Steven M. Sandler

Associate
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Phone: 312-332-2872
Fax: 312-332-3112

325 N La Salle Dr #450
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Levin & Perconti’s intake attorney Steven M. Sandler handles the critical first steps of meeting with prospective clients to learn more about their current situation and to determine how our attorneys can best assist them.

With more than 40 years in practice across multiple areas of law, Steven draws upon his experience to answer prospective clients’ questions as clearly and thoroughly as possible. Steven’s primary goal is help those who have experienced an injury or an injustice make the best possible decisions about how to exercise their legal rights.

Before joining Levin & Perconti, Steven was a trial attorney for a Chicago personal injury firm handling transportation, aviation, medical negligence and product liability matters. He successfully secured a number of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients. For example, in one personal injury case, Steven obtained $3.8 million for his client, a steel mill employee who sustained second and third degree burns over 80% of his body when chemicals were ignited by a demolition crew. He also negotiated a $3 million dollar award for a surgical patient whose doctor failed to recognize her respiratory distress or resuscitate her during a routine surgical procedure.

This deep experience in handling personal injury matters enables Steven to offer advice and perspective on how clients can most effectively pursue their cases, what they can expect at various points in the process and the pros and cons of various strategies.

Steven is an adjunct professor at the DePaul University School of Law teaching product liability law.

Some of Steven’s most notable achievements include:

  • $2.8 million to a passenger in a vehicle “T-boned” causing pelvic fractures, leg fractures, and cognitive loss of memory when the defendant ran a red light.

  • $1.5 million to the estate of a charter airplane passenger who died as the result of a plane crash in Michigan. The charter undertook its flight and did not divert to a tower-controlled landing field despite poor visibility.

  • $1.2 million to a sexual assault victim at a major music venue where security guards failed to protect the victim or intervene once the assault commenced.

  • $1.1 million to a passenger in a van that slid off a slippery road in Pennsylvania deteriorating weather condition causing multiple fractures and requiring surgeries.

  • $1.1 million to a driver who suffered multiple fractures when he struck a commercial vehicle that turned in front of him.

Education

National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1980

J.D., Honors, IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, 1978

B.A., University of Illinois, 1974

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Illinois, 1978
Illinois Supreme Court, 1978
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1978
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1984
Admitted Pro Hac Vice, Indiana, 2005, 2016
United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2014
Admitted Pro Hac Vice, Texas, 2018
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association – Panel Attorney Legal Services Plan

Chicago Bar Association
Member Since: 2004 – Present

  • Aviation Law Committee: Chairperson 2005-2006
  • Aviation Law Committee: Vice-Chairperson 2004-2005, 2011-2012
  • Aviation Law Committee: Legislative Liaison 2006-2007

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association

Professional Presentations and Speaking Engagements
  • American Bar Association National Institute on Aviation Litigation – Faculty 2015, 2016, 2019
  • Tenth Annual McGill University/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Law: Liability, Insurance & Finance, 2017, Montreal, Canada; Panel member on Product Liability
  • Chicago Bar Association – Aviation Law Committee – 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2019
  • EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – Aviation Accident Litigation, 2005 – 2010, 2012 – 2016, 2017– 2019
  • Presenter, Midwest Aviation Conference and Trade Show, St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri; 2006
Awards and Honors
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers

    Plaintiff Personal Injury in 2018, 2019

  • Illinois Super Lawyers

    Civil Litigation as both Plaintiff and Defense counsel in 2013 - 2019

  • Martindale-Hubbell

    AV Preeminent Rated
    Client Distinction Award, 2013

Testimonials
★★★★★
Levin and Perconti was always there when we needed them and very quick to answer any questions. We are happy to say that Ashley Herschberger was very professional, informative, kind, and prompt when it came to our case. She was always there if we had a concern or a question. We would recommend Ashley and the law firm, Levin and Perconti, to anyone else. We would also come back with another case of our own if ever needed. The Gonzalez Family
★★★★★
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
★★★★★
Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
★★★★★
I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
★★★★★
Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client