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Anthony “TJ” Danhelka is an associate in MG+M’s Chicago office. An experienced litigator, Anthony’s practice focuses on the defense of premises liability, product liability, mass-tort, and toxic tort matters including asbestos litigation. He also has experience defending utilities companies, product manufacturers, premises owners, construction companies, and trucking/transportation related companies in matters involving catastrophic injuries, wrongful death, and property damage.  

As a former NCAA All-American athlete, Anthony understands that preparation is the key to success. As a trial attorney, Anthony has prepared and actively participated in the defense and trials of cases throughout the nation. Prior to joining MG+M, he was a senior member of several trial teams responsible for developing and implementing trial strategy for premises owners and product manufacturers in asbestos litigation and other matters involving catastrophic injuries/wrongful death. He has conducted direct examinations and cross-examinations of plaintiffs, fact, and expert witnesses. He has prepared and argued substantive motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, and motions in limine in State and Federal Court and participated as the second-chair attorney at trial. He has coordinated the defense for clients from coast to coast in some of the nation’s most difficult jurisdictions.  

Anthony is licensed in the state of Illinois and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois. Additionally, Anthony has been admitted pro hac vice in several jurisdictions including California, North Carolina, New Jersey, and Ohio. 

Anthony was recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers-Rising Star in 2020–2022. He has also been recognized as “One to Watch” by Best Lawyers. He is a two-time NCAA All-American in Swimming. He a member of the Order of Barristers, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Chicago Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Defense Counsel, and Illinois Bar Association.


  • Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2020–2023
  • Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions—Defendants (2022–2024), Product Liability Litigation—Defendants (2022–2024), Personal Injury Litigation—Defendants (2024)


  • Order of Barristers
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Illinois Bar Association


  • DePaul University College of Law, JD
  • Wheaton College, BA

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Southern District of Illinois