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Yao O. Dinizulu, Esq

Yao O. Dinizulu, Esq.

Yao O. Dinizulu, Esq




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At a very early age, Yao Dinizulu set his sights on a legal career. After obtaining a degree from Florida A&M University, he went on to the University of Illinois College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1997. While attending the University of Illinois, Yao was a member of the Executive Board for the National Black Law Students Association and the Student Bar Association. During that time, he also was bestowed the prestigious James Benton Parsons Award by the Just the Beginning Foundation and the National Bar Association’s Judicial Council for Public Service and Academic Achievement.

After completing law school, Mr. Dinizulu began his professional legal career handling multi-billion dollar complex tax restructuring at a Fortune 500 corporation. Seeking more community involved career, Mr. Dinizulu, acting as a founding partner formed the law firm Harris, Mitchell & Dinizulu, LLC. After successfully cultivating the HMD partnership, in January 2008, he decided to form the Dinizulu Law Group, Ltd., focusing primarily on serious injury/tort litigation. In the area of tort litigation, Mr. Dinizulu distinguishes himself from the typical trial lawyer by adding a personal touch to his client interactions. He likes to meet each client and takes the time to listen to their story and learn how their injuries impact them and their families. Being that a great deal of his work is community based, it is not uncommon for Mr. Dinizulu to take on the seemingly underdog’s case, understanding the potential of their story where other lawyers oftentimes do not.

Attorney Dinizulu has been recognized both locally and nationally for his work in relation to advancing civil rights causes and championing social issues. His ardor and tenaciousness has resulted in him being spotlighted by his peers and the media. He was named a 2012 Rising Star in Super Lawyers’ national magazine, as well as one of the “12 People to Watch in 2012” by Chicago Now’s Glenn Murray. He was also featured in the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 under 40” in 2007. He was in the March 2009 issue of Black Enterprise magazine, highlighting his firm’s use of cutting-edge technology to ensure optimal results for each of his clients. He appears in the media to educate the community on their civil and legal rights and host’s seminars on recognizing nursing home abuse and negligence. He also visits Chicago law schools to speak to students about succeeding in the field. He is active in the local community, readily making time to speak to children about the importance of education and making the right choices.

In 2012, his firm launched a free mobile accident app that provides users with step-by-step assistance in the event of an accident. The application is available for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices, as well as desktop and laptop computers. The app can also be downloaded through an individual’s phone in their app store. The keyword is DLG attorneys. The app includes a camera and voice recorder for victims to use at the scene as well as a text notepad and a drawing notepad where they can record important data.

Mr. Dinizulu’s personal motto is, “never let an opponent out work me” and as a result, is committed to gaining the trust of each client, representing them with the utmost integrity all while working diligently to deliver the best possible judgment.


 J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 1997
B.S., Florida A&M University, Magna cum Laude, 1994

Bar Admissions

Supreme Court of Illinois
United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for Southern District of Indiana
United States District Court for Northern District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar

Professional Associations

  • Cook County Bar Association

Former Member, Board of Director

Former Vice-Chair, Judicial Evaluations Committee

Co-Chair, Tort Litigation Committee

Former Member, YLS Committee Chicago Bar Association

Member, Section on Tort Litigation

Member, Minorities in the Profession

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Member, Civil Practice & Rules Committee

Member, Civil Rights & Criminal Law Committe 

  • American Bar Association

Member, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section

Member, Law Practice Management Section

  • Florida A&M University’s NAA Past Chicago Chapter President
  • Florida A&M University’s NAA Past Midwest regional Vice-President
  • United Fire Protection, Board of Directors
  • Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Bethel New Life, Former Member
  • Universal Fire Protection, Board of Directors
  • Former Community Representative, Dr. Edward Alexander Bouchet Math & Science Academy, Local School Council Member
  • Former Member Representative, HBCU College Consortium
  • Honored Member, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2003-2004 edition
  • Panelist, Exhale Talk Show
  • Volunteer, Obama for Illinois
  • Citizens for a New Horizon, Board Member Former Member

Speaking Engagements

Panelist – “ Perspective” Talk Show , Recognizing Nursing Home Abuse and Negligence

Repeat Guest on WVON’s The Cliff Kelley Show

The Role of the ARDC Hearing Officer, John Marshall Law School

Protecting Your Loved Ones in Nursing Homes, ABJ Services, August 2006

Introduction to Nursing Home Abuse, Cook County Bar Association, April 2007

The Multi-Level Nursing Home Corporate Structure: Transparency, Accountability and Common Sense 2009ense.  Yao O. Dinizulu, Esq., and Jennifer Matta, Esq. 2009

How to Start Your Own Practice, Loyola School of Law, 2011

How to Start Your Own Practice, John Marshall Law School, 2011

How to Start Your Own Practice, DePaul School of Law, 2011, 2012

How to Start Your Own Practice, IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law, 2011

How to Start Your Own Practice, John Marshall Law School, October 2012, 2013

Representative Verdicts & Settlements

Doe(s) v. Municipality Case Sealed

Settlement $3,000,000.00 Child Sexual Abuse

Marshay Johnson v. Advocate Health & Hospitals Corp. Case No. 06 l 1924

Settlement $2,350,000.00 Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death

Lynnette Williams v. Bodine Electric Co. Case No. 02 L 008231

Verdict $1,779,349.00 – Wrongful Termination

Eugene Taylor et al v. Total Facility Maintenance Inc. Case No.05 L 4681

Settlement $1,000,000.00 – Premises Liability

The Estate of Doe v. ABC Agency Case No. 02 L 003106

Partial Settlement Trial Pending $725,000.00 — Wrongful Death

The Estate of Williams Wilson v. Wilson Care Inc. Case No. 01 L 001162

Settlement $700,000.00 – Nursing Home Negligence

Patricia Wilson et al. vs. Chicago Housing Authority et al. Case No. 2008 L 000836

Settlement $675,000.00 – Gas Explosion Second Degree Burns

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