It seems like yesterday when I was driving every weekend from Chicago to Lansing to attend law school. Ten years ago? Where have the years gone? It wasn’t as bad as I thought though. Actually, the hour lost was the biggest issue. But weekend law school was a tremendous convenience, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
During law school, it didn’t take me long to figure out that I wanted to set up shop on my own. Thus, right after law school, I started a boutique law firm focusing on personal injury matters. It’s what I knew. It’s what I was taught as a teenager working at a firm. And I enjoyed it. I live by the saying, “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it”.
Throughout the years, I have never forgotten that Cooley gave me such an opportunity. I also made many friends. As a way to stay in touch with my law school, and as a form of thanks, I sponsor, or am involved in, as many events as possible.
One such event was a swearing in alumni event before the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court in the United States. What an amazing experience!
Whether it’s working on a small matter, or a wrongful death, I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given at Cooley Law School. Without that opportunity, and not to sound cliché, but I wouldn’t be where I’m today – closing out high profile injury and wrongful death cases and helping individuals and their families through their tough times.
What keeps me going? I have a wonderful and patient wife, Ramina; a son, Solon, who is 18 months old (who might as well be my twin!); and our newest addition, daughter, Antonia, who now gets to take on brother, Solon, to compete for mom and dad’s attention!
It gives me great joy to say that every day is Father’s Day for me. And, as always, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
The author, Tony S. Kalogerakos is a 2005 WMU-Cooley Law School graduate and the lead and principal attorney at Injury Lawyers of Illinois. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star Attorney in Illinois for Personal Injury and the National Trial Lawyers Association as a Top 40 under 40 for Personal Injury. He is also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which recognizes top trial attorneys obtaining amounts in excess of $1 million. As the 2014 Super Lawyers article states, Tony “has already established himself as one of the most preeminent personal injury lawyers in the country. He has handled numerous highly publicized catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases.”