The Legal Team At Lucas and Cardenas Is Dedicated To Helping People Harmed By Careless And Negligent Acts

The best way to choose legal representation is to talk to a lawyer in person. We will take the time to connect with you, understand your concerns and help you throughout the legal process. We will give you the personal service that you cannot find at a “big” firm in Chicago.

With over 75 years of combined jury trial experience, we have discovered that success is determined by listening to a client’s concerns, determining facts and representing them in a convincing and truthful manner.

Meet Your Legal Team

Attorney Nick Loizzi

Nick Loizzi


After earning his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, Nick studied law at the John Marshall Law School. “I learned to love the law. In my mind, the law is at the forefront of the movement to preserve people’s rights. If not for the law, big business, individually and through its billion-dollar insurance companies would trample the average citizen. The law levels the playing field.  In a courtroom, no one party is mightier than the other. A jury of our peers listens to the facts and assigns responsibility. You can’t get that anywhere else in the world. We are the only nation that allows jury trials for people who have been injured as a consequence of another’s negligence.”

Nick opened his own office so that he could work and help his own clients. “I worked for other firms and helped their clients, but I felt that there was more than just winning a case. I wanted the relationships to be personal and to follow my clients through the years. I didn’t want the relationship to end once the case was over, I wanted to represent them again in future matters.”

“I keep in contact with all my clients, whether it’s a quarterly newsletter or a Christmas card. Clients always know where I am, what I am doing and where to contact me. I have maintained relationships with clients since 1996 when I first opened my firm.”


Attorney Katherine A. Cárdenas

Katherine A. Cárdenas


Ms. Cárdenas has more than 20 years of experience representing adults and minors who have suffered debilitating injuries in every area of personal injury. Ms. Cárdenas is a member of the highly esteemed Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum due to her repeated success in winning multimillion-dollar settlements for her clients. And in 2012 was recognized as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers. She prides herself on tenaciously representing her clients from day one to the very end.

She is an Indiana University graduate and obtained her law degree from Loyola University School of Law Chicago. Ms. Cárdenas has tried numerous cases in Cook County, Will County, and Lake County, Illinois. She has represented clients in Federal Court and has argued before the Supreme Court of Illinois. Ms. Cárdenas is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.


attorney Shauna Reitz

Shauna Reitz


Shauna grew up in St. Louis and attended undergraduate and law school at Valparaiso University in Indiana. After graduation, she practiced in litigation for over 13 years and became a partner in charge of a litigation team trying over 40 jury cases to verdict. Her primary responsibility was defending civil lawsuits on behalf of insurance companies.
She joined the Lucas and Cardenas in 2002 to focus on plaintiff’s cases. Her extensive background on the “other side” of the lawsuit has given her insights into navigating the process. “Generating a good offense by knowing which defense to anticipate is key.”