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Coplan + Crane Elevates 3 Associate Attorneys To Partner

OAK PARK, IL (January 9, 2020) – The Oak Park law firm of Coplan + Crane has announced that three associate attorneys – Blake Vance, Stephen Blecha and Ervin Nevitt – have all been made partners.

“These attorneys have all done outstanding work on behalf of our clients and have been instrumental in the growth of our firm,” said Benjamin Crane, managing partner and co-founder of Coplan + Crane. “We are honored to make them partners.”

Crane said all three attorneys have played crucial roles in big cases over the past several years, including a $4.8 million verdict for a woman who lost her son in a Chicago shooting, a $3 million settlement in a wrongful death case involving a downed stop sign, a $1.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case, an $11.5 million settlement in a bad faith insurance case and a record $15 million verdict for the family of a woman killed in a truck accident.

Attorney Blake Vance joined the firm in 2011 as a paralegal, becoming an associate attorney in 2012 after earning his law degree from John Marshall Law School. In 2017, he was named one of the Forty Under 40 attorneys in Chicago by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Attorney Stephen Blecha started with the firm as a clerk in 2011 and became an associate attorney in 2012 after earning his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, serving as a member of the Amicus Committee, and was a contributor to the ITLA Medical Malpractice Notebook.

Attorney Ervin Nevitt started at the firm as a paralegal in 2012, becoming an associate after graduating from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2014. He has been very active in the American Association for Justice, serving as a Board of Governors Representative and on many committees.

About Coplan + Crane

Coplan + Crane handles a variety of cases involving negligence that has resulted in personal injury. The firm’s practice areas include medical malpractice, as well as car and truck crashes, train accidents, workers’ compensation and other personal injury cases.

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