David  Axelrod

David A. Axelrod & Associates, P.C.
David A. Axelrod & Associates, P.C.
20 S Clark St Ste 1800, Chicago, IL 60603 United States

Meet Founder and Senior Partner, David A. Axelrod

Meet Founder and Senior Partner, David A. Axelrod. Mr. Axelrod is one of Chicago’s foremost trial attorneys. He has extensive trial experience and is known for his comprehensive and meticulous preparation.

Mr. Axelrod has been recognized for his proven success by being named an Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now American Association of Justice) Top 100 Trial Lawyer, an Illinois Super Lawyer® and an Illinois Leading Lawyer. He represents clients in a variety of complex cases against major companies, who are represented by some of the largest law firms in the world.

Mr. Axelrod has won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in cases involving Medical Malpractice, Catastrophic Injury, Professional Negligence, ERISA, Fraud, Commercial Disputes, Copyright Infringement, and Equitable Relief. He has argued and tried cases in courts across the country.

Those include but are not limited to, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit; the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois; the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin; the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania; and in State courts throughout Illinois and the nation.

In addition to his trial work, Mr. Axelrod is a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; the American Association for Justice, Commercial Litigation Section and Professional Negligence Section; the Illinois State Bar Association; and the Chicago Bar Association. He is also one of the founding fellows with the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Axelrod is a frequent presenter on legal topics before organizations such as the Litigation Counsel of America and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has also co-authored legal articles published in the areas of punitive damages and toxic torts. Mr. Axelrod is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mr. Axelrod is recognized by peers and was selected to Super Lawyers ® 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2022. He has received the Martindale-Hubbel AV Preeminent rating each year since 1993. In 2021, rated in the Top 100 Medical Malpractice Litigators.

Practice Groups

Medical Malpractice

Catastrophic Injuries

Professional Negligence

Commercial Litigation


Employment Discrimination


American University

Washington College of Law, J.D. 1983

Michigan State University 

James Madison College, B.A. 1979

Bar Admissions

Illinois 1984

Missouri 1983 (Inactive)

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court

United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Notable Successes

Led the legal team that won a record $31.35 million verdict, including $25 million in punitive damages in Marston v. Walgreen Company

Negotiated a structured settlement with lifetime payments exceeding $10 million against a large hospital in a medical malpractice case

Procured $5.6 million in a major real estate dispute

Recovered $4.5 million in a medical malpractice case

Secured $3 million in a product liability case

Collected $1.35 million from a national retail chain in a copyright infringement case

Acquired $1.29 million in a construction litigation case

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