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Location: Chicago, Illinois
Phone: 312-980-3424
Fax: 312-558-1461
Email: E-mail Me


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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,” shares Mr. Sandler. What a fulfilling experience it has been. 

Mr. Sandler 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, 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 make him an astute advocate on behalf of the seriously injured.

Steve Sandler has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyer in civil litigation for the last five years. He has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for outstanding client service. Steve is an aircraft pilot and an adjunct professor at DePaul College of Law.

At Woodruff Johnson & Evans, Mr. Sandler diligently represents the victims of transportation accidents, defective products, and medical malpractice.


Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury 

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978

Education & Certifications

  • The 23rd Annual National Institute on Aviation Litigation
    American Bar Association (June 8, 2017)

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy

  • IIT- Chicago Kent College of Law- Chicago, IL

    • J.D. with Honors

  • University of Illinois – Urbana, IL

    • BA Political Science

Court Admissions

  • Illinois Supreme Court, 1978

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1978-2017

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1984-78

  • Admitted Pro Hac Vice, Indiana 2005, 2016

  • United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 2014

Law School Faculty Experience

  • Adjunct Professor – DePaul University College of Law,

    • Aviation Product Liability, Chicago Illinois 2014 – Present

  • Guest Lecturer John Marshall Law School

    • Aviation Law, Chicago Illinois 2007-2013

  • Lecturer I.I.T. – Chicago Kent College of Law

    • Exclusiveness of Workers’ Compensation Remedies 2006


  • Presenter, American Bar Association Nation Institute on Aviation Litigations – Faculty, June 2015 and 2016

  • Chicago Bar Association – Aviation Law Committee – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013

  • EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – Aviation Accident Litigation, 2005-2010, 2012 – 2016

  • Presenter, Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; 2006

Professional Affiliations

  • 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

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubble

    • AV Preeminent Rated

    • Client Distinction Award 2013

  • Illinois Super Lawyer 2013- 2017

    • Top Rated Civil Litigation Attorney in Chicago, IL

Chicago Office

203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-980-3424
Chicago Law Office

Aurora Office

4234 Meridian Parkway, Suite 134
Aurora, IL 60504
Phone: 630-585-2320
Aurora Law Office

Champaign Office

301 N. Neil Street, Suite 400
Champaign, IL, 61820
Phone: 866-891-9211
Champaign Law Office