Edward J. Samuelson

Associate

Ed Samuelson focuses his practice on all types of personal injury, medical malpractice, and nursing home neglect cases. He joined Levin & Perconti as an associate attorney in 2022.

Prior to joining Levin & Perconti, Samuelson worked as an associate attorney at another Chicago personal injury law firm. More recently, he has spent the last 11 years working as a judicial law clerk at the Circuit Court of Cook County for Judges Ronald S. Davis, John P. Kirby, John “Jack” P. Callahan, Jr., and Melissa A. Durkin. His experience included writing orders on motions, prepping judges for hearings, reviewing settlement petitions, and assisting with courtroom proceedings.

Samuelson taught two classes at The John Marshall Law School, now known as the law school at U.I.C. One class was for judicial externs where he got to know many Northern Illinois state and federal court judges. The other class he taught was called Illinois Civil Motion Practice where his students learned the chronology of motions at various stages oflitigation, from motions challenging venue and jurisdiction to motions for good faith finding.

Samuelson graduated from The John Marshall Law School Cum Laude in 2008 where he earned many honors including the Dean’s Scholarship, Baim Scholarship, and the Herzog Scholarship for Academic Excellence. He also holds Master of Philosophy and Master of Arts degrees in French Studies with Distinction from New York University (1992 and 1988); a Master of Arts in French with Distinction from The University of Illinois at Chicago (1986), and a Bachelor of Arts in Medieval Studies with a minor in Economics from Northwestern University (1979).

Fluent in French, Samuelson also received a scholarship from the French government to study in Paris. While there, he examined the sociology of French television and appeared as an American contestant on many different French game shows.

Ed is an Oxford, Ohio native. In his spare time, he serves as a board member at the Illinois Birddog Rescue charity organization. He also enjoys French trivia, gardening, cooking, and spending time with his 15-year-old English setter dog, Shelby.

Education

J.D.,The John Marshall Law School, 2008

Cum Laude, Dean’s Scholarship, Baim Scholarship, Herzog Scholarship for Academic Excellence

Law Review comment, Illinois Tort Immunity Act after DeSmet

MPhil inFrench Studies with Distinction, New York University, 1992

M.A. in French Studies with Distinction, New York University, 1988
M.A. in French with Distinction, University of Illinois at Chicago, 1986

B.A., Northwestern University, 1979

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois,2008
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2009
  • Northern District of Mississippi, admitted pro hac vice, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • llinois State Bar Association

Professional Presentations

  • CBA Tort Litigation Committee, Sept. 13, 2017, “Handling Voluntary Dismissals Professionally:  Do Not Let a Hudson Problem Become an Ethical Dilemma,” sole speaker
  • CBA New Lawyer, Dec. 11, 2017, “Practicing as a New Lawyer:  Cook County Circuit Court Walk Through,” co-speaker with Judge John P. Callahan, Jr., practical advice for new lawyers

Professional Publications

  • CBA Tort Reporter, Spring 2015, “Requests to Admit for Medical Bills,” sole author

Quote

“My dedication to personal injury law is very personal, based in part on having lost my mother in a tragic traffic accident when I was 14 years old.I know firsthand how senseless negligence can affect people’s lives. People come to us at the worst times of their lives. I get great satisfaction in helping them obtain justice.”

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