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Maximizing Damages in Illinois Personal Injury Cases

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Produced on April 27, 2018

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Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Personal Injury and Negligence

Course Description

Building and presenting a strong damages case is one of the most important aspects of trial for plaintiffs lawyers. To recover full and fair damages, trial lawyers must understand the various types of damages available for a particular injury, fully develop those damages through discovery with lay and expert testimony, and persuasively present those damages at trial.  

This program, presented by Chicago-based trial attorney Matthew Passen, will discuss some of the best practices for maximizing economic and non-economic damages in Illinois civil actions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain various categories of damages in Illinois personal injury and wrongful death cases
  2. Discuss common legal and factual hurdles to recovering significant damages
  3. Provide recommendations for preparing and presenting lay and expert witnesses for damage testimony
  4. Discuss the effective use of demonstrative exhibits and other technology to maximize damages
  5. Offer practical recommendations for enhancing damages throughout all stages of trial

Credit Information

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Mathew Passen

Passen & Powell

Matthew Passen, partner with Passen Law Group based in Chicago, represents plaintiffs in serious personal injury, medical malpractice and product liability actions. In the past year alone, he secured a $10.9 million jury verdict in a strict product liability action against a chemical company, followed two weeks later by a $1,000,000 recovery at trial in a medical malpractice action involving a gallbladder surgery.

Mr. Passen has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” lawyers in Illinois by multiple organizations, including the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, the National Trial Lawyers, and the American Society of Legal Advocates. He has received several other awards and distinctions, including repeatedly being named a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and an "Emerging Lawyer" by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Mr. Passen is also heavily involved in local and national bar associations. He is past-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section (YLS), which has over 9,000 attorney-members in the Chicagoland area. He is also Past-President of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Young Professionals Board (YPB), which is dedicated to securing equal access to justice for all members of the community. Mr. Passen currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Foundation, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was recently elected to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, which is limited to one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction.

Mr. Passen received his B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2002, and law degree, summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. He is also a graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, an invitation-only program dedicated to training and educating trial lawyers committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals. Before joining Passen Law Group, he was a litigation associate at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago.


Ruth D.

Very well done. The written materials are excellent.

Jodi E.

Excellent program. Highly recommend

Michael S.

very good

William W.

Very thorough presentation.

Robert V.

Need to know material / case laws

James K.

I wish Mr. Passen would do more lawline Presentations he is direct organized and always on topic

Charles M.

Excellent work - very clear and concise.

Richard H.

A refresher course for me.

David G.

Very well done presentation.

Myles H.

Very good course

Gerardo D.


Gary D.

One of the best of the Lawline lectures. Absolutely packed with practical litigation practice information.

John M.

Best I have seen so far.

Laura M.

Best course I've seen in a a long time.

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