Dennis J. DeCaro

  • Partner
Rated By | Super Lawyers | Dennis J. DeCaro |


Chicago, IL



(312) 726-7347


Injury lawyer Dennis DeCaro is committed to advocating for his clients in all cases where an individual has been injured, or where an individual’s civil rights have been violated.  Mr. DeCaro has represented injured individuals in a wide variety of situations: car accidents; slip and falls; trucking collisions; medical malpractice; product liability; and premise liability.

Mr. DeCaro is especially proud of his experience representing union members and their families throughout the State of Illinois.  Mr. DeCaro’s substantial settlements, while financially benefiting his clients, have also benefited society through safer workplaces, increased police and paramedic training, improved construction oversight, the removal of dangerous conditions and many other positive changes.

State of Illinois (State Courts)
District of Columbia (Federal Court)
Northern District of Indiana (Federal Court)
Northern and Central District Courts of Illinois (Federal Court)
Middle District of Tennessee (Federal Court)
Eastern District of Wisconsin (Federal Court)
Sixth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeal (Federal Appellate Courts)


Good Housekeeping Magazine - Discussing a case where Mr. DeCaro represented a young man, following a seizure, was allegedly suffocated to death by police and paramedics.

Trial Magazine - Discussing the settlement of a case where a municipal garage staircase collapsed killing his teenage client.


Mr. DeCaro was the former Board Chair of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, and is a Board Member of the Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund of the National Epilepsy Foundation.

Areas Of Practice

  • Civil Rights Actions
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • All types of injury cases from the injured party.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • District of Columbia, 2012


  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D., Juris Doctor - 00/1992
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • M.S.I.R., Master of Science in Industrial Relations - 1989
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 00/1982
    • Major: Psychology
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Bennett's Guide to Jury Selection and Trial Dynamics (Contributing Writer and Researcher), Cathy E. Bennett and Robert B. Hirschhorn, West Publishing, 1993

Published Cases

  • Gaston v. Danville, 957 N.E. 2d 1233, IL App. Ct. 4th District, 2009
  • Medel v. Amezcua, 967 N.E. 2d 501, IL. App. Ct. 3rd District, 2008
  • Townsend v. Fassbinder, 866 N.E. 2d 631, IL. App. Ct. 2nd District, 2007


  • Available Upon Request

Classes / Seminars

  • Instructor, Legal Writing, John Marshall Law School, 2006 to 2010

Honors And Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2014-2015
  • Jerome Price Evidence Moot Court Competition, New York, New York, Quarterfinalist, 1992
  • First Place, Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition, Chicago, Illinois, 1991

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Terrence P. LeFevour, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1993 to 1995
  • Michael A. Unger, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1993 to 1995
  • W. Michael Fay, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1993 to 1995
  • Ciardelli & Cummings, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1993 to 1995
  • Arthur S. Gold & Associates, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1993 to 1995
  • Baizer & Rapoport, Highland Park, Illinois, 1992 to 1995
  • Barry Gross, John R. DeLeon, Joseph R. Lopez, Jo-Anne Wolfson, Marvin I. Bloom, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1992 to 1994
  • Charles G. Murphy, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1991 to 1992
  • Arnold & Kadjan, Chicago, Illinois, Legal Research, 1990 to 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chairman of the Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 2012 to Present
  • Board Member of the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago, 2000 to 2012
  • Board Member of Jeanine Carpenter Epilepsy Legal Defense Fund, 2006 to Present

Ancillary Businesses

  • Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago and National Epilepsy Foundation


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Polish

Our Practice Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Personal Injury

Wrongful Death

Work Accidents

Construction Accidents

Products Liability