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G. Kimball MacCloskey

Kim was born on November 2, 1951. His family moved to Rockford, Illinois, in the summer of 1954. In many respects his life started shortly after the family moved into their new house on Rockton Avenue that summer. On October 14, 1954, the local Gas & Electric Company was installing a gas meter in the house. While they did, they let natural gas fill the house (they hadn’t turned it off at the street or even opened a window). When they lit the gas water heater, the spark caused two explosions to rock the house. To this day the northwest corner of the house is knocked out about two inches.

Kim sustained third degree burns on his face, head and hands. His father Jack was burned from his mid-thighs upward since he was standing in the basement watching the work being done. His burns were even more serious than Kim’s.

Kim’s mother was upstairs making lunch for his 8 year old brother who was walking home from Summerdale School. She was burned so badly that she died on November 7.

The Gas Company employees both escaped, virtually unhurt. Kim was carried upstairs by his father. The mailman, who just happened to be coming by when this happened, brought Kim’s mother out of the house wrapped in his coat. His coat was destroyed. The newspaper hailed him as a hero, and the community pitched in to buy him a new coat.
Kim and his parents were all transported to the Rockford Memorial Hospital, which was only a few blocks away. Kim was taken in the car of a passer-by, the others in an ambulance. Kim and his father were patients at Rockford Memorial for six months.

Unfortunately, Kim’s father’s choice for legal representation did not lead to a fair result. His settlement was very modest and left his family to rely on the goodwill of others.

This experience had a great impact on Kim’s life and led him to his work as a trial lawyer. Kim knows what it is like to be injured and dedicated his practice to helping injury victims just like his own family. Kim takes it personally when insurance companies or defense attorneys try to take advantage of his clients. He simply will not tolerate his clients being taken advantage of, just like he wouldn’t have let them take unfair advantage of his own family.

Kim attended grade school, Junior High and High School in Rockford, graduating from Guilford High in 1969. Thereafter, Kim went to Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, graduating in June of 1973. Kim later went to The Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Illinois, where he graduated in May of 1989, magna cum laude and #4 in his class.

After law school Kim briefly worked at District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul, Minnesota, moving back to Rockford to work for a Chicago Insurance Defense firm and later a local plaintiff’s firm prior to starting his own firm in 1998.
Kim has represented thousands of people for all imaginable types of injuries. He has successfully tried cases in Winnebago, Cook, Boone, Whiteside, Stevenson and McLean Counties in Illinois, and represented injury victims throughout northern and central Illinois.

Kim is licensed to practice law in Illinois, before the United States Tax Court, and the Federal Courts in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He serves as an arbitrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit and private arbitrations. Kim is a member of the million dollar advocate’s forum, multimillion dollar advocate’s forum, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and The American Association for Justice. Kim was voted best personal injury lawyer in Rockford by the Rockford Register Star for both 2016 and 2017.

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Kim was born on November 2, 1951. His family moved to Rockford, Illinois, in the summer of 1954. In many respects his life started shortly after the family moved into their new house on Rockton Avenue that summer. On October 14, 1954, the local Gas & Electric Company was installing a gas meter in the house. While they did, they let natural gas fill the house (they hadn’t turned it off at the street or even opened a window). When they lit the gas water heater, the spark caused two explosions to rock the house. To this day the northwest corner of the house is knocked out about two inches.

Kim sustained third degree burns on his face, head and hands. His father Jack was burned from his mid-thighs upward since he was standing in the basement watching the work being done. His burns were even more serious than Kim’s.

Kim’s mother was upstairs making lunch for his 8 year old brother who was walking home from Summerdale School. She was burned so badly that she died on November 7.

The Gas Company employees both escaped, virtually unhurt. Kim was carried upstairs by his father. The mailman, who just happened to be coming by when this happened, brought Kim’s mother out of the house wrapped in his coat. His coat was destroyed. The newspaper hailed him as a hero, and the community pitched in to buy him a new coat.
Kim and his parents were all transported to the Rockford Memorial Hospital, which was only a few blocks away. Kim was taken in the car of a passer-by, the others in an ambulance. Kim and his father were patients at Rockford Memorial for six months.

Unfortunately, Kim’s father’s choice for legal representation did not lead to a fair result. His settlement was very modest and left his family to rely on the goodwill of others.

This experience had a great impact on Kim’s life and led him to his work as a trial lawyer. Kim knows what it is like to be injured and dedicated his practice to helping injury victims just like his own family. Kim takes it personally when insurance companies or defense attorneys try to take advantage of his clients. He simply will not tolerate his clients being taken advantage of, just like he wouldn’t have let them take unfair advantage of his own family.

Kim attended grade school, Junior High and High School in Rockford, graduating from Guilford High in 1969. Thereafter, Kim went to Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, graduating in June of 1973. Kim later went to The Northern Illinois University College of Law in DeKalb, Illinois, where he graduated in May of 1989, magna cum laude and #4 in his class.

After law school Kim briefly worked at District Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service in St. Paul, Minnesota, moving back to Rockford to work for a Chicago Insurance Defense firm and later a local plaintiff’s firm prior to starting his own firm in 1998.
Kim has represented thousands of people for all imaginable types of injuries. He has successfully tried cases in Winnebago, Cook, Boone, Whiteside, Stevenson and McLean Counties in Illinois, and represented injury victims throughout northern and central Illinois.

Kim is licensed to practice law in Illinois, before the United States Tax Court, and the Federal Courts in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois. He serves as an arbitrator for the 17th Judicial Circuit and private arbitrations. Kim is a member of the million dollar advocate’s forum, multimillion dollar advocate’s forum, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and The American Association for Justice. Kim was voted best personal injury lawyer in Rockford by the Rockford Register Star for both 2016 and 2017.

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