Meet Athena Farmakis: Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

Athena Farmakis

VanDerGinst Law is pleased to announce that attorney Athena Farmakis has joined the firm.

Athena graduated from DePaul University College of Law.


With over 25 years of litigation experience, Athena brings a unique, well-rounded, balanced career having tried 67 jury trials and hundreds of bench trials in complex and media-sensitive cases.

Athena dedicated most of her legal career to serving the public for over 20 years as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney.

Known for her zealous advocacy, Athena fought for the rights of countless victims and their families in homicide, sexual assault, child abuse and many other violent crimes often resulting in personal and catastrophic injury.

She also led the prosecution of countless weapons, narcotics, and financial crimes cases.

Her dedication and hard work have afforded her with vast, wide-ranging trial expertise and knowledge of the litigation process.

She has additional experience in real estate, having managed a multi-unit apartment building attending to tenant disputes, tax appeal matters, and capital improvement projects.

Athena is very active in her community and is committed to people and issues outside of the courtroom.

She currently serves as president of her 30-story high-rise condominium association on the north-side of Chicago where she presides over disciplinary and mediation hearings and works closely with association attorneys in managing legal disputes.

Athena is a member and supports numerous local bar associations and is the current secretary of the Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois.

She has represented clients in immigration matters for the Hellenic Bar’s pro bono legal clinic which serves low-income members of the Greek community of Chicago.

Underscoring her commitment to diversity and our youth, Athena has served on the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s scholarship committee and was an instructor for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, “Lawyers in the Classroom” program for Chicago area middle schools.

She loves dogs and cherishes her volunteer work at animal shelters. She enjoys being active and is a regular cyclist, runner, and tennis player.

Contact VanDerGinst Law

If you or a loved one have been injured, contact VanDerGinst Law today.

We have knowledgeable and experienced attorneys who can help guide you through the complexities of your case and help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve.

The consultation is free and there is never a fee unless we win.

Call VanDerGinst Law at 800-797-5391.

The law is tough, being injured is tougher.

We’ll make it easier for you.

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