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Elise Ruff

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Injury Attorney Steven J. Malman

Elise Ruff

Elise Ruff is a graduate from The John Marshall Law School. While she was a student, Elise clerked for the Honorable Justice E. Gordon of the First District, 4th Division. She assisted in drafting various opinions and fine-tuned her analytical research skills. Elise was the Candidacy Editor of the Review of Intellectual Property Law. She competed in the National Cultural Heritage Law Moot Court Competition on behalf of John Marshall. She was a supervising teaching assistant for Professor Maureen Kordesh in her Property Law Class for two years. Her comment was published in the John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law Journal.

Prior to joining Malman Law, Elise worked as a law clerk at Motherway & Napleton for two years. As a law clerk, Elise assisted on complex medical malpractice, products liability, and construction negligence cases. Prior to Motherway & Napleton, Elise worked as a law clerk for Jennifer Irmen where she also focused on Plaintiff’s personal injury.

Attorney Elise is committed to zealously representing families and individuals who have been injured due to nursing home and medical negligence. She prides herself on her “client-first” approach and makes herself readily available to clients to discuss their case.

Elise is originally from Indiana, and enjoys spending time with her family whenever possible. In her free time, Elise enjoys traveling, reading, and supporting the Indiana Hoosier basketball team.

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Juris Doctor, The John Marshall law School

B.A. in Political Science, Indiana University

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Women’s Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Firm Awards & Recognitions

Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list. The list is issued by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. A description of the selection methodology can be found at

  • Steven Malman was selected to the list for 2018-2019.

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.

    Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership.

  • Top Attorneys Diamond Member

  • Top Attorneys of North America 2019-2020

  • The American Institute of Trial Lawyers is an invitation only professional organization composed of premier trial attorneys from each state. These attorneys exemplify the very best qualities and qualifications of an attorney. Each attorney must meet stringent qualifications as a civil or criminal trial attorney. These attorneys practice in a variety of fields to help and promote the ethical and elite practice of law. Selection is based on a thorough multi phase process which includes peer nominations and third party research. Each member must be in good standing with their local compliance organization. Membership is extended to only a select few in each state and/or region.

  • As the founder of Steven J. Malman and Associates, P.C., Attorney Steven Malman has 21 years of experience handling personal injury, nursing home, medical malpractice, premises liability, construction and workers’ compensation cases. Mr. Malman is one of Chicago’s leading authorities on personal injury law and has taken a special interest in defending the elderly from neglect and abuse. He has personally handled over 10,000 cases successfully, and collected hundreds of millions dollars for his clients.

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  • "I'm very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I've been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion! "

    - Cheryl Wagemann
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