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Mariam L. Hafezi

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Mariam is an experienced trial attorney who spent her initial years litigating complex medical negligence cases on behalf of injured patients. Her practice now runs the scope of personal injury and wrongful death, including auto accidents, premises liability, construction negligence, products liability, and medical negligence. She has secured tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her clients. Mariam was made a partner in 2019.

Mariam has first-chaired numerous jury trials to verdict in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, and Federal Court in Chicago that demonstrate her commitment to justice for the injured. In November 2022, she secured a record-setting $3.3 million dollar medical malpractice jury verdict involving podiatric negligence. In 2018, she and her partner won a record-setting $15.2 million dollar construction negligence jury verdict in Chicago. She has also secured six-figure soft tissue verdicts for her clients in ultra-conservative DuPage County.

Demonstrative of her commitment to justice, Mariam takes cases to the appellate court. She has successfully briefed, argued, and won appeals in the First and Second Districts, and has argued before the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield.

Mariam has been peer-selected as a SuperLawyers Rising Star every year since 2019, an achievement bestowed on only 5% of attorneys. Mariam is proud to have been awarded the prestigious Northern Illinois University College of Law Young Alum of the Year Award for 2020. This award is bestowed to graduates who have made outstanding achievements early in their careers and for their dedication to the College of Law. She is a proud member of the NIU Law Alumni Council and her son’s Local School Council from the Chicago Public Schools.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2014

Education

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois
    • J.D. magna cum laude - 2010
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Law Review: NIU Law Review, Assistant Editor
  • University of Iowa, B.B.A. 2005
    • Major: Marketing
    • Minor: Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Elite Lawyer, 2020-Present
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2019-Present
  • Top 20 Jury Verdicts, 2018
  • NIU College of Law 2020 Young Alumna of the Year

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)

Languages

  • English
  • Spanish
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