Martha Niles has handled over 4,000 cases throughout her career, where she fought tooth and nail to achieve the best settlements possible for her clients. She has gone to trial nearly 300 times and boasts an impressive 93% winning record in appealed cases. She is one of the hardest working women in Illinois, evident from the beginning of her law career, when she put herself through law school at IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law. During Martha’s very first job out of law school, she tried the Smith Case that became the seminal reference for the proposition that an employer cannot create a job and artificially inflate a wage just to avoid paying an 8(d)(1) wage differential.
From there she has gained over 24 years of experience, working on both sides of workers’ compensation law. Her experience provides insight on how the defense thinks, and allows her to anticipate their arguments, thus making her clients’ cases stronger in advance.
Martha is extremely compassionate and determined to help the hardworking people of Illinois who are only trying to receive the benefits they deserve in the face of a defense that tries to skirt responsibility.
“I know who the defense attorneys are and how to work with or around them,” Martha said. “I have a very real chance to help people who need assistance.”
Outside of the office Martha designs costumes and sets, set dressing, does sound, and acts at The Theatre of Western Springs. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association Chorus and co-chairs several committees and events. As if that was not impressive enough, she has a love for baking and is a gourmet cook.
- Workers’ Compensation
- JD, IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law
- BA, University of Maryland
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
- Chicago Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association Chorus