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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.
Nov 7, 2023
Ep: 18 | Upcoming Walner Law Turkey Giveaway in Chicago & More! ft. Capt. A.J. Zimmerman
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 Army Facility in Englewood. However, listeners can also hear more about all of the amazing community initiatives that people like A.J. are doing to improve lives throughout our city. We hope you enjoy and come back for episode 19 coming soon!
Oct 4, 2023
Ep: 17 | From Personal Injury Law to Politics, ft. Frank Calabrese
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 law are all interconnected. You don’t want to miss this one!
Sep 6, 2023
Ep. 16 | A Life of Community Organizing in Chicago, ft. Sabrina King
*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 have Sabrina on Words With Walner, and we hope you will consider getting involved in her organization via donations, volunteering, or simply spreading the word. * * *
Aug 2, 2023
Ep. 15 | Legal Tech, TextLegal, and How to Put Clients First
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!
Jul 5, 2023
Ep. 14 | Family Law Meets Personal Injury Law, ft. Jonathan Merel
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!
Jun 7, 2023
Ep. 13 | Workers' Compensation Explained
*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 Walner, breaks down this subject with his signature energy & expertise, reminding you that you are not alone if you are up against your employer.*
May 3, 2023
Ep. 12 | How to Eat and Explore Chicago Like a Local: Jon Walner's Insider Guide
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 to explore, including museums, parks, and sports stadiums. Whether you're a Chicago native or planning a visit, this episode will provide you with a unique perspective on the city that only a true local can offer. So, get ready to take some notes on how to eat and explore Chicago like a pro!
Apr 5, 2023
Ep. 11 | The Ultimate Guide to Legal Marketing
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 be leveraged to achieve business goals. Whether you are an experienced attorney, just starting out, or simply interested in the industry, this episode is filled with practical tips and actionable advice to help you market your law firm effectively and succeed in today's competitive legal landscape. * *
Mar 1, 2023
Ep. 10 | Injury Law in Illinois: What You Need to Know
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 you if you suffer an unjust injury of any kind.
Feb 1, 2023
Ep. 09 | Family Values in Personal Injury Law, ft. Attorney Kristin Kladis
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 insights for anyone who may be listening, such as what questions you need to be prepared to answer when you think you may have a personal injury case.
Jan 4, 2023
Ep. 08 | Rideshare Accident Law Explained, ft. Aaron Boeder
*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.*
Jan 3, 2023
Ep. 07 | Medical Malpractice: Know Your Rights, ft. Aaron Boeder
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 medical system? Give this episode a listen and remember that lawyers like Jon Walner and Aaron Boeder are on your side.
Nov 2, 2022
Ep. 06 | Legal Lending Lessons ft. Michael Pekin
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 not settling cases for pennies on the dollar. This episode contains essential knowledge for everyone, so they can be prepared when the unthinkable happens.
Oct 5, 2022
Ep. 05 | Empathy & Action: Andrew M. Stroth on Civil Rights Law in Chicago
*Summary:* 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 change in Chicago and the country at large. *Timestamps:* 0:00 - 7:31 → What is Civil Rights Law 7:31 - 17:58 → How to Approach a Case 17:58 - 25:03 → Creating Equity in Chicago
Sep 7, 2022
Ep. 04 | Legal Lending: When, Why, and How?
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. *Timestamps:* 0:00 - 7:30 → Walner Law core values 7:30 - 12:10 → What is legal lending? 12:10 - 17:45 → Barriers to quick settlements 17:45 - 21:11 → Why choose Walner?
Aug 3, 2022
Ep. 03 | Truck Accident Law Explained: Insights from Walner Law
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 these incredible insights and lessons. * *
Jul 5, 2022
Ep. 02 | How to Conquer the Law School Journey
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, you won’t want to miss this episode. *Timestamps:* 0:00 - 10:35 Introduction and the state of law school today 10:35 - 18:27 Who is the ideal job candidate? 18:27 - 29:50 Honing practical skills and life skills 29:50 - 36:33 Creating a healthy work atmosphere
Jun 2, 2022
Ep. 01 | Welcome to Words With Walner
In the first-ever episode of Words With Walner, Jon Walner of Walner Law Chicago sits down with co-host, Steve Miller, to discuss topics like personal injury law, where the legal space is headed, and how it has evolved since Jon Walner started practicing in the 80s.