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Lisa M. Ciharan

Associate

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, Lisa 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 an Emerging Lawyer since 2019. Over the course of her legal career, Lisa has received verdicts and settlements totaling over $20 million.

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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. Lisa 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. She has served as the Sunday School Director, during which time she spearheaded activities, created religious and folklore curriculums, and organized events for nearly 90 kids ages three to 14. For the past three years, she has been chairman of the Annual Romanian Food & Folk Festival – the largest Romanian summer festival in Chicago. The success of the festival has tripled since Lisa has dedicated her time and efforts to the event. Lisa gains great personal satisfaction from using her skills and leadership in both her professional and personal life!

Some of Lisa's most notable achievements include:

$1.6M

pressure ulcer nursing home settlement

$1.2M

nursing home settlement

$1.1M

auto injury settlement

$885K

pressure ulcer nursing home settlement

$880K

auto injury arbitration award

$862K

personal injury settlement

$850K

nursing home settlement

$670K

pedestrian injury settlement

$500K

personal injury verdict

$494K

work injury verdict

Education

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

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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
  • Chicago Lawyer Magazine: Women Leaders: Top Lawyers in Illinois who are age 40 or younger OR who have been admitted to the practice of law for 10 or fewer years, June/July 2024 issue
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®: Rising Star, 2019-2020
  • Leading Lawyers: Emerging Lawyer, 2019-2023
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Top “40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in Illinois, 2022
  • Top Verdict: Top 50 Jury Verdicts in Illinois, 2019

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