Karno, Mark L.

Principal of Mark L. Karno & Associates, which concentrates its practice in all aspects of Civil Trial Practice and Appeals in all State and Federal Courts in the Northeastern Illinois geographical area with a focus on catastrophic bodily injury and death claims concentrating in the representation of clients in their Nursing Home Neglect, Motor Vehicle Negligence and Premises Liability claims. The firm also represents clients in their Workers Compensation Act claims and their commercial and residential real estate transactions and associated litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Nursing Home Abuse

Litigation Percentage

  • 95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1984


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1982
  • University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
    • B.S.Fin., Bachelor of Science in Finance - 1979
    • Honors: High Honors

Published Works

  • Statute of Limitations on Injured Minors' Medical Expense Claims, the Solution, 28 Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends 3, July, 1992
  • Written Exculpatory Clauses as a Defense to Tort Claims: A Survey of Illinois Case Law and Pointers to the Practitioner, 28 Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends 4, March, 1993
  • Legal Malpractice Issues Facing the Tort Law Practitioner, 29 Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends 4, April, 1994
  • House Bill 20 Turns the Petrillo Doctrine Upside Down, 30 Illinois State Bar Association Tort Trends 8, June, 1995
  • 30 ISBA Tort Trends 8, June, 1995
  • Section 143a of the Insurance Code: A proposed Amendment, 32 ISBA Tort Trends 1, August, 1996
  • Changes on the Horizon for Trial Lawyers, The Seventh Circuit's Jury Trial Project 42 ISBA Tort Trends No. 3, September, 2006


  • Co-Chair of the 2013 ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council's Allerton House Conference at Starved Rock State Lodge. (April 11-13, 2013) The topic was Adaptations of New Technologies to Civil Case Processes?.
  • Speaker at the April 15, 2011 Seminar Don't Lien on Me: A Comprehensive Overview of Liens speaking on Successfully resolving Medicare Liens against Tort claims
  • Speaker at the November 5, 2010 Seminar Trial Practice from Voir-Dire Through Post Trial sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association lecturing on Closing Arguments
  • Speaker at the November 13, 2009 Seminar Insurance Law Update sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association lecturing on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Claims
  • Speaker at the June 23, 2007 Seminar Uninsured/Underinsured: The Necessary Basics? sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association lecturing on Uninsured Motorist Claims
  • Speaker at the May 10, 2004 Seminar The Anatomy of an Automobile Case? sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association lecturing on issues involving the Bankruptcy of a Party, The Death of a Party and Non-English Speaking Parties
  • Co-coordinator of the June 20, 2003 Seminar Potpourri of Civil Practice, Tort and Insurance Law Seminar sponsored by the ISBA Civil Practice and Procedure, Tort and Insurance Law Section Councils
  • Speaker at the April 5, 2001 Insurance Coverage: An Update Seminar lecturing on The Emerging Tort of Bad Faith
  • Speaker at the May 18, 2000 Seminar An Update for Tort and Insurance Litigators lecturing on Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Arbitrations
  • Speaker at the June 20, 1997 Tort Law Update Seminar at the ISBA Annual Meeting lecturing on Recent cases involving Legal Malpractice
  • Speaker at the November 30, 1995 ISBA Professional Liability Litigation Seminar
  • Speaker at the December 8, 1994 ISBA Third Party Practice Seminar
  • Speaker at the April 30, 1993 ISBA Recreational Law Update Seminar
  • Guest panelist on the ISBA Cable Television Program that dealt with the topic area of automobile accident claims. This was filmed on August 21, 1997.

Honors and Awards

  • AV Peer Rated by Maritndale-Hubbell
  • Selected by peers as a Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016)
  • AVVO Rated 10 out of 10 since 2012
  • Selected to The American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Elite American Lawyers

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association:
    • Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2012 - 2013; and 2014 to Present
    • Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, 2010 - 2014
    • Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council, Member, June 2007-2013; Chair 2011-2012
    • Illinois State Bar Association Insurance Law Section Council, Member, June 1995-June 2004; Chair, 2002-2003
    • Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Section Council, Member, 1989-2015; Co-editor of Tort Trends, the publication of the Tort Law, June 1999-June 2003; Board of Governors Liason June 2015 to present.
    • Illinois State Bar Association Elder Law Section Council-Board of Governors Liason, June 2015 to present
    • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Conduct-Board of Governors liason June 2014 to present
    • Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Military Affiars-Board of Governors liason June 2014-June 2015.
    • Illinois State Bar Association Intellectual Property Section Council-Board of Governors liason June 2014 -June 2015.
    • Illinois State Bar Association's Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations, Member, 1998-2000
  • Illinois Bar Foundation:
    • Board of Directors, 2014 - Present;
    • Co-chair of the 2015 GALA fundraiser;
    • Diamond Fellow
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association For Justice
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Million Dollar Advocates
  • The Decalogue Society of Lawyers
  • Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice Committee, Member, 1992-1999; Chairperson of Division IV and Division I, 1997-1998; Chairperson, 1995-1996
  • Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice Committee, Member, 1993-1999
Law Firm: Mark L. Karno & Associates
Practice Area:
Address: 33 North La Salle Street, Suite 3500
City / State / ZIP: Chicago Illinois 60602
Website: https://www.karnolaw.com
Email: Mark.Karno@Karnolaw.com
Phone: 312-701-0090
ASLA Membership State: Illinois
Law School: Chicago-Kent