Lawrence Ruder is a highly respected and accomplished personal injury trial lawyer and has been a powerful voice for the injured during his 38-year career. He has helped clients receive tens of millions of dollars, including people suffering serious injuries as well as those experiencing the devastating loss of a loved one. His recent successes include $8.8 million for a landscape laborer who suffered traumatic brain injury after being hit by a school bus, and $6 million for a 26 year-old woman who developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome after being hit by a CTA bus.

Lawrence is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, The Chicago Bar Association, and The Lake County Bar Association where he sits on the Civil Trials & Appeals Committee.

Lawrence is consistently recognized by his peers for his important accomplishments as a trial lawyer. He is a designated “Super Lawyer”, an invited member of the prestigious Society of Trial Lawyers, and has achieved the Illinois Leading Lawyer Network’s designation of “Leading Lawyer”, a distinction reserved for only 5% of the State’s lawyers in any practice area.

Lawrence is rated  “AV Preeminent”by Martindale Hubbell, its highest possible rating in both legal ability and adherence to ethical standards. This is an award given to less than 9 % of all attorneys nationwide. Lawrence has also consistently been included in The National Trial Lawyers list of Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Illinois.

Additionally, Lawrence’s closing arguments have been published in teaching textbooks used by other trial lawyers, and he’s had numerous peer-reviewed articles published by the prestigious Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Most importantly, Lawrence has proven to be extremely committed to serving the underprivileged and immigrant communities throughout Chicagoland. His work on behalf of those who need his skills most has driven his sense of service and justice throughout his career. He has proudly sponsored the Ruder Scholarship for Hispanic Law Students, and has humbly provided pro bono legal counsel and assistance for families at the Most Blessed Trinity Parish in Waukegan and at the St. Gall Parish in Chicago.


$8.8 Million

Landscape laborer suffered a traumatic brain injury when hit by school bus after dropping his 2 children at their elementary school.

$6 Million

Paid by the CTA when its bus ran over a 26 year old woman walking home from work on Michigan Avenue. She suffered severe injuries to her feet and developed complex regional pain syndrome. (Illinois Record for this type of injury)

$5 Million (Gross Jury Verdict):

28 year old woman struck and killed by a speeding semi-tractor trailer on the tollway near Porter County, Indiana.

``Mr. Ruder I would have to say is my family's angel, because he was the initial person who helped me with my husbands motorcycle accident. He not only was our lawyer but he quickly became a part of our family. He always communicated with me and updated me every step of the way. I would highly recommend him...`` - Jane K.

``After my husband suddenly passed away from a work related accident Mr. Ruder handled the third party portion of the case and successfully mediated a settlement for me. It was a very challenging case, with several roadblocks that came up along the way. Larry always put my mind at ease when I needed to have a compassionate and understanding attorney navigate me through the process, I’m very grateful he was the attorney handling my case.`` - Heather P.


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