Mr. Robert J. Cheris is an experienced trial lawyer specializing in medical malpractice lawsuits. He has litigated cases worth millions of dollars throughout the State of Illinois and has successfully prepared and tried numerous cases to verdict. In addition, Robert has enjoyed significant success litigating and winning dispositive motions despite the odds often being heavily stacked against his clients.
Prior to joining Anesi Ozmon, Ltd., Robert spent over a decade defending medical malpractice cases for physicians, nurses, and hospitals. This prior specialized experience provides Robert with invaluable and unique knowledge to the area of medical malpractice, as well as the inner workings of health care systems and the applicable standard of care. Simply put, Robert will often know what the defense team is thinking and how opposing counsel, as well as the insurance company, will go about defending the lawsuit.
Although Robert primarily practices in the area of medical malpractice, he also regularly handles cases involving construction negligence, nursing home negligence, premises liability cases, and other personal injury matters. In fact, it is his background and experience in medical malpractice cases which provides Robert with valuable knowledge regarding the damages suffered by his clients.
Robert graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. While in law school, he earned a Certificate in Trial Advocacy from Loyola’s highly regarded trial advocacy program. He also received the CALI Award for earning the highest grade in Contracts, appeared on the Dean’s List, and served as a legal advisor counseling non-profit corporations at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Business Law Clinic. Robert previously guest lectured on patient care liability at the University of Illinois-Chicago, in its Master of Healthcare Administration program.
Notable Cases and Results: In his career, Robert has litigated cases involving almost every type of healthcare provider, including orthopedic surgeons, internal medicine physicians, neurologists, emergency medicine physicians, obstetrics and gynecologists, radiologists, critical care physicians, neurosurgeons, gastroenterologists, vascular surgeons, urologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, anesthesiologists, nephrologists, infectious disease specialists, hospitalists, pain medicine physicians, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeons, psychiatrists, family medicine physicians, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and various other providers and specialists.
Examples of specific medical malpractice lawsuits Robert has litigated include, but are not limited to, cases involving fetal demise, uterine rupture, preeclampsia, breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, bladder cancer, stroke medicine, amputation cases, female pelvic surgeries with gynecological mesh, infections, medication mismanagement, failure to intubate, failure to appropriately monitor, orthopedic surgeries, medical device cases, various laparoscopic and endoscopic surgeries, failure to diagnose cases, and countless others.
Bar Admissions: Illinois, 2008
Year of Birth: 1981
Law School: Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement: Certificate in Trial Advocacy, Dean’s List Honor Recipient CALI Award Winner: Contracts
Undergraduate School: Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, B.S., Marketing Bar/Professional Association Involvement: Chicago Bar Association Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Awards; Honors; Distinctions: Leading Lawyers Leading Lawyer, 2023-present Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Family & Community: Robert is a Chicago-area native and is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois. He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and lives in the northern suburbs with his wife and two sons. He loves the Blackhawks, Bulls, White Sox, and especially the Bears. Firm Description: A Premier Injury and Workers’ Compensation Law Firm In 1955, Charles E. Anesi formed the Chicago law firm that would eventually become Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd.
That firm focused its practice on the protection of the rights of injured workers, especially through the workers’ compensation laws of Illinois. During that same era of the mid-1950s, Nat P. Ozmon and Richard A. Lewin formed the firm of Ozmon & Lewin. Their firm concentrated on jury trials in personal injury claims. Nat Ozmon was recognized as a pioneer of personal injury trial law. He was a gifted trial attorney whose work had a tremendous influence on the field of personal injury law.
In 1964, these two law firms merged in a strategic combination that greatly benefited their injured clients by providing a more comprehensive scope of services and broader protection of their rights. In 1978, the firm became known as Anesi, Ozmon & Lewin, Ltd. At the same time, Curt N. Rodin, and Noel C. Lindenmuth, both of whom had been associated with the firm since they were law students, became partners. Subsequent years brought growth and greater success. Curt N. Rodin, Mark Novak, and Bruce M. Kohen continued in the firm’s tradition of excellence in jury trials, while making outstanding contributions to the firm and expanding the scope of worker protection under the laws of Illinois. In 1985, with the passing of Richard Lewin, the name of the firm was changed to Anesi, Ozmon & Rodin, Ltd.
In 1997, the firm became Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen Ltd., reflecting the recognition and excellence of the firm’s second-generation leaders. Currently, the next generation of firm leaders Mark Novak, Doug Colby, Steven A. Berman, Jeffrey M. Alter, and Brian D. Teven join firm president, John M. Popelka, in advocating the firm’s tradition of aggressive representation and excellence in trial work. Anesi Ozmon's group of leading personal injury and workers' compensation lawyers is, individually and collectively, lauded by peers and competitors. From the firm's founding in 1955 to today, its original philosophy and commitment to protecting the rights of injured individuals remains a continuing legacy. Based in Chicago, Anesi Ozmon attorneys assist clients throughout Illinois in all types of complex injury cases.
Their practice areas include workplace injuries, construction accidents, workers’ compensation claims, general personal injury litigation, motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and wrongful death. The firm provides the personalized guidance you need, regardless of the complexity of your case. Since the firm’s inception, they have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of their clients, including many multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.
Because they offer comprehensive legal services, you do not need to hire separate attorneys for separate claims, which may include cases involving negligence, malpractice, workers’ compensation, Social Security disability (SSD), and employment. Instead, you can rely on their team to be there for you at every turn. They have built their practice on a foundation of integrity, communication, and trust. Their clients receive the highest level of honesty, accessibility, and service. Their goal is to ease the stress you are under and help make the legal process as simple and straightforward as possible.
A HISTORY OF EXCELLENCE: PROTECTING THE RIGHTS OF THE INJURED SINCE 1955.