Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered

Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered has been providing legal services to the insurance industry for the past 55 years.  The present partners, associates and staff continue a long tradition of delivering top flight legal representation at a very reasonable cost.  Our primary areas of expertise are the preparation and trial of bodily injury, wrongful death and property damage cases and the analysis, preparation and trial of insurance coverage disputes and oversight of large losses on behalf of excess/umbrella carriers.  We have been, and continue to be, active trial lawyers.  As a result, our opposition respects our willingness to hear the verdict of the jury or judge, thereby assuring our clients the best possible settlement terms should they decide not to seek a judicial determination of a case.

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Michael J. Mullen of Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in law.


CHICAGO, IL, May 22, 2015 /24-7PressRelease/ — Michael J. Mullen of Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in law.

Mr. Mullen has 32 years of experience as an attorney with Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered. There, he focuses his practice on the defense of wrongful death and catastrophic/substantial injury tort cases of all types. Mr. Mullen is first and foremost a trial attorney who over the years has been privileged to try a multitude of cases to favorable jury verdict against many of the premier plaintiff practitioners in the Chicagoland area. In addition to his considerable caseload, Mr. Mullen is tasked with maintaining client relations as well as overseeing the operations of his notable Chicago-based boutique litigation firm.

Mr. Mullen received a JD, with distinction, from the John Marshall School of Law. He was recently inducted into Worldwide Registry and also maintains affiliation with the Illinois State Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Trucking Industry Defense Association. Well recognized within the legal sector as well as the judiciary, Mr. Mullen was profiled on the front page of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin in November 2011, is an AV-Rated Attorney through Martindale-Hubbell, and was rated as a Top Chicago Lawyer in 2013 by the National Law Journal. Recently, Mr. Mullen was defense liaison counsel in the mass tort Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse litigation.

When he is not working, Mr. Mullen enjoys fishing, golfing and reading. In the years to come, he plans to continue his trial work at the behest of major insurance carriers and self-insured corporate entities.

Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered has been in business for over 55 years. The Firm specializes in the preparation and trial of significant bodily injury, wrongful death, and property damage litigated cases. For more information, please visit Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered.

Mike Mullen Honored by the National Bar Journal.


As seen in the National Bar Journal, Mike Mullen has been voted by his peers a Top Chicago Lawyer for 2013 based on his excellence and achievement in the legal community.

Jane Doe v. Robert Nikrandt & Daughters Trucking Company et. al. Kane County Trial: July, 2013


Mike Mullen & Dan Donnelly represented Defendants Robert Nikrandt & Daughters Trucking Company and its driver in this truck versus pedestrian accident which occurred on or about Route 64 in the vicinity of Anderson Road in Elburn, Illinois at approximately 9:20 pm on the night of October 16, 2001. The Plaintiff  maintained that as she was walking eastbound alongside the eastbound lane of travel of Route 64, she was struck from behind by the Nikrandt tractor trailer operated by its driver resulting in a serious traumatic brain injury and knee dislocation which led to a knee replacement. She claimed that the residuals of her objectively verified TBI which required extensive in- patient rehabilitation precluded her return to any form of gainful employment.  Her medical expense claim was in the area of $280,000.00 and her lost earnings capacity claim was in the area of $500,000.00

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Mullen brings a common-sense approach to job


Michael J. Mullen talks to Daley Center juries from a podium that he brings to court.

That’s not an unusual practice, but Mullen’s podium could be the only one in the courthouse that features a few drops of paint. It was a gift from one of Mullen’s daughters, who as a child apparently thought it would look better with pastel splashes.

“I cannot try a case without that podium,” Mullen said. “There’s my superstition.”

Mullen’s peers cite his approach from that wooden stand as the reason for his longevity in defending clients in Cook County Circuit Court and other venues. During the last 29 years, defendants hired him to prevent or limit damages in lawsuits brought by some of the city’s most well-known plaintiff lawyers.

Mullen is a shareholder at Kralovec & Marquard Chtd., where he runs…

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Mike Mullen Retained to Represent Defendant in Sugarland Concert State Collapse


Mike Mullen has been retained to represent one of the Defendants involved in the wrongful death and personal injury litigation arising out of the widely publicized Sugarland concert stage collapse which occurred at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011. The litigation is docketed in Marion County, Indiana and involves over sixty Plaintiffs and in excess of twenty Defendants. The collapse resulted in seven deaths and many serious injuries. Mike is a defense liaison counsel in the matter.

Michael Mullen recognized as an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney



See One of Mike Mullen’s Catastrophic Injury Case Trials


Juan Diaz v. Nettleton Specialized Carriers – Cook County, October, 2011
This catastrophic injury case arose out of a multi-vehicle chain collision accident on the eastbound Edens Spur at approximately 12:00 noon on June 13, 2008. A tractor trailer operated by an employee of Defendant Nettleton Specialized Carriers, Inc. struck a line of stopped passenger vehicles while traveling at a very high rate of speed. Plaintiff Juan Diaz was struck from behind and rendered quadriplegic. He was represented in the ensuing personal injury litigation by Joseph A. Power of Power, Rogers & Smith, PC while Defendant Nettleton was represented by Michael J. Mullen of Kralovec & Marquard, Chartered

When trial began on October 3, 2011, Plaintiff’s settlement demand was $51 million, the combined limits of all available insurance coverage. The offer at the start of trial was $15 million. Shortly before the commencement of jury selection, Defendant Nettleton admitted liability, causation and injury permanency contesting only the extent of the damages to which the Plaintiff was entitled. During the three-week trial, the Plaintiff black boarded $3.4 million dollars in past medical expense and $18.6 million (present cash value) in future medical and care costs. Defendant Nettleton conceded the past medical expense, conceded that the Plaintiff was in need of 24/7 skilled nursing care for life due to the permanency of his tracheotomy, but contested the nature, cost and present cash value of his future medical and care needs through the testimony of a spinal cord injury specialist, a life care planner and an economist.

Prior to closing arguments, Defendant Nettleton offered $25 million to settle the matter which induced the Plaintiff to reduce his demand to $48 million. In his closing, Plaintiff Attorney Power requested the return of a verdict in the sum of $102 million. Mike Mullen on behalf of Nettleton, requested the return of a verdict in the $18 to $22 million range. On October 21, 2011, after deliberating some four and a half hours over two days, the jury returned its verdict in the sum of $23 million. All appeals were waived as part of a $51 million – $25 million high-low agreement entered into after the jury was charged and began its deliberations.

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