Four Decades Of Proven Experience

Recognition Throughout A Distinguished Career

Donald E. Stellato Sr. is one of the top rated civil litigation attorneys in Chicago and Illinois, and he is honored to be recognized by his peers and industry organizations for his work. While he is proud of these accomplishments, the real reward comes from ensuring that clients are fully compensated for their catastrophic injuries.

Since 2012 through 2023 inclusive, he has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, as well as a Leading Lawyer. Both rating services extend this honor to no more than 5% of the lawyers in Illinois and only after extensive research and peer review. The distinction is extended to only those few that have attained “a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.” In 2012, he was further honored by being added to the Blue-Ribbon Lawyers Network Advisory Board to aid in identifying other top lawyers in Illinois.

In addition, Mr. Stellato has been named one of the Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois. As published in Chicago Magazine in 2013, he was selected for professional achievement as one of the elite attorneys in the State of Illinois.

His Martindale-Hubbell rating is the highest available, an “AV Preeminent”* peer-review rating. This is the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards” per Martindale-Hubbell. This “pinnacle of professional excellence” is earned through a strenuous peer-review process administered by this most trusted legal resource. And recently in 2023, Mr. Stellato was honored by the Illinois State Bar Association. It named him a ‘Distinguished Counselor’ for exemplifying the high ideals of the profession of the Bar as an officer of the Courts in the administration of justice throughout his career.

AV Preeminent | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated | Donald E. Stellato | 2011
2013 | As Published In Chicago Magazine | Top 100 Attorneys In Illinois | Donald E. Stellato
Mr. Stellato recognized as a Distinguished Counselor by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)


What The Press Says About Mr. Stellato

Throughout Mr. Stellato’s career, he has been the subject of numerous news articles, including two articles published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. “Stellato: I’m Alive!” and “No Fear At The Daley Center,” focus on his former law firm, Stellato & Schwartz Ltd. and the standards he upholds.

On a personal note, Donald Stellato Sr. was on the board of a charitable foundation devoted to fostering the non-profit community. From 2013 to 2015, he was a Member of the Board of Directors of the First Nonprofit Foundation. Also, in connection with his continuing work and mentoring for his alma mater, the College of Law of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he is a member of the Board of Visitors and the Cribbett Society as well as a lifetime member of the President’s Council of the University of Illinois Foundation. Finally, for additional personal information about him, note Mr. Stellato was the subject of two articles that delve into more personal rather than professional information about him. See “Living on Cloud 9” in the December 2001 issue of North Shore Magazine and “The Great Defenders” in the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of Syd Jerome Magazine. The reader is encouraged to click and review both below.

Putting Experience To Work For Clients

Mr. Stellato’s four decades of experience and knowledge allow him to vigorously represent his clients. If you have been severely injured in an accident, or suffered the wrongful death of a loved one, you need an attorney who will not back down when facing insurance companies and large corporations. Contact Mr. Stellato at 312-909-3280 to discuss the particulars of your case. You may also fill out this email form, which goes directly to Mr. Stellato.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.