Background

Stephan D. Blandin is a founding partner in Romanucci & Blandin LLC, a Chicago-based personal injury firm. Since co-founding the firm in 1998, Mr. Blandin has focused his practice on catastrophic plaintiff’s personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from nursing home negligence, medical malpractice, construction and other workplace accidents, birth injuries, motor vehicle and airplane crashes, product liability and civil rights violations. 

At Romanucci & Blandin, Mr. Blandin strives to serve clients with passion and preparedness. His intimate approach to the practice of law proves that a small firm can produce big results and have huge talent. This attitude and determination has resulted in obtaining over $500 million in verdicts and settlements for the firm – dozens in excess of $1 million, including: a $50 million settlement for the wife of a worker who died following a workplace injury in the Chicago area in 2016; a record breaking $44.7 million verdict on behalf of a young man left bound to a wheelchair and with permanent brain damage following a gunshot wound to the head; a $30 million settlement for a family after their son was left permanently disabled and brain injured as a result of 25 experimental surgeries; a $22.3 million award in a medical malpractice case which left a ten-year-old boy with disabilities; an unprecedented $17.6 million jury award in a police chase case where a bystander was left with quadriplegia; and a record breaking $12.35 million settlement on behalf of the family of a client whose doctors failed to diagnose her breast cancer in a timely manner, which ultimately led to her death at 37 years old.

Mr. Blandin was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America© - a list he has now been included on for nearly ten years in a row. Mr. Blandin has also been named a ‘Top 100 Super Lawyer’ in Illinois for 2021 and has been a ‘Leading Lawyer’ since 2004. Additionally, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Blandin with its AV-Preeminent* rating for his superb record and ethical standards.

Mr. Blandin is a member of many professional organizations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois State Bar Association. Mr. Blandin also serves as an American Bar Foundation Fellow. Less than one percent of lawyers in each state are considered for the honor which consists of a review of their legal and civic contributions. From 2012 to 2019, he served on the Illinois Supreme Court Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) as a Hearing Board Commissioner. Mr. Blandin was one of more than 75 hearing board members who would make recommendations in disciplinary matters of lawyers in Illinois under the authority of the Supreme Court.

Heavily involved in the community, he has served as a board member of several nonprofit organizations, including the Knapp Burn Foundation, Salute Inc. and West Side Mentally Retarded Children’s Aid Inc. Mr. Blandin also volunteers his time working with Legal Prep Charter Academy – a high school on the West Side of Chicago where students use a unique law themed curriculum to prepare for the future. Most recently, Mr. Blandin spearheaded an on-going effort within the legal community to support the important work being done by Frontline Foods Chicago and World Central Kitchen as these organizations support restaurants and keep them working by making meals, which are given to healthcare workers and community members in need during the COVID-19 crisis. 

After graduating from DePaul University with his Bachelor of Arts in political science, Mr. Blandin went on to earn his Juris Doctor in 1986 from DePaul University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1986
  • B.A., Political Science, DePaul University, 1983

Awards & Recognition

  • Named one of the The Best Lawyers in America© by U.S. News and World Report (2013-2021) 
  • Recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as an Illinois Super Lawyer (2005-2021)
  • Illinois ‘Top 100’ lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine (2014, 2017-2021)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer’s Network Top Lawyer (2003-2021)
  • AV Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell™ (2005-2021)
  • Member, Esteemed Lawyers of America

Notable Cases

$50,000,000 settlement – workplace injury

A $50 million settlement was awarded to the wife of a worker who died following a tragic workplace injury in the Chicago area in 2016. The case was extremely complex as the multiple Defendants were represented by several different law firms. 

$44,700,000 verdict – police misconduct

A record-breaking $44.7 million dollar verdict was awarded to a young man who suffered life-threatening and permanent injuries following an off-duty Chicago police officer’s service weapon discharging into the back of his head. Officer Patrick Kelly was found responsible for shooting the client and the City responsible for failing to investigate its officers and having no early warning system, thus perpetuating this officer’s reckless behavior. Kelly was found to be within the top 2-5% of Chicago police officers with the largest number of citizen complaints. This is the largest verdict ever returned in a police misconduct lawsuit involving the city of Chicago and in the state of Illinois.

