Howard H. Ankin

Ankin Law
Ankin Law
10 N Dearborn St #500, Chicago, IL 60602 United States


Built one of the largest injury firms in Illinois.

Recovered hundreds of millions in settlements and verdicts.

Is a proven leader in the courtroom and the community.

A third-generation lawyer, Howard Ankin has known many of his clients since he was a child. They descend from family members, friends and co-workers of his father and grandfather; many recall him as a young boy accompanying his father to court on school breaks. Deep passions for justice and the law are not just part of Howard’s professional life, they have been engrained in who he is since he was born.

Today, Howard owns Ankin Law – which has flourished since it was founded in March of 1997 – alongside his father and partner, Paul B. Ankin. With extensive experience practicing personal injury, workers’ compensation, trucking litigation, wrongful death, social security disability, criminal and civil litigation, Howard has devoted his professional life to seeking justice on behalf of his clients and perpetuating the tradition of the Ankin family providing superior legal support for all of its clients.

By his third year of practice, Howard recovered $1,000,000.00 for his client in Latta vs. Village Green Associates. Today, he has countless victories to his credit. But Howard’s greatest professional accomplishment continues to be the stability and hope he brings his clients by securing their livelihood through legal victories.

Howard Ankin prides himself in representing his clients as their friend and attorney, providing quality referrals for legal matters outside of his practice areas. His investment in the Ankin Law Office LLC is evidenced every day as families throughout the Chicago area and Illinois return to the firm for legal guidance at all stages of their lives.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury

Workers’ Compensation

Mass Torts & Class Action

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Achievements, Awards & Recognitions

American Association of Justice Certificate of Recognition, 2019

AAJ Certificate of Recognition, 2019

American Association for Justice, Certificate of Recognition, 2018

John Marshall Law School Presidential Service Award, 2017

Chicago Teamsters Hispanic Caucus, Award of Gratitude, 2009

Apostle Florida Jackson Church, Outstanding Service Award, 2005

Super Lawyers magazine, Super Lawyer, 2015-2019

Leading Lawyers magazine, Leading Lawyer, 2015-2019

Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Top 100 Injured Workers’ Attorneys, 2015

Another Chance Baptist Award, Service Award, 2014

Bishop Paul Hall Community Center, Alberta Hall Humanitarian Award, 2013

Chicago Teamsters Black Caucus Award of Gratitude, 2012

Trial Lawyers Board or Regents Top Litigator – Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury

Work Injury Lawyers’ Guild, One of the nation’s top injury attorneys

Evangelistic Outreach Deliverance Ministry, Apostle Jackson Outstanding Service Award

Teamsters National Black Causcus, Chicago chapter, Commitment and Support Award

Associations & Affiliations

Board of Directors, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services

Board of Governors, Governor At Large, American Association of Justice

PAC, Eagle Level, American Association of Justice

Leaders Forum, American Association of Justice

National Finance Council Board, American Association of Justice

Gold Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Illinois State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Chicago Bar Association

Work Injury Lawyers Association

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA)

Work Injury Lawyers Guild (WILG), Board of Directors

Illinois State Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section Counsel, 2017 and 2018, 2019

Board of Managers, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Co-President of the Worker’s Compensation Section, 2017 and 2018, 2019

President of the John Marshall Law School Alumni Association 2018

John Marshall Law School Trustee Nominating Committee, 2018

UIC and JMLS Working Team for Alumni Development and Integration, 2018

John Marshall Law School Freedom Award Event Organizer and Sponsor 2018, 2019

Work Injury Lawyers Guild, Board member, 2008

Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Friend of Labor and Labor Locals

John Marshall Law School Alumni Board

Illinois State Bar Association Allerton Conference

Standard Club of Chicago

American Bar Association

Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Association

Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group, Board of Directors, 2009-Current


Conducted Seminar at Chicago Legal Volunteer Services (CVLS), “What is Workers’ Compensation?”, May 16, 2019

Speaker, LitiQuest X 2019, May 7, 2019

Spoke, at Allerton Conference 2019 on “Considerations for effective changes to the Code, Supreme Court Rules and Rules of Evidence”, May 2-4, 2019

Participated in John Marshall Law School panel “How to be a Successful Summer Law Clerk”, Spring of 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019

Illinois State Bar Association Spring Seminar, Jurisdiction and Credits, Chicago 2/18/19

John Marshall Law School Commencement Speaker 5/20/18 and 12/16/18

John Marshall Law School New Student Orientation Speaker, 4/26/17 and 8/14/18

Illinois Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Association Seminar, Settlement Contracts, Oakbrook 11/2/18

Illinois State Bar Association Fall Seminar, Maintenance vs. TTD and Vocational Rehabilitation, Chicago 10/8/18

John Marshall Law School New Student Orientation Speaker, 4/26/17 and 8/14/18

Illinois Chiropractors Association Seminar: Treating Workers Compensation Patients, 4/14/18

Illinois State Bar Association Spring Seminar, Update and Review of Current Case Law, Chicago 2/19/18

llinois Worker’s Compensation Lawyer’s Association Seminar, Pitfalls of Medical Bills, Oakbrook 11/3/17

Workers Compensation Lawyers Association, What You Need to Understand About the Cornbelt Case, 7/12/16

Sterling Education Seminars, Fundamentals Of Worker’s Compensation, Naperville 7/7/16

ATI Physical Therapy, Role Playing Direct and Cross Examination of Therapist, Bolingbrook Corporate Campus, 7/15

Sterling Education Services, Worker’s Compensation Law and Practice, Naperville 6/3/14

Athletico Physical Therapist Seminar, Injury Lawyer’s Perspective, Hamburger University Oakbrook, 1/11/13

Northwest County Bar Association, What You Need to Know about 2011 Law Changes, 3/1/12

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Overview of the Work Comp Process, 3/31/10

ATI Physical Therapy, Injury Lawyer’s Perspective, Bolingbrook Corporate, 2/25/10


B.A., College of Communications from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 1990

J.D., John Marshall Law School, 1993

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois State Bar Association

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

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