trauma lawyers: Helping Personal Injury Victims


Our Firm

Trauma Lawyers has been serving Chicago, and the Chicagoland area, since 1958, as a renowned personal injury and civil trial law firm. Our firm is dedicated to providing clients with full and fair compensation in a professional and caring manner. We have successfully concluded hundreds of cases resulting in millions of dollars for our clients.


Our vision is to provide our clients with skilled legal advice in a timely and efficient manner. We strive to handle each matter with accountability and responsiveness as if we were representing ourselves. At Trauma Lawyers, we endeavor to meet or exceed the expectations of our clients in all aspects of their legal representation and strive to become one of the most sought-after personal injury attorneys in the region, by consistently delivering highly-skilled, ethical, and personalized legal representation to our clients.

As Trauma Lawyers looks to the future, we will make use of cutting edge legal technologies and methodologies, to assure that we continue to deliver the highest quality legal services to our clients. We will strive to incorporate new practice areas and opportunities so that Trauma Lawyers can continue to adapt to the growing and ever-changing needs of our clients.

At Trauma Lawyers, we encourage a consistent investment and commitment to the talents and education of our attorneys and staff. Continuous mentoring and training of attorneys and staff is a strategic component of our culture. We place great emphasis on the importance of charitable and communal involvement. We work hard to maintain a friendly working environment where success-at-work and happiness-at-home are mutually inclusive.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to take a genuine interest in our clients, understand their needs and objectives, and exceed their expectations. We dedicate ourselves to providing superior legal services through creative, practical, and effective solutions, all while maintaining the highest standards of professional integrity. These are not just words, but the values that drive the attorneys and our staff, which we bring to our practice every day. In pursuit of this mission, we hold these values as the pillars upon which our firm stands:

  • Justice: We are committed to fighting for our clients in a dignified, professional, and honest manner. We will not stop until justice has been served.
  • Integrity: Our mission as advocates and Officers of the Court is to be open and honest about every potential case so that clients can make an informed decision about what options may be available to them and how to move forward.
  • Accountability: As attorneys, we owe our clients a duty to hold those accountable for the injuries and damages they have caused, whether it is emotional, financial, or physical injuries.
  • Communication: We recognize that each client is important and that the outcome of their cases seriously affects their futures. For that reason, we believe in maintaining open lines of communication with our clients, by being prepared, accessible, responsive, and technologically sophisticated.
  • Respect: We are satisfied with nothing less than the very best in everything we do. We treat clients, opposing counsel, Court staff, and the Court as we would like to be treated ourselves.

We recognize that each client is important and that the outcome of their cases seriously affects their futures. We are dedicated to obtaining justice from the parties responsible for your losses and protecting you and your emotional well-being during stressful times.

We understand that every case will be different, but we still approach each case with the same dedication and skills, helping our clients reach the best result possible given the unique facts of their situation. For that reason, we believe in being prepared, advocating zealously, and maintaining close relationships with our clients throughout the process.

Much of our personal satisfaction comes from earning the trust and confidence of our clients; the value in treating every person with the dignity and respect they deserve; and, the good coming from the financial security we recover for our clients and their families. At Trauma Lawyers, we base our commitment to client service by developing an intimate knowledge of each client’s needs and objectives.

Our clients’ success determines our success. That is why we collaborate closely with our clients and work diligently and efficiently to help them achieve their goals. This philosophy guides how we work with clients and, we believe, is the reason our firm has grown and prospered for over 50 years.

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Katherine A. Cárdenas

Ms. Cárdenas has more than 20 years of experience representing adults and minors who have suffered debilitating injuries in every area of personal injury. Ms. Cárdenas is a member of the highly esteemed Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum due to her repeated success in winning multi-million dollar settlements for her clients. And in 2012 was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. She prides herself on tenaciously representing her clients from day one to the very end.

She is an Indiana University graduate and obtained her law degree from Loyola University School of Law Chicago. Ms. Cárdenas has tried numerous cases in Cook County, Will County, and Lake County, Illinois. She has represented clients in Federal Court and has argued before the Supreme Court of Illinois. Ms. Cárdenas is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.


Nick Loizzi

After earning his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, Nick studied law at the John Marshall Law School. “I learned to love the law. In my mind the law is at the forefront of the movement to preserve people’s rights.  If not for the law, big business, individually and through its billion dollar insurance companies would trample the average citizen. The law levels the playing field.  In a courtroom, no one party is mightier than the other. A jury of our peers listens to the facts and assigns responsibility. You can’t get that anywhere else in the world. We are the only nation that allows jury trials for people who have been injured as a consequence of another’s negligence.”

“I keep in contact with all my clients, whether it’s a quarterly newsletter or a Christmas card. Clients always know where I am, what I am doing and where to contact me.  I have maintained relationships with clients since 1996, when I first opened my firm.”



Shauna Reitz

Shauna grew up in St. Louis and attended undergraduate and law school at Valparaiso University in Indiana. After graduation she practiced in litigation for over 13 years and became a partner in charge of a litigation team trying over 40 jury cases to verdict. Her primary responsibility was defending civil lawsuits on behalf of insurance companies.

She joined the Loizzi Law Offices in 2002 to focus on plaintiff’s cases. Her extensive background on the “other side” of the lawsuit has given her insights into navigating the process. “Generating a good offense by knowing which defense to anticipate is key.”


Marisa Brunetti

Marisa Kay joined Loizzi Law Offices in 2017 and practices in all areas of personal injury, including cases arising from medical malpractice, automobile collisions and premise liability.

Marisa was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and has always wanted to be an attorney. “I’ve always wanted to build relationships and help people. Especially during difficult times in their life.” Marisa received undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from Loyola University in Chicago.

Marisa graduated Cum Laude from John Marshall Law School. Marisa served as Legal Writing teaching assistant and as staff editor of the John Marshall Law Review. Marisa also authored an article published in the Law Review entitled “Reviving the Fourth Amendment: Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in a Cell Phone Age.”





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