Mark E. McNabola

Mark E. McNabola

Chicago, Illinois

Attorney Mark E. McNabola's entire career, nearly 30 years has involved prosecuting cases for severely injured people. Ask Chicago attorneys to name the best trial attorneys and Mark McNabola's name is sure to surface.

Consider these facts about attorney Mark McNabola according to the experts in the legal field (including the Jury Verdict Reporter):

  • success rate of almost 100% of the cases he accepts
  • top 5% of lawyers in the Illinois bar
  • highest Martindale-Hubbell rating
  • many results over $10 million
  • record verdicts and settlements in Cook, DuPage and Will Counties
  • his firm results of  over $500 million in verdicts and settlements
  • never offered more money than he received at trial

Mr. McNabola received one of the legal field's top accolades in October 2011. Mark was given a 2011 Trial Lawyer Excellence award from the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co. Mark now joins an elite group of ten attorneys in Illinois who have won five or more jury trials of $5 million or more. He is the youngest attorney to receive this honor.

In a recent ten-day period, Mr. McNabola tried a case in DuPage County and received a record jury verdict after rejecting a serious offer from the defense.  During a day off from that trial, he represented a family at a mediation resulting in a $14 million settlement. 

Mark McNabola is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Society of Trial Attorneys and a frequent columnist in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He has been an adjunct law professor at DePaul University College of Law in trial advocacy. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and is on the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.  He has lectured and is an author on various topics concerning accident victims' rights. He is frequently quoted in the press on personal injury law and the judicial system.


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1985


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1985
  • DePaul University
    • B.A. - 1981

Published Works

  • Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith/ Governmental Defendants and Government Regulation of Health Care Professionals, Chapter 18, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, ITLA, 2014
  • Juries Should Not Decide Contingency Fee Disputes, Volume 157, No. 214, November 11, 2011
  • Physicians and Litigation: Emerging Trends, Volume 157, No. 151, August 3, 2011
  • Jurors Questions Have Place in Today's Courtroom, Volume 157, No. 131, July 6, 2011
  • Embracing Change in the Jury System , Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Volume 157, Number 88, May 4, 2011
  • ITLA Notebook Series (Contributing Author)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Contributing Author)
  • Proof of Facts (Contributing Author)
  • The Special Interrogatory: An Instrument of Unfairness in the Jury System., Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (Winter 2002), Volume 4, Number 1: 18-19, 32, 34-35.
  • It's Time to Move Beyond Separate Discovery and Evidence Depositions in Illinois, Illinois Bar Journal, vol. 92, July, 2004


  • Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, DePaul University College of Law
  • Invited Speaker, Litigation Skills Conference, Law Bulletin Publishing Company
  • Invited Speaker, Institute of Transportation Engineers
  • Invited Speaker "The Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Lawsuit", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, "Deposition Taking and Establishing Accountability", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, "Damages and Its Impact on the Trial of a Premises Liability Case", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Speaker, "Trial Strategy Regarding the Use of Economic Damages", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Professor, Business Law, Chicago College of Commerce
  • Adjunct Professor, Law, DePaul University College of Law
  • Invited Speaker, "How to Not Meet a Plaintiff Lawyer" , 13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium, August 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Holds Record High Injury Results for Injured Victims in Three Counties
  • Highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Top 5% attorneys of the Illinois State Bar
  • Top 5% of Lawyers - Leading Lawyers Network
  • Million Dollar Advocacy Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope Chicago, Current Governing Board Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Civil Procedures Committee
  • Children's Charities of Chicago, Past President
  • Celtic Lawyers Association, Member
  • Children's Charities of Chicago, Past Executive Director
  • Children's Charities of Chicago, Past Chairman, Annual Ball
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Secretary, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers
  • Mulliganeers, Committee Member
  • North Suburban Bar Association
  • Prevent Child Abuse America, Chicago Board
  • Society of Trial Lawyers, Chicago, Judicial Administration and Reform Committee
  • Society of Trial Lawyers, Chicago, Trial Techniques Committee
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Association
  • The Knapp Burn Foundation, Member and Legal Counsel
  • 100 Club of Chicago , Member
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers