DBMS defends the
Medical Profession
Defending physicians
Verdict for the defense

DBMS successfully overcame significant jury sympathy to obtain a verdict in favor of a primary care physician in a high-exposure case regarding the administration of prescription pain medication.


Wiencek v. Physician
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  • Mark M. Burden
Defending specialists
Verdict for the defense

DBMS successfully defended an ophthalmologist at trial in Winnebago County, Ill., in a highly charged case. The plaintiff - who was blind in one eye - alleged the doctor failed to properly use antibiotic therapy following a procedure on his good eye, resulting in his total loss of vision.

Toupence v. Ophthalmologist
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  • J. Kent Mathewson
  • Timothy L. Hogan
DBMS defends the
Pharmaceutical Industry
Pharmaceutical Company
Defending Pharmaceutical Companies

DBMS represents major pharmaceutical companies in local and national litigation cases.

  • Sherri M. Arrigo
  • Timothy L. Hogan
Medical Device Company
Defending healthcare product manufacturer

DBMS represents a global healthcare product manufacturer in litigation challenging patient-care products.

  • Richard B. Foster
DBMS defends
Product Manufacturers
Cobb County, Georgia
Verdict for the defense

The jury ruled for the defense after DBMS established that injuries were sustained well after the impact and not as a result of "seatback collapse." Although not involved in the initial trial, the client asked DBMS to handle the retrial.

Reese v. Auto Manufacturer
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  • Mark H. Boyle
  • John A. Krivicich
Illinois 20th Circuit
Verdict for the defense

Despite plaintiff's counsel cross-examining four defense witnesses for 12 days, the jury found no negligence on the part of the defense and ruled in favor of the automobile manufacturer.

Herschbach v. Auto Manufacturer
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  • Mark H. Boyle
  • John A. Krivicich
DBMS defends the
Legal Profession
Defending Law Firms
Verdict for the defense

Following a bench trial, a Cook County judge entered judgment in favor of the defendant, a large Chicago law firm, finding that the plaintiff failed to prove any breach of fiduciary duty or professional negligence in the representation at issue.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Law Firm
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  • Sherri M. Arrigo
  • Michael J. Borree
Defending Attorneys
Defending Attorneys

DBMS successfully moved to dismiss a legal malpractice action brought against a defense attorney who had represented the plaintiff at trial for attempted first degree homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend. The Illinois Appellate Court affirmed the dismissal on appeal.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Attorney
  • Donald J. Brown, Jr.
  • Karen K. DeGrand
DBMS defends
Clients on Appeal
Emergency Medicine
Favorable Supreme Court Ruling

DBMS represented an ambulance driver and the ambulance service in a case in which the Illinois Supreme Court held the lower court erred in its narrow interpretation of the EMS Act and ruled in favor of the defense.

Wilkins v. Ambulance Service
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  • Karen K. DeGrand
  • John A. Krivicich
Automotive Manufacturing
Favorable Seventh Circuit Ruling

The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that the plaintiff must have expert testimony to establish a design defect case.


Show v. Auto Manufacturer
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  • John A. Krivicich
  • Karen K. DeGrand

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Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC is one of Chicago's pre-eminent trial practice firms. Founded in 1995, the firm successfully tries difficult, high exposure cases in the country's most challenging jurisdictions. The firm is known as one of the "go to" firms in Chicago for particularly difficult or high stakes cases and, since its founding, no firm in Chicago has tried as many complex cases as successfully as DBMS. Two partners have been ranked by Chicago Lawyer magazine as among the top 20 tort defense lawyers in Chicago and four partners have been elected as Fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers.

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