Thomas Manzella

Thomas J. Manzella

Phone: 888-BLOCKLAW, 815-726-9999, 312-307-7999
Fax: 815-727-6378

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.  Tom has also been successful in litigating workers’ compensation cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and Appellate Courts, resulting in maximum benefits available to injured workers.

In addition to Tom’s commendable trial record- which as lead trial counsel garnered the second highest jury verdict in Will County in 2009 and recently a substantial bench trial verdict against a local municipality for its failure to protect a victim of domestic violence- he recognizes that alternative resolutions can be preferable to the client’s needs.  He has successfully been engaged in arbitrations and mediations in both State and Federal court cases, resulting in millions in settlements.  Applying the latest in legal technology, theory and continuing education and advanced trial technique, coupled with his years of experience, his ultimate passion is to obtain the best results for his clients.

As a partner since 2007, Tom balances his pursuits in the law with the longstanding philosophies of the firm, as both a lawyer and businessman with equal acuity and skill, helping to oversee see both the personal injury and workers’ compensation practices of Block, Klukas & Manzella, P.C. on a daily basis, managing over fifteen support staff and personnel as well as Associate attorneys.

Underlying his years of injury law experience is a broader based knowledge of law, gained through associate work at a local Will County general practice firm.  While there, Tom had opportunities to handle cases as diverse as criminal law and divorce to real estate and probate, also working on several civil appeals before Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court.  Further, while in law school, Tom worked in the Office of the General Counsel of DePaul University, exposing him to a wide array of student employment and university-based legal issues.

Tom grew up in Tinley Park and attended Providence Catholic High School, graduating in 1992.  He began his undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska, earning a Division I Wrestling Scholarship, where he was a Varsity Letter Winner and part of a Big 8 Conference Championship.

Tom is married to his lovely wife Rebecca and the proud father of their three children.

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of practice devoted to litigation


  • University Of Nebraska (Division I Wrestling Scholarship)
  • Lewis University (B.A. Business Administration, 1996)
  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2001

Bar Memberships/Associations

  • Will County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Association for Justice