DBMS defends the
Medical Profession
Defending Surgeons
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended a cardiovascular surgeon after an aortic valve surgery resulted in the patient’s death.

Plaintiff v. Defendant SurgeonRead More
  • Robert W. Smyth, Jr.
  • Bradley E. Puklin
Defending Specialists
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended a pulmonologist in a $2.61 million suit involving accusations of delay in the diagnosis of lung cancer.

Plaintiff v. Defendant PulmonologistRead More
  • Sherri M. Arrigo
  • Amanda L. Balen
Defending Psychiatrists
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended a psychiatrist in a case involving a claim of inappropriate precautions for an in-patient psychiatric patient.

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  • Robert W. Smyth, Jr.
  • Michael  Adler
DBMS defends the
Long-Term Care Industry
Supportive Living Facilities
Defending institutions

DBMS successfully represents nursing homes, rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities in a variety of claims.

Supportive Living Facilities
  • James D. Sloan
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
Healthcare Practitioners
Defending individuals

DBMS successfully represents physicians and other healthcare professionals against negligence and other claims.

Healthcare Practitioners
  • James D. Sloan
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
DBMS defends
Product Manufacturers
Illinois 14th Circuit
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended a major auto manufacturer in a $6.6 million asbestos suit.

Plaintiffs v. Defendant Auto ManufacturerRead More
  • Mark H. Boyle
  • Edward E. Fu
Orleans Parish, Louisiana
Verdict for the defense

In a jurisdiction considered challenging, the jury found the automobile design was not unreasonably dangerous after DBMS showed alternative seat and restraint designs would have caused more injuries.

Bordelon v. Auto ManufacturerRead More
  • Mark H. Boyle
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 ManufacturerRead More
  • John A. Krivicich
  • Mark H. Boyle
DBMS defends the
Legal Profession
Defending Law Firms
Summary judgement for the defense

DBMS obtained summary judgement based on the statute of limitations in a case involving a law firm accused of malpractice.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Law FirmRead More
  • Michael J. Borree
  • Donald J. Brown, Jr.
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
Defending on Appeal
First District Affirmed Circuit Court’s Dismissal

DBMS achieved an appellate victory in a legal malpractice case involving the plaintiffs’ lawyer’s misconduct – including falsifying date stamps on court documents. 

Plaintiffs v. Defendant AttorneyRead More
  • John J. Duffy
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
  • Laura C. Ieremia
Defending attorneys
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended an estate planning attorney accused of negligently preparing an amendment to a trust. 

Plaintiff v. Defendant AttorneyRead More
  • John J. Duffy
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
DBMS defends
Clients on Appeal
Medical Specialists
Favorable Illinois Appellate Court Ruling

DBMS successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon charged with medical negligence after the plaintiff claimed evidentiary error and speculative testimony in the first trial.

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  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Amanda L. Balen
Medical Specialists
Favorable First District Ruling

DBMS successfully defended a specialist in a wrongful pregnancy claim in which the plaintiffs alleged the judgment was against the manifest weight of evidence or the product of evidentiary or instructional error.

Williams v. defendant physicianRead More
  • Richard H. Donohue
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
Hospitals & Physicians
Favorable First District Ruling

DBMS successfully defended a hospital and physician on claims of wrongful death and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Weston V. Hospital & PhysicianRead More
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Stetson F. Atwood
  • Laura M. Testa

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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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