CONTACT INFORMATION
(312) 641-1555

PRACTICE FOCUS

Appellate
Construction Litigation
Premises Liability Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Toxic Tort Litigation
Transportation Litigation

EDUCATION

J.D., John Marshall Law School (cum laude), 2007; Member, The John Marshall Law Review; Order of John Marshall; Fred F. Herzog Academic Scholarship; Edward D. Rosenberg Academic Scholarship; Dean’s List
B.A., Marquette University (magna cum laude), 2003

BAR & COURT ADMISSIONS

Illinois
Missouri
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Contact Information

Practice Focus


Appellate
Construction Litigation
Premises Liability Litigation
Product Liability Litigation
Toxic Tort Litigation
Transportation Litigation

Education


J.D., John Marshall Law School (cum laude), 2007; Member, The John Marshall Law Review; Order of John Marshall; Fred F. Herzog Academic Scholarship; Edward D. Rosenberg Academic Scholarship; Dean’s List
B.A., Marquette University (magna cum laude), 2003

Bar & Court Admissions


Illinois
Missouri
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Renee Ziolkowski focuses her practice on defending corporate clients in construction liability, premise liability, product liability and toxic tort actions. She has obtained successful results on behalf of those clients through complex motion practice, arbitrations, mediations and trials.

Recently, Ms. Ziolkowski served as trial counsel in a products liability case wherein a 47-year-old professional mechanic was diagnosed with mesothelioma and requested a $45 million verdict. After four hours of deliberation, a Cook County, IL jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant, a major auto vehicle manufacturer. Prior to that, she obtained a defense verdict in Cook County, Illinois on behalf of a driver that was involved in an automobile accident. The plaintiff, a professional truck driver, claimed that he sustained permanent injuries as a result of the accident, including the need for a future lumbar fusion. The plaintiff requested an award of almost three million dollars; however, the jury awarded less than six thousand dollars.

Ms. Ziolkowski has served as a trial team member representing a major auto manufacturer in toxic tort actions filed in both Illinois and Missouri. In that capacity, she has defended hundreds of product liability and premises liability cases. Ms. Ziolkowski has conducted numerous depositions throughout the country, argued substantive motions and has assisted in preparing and taking matters to trial.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Advocates Society
  • International Association of Defense Counsel

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • Shareholders’ Rights to a Cause of Action Under the Investment Company Act of 1940 Following Exxon Mobil v. Allapattah. 39 J. Marshall L. Rev. 1521