Yao Dinizulu - Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
221 N. LaSalle, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd.
University of Illinois
1994 - 1997
Areas of Practice:
Serious Injury/Tort Litigation, Nursing Home Negligence, and Commercial Litigation
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1997
B.S., Florida A&M University, Magna cum Laude, 1994
Supreme Court of Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2007 Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Under 40”
Board of Directors, United Fire Protection Partners, LLC
Hearing Board Member, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Member, American Bar Association
Member, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division
Member, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section
Member, Law Practice Management Section
Member, Young Lawyers Division
Member, Cook County Bar Association
Former Vice-Chair, Judicial Evaluations Committee
Co-Chair, Tort Litigation Committee
Former Member, YLS Committee
Member, Chicago Bar Association
Member, Section on Tort Litigation
Member, Minorities in the Profession
Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Civil Practice & Rules Committee
Member, Civil Rights & Criminal Law Committee
Member, Illinois State Bar Association
Past President, Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, Chicago Chapter
Past Midwest Regional Officer, Florida A&M University National Alumni Association
Midwest Regional Vice President, Florida A&M University National Alumni Association
Board of Directors, Bethel New Life, Former Member
Universal Fire Protection, Board of Directors
Former Community Representative, Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet Math & Science Academy, Local School Council Member
Former Member Representative, HBCU College Consortium
Honored Member, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2003-2004 edition
Panelist, Exhale Talk Show
Volunteer, Obama for Illinois
Citizens for a New Horizon, Board Member Former Member
Representative Verdicts & Settlements
Doe(s) v. Municipality Case Sealed
Settlement $3,000,000.00 Child Sexual Abuse
Marshay Johnson v. Advocate Health & Hospitals Corp. Case No. 06 l 1924
Settlement $2,350,000.00 Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death
Lynnette Williams v. Bodine Electric Co. Case No. 02 L 008231
Verdict $1,779,349.00 – Wrongful Termination
Eugene Taylor et al v. Total Facility Maintenance Inc. Case No.05 L 4681
Settlement $1,000,000.00 – Premises Liability
The Estate of Doe v. ABC Agency Case No. 02 L 003106
Partial Settlement Trial Pending $725,000.00 -- Wrongful Death
The Estate of Williams Wilson v. Wilson Care Inc. Case No. 01 L 001162
Settlement $700,000.00 – Nursing Home Negligence
Patricia Wilson et al. vs. Chicago Housing Authority et al. Case No. 2008 L 000836
Settlement $675,000.00 - Gas Explosion Second Degree Burns
Notable Speeches, Articles & Presentations
The Multi-Level Nursing Home Corporate Structure: Transparency, Accountability and Common Sense. Yao O. Dinizulu, Esq., and Jennifer Matta, Esq. 2009
The Role of the ARDC Hearing Officer, John Marshall Law School
Protecting Your Loved Ones in Nursing Homes, ABJ Services August 19, 2006
Introduction to Nursing Home Abuse, Cook County Bar Association, April 24, 2007
Additionally, Mr. Dinizulu often appears at Chicago-area schools as a motivational speaker.
Mr. Dinizulu was born in Washington D.C., and after graduating from high school in Queens, New York, Mr. Dinizulu attended Florida A& M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he graduated magna cum laude. While at Florida A&M University, Mr. Dinizulu was a member of Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities; the National Dean’s List, the Golden Key National Honor Society, Founder of the Collegiate Democratic Caucus of Florida, Student Government Association Student Senate, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, and campus spokesperson for the Television and Radio broadcast of the NAACP Speaks.
After graduating from Florida A&M University, Mr. Dinizulu attended the University of Illinois College of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1997. While at the University of Illinois, Mr. Dinizulu served on the University of Illinois Student Bar Association and the Executive Board for the National Black Law Student Association. During his tenure at the College of Law, Mr. Dinizulu was awarded the prestigious James Benton Parsons Scholarship from the Just Beginning Foundation and the National Bar Association’s Judicial Council for Public Service and Academic Achievement.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Dinizulu began his professional career, handling multi-billion dollar complex tax restructurings, with Price Waterhouse, LLP which later merged with Coopers & Lybrand to become PricewaterhouseCoopers.
In May 2000, Mr. Dinizulu, acting as a founding partner, formed Harris, Mitchell & Dinizulu, LLC. In January 2008, Mr. Dinizulu formed the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd., focusing the practice primarily on injury/tort litigation and commercial litigation. He has also been recognized both locally and nationally, for work relating to advancing civil rights causes and championing social issues. With a concentration in litigation, Mr. Dinizulu is an innovator, always seeking to use cutting-edge technology in his practice to ensure that he achieves the greatest results for his clients. Mr. Dinizulu has represented a diverse client base not limited to: wards of the state of Illinois, physicians and lawyers, to business owners and condominium associations. Mr. Dinizulu has also represented individuals and corporations in many tort actions ranging from sodomy and trucking/motor vehicle accidents, to wrongful deaths and nursing home negligence. Although the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd. serves clients located primarily within the Cook and neighboring counties, Mr. Dinizulu operates a regional practice. As an attorney, Mr. Dinizulu’s motto is to, “never let an opponent out work me.”
Demonstrating his compassion for his community, Mr. Dinizulu is actively engaged in numerous community activities involving civic and faith-based organizations. In addition, Mr. Dinizulu frequently makes several public appearances to address issues specifically affecting the African American community.
Mr. Dinizulu enjoys traveling, the theatre, fine dining and spending time with his loved ones.
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