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  • General practice experience since 1985 covering the following areas of law: criminal misdemeanors and traffic, domestic relations, bankruptcy law, with a concentration in workers’ compensation law.
  • Appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice, United States Trustees Office, as United States Bankruptcy Trustee for the panel of the Northern District of Illinois, County of Cook. Designated presiding officer at Section 341 meetings having authority to examine debtors under oath regarding their assets and liabilities, schedules and Statement of Affairs, financial background and any matter related to their Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. Duties included collecting and reducing to money the property of the estate and closing the estate as expeditiously as was compatible with the best interests of the parties while providing the court and the US Trustees’ Office with information concerning the progress of an estate’s administration.
  • Experienced at administrative hearings and trial practice before the Illinois Industrial Commission on behalf of petitioners and insurance companies. Maintained ongoing dialog with insurance clients regarding overall defense strategy and case handling, formation of agreed to litigation plans, settlement evaluation and case disposition. Issued periodic comprehensive reports and “opinion” letters for insurance clients addressing substantive and procedural issues. For workers, developed focused and strategically sound legal arguments on issues concerning venue, notice, causal connection, employer/employee relationship, interim benefits and disability evaluation. Also experienced in medical depositions, motions for penalties, statement of exceptions, judicial reviews in the circuit court, legal briefs, and oral arguments before the Industrial Commission and circuit courts.
  • Excellent time management skills. Experience includes simultaneously handling hundreds of worker’s compensation defense and petitioner’s files, while adhering to strict and individualized reporting requirements for insurance clients.
  • Skilled negotiator with judges, arbitrators, clients, opposing counsel, and insurance companies.
  • Active in community educational programs.


July 15, 2000 to Oct., 2002 United States Bankruptcy Trustee

August, 1998 to Present Sole Practitioner

David L. Salgado, P.C
29 N. Wacker Drive
Suite 550
Chicago, IL 60606

April, 1991 to July, 1998 Associate (Insurance Defense Attorney)

Koutsky, Boudreau, Lassen & Mason
33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 1530
Chicago, IL 60602

May, 1985 to March, 1991 Sole Practitioner

Law Offices of David L. Salgado
205 West Randolph Street
Suite 2150
Chicago, IL 60606


Illinois State Bar:                     1985

Federal District Court:             1985


John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois

Doctor of Jurisprudence

Saint Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois

Bachelor of Arts, Business and Administration


Illinois State Bar Association

Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association


Fluent in Spanish

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