Ever since her childhood years growing up in Union Grove, Wis., Elizabeth R. Olszewski has known that she wanted to be a lawyer.
As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she already had her sights set on law school and received a B.A. cum laude in political science with a concentration in law and criminal justice in 2008. She then took a job working in a plaintiff’s personal-injury law firm in Racine and continued working there all the way through her three years as a student at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. A member of the Law Review, she graduated magna cum laude, receiving her J.D. in 2013.
By then, Ms. Olszewski knew that she wanted to have the kind of practice where she could work on behalf of individuals who needed help, and that year joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, where she has had the chance to do precisely that. Her practice encompasses a broad range of cases involving personal injury and she has been part of several significant outcomes on behalf of injured clients.
In 2016, she was on a Salvi legal team that won a $1.6-million jury verdict for the family of a mentally disabled woman who lived in a group home. Despite a series of falls and other medical issues, the woman was left alone and suffered two serious falls leading to her death from a severe brain bleed. In that trial, Ms. Olszewski examined seven witnesses who provided testimony to assist the jury in determining its verdict.
“I think I’ll always remember that case because it’s the first case I took to trial, but also for the justice we were able to get for the family,” she says.
Also in 2016, Ms. Olszewski tried a case that resulted in $6.6-million default judgment from a Will County judge for a man who was struck and severely injured in a hit-and-run accident. In the court proceeding, she called several experts who testified to her client’s injuries and damages before the judge entered judgment.
This was my first time using a lawyer for my accident so I was very nervous. Elizabeth made the process easy and answered every question without hesitation. I would definitely recommend Elizabeth to anyone who is unsure about their case or just want a good trusted lawyer.
In addition, she was a member of a legal team that obtained an $18.5-million settlement in early 2017 on behalf of a child who suffered a serious brain injury due to a delay in the diagnosis and treatment of meningitis.
As well as the satisfaction she derives from helping people who are dealing with injuries and the effects of injuries, Ms. Olszewski also loves the intellectual challenges that come from handling and trying cases.
“There’s always a specific legal issue that you encounter; no case is exactly like the last one,” she says. “Each one requires a different work up, a different strategy, and you resolve them pre-suit or post-suit or all the way to trial. I like the challenge of overcoming various obstacles for my clients in order to achieve justice.”
Ms. Olszewski is active in several professional organizations and has made presentations about her trial experience at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard. In 2017, she was named as a Rising Star by Illinois SuperLawyers.
When not practicing law, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.