale-Hubble®
  • Client Distinction Award, 2013
  • Million Dollar Advocate Award, 2017
  • Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers® list, 2013 – 2018
  • Top-Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL
  • Leading Lawyers, 2017 -2018

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association – Panel Attorney Legal Services Plan
  • Chicago Bar Association, 2004 – Present
  • Aviation Law Committee: Chairperson, 2005 – 2006
  • Aviation Law Committee: Vice-Chairperson, 2004 – 2005, 2011 – 2012
  • Aviation Law Committee: Legislative Liaison, 2006 – 2007
  • Illinois Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association
  • Award
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • AV Peer Review Rated
  • Super Lawyers
  • Leading Lawyers

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In July of 2018 I injured my back on the job. I was advised by someone to find a lawyer. I was given Woodruff Johnson & Evans Law Offices telephone number. I called and had a consultation with Russell Haugen. I knew nothing as far as what to do or expect. He was very informative […]

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Very glad I chose them for my lawsuit.

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Matthew D.

Russell Haugen represented me, and he was absolutely amazing!

Excellent Law firm! Russell Haugen represented me, and he was absolutely amazing! He always checked on me and answered every phone call regarding my concern we settled for way more than I expected! He’s kind and considerate! I highly recommend Russell! He won’t let you down and God forbid but if I were to get […]

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I was very pleased with this firm! Highly recommended!!

Not a fan of lawyers (previous encounters with different firm); but, I was very pleased with this firm and with Casey Woodruff. Answered my questions and addressed my concerns in a timely manner. Highly recommended!!

Dane S.

Honest conversation, personable team and timely responses.

Honest conversation, personable team and timely responses. Working with Mr. Evans and Cynthia has been a wonderful experience at a difficult time. Phone calls and emails are answered within a very reasonable time frame, each conversation is handled in a compassionate manner.

Deidre S.

DJ did a fantastic job on my auto-accident claim!

I highly recommend Mr. Dexter Evans, and the Woodruff law firm. DJ did a fantastic job on my auto-accident claim. I really appreciated all the detailed information provided, and finding medical assistance for me. It was awesome. All my questions were addressed properly and asap. I made my final decision with confidence. Over all the […]

Lilia G.

I’ve had to know a few attorneys in my life and Jon was the best.

Unfortunately, I got badly injured at an athletic job. Run by a company that didn’t care about me. I needed an attorney and Woodruff, Johnson and Evans was recommended to me by a family member. That small gesture ended up being the best legal advice I ever received. Jon Walker defended me and made sure […]

Marko P.

I wouldn’t have gotten the relief from my injury if Jay had not gotten involved.

I was referred to Woodruff, Johnson & Evans by a friend after a work related car accident. The workmen comp adjuster was giving me the run around. I was having terrible back pain but because it was work related my doctors could not provide me the treatment I need. Jay Johnson began investigating my case […]

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Outstanding job for my mother and me.

Very professional. Was referred to me by my mother. Did an outstanding job for my mother and me. Great service!

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