Born and raised in Chicago, Joel is the son of a member of the Teamsters Union and a ten-year police department veteran, who attended The John Marshall Law School while working as a full time police officer. He earned his J.D. degree in January 1986 and was hired shortly after by the Cook County States Attorneys Office as a prosecutor.
After leaving the State Attorney’s Office in 1990, Mr. Block went into private practice and joined the law offices of Goldberg Weisman Cairo in February, 1995, where Joel focuses in the area of Workers’ Compensation.
Since joining the firm, Joel has been able to negotiate settlements in hundreds of cases in the range of $150,000 to $400,000 for some of his most seriously injured clients and has consistently made it his practice to maximize the value of his clients cases whether that is accomplished by settlement, trial or appeal.
In addition to being licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and the State of Arizona, Joel is licensed to practice by the Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois and is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar. In April 1995, he was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Arizona State Bar Association
- Federal Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- Federal Trial Bar
- United States Supreme Court
- The John Marshall Law School, 1986