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Lisa M. Ciharan


Lisa M. Ciharan, a native of Romania, has been practicing law for more than a decade. She is a proven trial attorney with extensive experience in the areas of premises liability, vehicular collisions, medical malpractice, and nursing home negligence.

Before joining Levin & Perconti, Ciharan worked at another personal injury law firm where she negotiated and obtained high-six- and seven-figure settlements, verdicts, and arbitration awards. She has also won numerous honors including earning a Top 50 Verdict in Illinois in 2019 and being named one of The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in Illinois in 2022. Over the course of her legal career, Lisa has received verdicts and settlements totaling over $15 million.

Lisa was born in Romania when the country was still under Communist rule. Her parents were able to escape with her when she was a young girl and the family settled in Ohio. She first made her mark as a soccer player in the fourth grade when she was recruited to play on the boys’ soccer team because of her skill level. She was a four-year starter on her high school Varsity soccer team, but her passion was the law.

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Lisa always knew she wanted to be a trial attorney and while still in high school, she attended two summer pre-law programs, one at Yale and the other at Harvard, that solidified her career choice. Ciharan was the valedictorian of her high school graduating class. She earned a scholarship to The Ohio State University and graduated with honors in three-and-a half years with a double major in psychology and sociology. She graduated from DePaul University’s College of Law in 2012.

Lisa currently resides in Skokie with her husband Viorel Ciharan and their four children. Fluent in Romanian, she is a leader in Chicago’s Romanian community and a very active parishioner at Holy Nativity Romanian Orthodox Church on Chicago’s Northwest Side. While a Sunday School Director, Lisa spearheads activities, creates religious and folklore curriculums, and organizes events for nearly 90 kids ages three to 14. She gains great personal satisfaction from using her skills and leadership to impart her faith and Romanian traditions on today’s youth.

Some of Lisa’s most notable achievements include:


auto injury settlement


pressure ulcer nursing home settlement


auto injury arbitration award


personal injury settlement


nursing home settlement


pedestrian injury settlement


personal injury verdict


work injury verdict


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J.D. – DePaul University College of Law, 2012

Number 02

B.S. Psychology, B.A. Sociology – The Ohio State University, 2007

Cum laude with Honors distinction

  • Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2012
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Romanian Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 40 Under 40 Illinois, The National Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • Top 50 Verdicts Illinois, 2019
  • Emerging Lawyer, 2019-2022
  • Rising Star, 2019-2020

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