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Edward Kraus

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For over a decade, Edward Kraus has focused his legal practice on representing clients seeking compensation for injuries either caused by or exacerbated by vaccines. As a vaccine injury attorney representing clients throughout the United States, Ed has seen, time-and-time again, the life-changing effects vaccine injuries can cause. With a client base made up of both children and adults who have suffered injuries ranging from minor to life-altering, Ed understands that his clients have truly suffered, and invests fully in fighting to obtain the best possible results through the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP).

In addition to understanding the true human cost of a vaccine injury, Ed has a unique perspective on the way the vaccine injury program is administered. From September 2011 to December 2016, he served on the Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV), a commission that consists of nine members who provide input to the Secretary of Health & Human Services regarding the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. He is also active in the Vaccine Injured Petitioner’s Bar and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

For more than 20 years Ed has also been a Clinical Professor of Law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago, Illinois. At Chicago-Kent, Ed directs the Federal Health Litigation Clinic, where, along with his associates, Amy Kraus and Brynna Gang, his practice focuses solely on representing the vaccine injured.

Prior to joining Chicago-Kent, he was an attorney at the law firm of Plotkin, Jacobs & Orlofksy, Ltd., where he focused on complex civil litigation and consumer class actions. Before that, he represented low-income clients as an attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin. Professor Kraus received a B.A. (Phi Beta Kappa) in English from the University of Michigan and a J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ed lives in a near-north suburb of Chicago with his wife, Amy, with whom he has two grown sons. On a sunny day (or any day), you can find Ed and Amy out at the dog park with their yellow lab, Scout.

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Education:

  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., J.D. (Cum Laude), 1993
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, B.A. English, 1988

Professional Memberships and Associations:

  • Vaccine Injured Petitioners Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Volunteer and Community Activities:

  • Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines, Department of Health & Human Services, Member (Appointed by Sec. of HHS, 2011 - 2016)
  • Member of the Vaccine Committee of the Advisory Council to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims (2015 - Present)
  • Health & Disability Advocates, Board Member (2000 - 2013), Board President (2003 - 2005)
  • American Diabetes Association, Community Leadership Board (2010 - 2014)

Speeches and Presentations:

  • May 2016, Panelist at the Unites States Court of Federal Claims Bar Conference on the topic of "Current Practice and Trends in Settlement and ADR in the Vaccine Program.
  • September 2015, Presentation on the "Proposed Changes to the Vaccine Injury Table" at the Vaccine Injured Petitioner's Bar Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • November 2011, "Advocating for the Rights of Students with Diabetes," Webinar sponsored by the National Disability Rights Network (training for attorneys).
  • October 2010, "Assessment of Health Care Reform Act," panelist, sponsored by IIT-Chicago-Kent Health Law Society panelist, Chicago, Illinois.
  • March 2010, Testimony to Senate Public Health Committee in support of the Care of Students with Diabetes Act, Springfield, Illinois.
  • November 2009, "Fighting for Fairness: Ending Discrimination against Students and Workers with Diabetes" American Diabetes Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • June 2009, "Section 504 Eligibility Process: New Strategies, Information and Tools for School Advocates" American Diabetes Association Webinar.
  • April 2008, "Disability, Diabetes and the Law," Speaker at Law School Symposium "Diabetes: Solutions for the 21st Century: Research Economics, Policy and Ethics."
  • 2008-2010, Periodic Community Outreach Presentations with the American Diabetes Association concerning the legal rights of students with disabilities.
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