Words With Walner

Words With Walner

Chicago's Personal Injury Lawyer, Jon Walner of Walner Law, sits down with legal experts to discuss the latest industry trends and how to find success in one of the most competitive professions.

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February 7, 2024 21 mins

In this special episode of Words With Walner, we discuss fatherhood on community stability. We're privileged to host Joseph Williams, a multifaceted leader (and father of six himself!) whose dedication to empowering fathers and fostering community resilience is truly inspiring. Joseph wears many hats: he's the Founder and Executive Director of Mr. Dad’s Father’s Club, a nonprofit that bridges the gap between fathers and y...

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We have covered every topic imaginable so far with Words With Walner – from where to get the best hotdogs in the city to how to proceed if you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice – but one theme that has shone through time and time again is that with the right lawyers, anything is possible. We hope you enjoy this recap of Words With Walner’s best moments of 2023, and stay tuned for more amazing episodes in the year ahead. We th...

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Tio Hardiman is an incredibly brave leader in the city of Chicago. As Founder and Executive Director of Violence Interrupters, NFP, Tio Hardiman has dedicated his life to helping stop violence in Chicago's struggling communities. A native west sider, Tio knows Chicagoans because he is one. Hear his stories of the work he does, as well has his ideas for how the city can rectify its current problems. You won't want to miss ...

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For this special 18th episode of Words With Walner, we were honored to be joined by Captain A.J. Zimmerman, Corps Officer for the Adele & Robert Stern Red Shield Corps Community Center in Englewood! The primary focus for this episode is providing logistical insights for the Chicago community on how they can access the upcoming turkey giveaway that will be sponsored by Walner Law and hosted by Capt. Zimmerman's Salvation Ar...

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Guest Frank Calabrese is quickly becoming an important figure in the political landscape of Chicago, having worked on campaigns large and small and now providing insight into races across the city. In episode 17, Frank, Steve, and Jon discuss the state of Chicago politics, the importance of building coalitions, the redrawing of districts to achieve political outcomes, and more. The takeaway: politics, poverty, and personal injury l...

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Englewood native and community organizer, Sabrina King, started Love Teaching Youth after gun violence impacted her family. Walner Law has been proud to support Sabrina and her organization in their mission of education and opportunity-creation. Love Teaching Youth connects children from underprivileged backgrounds in Chicago to sports, social events, and other self-esteem building activities. A giver at heart, it was a pleasure to...

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In episode 15, guest Jonathan Merel of the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel returns! This time he and Jon discuss their joint venture of TextLegal, a shortcode-based system for law firms and their clients that skips over the frustrations of conventional email communication. Additionally, Jon and Jonathan discuss use cases of AI in their offices and how to leverage that technology responsibly. You won't want to miss this one!

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For episode fourteen of Words With Walner, we were joined by Jonathan Merel of The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel. As one of the leading family and divorce lawyers in Chicago, Jonathan's insights were extremely informative, entertaining, and thorough. If you like this episode, stay tuned next month for round two of our conversation with Jonathan!

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Are you a gig worker? Contract laborer? No matter what type of work you do, you need to know your rights. Workers’ Compensation is a very complex and layered issue, and navigating it can be tricky for any worker. Laws vary from state to state and district to district, but one thing that doesn’t change is your right to stick up for yourself if you’ve been injured on the job. In episode 13, Chicago’s Personal Injury Lawyer, Jon Walne...

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In this episode of Words With Walner, we take a break from the personal injury law topics and instead give Jon a chance to share his expertise in a different category: all things Chicago. From the best downtown steakhouses and pizza joints to hidden gems in neighborhoods north to south, he dishes on his favorite local eateries that will make your taste buds dance. But it's not all about food; he also shares his favorite places...

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In this episode, Jon and Steve delve into the world of legal marketing and provide valuable insights on how law firms should market themselves to attract more clients. 

The hosts also discuss the challenges of standing out in a crowded marketplace and offer innovative strategies for law firms to differentiate themselves and build a strong brand. From SEO to social media, they cover various aspects of digital marketing and how it can...

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For episode 10 of Words With Walner, Jon and Steve discuss the current state of personal injury law in Illinois. This episode is relevant for everyone - lawyers, legal scholars and the general public included. They touch on everything from what kinds of cases are hitting Jon's desk at Walner Law lately, to the increase in distracted drivers due to rideshare and food delivery apps, to why you need a strong lawyer to fight for y...

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This special episode of Words With Walner features one of Walner's own, Attorney Kristin Kladis, who was recently promoted to Partner at Walner Law. She received this promotion due to her relentless dedication to pursuing justice for our clients. In this episode you will hear about her family's long history with Walner Law, her experience as a woman in the field of Personal Injury Law, and she also provides valuable insig...

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In this insightful episode of Words With Walner, we were again joined by Attorney Aaron Boeder. Jon and Aaron discuss the greed and corruption that is present within the rideshare industry, and what YOU can do to avoid getting taken advantage of if you find yourself in an accident involving these kinds of companies.



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Over 250,000 people lost their lives to medical malpractice in the past year. This episode of Words With Walner features a riveting discussion between two leading lawyers in Chicago on the topic of medical malpractice. Aaron Boeder of Salvi, Schostok and Pritchard shares his expertise on the ins and outs of a very important subtopic within personal injury law. Want to protect you and your loved ones from being victimized by the med...

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Insurance companies are a formidable opponent. Guest Michael Pekin – a longtime friend of Jon Walner – discusses how his company, Cartiga, is helping lawyers and their clients tremendously with their pre-trial funding solutions. Lenders like Cartiga let plaintiffs live their day-to-day lives by giving them money for rent, car payments, etc; meanwhile, the lawyers, like Jon, do the work of winning their cases. This way, clients are ...

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Episode 5 of Words With Walner features one of the top civil rights attorneys in the entire country. Andrew M. Stroth, founder and managing partner of Action Injury Law Group, LLC, sits down with his longtime friend and colleague Jon Walner. They talk about current events in civil rights litigation, some specific cases they have settled, and how personal injury lawyers and civil rights lawyers can work together to create ch...

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September 7, 2022 21 mins

In episode four of Words With Walner, Jon and Steve sit down to talk about all things legal lending. Why is legal lending important? When exactly is it necessary? Why is it crucial for plaintiffs to secure a strong financial cushion as they wait for their case to be settled? Jon and Steve answer all of these questions, as well as why Walner Law is the right choice for you if you’ve been injured. 

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0:00 - 7:30 → Walner Law ...

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5,000 U.S. deaths per year are caused by truck accidents, and litigating these types of cases is no joke. Learn the ins and outs of this important subtopic within the legal industry by tuning in to episode three of Words With Walner! Jon answers questions such as “How is liability determined in a truck accident case?” and “What were the outcomes of some of the truck accident cases that Walner Law has taken on?” Don’t miss out on th...

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In episode two of Words With Walner, Jon and Steve dive into a wide range of topics centered around the law school to law profession pipeline. They answer questions like “what advice would you give a recent law school graduate?” and “who is the ideal candidate for a position at a law firm like Walner?” For anyone interested in learning more about the state of law school and the legal profession from an experienced insider like Jon,...

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