Theodore Arthur Woerthwein is a highly experienced attorney and partner at the law firm Woerthwein & Miller located in Chicago, Illinois. He focuses on practice areas such as personal injury, wrongful death, birth injury, medical practice, and foreclosure.
In his 47 years of legal career, he has brought as well as won cases involving infringements of constitutional rights, serious personal injury and medical malpractice, employment discrimination, and violations of civil rights.
The Government of the Republic of Indonesia granted him the Community Appreciation Award in 1999. He serves as the Board of Director of the Council for Disability and a member of the Federal Trial Bar as well as the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys, for many years.
He holds the license to practice law in the state of Illinois since 1971 including admission to the United States Supreme Court, the Northern District Court of Illinois, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of Illinois.
In one of his noteworthy cases, he assisted the family of Rhoni Reuter, the pregnant girlfriend of former Chicago Bear Shaun Gayle, who was killed by Marni Yang in 2007. Yang got convicted and received two life sentences in prison for the same.
Attorney Woerthwein brought a civil case against Marni Yang, and a Cook County jury awarded $40,000,000.00 to the family. This award was the second-largest verdict in 2011.
He also represents plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of commercial cases. He represents many mid-sized companies, including their owners and employees. He fights for the rights of shareholders and individual corporate directors when the government or others sue them.
He filed a class action suit against the City of Chicago when it failed to properly install and maintain curb ramps that people with limited mobility use when crossing streets. It is a violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.
The lawsuit resulted in the city entering into a consent order that forced the City to install and repair ramps whenever it repaired streets. The city also had to spend $10,000,000.00 a year for five years to bring the City’s curb ramps into compliance with federal law.
Before becoming the partner of the law firm Woerthwein & Miller in 1983, he served as a Litigation Counsel at the Quaker Oats Company since 1975. He was Felony Trial Attorney at the Illinois Cook County from 1971 to 1975, and on Active Duty in the United States Army during 1965 – 1968.
Theodore Arthur Woerthwein obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the Ripon College in Ripon, Wisconsin and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan in the years 1965 and 1970 respectively.
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