Since joining the firm in 2000, Joseph Balesteri’s efforts have resulted in over $500 Million Dollars of recovery – an average of approximately $30 Million per year – and many of these results are among the highest compensation in Illinois history for injuries in medical negligence matters by amount and by injury type.
Prior to joining our firm, Joe worked as a defense lawyer with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson within the medical malpractice/professional liability department. During that time, Joe primarily represented doctors, nurses and hospitals.
Working on the defense side has given Joe a unique perspective and a competitive advantage in his representation of injured plaintiffs. Understanding how the other side thinks, and anticipating the other side’s moves, has enabled his clients to achieve significant results.
In 2004, Joe was selected as a “Leading Lawyer” in Personal Injury Law at the age of 34. In 2008, Joe was featured in Chicago Lawyer Magazine following a survey of judges, veteran trial lawyers, and law firm partners as a rising star of the trial bar at the age of 37.
In 2010, Joe was selected as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the The National Trial Lawyers at the age of 40. In 2014, Joe was elected President of the Society of Trial Lawyers at the age of 44.
In 2015 and again in 2017, Joe was appointed to the Supreme Court of Illinois’ Committee on Equality, which has been charged with promoting “equality and fairness in all aspects of the administration of justice and facilitate a high level of trust and public confidence in the courts, judicial officers, and the entire judicial system.”