Michael Alkaraki is a trial lawyer at Leahy & Hoste, LLC, where he represents plaintiffs in matters of catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability and wrongful death. He has recovered nearly $50 million in verdicts, arbitration awards and settlements for his clients. Some of his recent results include a $5,900,000 trucking negligence/wrongful death settlement, $3,312,500 settlement for the family of a child who died due to venous lacerations sustained during central line placement for treatment of neuroblastoma, a $2,350,000 premises liability settlement for a 15 year girl who suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury, a $1,875,000 product liability settlement for injuries sustained by a 70 year old woman with ALS due to the failure of a personal motorized lift system, a $1,350,000 medical malpractice settlement for a 15 year old boy who suffered ruptured appendicitis with complications after appendicitis was misdiagnosed as gastroenteritis, and a $975,000 medical malpractice verdict for a 50 year old woman with pre-existing bilateral hearing deficits who sustained total hearing loss in one ear during a foreign body extraction procedure.
Mr. Alkaraki has been published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the Illinois Bar Journal, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Trial Journal and numerous bar association newsletters, is a regular speaker and CLE presenter on topics related to his practice areas and periodically hosts the Chicago Bar Association’s consumer facing “You and the Law” television program. He has been recognized with the Civic Education Award by the Illinois State Bar Association for his dedication to advancing public understanding of the judicial process and role of attorneys in society, as one of “Forty Under 40 Illinois Attorneys to Watch” by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin/Chicago Lawyer Magazine, one of the “Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in Illinois” by the American Society of Legal Advocates, repeatedly selected to the list of Illinois Rising Stars by Super Lawyers®, and repeatedly named as an “Emerging Lawyer” in the field of personal injury by the Leading Lawyers Network of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, an award presented to the top 2% of Illinois lawyers 40 years old or younger or practicing law 10 years or less.
An active member of the organized bar and community, Mr. Alkaraki serves in leadership roles in several bar associations, as a pro bono attorney through the Wills for Heroes Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of Opportunity Knocks, a local not-for-profit entity addressing the needs of the young adult developmentally disabled population. In addition to teaching Legal Writing III, Trial Practice and Professional Identity Formation, Mr. Alkaraki serves Loyola Law as a member of the Dean’s Diversity Council and the Alumni Board of Governors.
JD, Loyola University of Chicago, 2006
BA, Saint Joseph’s College, 2003
Trial Practice I (Intensive)
Professional Identify Formation