Professional Memberships and Associations
American Association For Justice
The mission of the American Association for Justice is to promote a fair and effective justice system - and to support the work of attorneys in their efforts to ensure that any person who is injured by the misconduct or negligence of others can obtain justice in America's courtrooms, even when taking on the most powerful interests. Our partners have all been active members of AAJ and many of its committees and sections.
Illinois Super Lawyers
Our attorneys have been consistently recognized by this organization and selected as Illinois Super Lawyers year after year.
"These are the finest attorneys in Illinois as selected by their peers. Based upon ethics, experience and reputation, these lawyers represent the top 5% of their profession."
The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers
In 2014, attorney Scott Lane was invited to join this prestigious organization. The National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 is an invitation-only institution made up of the best trial attorneys from each state. Nominated by their peers, this group of top lawyers demonstrate an exceptional level of experience, leadership, skill, reputation, influence, and success.
The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
NAOPIA is an organization that helps those looking for a lawyer by naming the top attorneys in each state. Annually, NAOPIA selects less than 1% of attorneys as their Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys and Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys Under 40 on a state-by-state basis. Their selection process begins through peer recommendation and each nominee is closely evaluated and finally selected by their Board of Governors.
Attorney Ray Steadmon was selected as a Top 10 Attorney Under 40 in Illinois.
Illinois State Bar Association
Our attorneys are all active members and leaders of the Illinois State Bar Association. Fred Lane served as President of the ISBA and founded Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute. Stephen I. Lane served for many years as a member of the ISBA Board of Governors as well as many other committees. Scott Lane has served for many years on various ISBA Committees including several which involve tort litigation and civil practice. Fred, Stephen and Scott Lane have all served as members of the ISBA Assembly, the Association's highest elected governing body.
Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association is the premier legal association in the state. As a voluntary organization, the Association's primary focus is to help Illinois lawyers practice more effectively and efficiently by providing time and money-saving services.
The ISBA also engages in many important activities on behalf of the profession - among them proposing and shaping legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts and the rule of law.
International Society of Primerus Law Firms
We have been recognized as leaders as a law firm in a very unique way: membership in the Primerus organization. Primerus is an elite international group of law firms, which the Wall Street Journal has described as offering "consumers a way to pick the good from the bad by establishing a sort of 'Good Housekeeping' seal of approval for attorneys."
The International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Primerus) is a society of top-rated, independent, boutique law firms that have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality. As one of the most respected law firm societies, Primerus has become the size of some of the world’s largest law firms. With thousands of lawyers in the society, Primerus members, collectively, offer clients a breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage. Law firms in the U.S. and Canada must be AV-rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service. Additionally, once approved for membership, every Primerus firm is audited, annually, to ensure that the legal services they continue to provide to clients are of a consistent, high quality, year after year. Each member is committed to the following standards: Integrity, Excellent Work Product, Reasonable Fees, Continuing Legal Education, Civility and Community Service.
We are the only plaintiffs' personal injury law firm in Chicago and the entire state of Illinois to be included in this prestigious group. And there are only 39 personal injury law firms in the United States that has been honored with membership in Primerus. Stephen I. Lane served as Vice-Chair of the Plaintiff and Consumer Division of Primerus and was elevated to Chair in October 2010. Learn more about Primerus here.
Martindale-Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers™
LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings, has published a list of local Martindale-
Hubbell Top Rated Lawyers who have achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Our attorneys are all active members and have been leaders of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, a statewide organization whose members specialize in representing injured consumers and workers. Founded in 1952, the organization currently has over 2,000 members. Fred Lane has served as President of ITLA, and our partners have been active on several of its committees. The objectives of ITLA are to:
- Strive to achieve and maintain high standards of professional ethics, competency and demeanor in the bench and bar;
- Uphold the Constitution of the United States of America and the State of Illinois;
- Secure and protect the rights of those injured in their persons or civil rights;
- Defend trial by jury and the adversarial system of justice;
- Promote fair, prompt and efficient administration of justice;
- Educate and train in the art of advocacy.
Chicago Bar Association
Founded in 1874, The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association's voluntary membership of 22,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois. Our attorneys are all members of the Chicago Bar Association.