Michael Shinsky is not afraid to take a case to trial. That is sometimes a rarity among young litigators.
But there’s a reason why Shinsky, a personal injury and plaintiff’s medical malpractice attorney with Chicago’s Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, doesn’t shy away from the courtroom: He’s already earned a long list of successful verdicts on behalf of his clients.
“Mike is particularly savvy, and quickly dissects his cases to de- termine the best strategy for proceeding,” said Ruth Enright with Chicago’s Baker & Enright. “He is not afraid to try a case, and that is one of a litigator’s most important characteristics. He understands the law and the nuances of trial. These skills and talents parlay into the resolution of matters in the best interests of his clients.”
A quick look at some of Shinsky’s verdicts shows just how strong of an advocate this young attorney has been for his cli- ents.
Last year, he obtained a verdict of $2.7 million for one of his clients in a hotly contested trial. The defense made a pre-trial offer of just $150,000.
That is just one example of Shinsky’s successes. After starting his career at the Cook County State’s Attorney, Shinsky joined Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz. The result of his switch? Shinsky has had numerous million dollar awards by verdict, mediation, arbitration and settlement for the firm’s clients. He’s worked on cases involving everything from motor vehicle accidents, medi- cal malpractice actions and wrongful death actions to premises liability, sexual assault and nursing home negligence.
“Mike is very hard-working and spends a lot of time getting to know his clients and his cases,” said Patrick Moran with Chicago’s Lowis & Gellen. “When I call him, it’s not unusual to catch him on his way to a deposition, court appearance or client meeting that are sometimes hours away. He is a tenacious fighter, but doesn’t let the little things get under his skin.”
Others say that Shinsky has served as a mentor to them. This includes Jordan Powell with Chicago’s Levin & Perconti. Powell said that Shinsky has never hesitated to discuss with him the nuances of law and the challenges of taking a case to trial.
“He taught me how to think like an attorney and provided me with the skills to succeed on my own,” Powell said. “Now after eight years in practice, I still utilize things that Michael taught me.”
Even though he is growing a busy legal career, Shinsky does not hesitate to give back to his profession and his community. Shinsky is an active volunteer with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and set up foundation on behalf of his mother. The an- nual fund-raising event never fails to draw a crowd and raise substantial funds for leukemia and lymphoma research.
In addition, Shinsky is active in several professional associations, and often returns to Chicago-Kent College of Law for trial- advocacy work. Shinsky was also a former member of the Chil- dren’s Memorial Hospital Youth Board.