$30,000,000 settlement – medical malpractice

A family was awarded $30 million dollars in a settlement reached with Mark J. Holterman, MD. and a Major Chicago Area Teaching Hospital after their son was left permanently disabled and brain injured as a result of 25 experimental surgeries. This is the fourth largest medical malpractice suit for a minor in the state of Illinois, and is the largest settlement for a child born with esophageal atresia in Illinois.

$22,300,000 verdict – medical malpractice
A Cook County jury awarded the parents of a ten-year-old boy with a $22.3 million verdict in a medical negligence case arising out of the care and treatment on May 29, 1999 at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children's Hospital, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. The negligence resulted in the loss of the boy's left leg and other disabilities.

$17,600,000 verdict – police car chase
A police car chase on the expressway leaves a bystander with incomplete quadriplegia.

$12,350,000 settlement – medical malpractice

A record-breaking settlement was secured on behalf of the family of a client whose doctors failed to diagnose her breast cancer in a timely manner, which ultimately led to her death at 37 years old. The client, a young mother, was a high-risk breast cancer patient with a family history and a sister with breast cancer. The patient had lumps in her left breast and armpit that were ignored for two years. The health system and specialists misread ultrasounds and mammograms, failed to order timely biopsies and failed to communicate with each other, resulting in late-stage breast cancer when it was finally diagnosed in 2014. She died in 2016. The settlement is the largest in Illinois for an untimely diagnosis of breast cancer case.

$7,500,000 settlement – workplace injury
As a result of an industrial accident, a 45–year–old boiler maker suffered crush injuries when an object fell on Plaintiff. His injuries included: A right orbital blow–out, multiple facial bone fractures, a thoracic burst fracture and multiple rib fractures.

$6,000,000 settlement – workplace injury

A union plumber was assigned to a construction site where an add-on was being built at an existing industrial building. In January of 2011, the plaintiff was on the jobsite completing interior plumbing work when he was told by the general contractor to complete some work requiring him to go to the roof. When he got outside, he encountered a snow and ice covered TPO roof. Within minutes of stepping on the roof, our client slipped and fell, significantly injuring his back, resulting in a laminectomy and fusion, and ultimately ending his career. 

$5,550,000 settlement – workplace injury
A female construction worker suffered incomplete paraplegia when a more than five-foot trench collapsed on to her body.

$5,348,750 verdict – auto collision
A self-employed roofing contractor, who was heading home on the Dan Ryan expressway, suffered multiple injuries, including leg, pelvis and rib fractures, lung contusions, ruptured spleen and a mild brain injury, when his vehicle was cut off by a CTA bus, and he struck another bus which was stalled in the middle lane. 

$4,000,000-plus settlement – premises liability 

$2.5 million settlement for a 20-year-old window washer who suffered extensive injuries, including a below the knee amputation of his left leg, after falling 30 feet from a hospital roof where he was working. As part of the settlement, the window washer’s employer waived $500,000 of its workers’ compensation lien and agreed to fund the plaintiff’s future medical expenses, which will exceed $1 million, increasing the settlement value to more than $4 million.

$4,000,000 settlement – wrongful death 

In a wrongful death case, the family of a 38-year-old man received restitution upon his untimely death following a post-surgical complication related to a routine gastric bypass surgery. A CT scan revealed a partially obstructed bowel but the hospital physicians failed to follow up. The man became septic and died.

$4,000,000 settlement – wrongful death 

Wrongful death occurred while man was on premises of area retailer.

$3,689,733 verdict – medical malpractice 

In a record chiropractic malpractice verdict, a man suffered a sudden onset of paralysis from the chest down due to a growth in his thoracic spine which completely compromised his spinal cord. The chiropractor ignored x-rays of his lumbar spine which revealed this progressive, degenerative disease and performed chiropractic manipulations on that area of his back.

$3,500,000 verdict – bus accident 

A male, who was intoxicated at the time, suffered severe injuries to his left leg when he was knocked down and his leg run over by a bus. The bus driver violated standard CTA operating procedures by failing to maintain a three-foot clearance between the bus and the pedestrian.

$3,500,000 verdict

A truck driver fell and sustained brain injuries while exiting his semi-tractor cab. The trucking company owner had failed to replace a missing driver’s side safety grab bar, which the plaintiff contended would have prevented or lessened the severity of the fall.

3,350,000 settlement – construction accident

A 50-year-old male died as a result of an alleged failure to provide the worker with fall protection in an industrial accident. His family received a settlement for $3,350,000 plus a workers’ compensation lien waiver.

