Romanucci & Blandin Senior Counsel Kolar Named President of Bohemian Lawyer's Association of Chicago

  • Joseph E. Kolar

    Joseph E. Kolar

Updated 6/3/2019 7:25 AM

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, today announced Senior Counsel Joseph E. Kolar has been named President of the Bohemian Lawyer's Association of Chicago, a century-old bar association for attorneys of Czech, Slovak, Silesian and Ruthenian heritage. Kolar was installed as President at the organization's 108th Installation of Officers and Board of Managers event on May 23, 2019 at the Riverside Golf Club.

"I am extremely honored to take on this role and uphold the Association's mission to preserve and promote our shared heritage and our dedication to the practice of law," Kolar said. "I look forward to dedicating my time and energies in the year ahead to further cementing the important role this organization plays in service to our community."


Kolar is a civil trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience in Illinois state and federal courts, focusing his practice in handling serious personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, birth injuries, aviation, train and automobile crashes. Notable verdicts he has obtained has obtained include: a $25 million verdict in a medical negligence trial in Chicago; a $29.8 million award against the United States of America for a child who suffered a brain injury from an unnecessary delay in his delivery; a $19.4 million Cook County settlement for a brain injury to an adult (following a three week medical negligence trial); an $18.6 million Lake County jury verdict for a boy who suffered a brain injury at birth (an Illinois record at the time); and an $11 million federal jury verdict for the death of an 18-year-old in a truck-car crash.

Regularly named an "Illinois Super Lawyer" for plaintiff personal injury, Kolar began his career with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office, handling complex civil matters at the trial and appellate court level as an Assistant State's Attorney before entering private practice.

Kolar is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice, which has recognized him as an "Advocate of Trial Advocacy" by its National College of Advocacy. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association. He has lectured to other lawyers on civil trial matters at seminars sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the McHenry County Bar Association. Kolar is an alum of Illinois State University and graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as an editor of the law review.

Established in 1911, the purpose of the Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago is to promote the due administration of justice, uphold the honor of the legal profession, cultivate relations among its members, and to correlate its activities with other bar associations in the interest of the legal profession and the public as a whole.

About Romanucci & Blandin, LLC

Romanucci & Blandin has been rated as a leading civil trial practice law firm in Chicago concentering in catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, and abuse and sexual misconduct cases. The attorneys at the Chicago law firm represent individuals and their families in catastrophic personal injury matters, wrongful death and workers' compensation cases. The cases that are referred to Romanucci & Blandin involve accidents or injuries which occurred due to negligence and carelessness on the part of individuals, governmental bodies and corporations of all sizes. Since its inception 20 years ago, Romanucci & Blandin has secured more than $500 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients across the country. For more information about Romanucci & Blandin, please visit or call (312) 458-1000.

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