About Us

Diesel Injury Law is lead by attorney Andrew Hughes. Andrew has over 18 years of experience in the fields of toxic tort and FELA  litigation making him uniquely qualified to prosecute railroad cancer claims.

In fact, Andrew spent the majority of his career defending Class I railroads in FELA injury cases.  He also defended electrical conglomerates and brake manufacturers in asbestos-related wrongful death and catastrophic injury matters.

Andrew has litigated and tried cases against the country’s top toxic tort and FELA attorneys. He will work with accomplished experts in occupational medicine, oncology, toxicology and industrial hygiene to prove up your railroad cancer claim.

Andrew retired his defense litigator black hat in part, when he was asked a simple question by his son: Dad, do you help people at your work?

Heeding that call, and armed with a deep understanding of the subject matter, Andrew decided to focus his drive on helping railroad workers suffering from illnesses such as cancer and leukemia.

Diesel Injury Law was not founded as a general practice law firm. We don’t handle car accidents, wills and dog bites.  We are here to serve the many railroad workers suffering from illnesses resulting from workplace exposures to diesel exhaust, asbestos, solvents, creosote, second-hand smoke and many other toxins found in the railroads’ shops, locomotives, yards and main lines.

Andrew is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s List and where he was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award for service to the community.

He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Missouri state courts. He is a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, and he is admitted to practice in the Wisconsin Federal District Courts.


Tom Guillen – Attorney

Like Andrew, Tom began his practice defending large corporations in asbestos-related premises and product liability actions.  While working for an Am Law 100 national firm, Tom represented manufacturers of electrical components, automotive brakes, heavy trucks, semis, tractors, farm equipment, gaskets, pumps and valves.  In doing so, Tom has litigated against leading toxic tort law firms based throughout the United States.

The son of a journeyman insulator, Tom grew up on the Southside of Chicago.  In college, Tom became a member of the Local 17 Heat and Frost Insulators and he was actually licensed to remove asbestos.  Tom has worked in refineries, coal-fired power plants, and other commercial and industrial facilities and he appreciates that the employees and tradesmen make these places work.

Tom has spent the majority of his legal career working on cases involving pipefitters, mechanics, farmers, machinists, carpenters, boilermakers, bricklayers, insulators, electricians, millwrights, HVAC workers, sheet metal workers and roustabouts.  As a result, he has a unique appreciation for the exposures endured by workers in numerous industries. Most of Tom’s previous cases involved plaintiffs diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and certain digestive cancers.

After graduating from Northwestern University, Tom attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he was a member of the Dean’s List.  He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Tom has always tried to find time to serve the community.  He has received multiple awards related to his pro bono service, most recently for representing a prisoner in a civil rights matter. He is currently a board member of Cabrini Green Legal Aid, an organization that provides free legal work for people throughout Chicagoland.

Tom has a unique perspective on toxic tort justice because of his personal history: His dad was exposed to asbestos and other chemicals at work and was later diagnosed with cancer. After a long and painful fight, his dad died of cancer.  Tom knows that a lawsuit brings little comfort to those left behind, but does believe that restoring financial stability and hope for the future is a powerful part of justice.

Client Testimonials

Worked Diligently

For the past two years Andrew Hughes has worked diligently in helping me with my case against the Norfolk Southern R.R. During this time he has kept me thoroughly informed about my case his expertise led to me getting a generous settlement...

- Client

The National Trial Lawyers

Unique Expertise

Andrew took over my asthma claim with the railroad after a different law firm failed to meet expectations. Andrew’s unique expertise in the field of diesel related injury gave him the ability to build my case exceptionally well. When Andrew presented...

- Steven

Professional and Trustworthy

From my very first contact with Andrew we have found him to be compassionate, hard working and trust worthy. In the eight months we were associated with Andrew we feel he has also become a friend of ours

- Ronald

Wrongful Death Case

My family hired attorney Hughes for the wrongful death of my brother. Mr. Hughes worked very hard on our case, the results were excellent. I would recommend him to anyone needing an attorney, he is a very fair and kind person.

- Carolyn

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