John J. PercontiFounder and Senior Partner
John J. Perconti is a nationally recognized attorney and one of the country’s leading medical malpractice experts, with extensive experience in federal and state courts. As one of the firm’s founding partners, he has worked tirelessly to build Levin & Perconti into one of the nation’s best personal injury firms. John’s excellent record of success representing clients in injury, elder abuse and wrongful death cases can be attributed to both his acclaimed skill as a lawyer and to his acute understanding of what it means for a family to experience a loss.
When John was just a 9-year-old boy growing up in Morton Grove, his father died suddenly, leaving John and his brother and sister to be raised by their mother, who worked as a nurse, and their grandparents. Losing a loved one at such a young age taught him a difficult but valuable lesson, that life is fragile and precious, and that when someone dies the lives of family members are forever changed. From a young age, John knew that he would pursue work helping people. His commitment has only deepened over the years as he went on to marry his wife, Toni, and become a father to his two daughters, Morgan and Paige.
Initially interested in pursuing medicine, John spent two summers as a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives and two more as a tour guide of the U.S. Capitol. It was there he discovered his love for the law. He changed his major at the University of Illinois from pre-med to pre-law and continued on to John Marshall Law School for his law degree.
John still found a way to put his interest in medicine to good use. His in-depth knowledge of complex medical issues has allowed him to achieve record-setting multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients over the course of his career spanning more than 35 years. In 1992, he merged his practice with Steven Levin, and now the firm employs more than 20 lawyers and has obtained over $750 million in verdicts and settlements for clients.
John obtained a $14 million record failure to diagnose cancer verdict in Illinois for a woman whose doctor delayed her diagnosis of lung cancer. He also obtained a $7.5 million record Illinois Jones Act settlement for a boat worker who was injured in a boat explosion in Alton, IL.
In a birth injury case, John reached a $6.5 million settlement for a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of an inexperienced physician’s failure to perform a timely c-section. John also achieved a $5.77 million Federal Tort Claims Act bench trial verdict against a Veteran’s Administration Hospital and a $5.35 million verdict against a Chicago hospital for the family of an 18-year-old woman who died when hospital staff failed to diagnose her with postpartum cardiomyopathy.
John is regarded as one of the leading nursing home negligence lawyers in Chicago for his work on behalf of victims of abuse and neglect. John achieved a $3 million Illinois record nursing home pressure sore settlement for a client. He recovered a $1 million settlement in a nursing home fall case.
John also has experience in all types of injury and accident cases. He achieved a $10 million settlement for a 5-year-old boy who lost his leg when he was run over by a fire truck. In another case, John obtained a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed in a trucking accident. This settlement was a record-high settlement for a Kane County wrongful death claim . Additionally, John negotiated a $6 million settlement for two families who lost six children in an apartment fire, and in another case he reached a Jones Act settlement for $4.5 million for a deckhand whose leg was injured on a barge and required an above-the-knee amputation. John secured a $4.29 million medical malpractice settlement for a 38-year-old woman who died as a result of a hospital and 5 physicians failing to recognize and treat a pericardial effusion, causing cardiac tamponade. He also settled a $3 million medical malpractice lawsuit against Advocate Brommen Hospital in Normal, Illinois.
John is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Society of Trial Lawyers, The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America and The Justinian Society of Lawyers, and has been a strong voice against tort reform. He is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers, an organization composed of The Top 100 Trial Lawyers from each state, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.
John was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 in the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. He has received an “AV” rating from the Martindale-Hubbell American Law Directory, indicating preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards. He has also been named one of Illinois’ top litigators by Leading Lawyers Network and achieved a Lead Counsel Rating in Elder Law.
In 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 John was included in Chicago Magazine's Illinois: The Top 100 list, a listing of lawyers who topped the Illinois Super Lawyers nomination, research and review process. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since 2005.
J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1982
Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, representing all state agencies in civil litigation, 1983-1986
B.A., University of Illinois, 1979
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Medical Negligence Committee
The Society of Trial Lawyers
Justinian Society of Lawyers
Member, DuPage and Cook County Chapters
Illinois Super Lawyer
Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
National Italian American Bar Association
American Board of Trial Advocates
- Presented to the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Webinar, "How to Successfully Sue Nursing Homes," Chicago, IL.
- Presenter at 20th Annual Elder Rights Conference, "Litigation and Advocacy Tips," Chicago, IL.
- Faculty presenter for Lorman Education Services: "An Update on Supreme Court Rule 213(f) and (g) in Illinois."
- American Trial Lawyers Association, National College of Advocacy, "Litigating Rezulin Cases."
- Chicago Bar Association, "Federal Expert Witness Practice."
- Leading Lawyer, Personal Injury Plaintiff, Leading Lawyers, 2021
- Top 50 Medical Malpractice Settlements in the United States, 2020
- Top 100 “Wrongful Death” Settlement, 2020
- Top 20 Illinois Settlement, 2020
- Leading American Illinois Attorney
- Leading Lawyers: Top Lawyers in Illinois
- Illinois Super Lawyer
Illinois Top 100 2013 - 2022
- Trial Excellence Award - Highest reported Jones Act settlement in Illinois, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2015
- Chicago Lawyer Magazine's Illinois Top 100 Attorneys 2013
- The Best Lawyers in America®
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
- Best Lawyers in AmericaⓇ - Medical Malpractice, since 2013
- Best Lawyers in AmericaⓇ - Personal Injury, since 2013