(1937 - 2007)
Jerome Mirza was a role model for other lawyers both because of his tremendous success in the courtroom and because of his contributions to legal education. Mr. Mirza had numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and authored a variety of books, including "Illinois Tort Law and Practice" and "Winning Litigation the Mirza Way." He founded the Jerome Mirza College of Advocacy at Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Illinois. His influence stretched beyond Bloomington-Normal and Illinois, with cases referred to him by other lawyers. A perfectionist driven to succeed, and was a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association and past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. It was said of Mr. Mirza that he was in a class by himself - the standard for plaintiff's lawyers. Jerome Mirza died on October 12, 2007 at 69 years of age.