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The law firm of Rubin & Machado, Ltd., in Chicago, IL, is a leader in personal injury law. We handle both simple and complex personal injury cases for clients throughout the state of Illinois. Our clients can expect:


We are able to apply innovative approaches to achieve the most favorable outcomes for our clients.

A Record of Success

We have achieved multimillion-dollar recoveries.


Multilingual Attorneys

With attorneys fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language, we are one of only a handful of multilingual firms handling catastrophic injury and medical malpractice cases.

We offer free consultations and work on a contingency basis. That means you owe us absolutely nothing unless we are able to secure a settlement or jury award on your behalf.

Rubin & Machado

The team of personal injury attorneys at Rubin & Machado have a proven track record of favorable settlements and verdicts achieved on behalf of our clients. Our firm provides clients with over 50 years of combined experience in personal injury litigation. We pride ourselves on securing the compensation our clients deserve.

If you have been injured due to a car accident, defective product, or any other act of negligence, our personal injury lawyers will handle everything so you can focus on your physical recovery. Our team can also assist clients with cases involving catastrophic injury, birth injuryworker's compensation, and more.

To schedule a free consultation at our Chicago, IL, law offices, contact ​us online or call:

(312) 327-1840

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$3,500,000 Aviation Death Verdicts & Settlements PERSONAL INJURY

After a five-week trial, a Rubin & Machado attorney who tried a case in federal court received a verdict in the amount of $3.5 million against air traffic controllers for improper taxi instructions resulting in a death. 

Meet Our Attorneys Innovative Legal Professionals

Emilio E. Machado

Born in Havana, Cuba, Emilio Machado attended the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana for his undergraduate studies where he graduated with numerous distinctions including Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. Mr. Machado continued his studies at Northwestern University School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. Mr. Machado has been practicing law since 1985.

A former partner at the law firm of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Emilio Machado served on the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly for a three-year term, from 1995 to 1998. A former member of the teaching faculty as an instructor and trial advisor of the Edwin F. Mandel Clinic for the University of Chicago, Intensive Trial Practice Workshop, Mr. Machado currently chairs the Medical/Legal Relations Committee for the Chicago Bar Association. A regular speaker for a number of legal associations in Illinois,  Mr. Machado is the author of the innovative legal article, "Hedonic Damages: The Tide Has Turned.". 

Personal Injury Lawyer Emilio Machado is a member of a number of professional associations, including the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Hispanic National Ball Association. Mr. Machado has received many awards, including being recognized in Chicago Magazine as a Top Attorney in Illinois. Mr. Machado was honored by his legal peers by being selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer in 2009.

Emilio E. Machado
Emilio E. Machado

Edward M. Rubin

Edward Rubin studied at the University of Illinois for his undergraduate studies. Graduating in 1976 with a number of prestigious honors, including Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Hip Kappa Phi, and Phi Alpha Theta, he moved on to study law at Loyola University of Chicago, School of Law. Mr. Rubin earned his law degree and was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois in 1979.

Personal injury attorney Edward Rubin began his legal career serving for three years as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney. After his stint at the Cook County State's Attorney office,  he began his career as a defense litigator. Mr. Rubin worked from 1982 to 1984 with the firm Brodie & Reynolds. After leaving the firm of Brodie & Reynolds, Mr. Rubin became partner at Johnson & Bell, Ltd., where he practiced from 1984 to 1992. From 1992 to 2000, he acted as partner at the personal injury firm of Goldberg, Weisman, & Cairo. Edward Rubin founded the personal injury law firm Rubin & Machado, Ltd. with his partner and personal injury lawyer Emilio Machado in the year 2000.

Mr. Rubin has provided lectures on the subjects of construction accidents and medical malpractice for the Chicago Bar Association. He is also a member of the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. His professional awards and recognitions include being named by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer in the area of plaintiff's personal injury and medical malpractice in 2010, and selection as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2009.

Edward M. Rubin
Edward M. Rubin

Stephanie B. Rubin

Stephanie Rubin graduated from the University of Maryland in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History. She attended John Marshall Law School where she was a member of the John Marshall Law Review, where she applied her talents by serving as Staff Editor. Ms. Rubin earned her law degree in 2009.

Attorney Stephanie Rubin is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. Ms. Rubin is admitted to practice law in both the State of Illinois and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois where she practices in multiple areas of civil litigation.

Stephanie B. Rubin
Stephanie B. Rubin

Craig N. Ettinger

Craig N. Ettinger

Multilingual Legal Professionals

The law firm of Rubin & Machado has a commitment to providing the many diverse communities of Chicago, IL, with the representation they deserve. Our staff includes personnel who are fluent in American Sign Language and Spanish.

We understand that clients and their families may not be comfortable in communicating their needs in English. We are happy to provide ASL- and Spanish-speaking clients with assistance in their preferred language.

Si necesita ayuda en español, visite nuestro sitio en Español.

