A 2024 College of Workers' Compensation Fellow

The CWCL Motto:

Workers’ compensation is a very important field of the law, if not the most important. It touches more lives than any other field of law. It involves huge sums of money. The welfare of human beings, the success of business, and the pocketbooks of consumers are affected daily by it.

Judge E. R. Mills, Singletary v. Mangham Construction,

418 S.2d 1138 (Fla. 1st DCA, 1982)

As an attorney, it’s nice to receive an award that recognizes your work. When it comes to workers’ compensation law, being honored for your work by highly skilled peers and judges across the country is even more gratifying.

I was proud this month to be part of the 2024 class inducted into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers. Being made a Fellow based on my experience and reputation is an honor.

The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers was established to recognize attorneys in the United States who distinguish themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation law. Nominees must have at least 20 years of experience representing plaintiffs, defendants, judges, education, or legislation.

I’m proud to have reached this milestone in my career while knowing I have many more years ahead to advocate for injured clients in order to get them the compensation they deserve.

At Ankin Law we have several practice areas including personal injury, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, and death cases handled by an extremely talented group of attorneys and legal staff.

For me, workers’ compensation law is personal. It’s a practice area I pursued early in my career. Take one look at the CWCL motto and you’ll see one of the reasons I became a lawyer.

- Howard

Howard reflects on his induction to the CWCL

When you see an advertiser like Howard Ankin on tv, buses, and billboards, it may appear as though he is an attorney businessman and the "face" of the firm. And that would not be accurate. Howard handles a caseload, goes to trial alongside our attorneys, and was recently one of only two dozen attorneys in the country to be inducted as a fellow into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers. Here, he looks back on what this honor means. WATCH Howard


Legal Assistant Latoya Griffith

“I wanted to be a resource and more helpful to injured people so I made the choice to switch from defense to plaintiff work.”

- Latoya Griffith

When Latoya Griffith came to Ankin Law to continue her legal career she was essentially switching sides. At her previous firm, Latoya helped big companies defend against claims filed by injured workers.

That all changed when she arrived at Ankin Law, this time working in favor of those who were injured to get aid, both financially and medically.

“I wanted to be more of a resource and more helpful to injured people.” said Griffith regarding the switch to Ankin Law. Latoya has done so the last few years at the firm, mostly working as a legal assistant to attorney and partner Derek Lax on workers’ compensation cases. 

WATCH Latoya Griffith

An attorney team secures a young girl's future

After getting a phone call that no parent wants to get, Scott N. made one that helped his family navigate a severe injury and long recovery. A school science experiment gone wrong left his young daughter with second and third-degree burns on her face and hand that required months of treatment. Howard began working on the case himself after speaking to Scott who was referred to Ankin Law by a family member.

Howard researched the future medical issues that would impact his young client. Ankin Law medical malpractice attorney Jeff Schulkin later joined the team, leveraging Jeff’s expertise in the medical field to secure a significant settlement.

“Ankin Law has the resources to handle complex injury cases like this one,” said Howard. “Our legal team conducted extensive research and attorney Jeff Schulkin identified an expert witness to project future risks of injury due to the underlying nature of the burn.” 

The firm also provided structured investments of settlement proceeds to provide funds for future treatment.

“No matter what the risks of future injuries are, the resources are in place to deal with whatever may come up," said Jeff. “To be able to help out on a case like this is a wonderful feeling.”

WATCH Howard Ankin and Jeff Schulkin


Mass Torts

Ankin Law is investigating a cause

of action against a number of products linked to illiness and death in Illinois such as Hair Relaxer, Round Up, NEC, Camp Lejeune, and PFAS. If you have questions about a mass tort, call Ankin Law 312.600.0000.