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 60 jury trials 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 was selected, among five percent of his peers, as a 2018 Super Lawyer®.

Joel represents multiple national transportation and trucking companies, as well as various regional trucking companies through multiple transportation insurers. He has tried numerous transportation, railroad, and general negligence cases. Joel also represents several Midwestern retail establishments and has taken many premises liability cases to trial. He 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.

Throughout his career, Joel has represented 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 $3,000,000.
  • Obtained defense verdict in railroad case including significant injuries and multiple surgeries to the plaintiff, in which plaintiff’s demand was $2,200,000.
  • 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 $1,000,000 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 on aggravation of a pre-existing condition. Plaintiff asked the jury for over $5,000,000.
  • In 2013, Joel tried seven jury trials; six of these trials 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)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

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)