Craig M. Sandberg is a partner with the law firm of Muslin & Sandberg in Chicago, Illinois. He litigates a wide variety of civil cases including medical malpractice, personal injury, and commercial cases, as well as criminal defense matters. Mr. Sandberg has received Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV® Preeminent™” rating, which is the highest peer review rating in professional ethics and legal ability.
Mr. Sandberg represents clients in trials, arbitrations, and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States. He has first-chaired over 25 cases through to jury and bench verdicts, and has arbitrated over 80 cases in numerous forums, including the American Arbitration Association and the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration programs.
Craig has handled constitutional and appellate litigation in the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Illinois, and other courts throughout the country.
From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Sandberg was in private practice; from 2004 to 2007, he served as an Assistant States Attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Armed with this valuable experience, he returned to the private practice of law in 2007.
Mr. Sandberg’s skill as a trial lawyer have led him to a number of positions teaching both law students and attorneys. In addition to Craig's active personal injury practice, he is an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, teaching trial advocacy. He served previously at the John Marshall Law School teaching legal writing skills.
Craig has also served as an instructor with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and its deposition program. In November 2006, Craig was invited to and participated in NITA’s Pacific Teacher Training class on teaching advocacy skills in San Francisco, California. Mr. Sandberg was an instructor with the CBA College of Trial Advocacy. He was an instructor for the Federal Trial Bar Training Course on the art of expert examination at trial.
Recognition in the Legal Community
Mr. Sandberg was recognized as one of the 2014, 2013, and 2012 “Super Lawyers” and 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 “Rising Stars” by Law & Politics and the publishers of Chicago magazine, and in 2007 as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He also received the 2004 Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for his work on behalf of the indigent.
Areas of Practice
Medical Malpractice and Hospital Negligence
Maritime Law / Maritime Litigation
Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Litigation
Qui Tam / Whistleblower
Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Litigation & Appeals
Federal Appellate Practice
Federal Trial Practice
State Appellate Practice
State Trial Practice
U.S. Courts of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Supreme Court of the United States
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, Juris Doctor. 1998
Staff Editor, Journal of Computer & Information Law
Student Bar Association
Externships: Honorable Ronald A. Guzman, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (1997) and the Honorable Allen A. Freeman, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division (1996).
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, Bachelor of Arts, 1994
AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Illinois Super Lawyers – 2014
Leading Lawyers Network – 2014
Illinois Super Lawyers – 2013
Leading Lawyers Network – 2013
Illinois Super Lawyers – 2012
Leading Lawyers Network – 2012
Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars – 2011
Leading Lawyers Network – 2011
Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars – 2010
Leading Lawyers Network – 2010
Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars – 2009
Leading Lawyers Network – 2009
Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars – 2008
Leading Lawyers Network – 2008
40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch – 2007
Who’s Who in America®, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, and 69th Editions
Who’s Who in American Law®, 15th Edition – 2007
Young Lawyers’ Section of the Chicago Bar Association
Rising Star Award - 2005
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service Award – 2004
Illinois State Bar Association
John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award Nominee – 2004
Who’s Who: American Law Students, 16th & 17th Editions
Chicago Bar Foundation
Past Member, Young Professionals Board of Directors
Gilda’s Club of Chicago
Past Member, Associate Board of Directors
Chicago Gateway Green
Past Member, Underwriting Committee
Service to the Bar
Chicago Bar Association
Past Member, 2006 Nominating Committee
Past Member, Strategic Planning Committee
Past Member, CBA Record Editorial Board
Past Chair, Medical-Legal Relations Committee
Past Chair, Federal Civil Practice Committee
Past Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee
Past Member, Young Lawyers’ Section Executive Council
Past Member, Young Lawyers’ Section Delegate to the ABA
Past Chair, Young Lawyers’ Section Bankruptcy Committee
Past Chair, Younger Lawyers’ Section Federal Trial Bar Training Course
Illinois State Bar Association
Past Member, Young Lawyers Division Council
American Bar Association
Past Member, Section of Litigation
Past Co-Chair, Jury Instructions Subcommittee of the Trial Evidence Committee
Federal Bar Association
Past Member, National Young Lawyers Division, Board of Directors
Past Member, National Young Lawyers Division Delegate to the ABA
Past Member, Board of Directors for the Chicago Chapter
Past Chair, Younger Lawyers for the Chicago Chapter
Cook County Mandatory Arbitration
Panelist, “2nd Annual Chicago’s Top Attorneys Under 40 Share Tools for Success,” Chicago Bar Association (February 2009).
Moderator, “Avoiding a Communicable Disease Crisis: An Update on Isolation and Quarantine Issues in Illinois,” Chicago Bar Association (June 2007).
Panelist, “Civility in the Profession: How to Act Like a Professional and How to Benefit from Relationships with Opposing Counsel,” part of Life After Law School program by the Chicago Bar Association (October 2006).
Panelist, “Ethics/ARDC Issues,” part of Pleadings and Motions: A Symposium for Judges and Lawyersprogram by the Illinois State Bar Association (September 2006).
Host, “Federal Civil Practice: Civility and Professional Responsibility,” Chicago Bar Association (May 2006).
Panelist, “Making a Good Impression at the Interview: Interviewing Strategies Session,” part of Skills Programming Series at The John Marshall Law School (February 2006).