Attorney Profiles

The attorneys at our firm come from diverse backgrounds. We at Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell P.C., believe that this diversity allows each member to draw on wide ranging experiences in providing superior legal care to each of our clients. Additionally, we take great pride in the abilities of our experienced support staff, including both paralegals and secretaries, whose skills compliment the characteristics of our attorneys. As a “team” all the members of the firm help create an atmosphere which not only promotes confidence by our clients, but also encourages each member of the “team” to produce the best results possible.


Michael D. Block

Attorney at Law

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Mike Block is one of the current firm’s founding partners. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1970 at the age of 22. He is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1970), Northern District of Indiana, U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1970) and U.S. Supreme Court (1997). He has been admitted, pro haec vice in other jurisdictions.

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 Elizabeth A. Klukas

Attorney at Law

elizabeth-klukasElizabeth joined the firm in 1993 after leaving a downstate insurance defense firm. In October of 2003 Liz became a named partner in the firm. Liz concentrates her practice in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation, Wrongful Death and Product Liability.

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Thomas J. Manzella, Jr.

Attorney at Law

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With over a decade of civil litigation experience, Tom has earned the reputation as an aggressive trial attorney – where his courtroom demeanor demands the respect of his adversaries while his colleagues have regard for his legal abilities and insight.  However, Tom holds the opinions of his clients to be his most valuable asset.  The combination of their trust and his skill set has led to multi-million dollars in trial verdicts and awards, in such areas as:  catastrophic personal injury, workers’ compensation, products liability, wrongful death, traumatic brain injury, construction site accidents, and trucking/vehicular accidents.

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Bryan L. Shell

Attorney at Law

Bryan ShellBryan has made his mark early with Block, Klukas, Manzella & Shell, where he has won many cases at the Arbitration and Commission levels. Bryan has won his most recent commission case awarding an extension of a spinal fusion in a highly disputed case where an employee suffered an aggravation of his underlying condition.  The award also included years of back pay.

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