Representing Employees And Labor Unions Exclusively For Over 50 Years

Joshua N. Karmel

Joshua N. Karmel

Current Employment

  • Of Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment


Joshua leads Karmel and Torres’s workers’ compensation practice and serves as a zealous advocate for injured workers. Over the past 30 years, Joshua has successfully litigated thousands of claims and has recovered millions of dollars for injured workers throughout Illinois. Joshua is a frequent speaker on Illinois workers' compensation law and serves as a panelist at national and state workers' compensation events.

In addition to representing injured workers, Joshua represents individual employees who have been the victim of unlawful employment practices by their employers. Joshua has successfully represented individual employees in cases arising under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”), the Americans’ with Disabilities Act (“ADA”), the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), the Illinois Wage Payment and Collections Act, and a variety of Equal Employment Opportunity laws such as Title VII and the Illinois Human Rights Act.

Joshua joined Karmel & Torres in 2023, the firm his father founded over 50 years ago. He has spent his entire legal career devoted to representing injured workers and working people. An aggressive litigator, Joshua has gone head-to-head against many Fortune 500 companies and has successfully litigated against major public employers such as the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois on behalf of individual employees.

Joshua frequently practices in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission throughout Illinois and appears regularly in State and Federal courts throughout the state. Additionally, Joshua has handled numerous labor arbitrations on behalf of the firm’s various union clients and appeared before the National Labor Relations Board.


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D.
  • University of Wisconsin, Madison
    • B.A.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois Trial Bar

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association