Attorney Salvador J. Lopez is a partner at Robson & Lopez LLC. Along with partner Kathleen Robson, he formed the firm in 2012. Sal brings extensive litigation and trial experience to the firm, but believes that many times the best solution for the client is the one that is reached outside of the courtroom. That being said, he understands that sometimes a case can require extensive, aggressive litigation before the company on the other side finally “sees the light.” Ultimately, Sal is of the philosophy that it is always the client’s case, and it is the client that sets the goals for the case. The attorney’s job is to assist the client in reaching those goals.
After graduating from law school, Sal started his legal career at a law firm representing persons with disabilities in hearings before the Social Security Administration. After representing clients in over a hundred hearings, Sal left private practice and joined the Legal Assistance Foundation as a staff attorney. At LAF, Sal initially concentrated his work in representing senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals in subsidized housing evictions, utility disputes, and unemployment hearings. However, it was not until Sal joined LAF’s Consumer Protection Group that he found his true calling. In representing consumers, he fought feverishly inside and outside of the courtroom in cases including financing and mortgage fraud, contractor fraud, insurance fraud, predatory lending, foreclosure defense, modifications, bankruptcies, illegal collections, illegal repossessions, and credit reporting violations. In 2012, Sal left LAF to start Robson & Lopez LLC, where he passionately continues the fight against banks, corporations, and companies that abuse consumers and disregard the law in the name of increased profits.
With Robson & Lopez LLC, Sal implemented his vision of a client-centered law firm, which not only aggressively fights for the best interests of clients, but also takes the extra steps to empower its clients. Sal believes this is only possible when the client is fully educated about legal process, and about all the options that are available to that client. He understands that what may be a routine, everyday occurrence for an attorney, can be an extremely frustrating, if not terrifying, event for a client that doesn’t understand what is happening, or what is going to happen. Sal is adamant that educating a client about the legal process is just as important as representing that client in court. He became even more convinced of this after seeing how banks, companies, and corporations capitalize on consumers’ ignorance of the legal system to railroad them out of their rights.
Sal honorably served four years in the United States Navy, where he was forward deployed with a strike fighter squadron overseas for three years, and participated in both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a member of the Advisory Counsel for Illinois Legal Aid’s Spanish website – AyudaLegalIL.org. In 2012, Sal was appointed by Governor Quinn to a four-year term on the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation’s Real-Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board. Sal does extensive pro-bono work for the Legal Assistance Foundation, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and the Chicago Legal Clinic. He was born and raised in Chicago's south side.
Illinois; Federal District for the Northern District of Illinois.
Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. - 2008
University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. - 2006 - magna cum laude
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation’s Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board - Governor appointed Board Member
Illinois Legal Aid Online’s Ayuda Legal Advisory Council -
Chicago Volunteer Legal Services -Annual Pro Bono Volunteer Recognition Award 2013
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award 2013