For a free no-obligation consultation, contact our law firm online, or call us today at:

(312) 327-1840

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$3,500,000 Pedestrian Killed by Vehicle Verdicts & Settlements Personal Injury

Rubin & Machado attorneys were responsible for securing a $3.5 million-dollar structured settlement for the family of an elderly man who had traveled to Chicago for the wedding of a grandson and was run over by a sightseeing tour operator.

$2,000,000 Failure to Diagnose Spinal Infection Verdicts & Settlements Medical Malpractice

Rubin & Machado’s attorneys settled at the time of trial a case against a local Chicago Hospital in the amount of nearly $2.2 million on behalf of a 45-year-old Hispanic man who lost partial function of his lower extremities due to the failure of the hospital staff to timely diagnose his spinal infection. The case involved several defendant doctors and a local hospital that denied any wrongdoing.

Medical Malpractice


When you receive medical treatment, you place your trust in the hands of the professional treating you. If a medical professional fails to perform their duties properly, the results can be disastrous. Medical malpractice can cause serious bodily harm or even death. Our team of personal injury lawyers can guide you through every stage of the process and help you hold negligent parties accountable for their actions.

The most common malpractice claims stem from a failure to diagnose or a delayed diagnosis, complications from surgery or treatments, delayed treatments, and in the worst cases, death.

The effects of malpractice can have a lasting impact on a patient for the rest of their lives. In turn, this can lead to additional expenses that may continue for years. Patients may be reluctant to seek damages for injuries resulting from malpractice, but by pursuing action, victims can prevent others from suffering a similar injury in the future. At the law firm of Rubin & Machado in Chicago, our personal injury attorneys understand the medical malpractice laws in Illinois and can hold the medical professionals and institutions accountable for the damage their neglect has caused.  

Catastrophic Injury

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Debilitating catastrophic injuries can have long-term and even permanent effects on the lives of the victim and their family. When a serious personal injury results from the negligent actions of another party, a personal injury lawyer from the law firm of Rubin & Machado, Ltd. can help the victim and their family pursue the necessary legal action to secure financial compensation from the at-fault party.

A catastrophic injury can happen at any time and in any location, but they commonly are the result of a work-related accident, car accident, truck accident, slip and fall accident, exposure to toxic chemicals, or a serious dog bite.

Loss of sight, speech, and mobility, as well as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and amputation, can result from a catastrophic injury. A spine or brain injury can leave a victim unable to care for themselves, putting a significant burden on the family of the victim. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn how our catastrophic injury attorneys can assist you and your family.

We Handle the Details While You Focus on Recovery

After suffering a serious injury, it can be difficult to know where to turn to for help. Dealing with the residual pain and going through the steps involved in the recovery process are full-time jobs on their own. Add mounting bills to the equation and the entire process can become overwhelming. Our personal injury attorneys can provide much-needed assistance so that you can work on putting your life back together after experiencing a tragic event such as a personal injury or a wrongful death.

When you hire the law firm of Rubin & Machado in Chicago, IL, we relieve the burden of pursuing a claim so that you can focus on your recovery. 

To schedule a free no-obligation consultation, contact us online or call our Chicago law firm at:

(312) 327-1840

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Product Liability

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When purchasing products, we expect the design and construction of the items to be safe. Unfortunately, injuries due to defective, poorly designed, or poorly constructed products are incredibly common. A look at the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) statistics reveals a staggering number of injuries related to a wide variety of consumer goods.

When an injury occurs due to a defective or malfunctioning product (ranging from consumer goods and everyday household items to heavy machinery and industrial products), the liability for the product defect can lie with one or several parties. The manufacturer, designer, distributor, and retailer could all be potentially held liable for a product defect that results in harm.

Holding each respective party responsible for their defective products is a complex process. Major manufacturers have deep legal resources to protect their interests, and they are prepared to argue that any personal injury caused by their products is not the fault of their employer. The personal injury lawyers at Rubin & Machado have successfully handled many defective product cases. If you believe a defective product caused harm to you or a loved one, contact our law office for a free consultation.

Dangerous Drugs

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Pharmaceutical drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter, can provide relief from a wide range of conditions. As helpful as these drugs can be, they can also cause incredible harm. Sometimes, drug companies release products without understanding the dangers involved in continued use or certain drug interactions, exposing unknowing consumers to an increased risk of personal injury or death.

Dietary supplements such as herbs, minerals, vitamins, and homeopathic remedies have become popular as a way to improve both medical conditions and general health. While the claims of the companies producing these products are impressive, these supplements are not subject to the Food and Drug Administration's review and approval process. The lack of oversight of these products can place consumers in danger. 

Just because a medication has been approved by the FDA does not mean it cannot cause serious personal injury. Hundreds of new drugs are approved by the FDA every year, including prescription drugs that can cause serious injuries or kill consumers. If you have experienced harm or a death in the family due to a dangerous drug or supplement, the law firm of Rubin & Machado in Chicago, IL, has the legal resources to challenge big pharmaceutical companies in pursuit of the compensation you deserve.

