David M. Jenkins
As your Chicago personal injury lawyer, I will work tirelessly to maximize results to achieve the most favorable outcome
As a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I believe it is my responsibility to improve the lives of others. And, as my client, my focus is to ensure that at the conclusion of your case, the outcome will improve your current and future situations.
My commitment to improvement means that I will aggressively advocate to advance your best interests and I will be prepared for anything. My job is to be ready, willing, and able to pursue all options, and to implement the appropriate strategy after consultation with my client.
In some cases, it may be best to craft a settlement that achieves the desired goals. In other instances, a case might require taking the matter to trial. Other circumstances may warrant delving into the appeals process. Whatever the circumstances of your case are, I am focused on securing a remarkable resolution that will improve your life now and in the future.
What drives my passion and commitment to positively affect the lives of my clients as a Chicago personal injury lawyer
After graduating law school, I obtained a judicial clerkship with a federal judge. That clerkship job allowed me to observe some very prominent lawyers, and the legal profession in general. I was able to observe and learn what works versus what does not work. I recognized that lawyers who did not put the interests of their clients first, were often unsuccessful in getting results for their clients.
More importantly, I realized that striving to meet goals and objectives that centered on the clients, led to exceptional settlements and verdicts. My client’s beliefs and values will not always match mine, but my job is to work hard so my clients’ goals can be met. That being said, as a Chicago personal injury lawyer, I always approach the practice of law with honesty, integrity, and respect for others. Those are values I personally have which will influence the way I approach the practice of law.
These beliefs have carried me through my legal career and have allowed me to help numerous individuals and companies. Now, I am regularly called upon to handle complex legal issues and to develop and implement winning litigation strategies.
One of my career highlights was winning a $10.5 million jury verdict for my client in a trucking case that caused catastrophic injury. Numerous other cases I have been a part of have resulted in favorable settlements, verdicts, and summary judgements for my clients. I am really grateful that being a Chicago personal injury lawyer allows me to be part of a larger legal system that improves the lives of others and that I can focus on improving the lives of my clients.
In addition to helping individuals, I have also been integral in affecting the legal system in Illinois as a whole. As a young attorney, I was responsible for presenting to the Supreme Court of Illinois in the River Park, Inc. v. City of Highland Park, 184 Ill.2d 290 (1998). There, I recognized that a defense existed for my client against a multi-million dollar lawsuit based on res judicata and successfully presented the defense at all levels (including the Appellate Court). The Illinois Supreme Court decision, in favor of my client, became one of the leading cases in Illinois on res judicata.
Other interesting things about me
I enjoy writing, and I believe writing is one of my strengths. I have had articles published in several law journals on a diverse set of topics, including music copyrights, the Fair Housing Act, professional malpractice, and trademarks. I have also given lectures on a variety of legal topics.
I also enjoy playing electric guitar, and I try to jam with other musicians as frequently as I can. I prefer creating my own songs and music, and not just covering other artists’ songs. Musically, my influences are wide and varied—from jazz and classical music, to blues and heavy/hard rock music. I think it is important to have music in your life every day.
Personally, I try to treat people with respect, and I try to infuse humor in most situations. Laughter is a good way to connect with people, to keep things congenial, and to ease tensions, which I think is important in this profession, especially as a Chicago personal injury lawyer.
Finally, I live with my wife and our dog in Chicago. Our son is attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. My wife and I enjoy real estate investing, and we hope to do more travelling in the near future.