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Jonel Metaj


Jonel Metaj was born in Albania and moved with his parents to Chicago when he was nine years old. He watched his dad struggle to keep the family afloat while recovering from work injuries, unaware of his legal rights. Driven by this experience, Jonel decided to pursue a career in workers’ compensation law.

Before beginning law school, Jonel worked closely with clients on the Burr Oak Cemetery desecration case, a class action civil case involving hundreds of claimants. From this experience, Jonel developed his ability to listen, communicate, and respect each person regardless of the value of the claim. Working full-time, Jonel attended and graduated from DePaul Law School in 2015. He earned CALI awards (highest grade in his class) for Litigation Strategy: Civil, Negotiations, and Fact Investigations. Jonel stays abreast of new developments in Workers’ Compensation as he participates in the American Bar Association and Workers’ Compensation Lawyers’ Association.

Jonel loves to travel and often explores Europe during visits to his home town. He is fluent in Albanian, Greek, and French. When not working or traveling, you might find Jonel cheering for his favorite baseball, football, or hockey team or spending time with his wife.

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Illinois State Bar


  • B.S. in Psychology at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2011
  • DePaul Law School, 2015


  • Undergrad: Deans List 7/8 Semesters
  • Law: Deans list S'12 S'14 F'14 CALI Awards: Negotiations; Litigation Strategy, Civil; Fact Investigations

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer's Association


  • English
  • Albanian
  • Greek
  • French