Nat P. Ozmon, senior member and founder of Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd., and a stalwart of the American Association for Justice, died at age 86 of natural causes, Wednesday, September 14, at his home in Chicago. He was a personal-injury-law innovator and masterful to watch in the courtroom.
Born in Davenport, Iowa, Nat attended college at New York University and received his law degree from Northwestern University, where he ranked first in his class. He was elected to the Board of Law Review Editors and installed in the Order of the Coif.
Nat remained a leader throughout his 40-year career as a trial and appellate lawyer, working tirelessly to preserve and enhance the rights of injured victims. His pioneering approaches to his clients' cases resulted in several groundbreaking precedents in personal-injury law. In 2010, the American Association for Justice presented Nat with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of justice. He also received the Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 from the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association for his commitment to victims’ rights and trial by jury.
Nat was a leader of the bar and served on the managing boards of the American Association for Justice, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Society of Trial Lawyers. He was a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, certified by the American Board of Trial Advocates, a diplomat of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, and a fellow and founder of the Roscoe Pound Foundation, the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, and the Institute for Injury Reduction.
For most of his career, Nat was a teacher of law. He was an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law where for a decade he taught trial advocacy to senior law students. For more than 50 years he lectured and contributed many articles to legal publications and was a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, the Court Practice Institute, and the Illinois College of Advocacy. The Harvard Law School Study listed Nat as one of the “Best Lawyers in America.”
He is survived by his wife, June Maguire Ozmon; his children, Nat P. Ozmon, Jr.; Laird Ozmon; Lorna Ozmon; Kelle Ozmon; Rachel Maguire; and his six grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Salvation Army,
Visitation will be September 18, 2011, from 2:00-7:00 p.m. at Lakeview Funeral Home, 1528 West Belmont, Chicago.
A memorial service will be September 19, at 11:00 a.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago.