John Kujawski is the founding partner of the law firm of Kujawski & Associates, LLC. Mr. Kujawski is nationally recognized for his legal work in representing railroad workers pursuant to the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA), and industrial workers who are injured by traumatic accidents and toxic substances. He pioneered litigation in the field of hearing loss on behalf of injured railroad workers and obtained the first large class settlement against the Illinois Central Railroad on behalf of workers who sustained occupational hearing loss. Mr. Kujawski has also lead the way in the field of railroad litigation in holding short-line railroads accountable pursuant to the FELA.
Mr. Kujawski is committed to the principles for which organized labor stands, and he and his firm provide the highest quality of representation to workers and their families.
Mr. Kujawski and his firm represented Bob McBride, a locomotive engineer for CSX, and on June 23, 2011, appeared before the Supreme Court of the United States, which upheld the FELA and the rights of railroad workers nationwide in affirming his firm’s verdict in CSXT v. McBride. The McBride opinion solidifies the application of FELA in fully protecting railroad workers.
Mr. Kujawski, originally from East St. Louis, Illinois, received his Bachelor of Arts as well as his juris doctor degree from Saint Louis University. Mr. Kujawski was co-founder of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA), which is a bar association of Plaintiff attorneys representing injured railroad workers, and has served in various offices on behalf of that organization, including past president. Mr. Kujawski served as a Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the State of Illinois from October 2000 to April 2010. He has been a member of Local 520 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and retains his status as an active member of that union. He spends his spare time as an endurance cyclist.
Mr. Kujawski was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism on December 11, 2015.