$3,375,000 settlement

The plaintiff, a 36-year-old truck driver, was helping to unload steel off his truck, when his right hand and wrist were crushed by a load of steel after the straps from the crane broke. The defendant in the case was a steel company.

Appellate Court Ruling

Appellate reverses trial court and reinstates wrongful death case against City of Peru, Illinois. A 14-year-old boy was killed while riding a dirt bike when his neck struck a cable. City workers had strung the cable neck high along a path owned by a railroad. The trial court ruled that the City was immune from prosecution and dismissed the case. The Appellate court reversed the ruling because the cable was not on the City’s property and they were not authorized to string the cable. The boy is survived by his parents and siblings.

$2,750,000 settlement – auto collision

A 35-year-old male worker suffered aggravation of his prior spinal injury after being rear-ended by a semi-truck. Prior to the collision, plaintiff had undergone two spinal fusions. At the time of the subject collision, he was asymptomatic. As a result of the collision, plaintiff aggravated his prior back conditions and developed chronic pain syndrome. As a result of the chronic back pain, he has undergone three surgical procedures for a spinal cord stimulator, one temporary, one permanent, and one repair.

$2,500,000 settlement – motorcycle accident/brain injury

A motorcyclist lost control of his bike at an intersection, resulting in orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury. Our investigation uncovered improper warning signals and raised manhole covers at the intersection.

$2,500,000 settlement – construction accident
A certified elevator mechanic was working to install two elevators at a commercial construction project in downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois when the project manager ordered a change in the direction of the work. Subsequently he twisted his leg and tore the meniscus in his left knee while carrying a 20-foot long, 100-pound hydraulic pipe on his shoulder. The plaintiff underwent surgery to repair the meniscus and afterwards, developed complex regional pain syndrome in the leg – which he continues to receive treatment for to this day.

$2,500,000 verdict – workplace injury

The plaintiff, a 50-year-old Bosnian immigrant working as an iron worker, fell while on the job at a construction site. He suffered bi-lateral pelvic fractures and underwent surgery for the insertion of plates and screws to stabilize the pelvic rim.

$2,000,000 settlement – wrongful death

In a wrongful death suit, a deliveryman’s decedents received compensation for his death, resulting when he was hit by a street sweeper’s vehicle as it improperly merged from a highway median.

$2,000,000 settlement – medical negligence

A 41-year-old female complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains that radiated from her chest wall, down the left arm and abdomen lost her life following a delayed diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. She died while waiting to undergo surgery to repair the aortic dissection at University of Chicago Medical Center, after spending over eight hours in the hospital.

$1,900,000 settlement – pharmacist dosage error-wrongful death

Prior to litigation commencing, the wife of a 50-year-old man received restitution upon her husband’s untimely death after he was a prescribed a lethal dosage of morphine. Her husband, who was recently given a good prognosis after finishing rounds of chemotherapy for treatment of his tongue cancer, died after being given six times the normal dosage of morphine by the pharmacy.

$1,500,000 settlement – workplace injury

While working at a construction site on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue, our client – a 50-year-old male laborer – sustained a crushed leg when a stacker was improperly loaded onto a delivery truck. His leg became entangled in a loose cable, and the stacker rolled back, pulling the cable taut and causing numerous leg fractures.

$1,300,000 settlement – auto collision   

A 24-year-old man’s vehicle was stalled on the expressway when he was rear-ended by a Coca Cola truck traveling at high speed. The family was compensated for the loss of the male head of household and breadwinner.

$1,250,000 settlement – medical malpractice 

Our client died from inoperable prostate cancer as the result of a doctor’s failure to take a sufficient tissue sample during a biopsy. The doctor continued to rely on a negative test, despite the plaintiff’s persistence of high PSA levels.

$1,000,000 settlement – medical malpractice  

Our client suffered a stroke as a result of the doctors’ failure to follow up with his transitory ischemic attacks. He is now permanently impaired.

$1,000,000 settlement – medical malpractice  

The family of a deceased man received a settlement of $1 million, arising out of the failure by his physician to perform a cystoscopy that would have diagnosed late-stage muscle invasive bladder cancer.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Illinois, 1986
  • Northern District of Illinois, 1987
  • Arizona, 2012
  • Wisconsin, 2015

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