Local attorney Bryan L. Shell was recently recognized by his peers and named a “Rising Star” attorney by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine, a designation limited to less than 2.5 percent of lawyers under 40 years of age in the state of Illinois.
Shell is an associate with Block, Klukas & Manzella in Joliet. He practices in Cook, Dupage, Grundy, La Salle and Will counties.
He focuses on workers’ compensation and personal injury cases in the Chicago and Joliet areas of Illinois, representing plaintiffs in resolving permanent total disability and wage discrimination issues through litigation, mediation, arbitration and alternative resolution techniques.
Shell is a certified mediation specialist who has been published in several mediation journals. He earned his mediation certification at Hamline School of Law, which is ranked among the top five mediation programs in the country.
As an associate member of the firm, Shell has brought several cases to arbitration. One of his cases resulted in an award to the plaintiff of more than $250,000 due to the finding of permanent and total disability stemming from aggravation of an underlying condition.
During his earlier work with the Minnesota Innocence Project, which protects the rights of people who have been wrongfully imprisoned, Shell was able to secure new evidence that allowed a prisoner who had been facing a life sentence to appeal his case.
Shell has been a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Will County Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the American Bar Association. In 2008, he graduated from Hamline University School of Law, where he was on the dean’s list. He was also captain of his regional team during the American Mock Trial Association’s prestigious Mock Trial National Championship Tournament.
Shell will appear in the February 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers magazine.
He resides in Morris with his lovely wife and two beautiful daughters, Macy and Madelyn.