SCOTT C. SANDS
Graduate of Southern Methodist University, 1983, BA, English;
John Marshall Law School, 1986, Juris Doctor (JD).
Admitted to practice: State of Illinois, 1986; United States Federal
Court in the Northern District of Illinois, 1991; Northern District of
Indiana, 2002; Western District of Tennessee, 2002.
Member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyer's
Association and the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.
Five years as a trial attorney with the Public Defender's Office in
Joined Sands & Associates in 1991, and has tried and settled multi-
million dollar FELA cases, in addition to other personal injury
matters, in both State and Federal Courts.
Since 2012, the BLET recommends using a lawyer
who is a member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys (ARLA).
Scott Sands has been a member in good standing if ARLA since
JOHN C. SANDS
Represented railroad workers for over 40 years, obtaining
substantial jury verdicts and settlements.
Raised in a railroad family, John worked in the roundhouse of the
Milwaukee Road as a machinist - helper after high school before
Served in the Korean War from September, 1951 to September,
1953, stationed 16 months in Korea.
Graduate of the University of Illinois, 1951, BA History; John
Marshall Law School, 1958, Legum Doctor, Doctor of Laws, (LLD);
John Marshall Law School, 1970, Juris Doctor Degree (JD)
Admitted to practice: State of Illinois, 1959; Federal Court, 1960;
Supreme Court of the United States, 1974; U.S. Court of Appeals,
7th District, 1988
Member of: Illinois State Bar Association; Illinois Trial Lawyers
Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Chicago Bar
Association; Trial Lawyers of Chicago; American Board of Trial
Advocates; Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys.
OUR FIRM IS FORTUNATE TO HAVE SHARING OUR OFFICE:
JAMES N. VAIL
Mr. Vail is a graduate of Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, 1960
BS & Juris Doctor (JD). He has practiced law for over 40 years,
specializing in civil litigation. His availability to assist with
research, motions, briefs, and on occasion participation in a trial is
important to protect issues for possible appeal. He has handled
many appeals to both State and Federal Appellate and Supreme