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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Highly Recommended

Steve Sandler did an awesome job for me. His dogged determination resulted in an even better outcome than I expected. Plus, he’s super nice, accessible, and a good communicator. Highly recommended.

M. Charles

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After being in a terrible car accident my attorney, Russell Haugen went above and beyond to getting me my compensation. I’m really satisfied with his work and it was all done in a reasonable amount of time. He also did an amazing job in explaining in detail his plans and cleared any questions I had […]


I will not hesitate to recommend your services to others.

Casey, It was a genuine pleasure to have your firm work on my case. Your professionalism in this matter was great. You listened to my concerns and helped me move forward from a previous firm that was not representing my best interest. I will not hesitate to recommend your services to others.


Sending a big thank you!

Steve, Sending a big thank you! After all that time and hassle, you were finally able to get justice for me. I can’t even tell me how good that makes me feel, nor can I adequately express my appreciation. Way to go, Steve!


I was very satisfied with the results!

I was referred to Woodruff Johnson & Evans by a friend who had used them in the past. Everyone I had contact with was so kind and polite. My lawyer, Jay Johnson, explained the process to me so that I understood what was happening with my case. He was very patient, keeping me informed and […]


I was very happy with the outcome of my case!

A friend referred me to Woodruff Johnson & Evans. Attorney Jay Johnson explained the process so that I understood what was going on with my case. He was responsive to my situation and kept me informed as my case progressed. Jay did great. He knows what he is doing. I was very happy with the […]


I will definitely recommend them!

I was injured in an auto accident and Dexter Evans handled my case. He was awesome. I will definitely recommend them to friends and family.


They always keep in touch & are quick to respond.

I want to thank attorney Jon Walker for all his work on my worker’s comp case. He explains everything in detail to you so you understand. Always kept in touch, you didn’t have to wait for long to get a response back. I highly recommend attorney Jon Walker.


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I was recently injured in an auto accident and Dexter Evans handled my case. He is the best. Awesome experience. Definitely would recommend to anyone!

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