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1987 - 2020

Elizabeth R. Olszewski

Ever since her childhood years growing up in Union Grove, Wis., Elizabeth knew she wanted to be a lawyer. As an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, she 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, Wis. and continued working there through her time as a law student at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. A member of the Law Review, she graduated magna cum laude.

Elizabeth knew she wanted to have the kind of practice where she could work on behalf of individuals who needed help, and in 2013 joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, where she had the chance to do precisely that as a plaintiff’s personal injury attorney. During her seven years with the firm, Elizabeth had a profound impact on her colleagues, clients, and countless other people she encountered inside and outside the courtroom.

Sadly, on February 9, 2020 in Yorkville, Wisconsin, Elizabeth’s life was cut short in a fatal car accident.

“Elizabeth was a very promising young lawyer with a very bright future. She was as kind and sweet as can be, but tenacious and meticulous about her work. It breaks my heart that we will never get to see all the wonderful things Elizabeth was destined to accomplish for her clients,” Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard Chairman and Managing Equity Partner Patrick A. Salvi said. “We will miss seeing Elizabeth’s smiling face every day. But her infectious warmth has touched all of us and will remain in the fabric of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.”

When she wasn’t tirelessly working up a case for one of her clients, Elizabeth volunteered with the “Waukegan 2 College” program, a non-profit organization focused on providing assistance to students who have limited abilities in navigating the college application process, such as language or financial barriers. Elizabeth became involved with the program after she was invited to a luncheon hosted by the organization. After learning about how the program helps Lake County students, she decided to join and was connected with a mentee. Since then, Elizabeth regularly met with her mentee to provide her with guidance in the hopes of giving her the best chance of acceptance into a school of her choice. She accompanied her to college visits and helped her with her college application essays.

Elizabeth was active in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the Wisconsin State Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice. She made several presentations and speeches to various groups on her trial experience at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.

In recognition of her outstanding legal work, Elizabeth was recognized as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers and as an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media, an honor given to the top 2% of the lawyers in Illinois who are under 40 years old or have practiced 10 years or less.

1961 - 2012

Michael P. Schostok

Michael P. Schostok concentrated his practice of law in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death. In 1989, Mr. Schostok joined the firm and in 1996 he made Partner. For over 20-years, he was dedicated to helping families recover from catastrophic loss both emotionally and financially by providing the highest level of legal representation. In 2011, Mr. Schostok retired from the practice law due to health issues and passed away on July 16, 2012.

Mr. Schostok’s distinctive and impressive legal career included winning three record-breaking settlements in three different jurisdictions on behalf of his clients. In 2011, Mr. Schostok was awarded the prestigious Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. In 2013, Michael was honored with the Benedict J. Ori Award posthumously. The annual Ori Award honors a former Lake County prosecutor who has distinguished themselves in the practice of law or in public service.

Additional credentials and distinctions included: service as an Assistant State‘s Attorney in Lake County; 50th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; service on the Executive Committee and the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; past Chairman of ITLA’s continuing legal education/seminar program; elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association.

In honor of Michael, our firm joined forces with his friends and family members to establish The Michael Matters Foundation. The mission of this public charity with exemption status from federal income tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code is to increase public awareness of brain cancer and to raise funds to assist those in the Chicago area who suffer from this disease. To learn more, please visit The Michael Matters Foundation website.

 

David J. Pritchard

David J. Pritchard spent the first 22 years of his legal career defending medical malpractice cases for physicians and hospitals, and had great experience and insights into the inner workings of hospitals and medical clinics. In 1999, he joined Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. and began to represent patients and their families. Mr. Pritchard retired from the firm in December 2014.

Mr. Pritchard also served on the Board of The United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Chicago, and as Board President of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago. Mr. Pritchard currently serves as Executive Director of Friends without a Border, which founded Angkor Hospital for Children in Cambodia and Lao Friends Hospital for Children in Lao PDR.

Mr. Pritchard invites you to visit both the United Cerebral Palsy and Friends websites and support both these amazing institutions at ucpseguin.org and FWAB.org, respectively.

Academics
  • M.A. (Theology/Ethics), Loyola University (1992)
  • J.D., DePaul University Law School, Law Review Writing Staff (1977)
  • B.B.A. (Economics), Loyola University, Alpha Sigma Nu (1974)
Bar Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1980)
  • Illinois Bar (1977)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar (1977)
Respect. Recognition. Results.
Best Law Firms
Super Lawyers Top 10 Illinois
Patrick A. Salvi - Lawyer of the Year
The National Trial Lawyers
Avvo Rating 10.0
Bar Register Preeminent Lawyers