jdg JOEL D. GROENEWOLD
Partner
Chicago, IL
P: 312.782.9920
F: 312.782.9965
jdgroenewold@kopkalaw.com

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Joel D. Groenewold’s practice includes commercial litigation, transportation litigation, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice defense, municipal liability, general insurance defense, railroad litigation, and real estate litigation. His clients include retail and restaurant companies, including grocery stores and shopping centers, as well as construction, and multiple national transportation and railroad companies. He has tried well over 50 jury trials in his career in many different counties in Illinois, and has handled cases in both state and federal court in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kansas. He has a strong record of obtaining defense or favorable verdicts in most of the cases he has tried. Most recently, Joel has been selected, among five percent of his peers, as a 2018 Super Lawyer®.

Joel represents several Midwestern retail establishments and has taken numerous premises liability cases to trial throughout his career.  He has also tried numerous trucking, railroad and general negligence cases. He also counsels his clients not only on litigated matters and personal injury claims, but on employment matters, commercial disputes, contractual issues, compliance with rules and regulations and safety/risk management in transportation, retail, and commercial establishments. Joel has been assigned multiple transferred cases, last-minute trial assignments, and cases from excess insurance carriers.

He also represents large commercial clients, including office buildings, malls, commercial landlords, construction companies, national restaurant chains and national automobile auction houses, again with regard to a myriad of issues including premises liability, business practices and general commercial liability.

TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Obtained defense verdict in trucking case including a head-on collision with severe injuries to the plaintiff, over $120,000 in special damages, and a demand to the jury of over $3 million.
  • Obtained defense verdict in railroad case including significant injuries and multiple surgeries to the plaintiff, in which plaintiff’s demand was $2.2 million.
  • Jury verdict of $64,000 in favor of the plaintiff in a premises liability case where the plaintiff claimed over $150,000 in medical special damages and over $1 million in lost wages, after alleging permanent injuries to her back. Joel called three of plaintiff’s own treating physicians during the defense case to support his argument that plaintiff’s alleged injuries were simply an aggravation of a pre-existing condition.
  • Tried seven jury trials alone in 2013 of various types, six of which resulted in defense verdicts or verdicts for less than the last pre-trial offers.

MEMBERSHIPS
Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)
Defense Research Institute
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
American Bar Association
National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)

ADMISSIONS
Illinois
Wisconsin
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

EDUCATION
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
Valparaiso University, B.A. (with honors)