Hold Medical Professionals Responsible for Their Negligence

From a misdiagnosis to a mistake during treatment, medical malpractice can cause serious bodily harm, brain injury, or even death. At the law offices of Rubin & Machado in Chicago, IL, our personal injury lawyers can use their understanding of the medical malpractice laws in Illinois to your advantage.

Our team of attorneys can guide you through every stage of the personal injury law process and help you hold negligent parties accountable for their actions. 

To schedule a free consultation with no obligation, contact our Chicago personal injury lawyers online or call:

(312) 327-1840

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$483,000 Constructive Negligence ​Verdicts & Settlements Personal Injury

Attorneys with Rubin & Machado tried a case and won a $483,000 verdict for a 35-year old roofer who fell from the roof of a 2-story house under construction, tearing the anterior cruciate ligament. The surgical repair of the ligament resulted in a complete recovery and return to work as a roofer.

Workers' Compensation

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Workers are entitled to safe working conditions. Workers' compensation can cover the bills and expenses that result from a work injury. The advice of a seasoned attorney when filing a workers' compensation claim can ensure that you receive the appropriate benefits. 

Regardless of who was at fault, if an accident occurs at the workplace, the employee is entitled to workers' compensation benefits under most circumstances. Eligibility depends on whether the employee can prove the injury occurred while working and that it was the result of performing a job-related duty or responsibility. It is important to note that the injury does not necessarily need to have occurred during normal work hours. 

If you are suffering from a recent workplace injury, or you have been denied after filing a workers' compensation claim, enlisting the services of a workers' compensation attorney at the law firm of Rubin & Machado can help you collect the benefits to which you are entitled. Our attorneys can help you fight for a fair settlement so that you can cover medical bills, the cost of rehabilitation, lost wages, and any other expenses or losses resulting from your injury. 

Motor Vehicle Accidents

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A motor vehicle accident can change someone's life in an instant by causing significant physical harm. It can also leave you with financial and emotional burdens that cannot be easily remedied. The personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Rubin & Machado can provide effective representation to anyone who has been injured in a motor vehicle accident. 

After a car or truck accident, you may think that the insurance company will take care of the damages. Considering the cost of premiums, it can be a shock to discover that an insurance company may deny your claims. The team of personal injury attorneys from our law firm is here to make sure that you get the compensation you need to cover your expenses.

The type of vehicles involved, such as bicycles, motorcycles, buses, or trucks, makes a significant difference in these cases. There are many variables to consider when approaching a personal injury case involving a vehicle accident. Hiring a qualified personal injury lawyer can have a serious impact on the amount of compensation you receive. Fortunately, our firm understands the laws relating to these cases and stands prepared to help victims collect the restitution to which they are legally entitled.

The Insurance Company Does Not Have Your Best Interests in Mind

Many types of injuries may result in having to deal with an insurance company. Auto accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, and medical malpractice injury cases all have a component involving insurance companies. These entities will often deny a claim or give a victim a lowball settlement offer. Many times, compensation for intangible losses such as pain and suffering are not factored into these offers. 

To ensure you receive the full amount of compensation you need and deserve, you owe it to yourself to speak to a legal professional. The law firm of Rubin & Machado in Chicago, IL, can help you collect maximum restitution through your personal injury claim. 

Schedule a free consultation with Rubin & Machado. There is no obligation, and our team of legal professionals can save you considerable time and frustration. Contact us online or call:

(312) 327-1840

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$12,000,000 Medical Malpractice Resulting in Severe Birth Injury Verdicts & Settlements ​Birth Injury

In February 2003, the personal injury law firm of Rubin & Machado reached a $12 million settlement with the Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago for medical malpractice resulting in severe birth injury. 

Wrongful Death

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Losing a loved one is never easy. When someone close to you is lost due to recklessness or negligence, you may be entitled to seek compensation on the grounds of wrongful death. Our law firm approaches wrongful death cases with the utmost compassion and sensitivity.

Common causes of wrongful death include involvement in a car accident, dangerous pharmaceutical drugs or supplements, use of a defective product, and medical malpractice.

It is the right of immediate family members to file a lawsuit against the person responsible for the death of a loved one. The personal injury lawyers at Rubin & Machado can offer you the advocacy and support you deserve while you come to terms with what may be one of the most challenging times in your life.

$850,000 Failure to Obtain Surgical Consult Verdicts & Settlements Wrongful Death​

Rubin & Machado settled a case for $850,000 on behalf of the estate of a 63-year old man after plaintiff's estate contended the failure to get an earlier surgical consult caused or contributed to his death.

Our Professional Affiliations

American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Hispanic Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association
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Rubin & Machado Ltd.

As a leading personal injury firm in Chicago, Rubin & Machado Ltd. is affiliated with: 

  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Hispanic Lawyers Network
  • Illinois State Bar Association

To schedule your free consultation, contact us online or call us at (312) 327-1840.

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