Andrew J. Purcell – Senior Associate
Andrew J. Purcell, a native of Kankakee, returned to his roots after 16 years of practice in Chicago. The rewarding experience of helping injured persons and their families led Andy to join the like-minded team at Spiros Law in 2015. He brings his skills as an experienced courtroom lawyer to serve clients in the Kankakee area, Central Illinois, and beyond.
His career includes 12 years, seven years as a partner, at a national law firm in Chicago, where he handled complex cases involving industrial accidents, electrocutions, auto/trucking accidents, fires, explosions, and building collapse. Andy is a fierce advocate in the courtroom and has been involved in 30 trials and more than 100 arbitrations and mediations.
Andy’s results for injury plaintiffs include obtaining a $5 million verdict for a 13-year-old girl who lost her parents and infant brother who were killed in an accident with a tractor-trailer. It was believed to be the largest wrongful death verdict in Dalton County, Georgia at that time. He has obtained favorable settlements for his clients in a variety of cases, ranging from auto accidents to a fatal helicopter crash.
He is a graduate of Eastern Illinois University and The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and was a member of the JMLS Law Review and a national Moot Court competition team.
Andy is licensed in Illinois, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.
From 2006 to 2014, Andy was named to Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine’s Rising Stars list, recognizing well-respected attorneys under age 40. In 2019 and 2020 Andy was awarded the title of Leading Lawyer from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Andy is a member of the Kankakee County and Illinois State bar associations.
Andy enjoys spending his free time with his wife, three children, and his large extended family. His is also involved in a variety of community organizations including being on the Board of Directors for Bishop McNamara Catholic High School, a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Kankakee and the Co-Chair of the church’s Capital Campaign Committee. He is also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 745 and was a Co-Chair of the 2009 Kankakee County Courthouse Centennial Celebration