Biography

Ryan E. Yagoda earned his B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1996. In 1999, he graduated from the Chicago-Kent College of Law with high honors and was a member and Notes and Comments Editor of the Chicago-Kent Law Review.  Ryan, along with co-founder Alex Sukhman, started Sukhman | Yagoda in April 2016.

Since forming Sukhman | Yagoda in April 2016, Ryan has obtained over $75 million dollars for his clients including settlements exceeding $15 million in 2019 and settlements of $14.5 million, $12 million, $10 million, and $8.85 million in 2017/2018.  Prior to that, in a twenty-month period between July 2008 and February 2010, Ryan obtained six, jury verdicts in six, different counties (Champaign, Coles, Knox, Fayette, Will, and Cook).

Ryan began his professional career in 1999 as an attorney at Ungaretti & Harris — one of Chicago’s top 25 largest law firms. As a trial attorney at Ungaretti & Harris, Ryan defended a Chicago law-firm in a Federal Court legal malpractice case arising out of the law-firm’s failure to disclose experts in an $8 million personal injury trucking accident case.  He also successfully tried a case to verdict against two, Kane County doctors for failing to diagnose and treat a deep-vein thrombosis resulting in the death of a 55-year-old husband and father of two. Ryan’s experience at Ungaretti & Harris also included drafting appellate briefs to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and to the First and Second Districts of the Appellate Court of Illinois (civil and criminal). Some of his published opinions include Davis v. Loftus, 778 N.E.2d 1144 (1st Dist. 2002)(affirming the trial court’s holding that income partners are not partners under the Illinois Partnership Act; and People v. Youngerman, 800 N.E.2d 799 (1st Dist. 2003)(reversing the trial court’s denial of an independent psychiatric examination for a not guilty by reason of insanity acquittee).

In 2003, Ryan left Ungaretti & Harris to began his career as a personal injury attorney where he has obtained close to $300 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients in medical malpractice, product liability, and personal injury cases.

Some of Ryan’s Verdicts Include

  • Carla Barnwell v. Carle Clinic Association, et al. $2,926,747.75
  • Estate of Jabari Rhodes v. Dr. Khalid Malik, et al. $2,757,209.00
  • Clinton D. Lovell v. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center $2,380,000.00
  • Craig Hastings v. PACA of Champaign County $2,100,000.00
  • Estate of Marie Ficarella v. Eric Bass, M.D. $1,500,000.00
  • Estate of Deborah L. Peoples v. Won K. Lee, M.D. $1,400,000.00
  • Kathryn Adams v. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, et al. $561,390.00
  • Carrie Taylor, D.V.M., v. Steven Potaczek, M.D. $500,000.00
  • Julie Davis v. John Elsen, M.D., et al. $357,130.00
  • Judith Cowles v. Adam Romeiser, M.D. $309,708.00

Awards & Recognitions

  • Chicago-Kent Law Review (Member and Notes and Comments Editor)
  • Order of the Coif (Member);
  • C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Torts
  • C.A.L.I. Excellence for the Future Award for the highest grade in Constitutional Law
  • Former Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law — Legal Drafting II

Memberships & Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

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