Bradley D. Melzer

Civil Litigation

Brad is an experience trial lawyer, who has litigated civil, criminal, and workers’ compensation cases throughout Illinois.

Brad has been recognized for his work as a top 10 Personal Injury attorney and has been sought as an expert witness for his knowledge of Workers’ Compensation.

National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys

NAOPIA has awarded Brad Melzer as becoming one of the Top 10 Attorneys across the nation for the year of 2022


Prior to joining Cronauer Law, Brad worked as a defense attorney representing insurance companies before the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission. He handled all aspect of worker’s compensation claims from initial case assessments, medical records review, negotiations, depositions, and trials. Brad is well versed in all level of claims from permanent partial disability claims, to loss of trade and wage loss, to permanent and total disability claims.

Brad also handled Occupational Diseases, from fume and chemical claims to COVID-19 claims.

Brad handled cases before Arbitrators, Commissioners, Circuit Court and Appellate Courts.

Brad has also tried hundreds of cases through his five and half years at the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

In both trials before a Judge and Jury, Brad presented all types of cases from petty traffic, misdemeanors, DUI, domestic violence, financial crimes, property crimes, juvenile, illegal and prescription drugs, and violent crimes to class X felonies.

Brad was also involved in Grand Jury proceedings, subpoenas and investigations, and witness and victim consultations.


Brad graduated from Illinois State University in 2008 with bachelor degrees in History and Political Science with Honors and from the Honors Program.

Brad earned his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2011 and passed the bar the same year.

During Law School, Brad worked for Judge Julia Jent in Porter County Indiana and at the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to bring familial DNA collection and use to the state.

Brad lives in Aurora with his wife and two children.


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