I began my practice as a personal injury attorney in 1996 after graduating Indiana University law school. In 22 years of practice I have only represented individuals and their families who have been economically and physically harmed by the negligence of others. In 1988, I was working at a steel company in Macoupin County just out of high school when a defective piece of equipment caught hold of my glove and pulled my left hand into a piece of machinery resulting in serious injuries to my left index and middle finger. My family and I hired a big name law firm out of Belleville, Illinois and after two years of litigation under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act I received a total settlement of only $11,000.00. I decided at that point that I was going to dedicate my career to representing injured victims with highest degree of skill, knowledge and experience as I could give to each individual case. I successfully tried my first jury trial against the Kroger Company just 6 months after being licensed as an attorney. I have successfully brought serious injury and wrongful death cases against large companies such as Daimler Chrysler, General Motors, Ford, Honda, TRW, Inc. and Ingersoll Rand. I have represented clients against federally funded medical clinics, regional hospitals and surgical groups. A dedicated portion of my practice is against interstate and intrastate trucking companies involving large truck v. passenger car traffic crashes. It has now been 30 years since I sat on the other side of the desk from an ineffective attorney and I have not forgotten the disappointment from that relationship and it is my promise that every client will get the very best legal representation and individual attention that each case deserves.
Brian K. Zirkelbach