David Abels is a law partner at Abels & Annes, P.C. concentrating in Illinois personal injury, auto accident, work injury, premises liability and wrongful death cases. He often handles bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, motorcycle crashes, truck collisions, and many other areas of personal injury law. He has successfully collected millions of dollars for his clients and has focused on handling personal injury cases since 1997.In 2016, Dave was selected to the Top 100 Lawyer List published by SuperLawyers, Thomson Reuters. There are more than 90,000 active licensed attorneys in Illinois, so the selection places him in approximately the top one-tenth of one percent. Further, Dave was selected as a SuperLawyer in 2014, 2015, and 2016, a distinction given to the top five percent of attorneys in the state. Additionally, Dave has a "10.0 Superb" personal injury lawyer rating from AVVO and has been named as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership in the Million Dollars Advocates Forum is limited to attorneys who have won million dollars verdicts, awards and settlements and membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum is limited to lawyers who have acted as counsel in at least one case which resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award, or settlement.Dave was born in Chicago and raised in Evanston, Illinois where he graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1987. Growing up he was an avid hockey player and later became captain of Evanston’s high school hockey team.In college, he continued to play hockey for the University of Wisconsin at Madison on the junior varsity team. In 1991, Dave received his Bachelor of Arts degree from UW Madison.After college, Dave continued his education at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. In 1994, he received his juris doctor degree from John Marshall and was sworn in to the Illinois Bar that same year. He is also a member of the Arizona State Bar as well.Soon after becoming licensed in Illinois, Dave joined The Henry County State's Attorney's Office, in Cambridge, Illinois. There he prosecuted traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases. He tried numerous bench trials and over 20 jury trials while working at the State's Attorney's Office. This experience was incredibly valuable for his legal career. Almost immediately after law school he was gaining experience that most lawyers don’t obtain until many years later. His courtroom battles prepared him well to fight for the rights of those seriously injured in accidents.
After experiencing several areas of law early in his career, Dave came to the conclusion that he wanted to spend his career in personal injury where he could fight for the rights of those who were injured and help the victims obtain justice. This led Dave to join the personal injury law firm of Foreman & Foreman, Ltd. in 1997. Since then he has been only working on personal injury matters. Dave was later made a partner at the firm, which was renamed Foreman & Abels, P.C., and he continued to concentrate in personal injury law.
In 2008, Dave formed a new partnership with Gary Annes, a well-known personal injury litigator in Chicago. The firm Abels & Annes, P.C. was born with the goal of fighting for the rights of those injured through negligence of others. Partnering with Gary has allowed the firm to provide comprehensive services to its clients from the first day of a case through its resolution. While at Abels & Annes, P.C., Dave has collected millions of dollars in settlements for his clients and has a track record of success.