Anthony J. Masciopinto: Additional Biography

Anthony J. Masciopinto is and has been a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar since 1991, and a principal and founding member of Kulwin, Masciopinto & Kulwin, L.L.P.

In 1991, Mr. Masciopinto graduated from DePaul University College of Law.  He graduated in the top 5% of his class, served as the Article & Notes Editor of the DePaul Law Review, was published in the DePaul Law Review, was admitted into the Order of the Coif, and received a Dean Scholar Award, which was provided to the top 10 first-year day division students with the highest grades after their first year of law school.

Between 1991 and 1992, Mr. Masciopinto worked as a judicial clerk for United States District Court Judge Charles P. Kocoras.

Between 1992 and 1995, Mr. Masciopinto worked as an associate lawyer for Mayer, Brown & Platt in Chicago, working in commercial litigation.

Between 1995 and 2001, Mr. Masciopinto worked as an Assistant United States Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, working in both the Civil Division and the Criminal Division.

From 2001 through 2006, Mr. Masciopinto was a partner at Paul B. Episcope, Ltd., a well-respected and known plaintiff personal injury law firm in Chicago.

In 2006, Mr. Masciopinto founded and became a KMK principal.  Since that time, Mr. Masciopinto’s practice has focused on complex commercial litigation, civil rights/employment, defamation, serious personal injury, and criminal defense (federal and state) matters.

Over the last 20 plus years, Mr. Masciopinto has litigated hundreds of complex civil and criminal matters, many of which have gone to trial and/or appeal.  He has participated in over twenty trials and twelve appeals, the latter almost exclusively in the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Masciopinto has represented clients on both sides of these cases, representing plaintiffs and defendants.

In 2004, Chicago Magazine’s Super Lawyer Section selected Mr. Masciopinto as one of the top attorneys in Illinois, a distinction given to no more than 5% of the attorneys in the state.

Mr. Masciopinto has tried cases that involved defending employment discrimination/civil rights cases, prosecuting employment discrimination/civil rights cases, defending significant medical malpractice and personal injury matters, prosecuting significant medical malpractice and personal injury matters, prosecuting a significant defamation and breach of contract lawsuit, prosecuting federal criminal cases, and defending federal and state criminal cases.

Some of Mr. Masciopinto’s more significant trials included successfully defending a federal supervisor and United States agency in a multiple plaintiff employment discrimination lawsuit involving many claims of alleged employment discrimination and retaliation, successfully defending the Federal Aviation Administration, as lead defendant, in a contested preliminary injunction trial relating to the involuntary closing of Meigs Airport, obtaining a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a plaintiff’s defamation and breach of employment contract case, and prosecuting and the successful criminal prosecution of a suburban mayor and other public officials for RICO violations and other public corruption offenses.

In 2003, Mr. Masciopinto settled a client’s personal injury case for $25 million, which for that year was one of the two highest individual personal injury settlements recorded.

In 2003, Mr. Masciopinto was selected by his peers as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40,” as published by the Chicago Law Bulletin.

In 2008, Mr. Masciopinto received the Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the Chicago Chapter of Federal Bar Association (nominated by United States District Court Judge Blanche Manning).

Since 2004, Mr. Masciopinto has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law teaching Trial Advocacy.

Since 2009, Mr. Masciopinto has served as a Chief Arbitrator in Cook County’s First Municipal mandatory arbitration program.

In 2011, Mr. Masciopinto began serving as a Hearing Officer for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, adjudicating disciplinary matters brought against Illinois attorneys.

Mr. Masciopinto is admitted to practice, and has practiced, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.   He also is admitted to practice, and has practiced, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as the Illinois state and appellate courts, including the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.

Mr. Masciopinto has also practiced before various other tribunals and administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, United States Department of Labor, and Illinois Department of Labor.