ANTONIO M. ROMANUCCI, founding partner at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC in Chicago, Illinois, will be installed as the 66th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) on Friday, June 7, 2019, at its annual convention at the JW Marriott Chicago in Chicago, Illinois.
Romanucci, 58, received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1982. He continued his studies at John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he received his law degree in 1985. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar shortly thereafter. He is also licensed to practice law before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois along with numerous other pro hac vice admissions throughout the country.
Upon graduation, Romanucci began his law career working for the Cook County Public Defender’s office. A few years later he entered private practice, focusing on workers’ compensation, personal injury and criminal cases. Romanucci and his partner, Stephan D. Blandin, established their firm, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC in 1998. They proudly just celebrated the firm’s 20th anniversary.
Romanucci concentrates his law practice on catastrophic personal injuries arising from police misconduct cases, including civil rights actions, mass torts, class actions and traumatic brain injuries. His is steadfastly committed to fighting for victims seeking justice across the country.
Since 1995, Romanucci has been an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was elected to the Board of Managers in 2003 and has served on ITLA’s Executive Committee as well as ITLA’s Nominating Committee.
Romanucci is also actively involved in other professional organizations including the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and is also the founder of the Justinian Society of Lawyers Charitable Endowment Fund. His vast experience has led him to leadership positions such as Past Chair of the Police Misconduct Litigation Group and Past Chair of the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group for the AAJ.
As a leader in his field, he has been widely recognized for his insight and experience in police brutality, mass torts, traumatic brain injuries and related legal issues. Romanucci has been named a “Top 100 Super Lawyer” for 12 straight years in Illinois, a “Leading Lawyer” since 2004 and was named a “Best Lawyer” for 2013 through 2019 by U.S. News and World Report. He also maintains a perfect Martindale-Hubble AV rating and an AVVO rating of 10/10. He was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2019 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
“As a trial attorney, it is my life’s mission to make a difference in the lives of my clients while changing society to better protect us all. If it weren’t for instrumental organizations like ITLA leading the way, I simply would not be able to continue to do that,” said Romanucci. “As members and leaders of ITLA, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring justice, while continuously growing, staying ahead of our counterparts, staving off legislation that will hurt our practices and our clients, and ensure we preserve the right to trial by jury for the generations to come.”
Romanucci is looking forward to serving as the president of ITLA. “I will bring all of my energy, passion, and enthusiasm to the position of ITLA president this next year. It is a tremendous honor to be representing this great organization and I look forward to learning, growing and creating change with my fellow members,” he said.
Romanucci and his fiancée, Andrea, live in Chicago with their dogs Marge and Louis. Romanucci has two children: Elizabeth, 28, who proudly works for the firm and John, 26, a recent law school graduate. In his free time, Romanucci loves to travel the world with his camera, play racquetball, and attend Chicago sporting events for his beloved Cubs and Blackhawks.