During law school, Frank gained trial and appellate experience while working with the Office of the State Appellate Defender and in the Felony Trial Division of the Cook County Public Defender. At OSAD, he worked as a supervised, certified, senior law student where he drafted an appeal to the First District Court of Appeals, sat second chair during oral arguments, and filed the petition for review with the Supreme Court of Illinois. In his time with the Public Defender’s office, Frank honed his litigation skills by defending individuals accused of serious felony crimes. He served as second chair in approximately twenty jury and bench trials and argued approximately twenty motions.
Frank V. Cesarone, Partner
Attorney Frank V. Cesarone believes that passion and a proactive approach is the key to success in the legal profession. At every stage of litigation, Frank maintains an unwavering focus on his client’s best interests.
Since joining Meyers & Flowers, LLC in 2013, Frank has been actively involved in the firm’s product liability and personal injury practices. He takes pride in being a voice for victims of neglectful physicians, drug companies and medical device manufacturers. Frank is not afraid of the courtroom and has tried both criminal and civil cases to verdict. His attention to detail, determination and dedication to client advocacy has resulted in recognition as a National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40”, Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and Chicago Magazine “Illinois Rising Star.”
Frank has been actively involved in numerous complex product liability litigations and trials. Most recently, Frank represented former Philadelphia Eagles captain Chris Maragos in the highly-publicized trial against his former medical team. Maragos received a $43.5 million jury verdict for the premature and unnecessary end to his NFL career due to the improper care of his right knee injury by his medical team. Frank also recently secured $12,938,000 in awards from a manufacturer for their faulty medical devices.
Frank has also worked on several product liability matters that resulted in multi-billion-dollar settlements. Frank was involved in two multi-plaintiff trials involving defective hip replacements that led to significant compensation for each of the injured plaintiffs.
Ultimately, both trials led to significant compensation for each of the injured plaintiffs. His compassionate litigation has recovered outstanding results for his clients including $3,250,000 for a 60-year-old Chicago executive that was injured by a defective medical device and $1,800,000 for a local attorney who sustained injuries from a defective medical device. Presently, Frank is a part of the trial team pursuing actions against Conagra following numerous cooking-spray explosions. In addition, Frank is lead counsel in the NuWave and Tristar pressure cooker cases taking place in Cook County, Illinois and Broward County, Florida.
As an attorney, my goal is to make a difference in the lives of my clients: to give them a voice, zealously advocate on their behalf, and show them that justice and the right outcome can be achieved.
Prior to joining the firm in February 2013, Frank gained civil litigation experience while working at a large South Carolina plaintiff’s firm, with a focus on asbestos-related multi-district litigation. Frank also worked as an associate at a small South Carolina personal injury law firm, where he litigated before the Social Security Administration and handled numerous workers’ compensation and personal injury cases.
Frank attended DePaul University College of Law, where he focused his studies on litigation. As a student, Frank received the CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy II, Evidence, Criminal Litigation Strategies, and Criminal Appeals Clinic. He also spent extensive time volunteering, which earned him the Benjamin Hooks Service and Distinguished Public Service Awards.
Notable Cases and Results:
- $43,500,000 jury verdict in medical malpratcice lawsuit for former Eagles captain Chris Maragos
- $12,938,000 settlement for plaintiffs injured by a defective medical device
- $3,250,000 for a 60-year-old Chicago marketing and communications executive who was injured by a defective medical device
- $2,350,000 settlement for former professional athlete injured by a defective medical device
- $1,800,000 for 74-year-old Chicago attorney who was injured by a defective medical device
- $1,700,000 settlement for plaintiffs injured by a defective medical device
- $1,435,000 settlement for plaintiffs injured by a defective medical device
- $1,400,000 for 64-year-old McHenry small business owner who was injured by a defective medical device
- $1,050,000 for a 69-year-old who suffered injuries due to the negligence of treating surgeons
- $1,000,000 settlement for 40-year-old woman injured by a defective kitchen appliance
- $800,000 settlement for a couple involved in car crash with a plow truck
- $700,000 settlement for a 68-year-old victim of a wrong-site surgery by a podiatrist
- $680,000 settlement for plaintiffs injured by a defective medical device
- $500,000 for a 62-year-old who suffered renal injuries due to the negligence of a gastroenterologist
University of South Carolina
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- American Association for Justice
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Kane County Bar Association
- Trial School
- South Carolina Bar Association
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- The Best Lawyers in America "Best Lawyer" Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs (2022)
- National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40”
- Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2018-Present)
- Chicago Magazine “Illinois Rising Star”
- Leading Lawyers "Illinois Emerging Lawyer"
- Personal Injury Law: General
- Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
- Personal Injury Plaintiff's Law: Product Liability
- Benjamin Hooks Service and Distinguished Public Service Awards
- CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy II, Evidence, Criminal Litigation Strategies, and Criminal Appeals Clinic