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Howard Ankin


  • Built one of the largest injury firms in Illinois.
  • Recovered hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts.
  • Is a proven leader in the courtroom and the community.


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A third-generation lawyer, Howard Ankin has known many of his clients since he was a child. They descend from family members, friends and co-workers of his father and grandfather; many recall him as a young boy accompanying his father to court on school breaks. Deep passions for justice and the law are not just part of Howard’s professional life, they have been engrained in who he is since he was born.

Today, Howard owns Ankin Law Office LLC – which has flourished since it was founded in March of 1997 – alongside his father and partner, Paul B. Ankin. With extensive experience practicing personal injury, workers’ compensation, trucking litigation, wrongful death, social security disability, criminal and civil litigation, Howard has devoted his professional life to seeking justice on behalf of his clients and perpetuating the tradition of the Ankin family providing superior legal support for all of its clients.

By his third year of practice, Howard recovered $1,000,000.00 for his client in Latta vs. Village Green Associates. Today, he has countless victories to his credit. But Howard’s greatest professional accomplishment continues to be the stability and hope he brings his clients by securing their livelihood through legal victories.

Howard Ankin prides himself in representing his clients as their friend and attorney, providing quality referrals for legal matters outside of his practice areas. His investment in the Ankin Law Office LLC is evidenced every day as families throughout the Chicago area and Illinois return to the firm for legal guidance at all stages of their lives.

  • American Association of Justice Certificate of Recognition, 2019
  • AAJ Certificate of Recognition, 2019
  • American Association for Justice, Certificate of Recognition, 2018
  • John Marshall Law School Presidential Service Award, 2017
  • Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus, Award of Gratitude, 2009
  • Apostle Florida Jackson Church, Outstanding Service Award, 2005
  • Super Lawyers magazine, Super Lawyer, 2015-2019
  • Leading Lawyers magazine, Leading Lawyer, 2015-2019
  • Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys, 2015
  • Another Chance Baptist Award, Service Award, 2014
  • Bishop Paul Hall Community Center, Alberta Hall Humanitarian Award, 2013
  • Chicago Teamsters Black Caucus Award of Gratitude, 2012
  • Trial Lawyers Board or Regents Top Litigator – Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury
  • Work Injury Lawyers’ Guild, One of the nation’s top injury attorneys
  • Evangelistic Outreach Deliverance Ministry, Apostle Jackson Outstanding Service Award
  • Teamsters National Black Causcus, Chicago chapter, Commitment and Support Award
  • Board of Directors, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Board of Governors, Governor At Large, American Association of Justice
  • PAC, Eagle Level, American Association of Justice
  • Leaders Forum, American Association of Justice
  • National Finance Council Board, American Association of Justice
  • Gold Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Work Injury Lawyers Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA)
  • Work Injury Lawyers Guild (WILG), Board of Directors
  • Illinois State Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section Counsel, 2017 and 2018, 2019
  • Board of Managers, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Co-President of the Worker’s Compensation Section, 2017 and 2018, 2019
  • President of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association 2018
  • John Marshall Law School Trustee Nominating Committee, 2018
  • UIC and JMLS Working Team for Alumni Development and Integration, 2018
  • John Marshall Law School Freedom Award Event Organizer and Sponsor 2018, 2019
  • Work Injury Lawyers Guild, Board member, 2008
  • Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Friend of Labor and Labor Locals
  • John Marshall Law School Alumni Board
  • Illinois State Bar Association Allerton Conference
  • Standard Club of Chicago
  • American Bar Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Association
  • Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, Board of Directors, 2009-Current
  • Conducted Seminar at Chicago Legal Volunteer Services (CVLS), “What is Workers’ Compensation?”, May 16, 2019
  • Speaker, LitiQuest X 2019, May 7, 2019
  • Spoke, at Allerton Conference 2019 on “Considerations for effective changes to the Code, Supreme Court Rules and Rules of Evidence”, May 2-4, 2019
  • Participated in John Marshall Law School panel “How to be a Successful Summer Law Clerk”, Spring of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
  • Illinois State Bar Association Spring Seminar, Jurisdiction and Credits, Chicago 2/18/19
  • John Marshall Law School Commencement Speaker 5/20/18 and 12/16/18
  • John Marshall Law School New Student Orientation Speaker, 4/26/17 and 8/14/18
  • Illinois Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Association Seminar, Settlement Contracts, Oakbrook 11/2/18
  • Illinois State Bar Association Fall Seminar, Maintenance vs. TTD and Vocational Rehabilitation, Chicago 10/8/18
  • John Marshall Law School New Student Orientation Speaker, 4/26/17 and 8/14/18
  • Illinois Chiropractors Association Seminar: Treating Workers Compensation Patients, 4/14/18
  • Illinois State Bar Association Spring Seminar, Update and Review of Current Case Law, Chicago 2/19/18
  • llinois Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Association Seminar, Pitfalls of Medical Bills, Oakbrook 11/3/17
  • Workers Compensation Lawyers Association, What You Need to Understand About the Cornbelt Case, 7/12/16
  • Sterling Education Seminars, Fundamentals Of Worker’s Compensation, Naperville 7/7/16
  • ATI Physical Therapy, Role Playing Direct and Cross Examination of Therapist, Bolingbrook Corporate Campus, 7/15
  • Sterling Education Services, Worker’s Compensation Law and Practice, Naperville 6/3/14
  • Athletico Physical Therapist Seminar, Injury Lawyer’s Perspective, Hamburger University Oakbrook, 1/11/13
  • Northwest County Bar Association, What You Need to Know about 2011 Law Changes, 3/1/12
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Overview of the Work Comp Process, 3/31/10
  • ATI Physical Therapy, Injury Lawyer’s Perspective, Bolingbrook Corporate, 2/25/10
  • B.A., College of Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1990
  • J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1993
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois