Meghan McDonald, Associate

Octavio DuranMeghan McDonald is an associate attorney at Bekkerman Law Offices. Meghan began as a law clerk in 2013 and was proud to permanently join the team as an attorney in 2015. She attended Loyola University Chicago, earning her undergraduate degree in history. During Meghan's undergraduate studies, she studied abroad in Rome where she helped launch Loyola University Chicago's PROLAW program, an LLM program in rule of law for development.

In 2015, Meghan earned her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. During law school, she was elected President of the Society of Women in Law and served on the Chicago-Kent Student-Alumni Board. In addition, she spent her winter vacations volunteering at Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in New Orleans, Louisiana, advocating for low-income residents on a variety of cases. While in law school, Meghan appeared on the Dean's List and was inducted into the Bar & Gavel Honor Society for outstanding service to the law school and the community. She also was honored with Chicago-Kent's Certificate of Service for over 50 hours of service to the legal community.

Meghan believes in using her law degree to actively advocate for injured victims and their families. She offers compassionate representation and strives to provide all her clients with the information they need to fully understand their claims and pursue justice. In her personal time, Meghan devotes her energy to the community through education and community service. As an active member of Women Everywhere: Partners In Service Project, Inc., she organizes and facilitates annual service projects that invite hundreds of public high school girls to tour state and federal courts and meet with judges and local attorneys.

Meghan is licensed to practice in Illinois. She is an active member in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois and Chicago Bar Association's Young Lawyer Section. She also currently serves as the Volunteer Committee Chair for Women Everywhere: Partners In Service Project, Inc.

Meghan was born and raised in Michigan but has called Chicago home for the past ten years. In her free time, Meghan enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, live music concerts, and riding her bike throughout Chicago's many neighborhoods.


EDUCATION

  • J.D., Chicago Kent College of Law
  • B.A., Loyola University Chicago, cum laude

JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • State of Illinois

PROFESSIONAL & BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPS

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Women Everywhere Chicago, Volunteer Committee Chair


 

Verdicts & Settlements

$4,500,000.00
$4.5 million for two women who were seriously injured in rural Ohio by a driver driving a semi-truck for a national trucking company.The driver of the truck had a history of safety violations including DUI, failed drug test, and multiple speeding tickets and radar use violations, all while working for the carrier. Both women required prolonged hospitalization and surgeries to recover from their injuries and may require further medical treatment in the future. For more information click here.


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Firm News

November 2016
Bekkerman Law Offices is proud to announce that a $2,250,000.00 settlement has been reached in The Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a 46 year old man who sustained significant injuries to his right knee following a bicycle accident in June of 2014. The case was settled on the eve of trial by Gerald Bekkerman and Jennifer Bekkerman of Bekkerman Law Offices. The lawsuit stemmed from a bike crash on Damen and Chicago Avenue in which the Plaintiff, a 46 year old musician, was riding in a bike lane on his way to work. At the same time, an employee of a construction company, driving a company vehicle, a Honda Insight, made a left hand turn into the path of the cyclist, causing a collision. There were no witnesses to the occurrence. Plaintiff alleged he had the right of way on a green light and was riding in the bike lane. Defendant claimed he entered the intersection, stopped, waited for traffic to pass, and then as he was making a left turn, the cyclist came out of nowhere crashing into his car. Bekkerman Law Offices retained an accident reconstruction expert to support Plaintiff's version, and dis-prove the defendant driver's. The settlement amount takes into account the severity of the injuries, including right knee trauma, with fractures above and below the knee joint, and several surgeries to place and remove hardware. The settlement also compensates the Plaintiff and his family for the two year struggle he has had to overcome his injuries through several surgeries, dozens of therapy sessions, prolonged hospitalizations, and for his severe mental and physical pain and anguish.

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The service at Bekkerman Law Offices is phenomenal...Gerald never stopped fighting the two and a half years he worked on my case. He made sure I got treatment so I could get healthy and relieve the pain and financial burden that comes when you are injured. Gerald is caring, dedicated, compassionate, hardworking, and he never gives up...Gerald fought hard and won my case and now I get to be another one of his highly satisfied clients.

Corthenia D., former client

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