Dolapo Igori

Associate

Dolapo Igori is a passionate Social Security disability attorney who derives purpose from advocating for vulnerable clients in need. Dolapo was born in New York but raised in the south suburbs of Chicago. As a first-generation immigrant and the son of a medical doctor, Dolapo became keenly aware of the issue that individuals with medical issues face in not only working but maintaining a life of dignity. While preparing to enter nursing school and working as a nursing assistant helping patients with mental and physical disabilities, Dolapo recognized that the disabled population is not only in dire need of medical intervention; he realized that this populous is in dire need of legal representation. Upon this realization, Dolapo changed course and received a paralegal certificate from Roosevelt University. Subsequently, Dolapo started working for one of Chicago’s most prominent social security disability firms as an intake paralegal. This experience solidified Dolapo’s interest in becoming a disability attorney.

Dolapo studied law at the University of Illinois at Chicago Law School, graduating cum laude. During his time in law school, Dolapo wrote for an academic journal where his article is set to be published in Spring 2024. Additionally, Dolapo wrote for the law school newspaper called The Decisive Utterance, was a member of the Black Law Student Association, and was a member of the legal fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. Dolapo has also appeared on the Dean’s list every semester of his law school career. During law school, Dolapo externed at the Department of Labor in the Employee Benefits Security Administration and externed as a pro bono federal litigation clinic at UIC Law where he was awarded 7-11 certification to help represent clients in court and wrote appellate briefs advocating for the release of the incarcerated. Lastly, Dolapo worked as a law clerk at a small civil litigation and personal injury law firm where he drafted complaints, research briefs, and discovery.

During the last semester of law school, Dolapo worked as a law clerk under two powerhouse worker’s compensation attorneys at Ankin Law: Scott Goldstein and Josh Rudolfi. Under their tutelage, Dolapo became acquainted with their advocacy styles and the inner workings of worker’s compensation. After his clerkship, Howard Ankin presented Dolapo with the opportunity to join his Social Security disability practice group to advocate for the disabled. Dolapo enthusiastically obliged and clerked for Darrell Johnson, a highly skilled and experienced Social Security disability representative. Under the expertise of Mr. Johnson, Dolapo was reintroduced to the language of Social Security disability law and took the helm of the practice.

Dolapo currently lives in Chicago in the Hyde Park area and has lived in Chicago since 2016. Outside of law, Dolapo enjoys writing, reading, drawing comics, sports, films, and spending time with friends and family.

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