Meet Our Team
When you are working through the legal system, you need an attorney who has handled cases similar to yours before. On average, each of our attorneys has more than 30 years of experience, and our entire practice is focused on representing the victims of accidents and personal injury.
Our firm has always exclusively represented victims of accidents and personal injury. We have an in-depth understanding of the factors insurance companies consider when evaluating claims, and we build strong claims with those factors in mind. We pride ourselves in our ability to litigate vigorously on behalf of our clients while maintaing our clients' personal care, which can only be done in a small firm setting.
John L. Grazian
Born in 1960, John Grazian attended IIT-Kent College of Law and graduated with honors in 1985. From 1985 to 1989, Mr. Grazian worked for the City of Chicago, first as a prosecutor and thereafter as a trial attorney in the Torts Division, defending the City against personal injury claims. During his tenure in the Torts Division, Mr. Grazian was recognized as the leading attorney for both the number and winning percentage of jury trials completed.
Beginning in 1989, Mr. Grazian entered private practice concentrating solely on personal injury law and has continued to practice solely in that area of law to the present day. Over this lengthy career, Mr. Grazian has gained experience in virtually all aspects of personal injury litigation, including Wrongful Death, Products Liability, Auto Accidents, FELA (railroad injuries), Premises Liability (slip and fall), Worker's Compensation, Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse, Medical Malpractice, Insurance Coverage Disputes, and Animal Attacks. He has successfully tried numerous jury cases to verdict and negotiated settlements during his career, resulting in millions of dollars for his clients. He has also served as an Arbitrator and Panel Chairman for the adjudication of personal injury claims.
Mr. Grazian is a founding partner in the firm of Grazian & Volpe. In addition to being licensed to practice law in Illinois, he is admitted to practice in Federal Court.
Mr. Grazian also makes regular television appearances on WCIU, "You and Me in the Morning," answering legal questions from the public and offer commentary on current legal issues.
Areas of Practice
Kurt D. Lloyd
Kurt D. Lloyd is a jury trial lawyer for the injured who handles major personal injury and wrongful death cases, including auto and trucking accidents, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases.
In Chicago, many law firms and attorneys hire Kurt to try and win their case for a client. Kurt wrote the book On Jury Selection and is an authority on choosing an Illinois jury. Kurt believes: "If you don't pick the right jury, you will lose your case before you start."
Kurt has won many jury trials for clients who were injured from negligence. Kurt has over 70 jury trial verdicts. His trial wins have ranged from $9.7 million for a child's birth injury to $310,000 for a women's herniated disc injury in an auto accident case.
Kurt is often invited by the Illinois State Bar Association and other professional organizations to lecture and teach young attorneys about jury trial skills and techniques.
Kurt was born, raised, and lives in Chicago.
He is a 1985 graduate of IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Richard S. Volpe
Mr. Volpe is a licensed Illinois attorney and founding partner of Grazian & Volpe. He obtained his law degree from DePaul University in 1980. After a brief time as an attorney for the City of Chicago, Mr. Volpe began representing injury victims exclusively.
For many years, he has concentrated his practice on helping injured workers.
Mr. Volpe is very well known for his successes and expansive practice before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. He is a member of the Workers Compensation Lawyers Association.
James B. Miller
James B. Miller is an equity partner in the law firm of Grazian & Volpe.
Jim Miller represents injured victims of negligence. He focuses on obtaining his clients the money they need to recover from their injuries and losses and move on with their lives. Before dedicating his work to the injured, Jim was a defense attorney for insurance companies and local governments. After many years as a defense attorney, Jim decided he was tired of representing their interests.
As an attorney for the injured, Mr. Miller has collected millions of dollars for his clients. He has become a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Jim received a bachelor's degree in Science-Business in 2000 from the University of Notre Dame. He received a Juris Doctorate in 2004 from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Kristen M. Lyons
Kristen Marie (Kozlowski) Lyons, a Chicago native and graduate of the John Marshal Law School has been practicing law since 2004. She focuses her practice in workers’ compensation has represented hundreds of clients at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. She also has jury and bench trial experience. She is a member of many bar associations and the past-President of the Advocates Society Bar Association.