DBMS defends the
Medical Profession
Defending Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defends a cardiothoracic surgeon in a case involving a medical malpractice claim in which plaintiff sought $8 million.

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  • Stetson F. Atwood
  • Amanda L. Balen
Defending General Surgeon
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defends a general surgeon in Lake County against allegations of performing a non-indicated double bowel resection during a diagnostic laparoscopy.

Plaintiff v. Defendant General SurgeonRead More
  • John M. McGarry
  • Laura C. Ieremia
Defending Internal Medicine Resident
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully obtains verdict on behalf of defendant Internal Medicine Resident in a lawsuit arising from the death of a 20-year old sickle cell patient involving the resident’s care of the patient in an intensive care unit.

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  • Sherri M. Arrigo
  • Timothy L. Hogan
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 2nd Dist. Appellate Court
Judgment for the Defense

DBMS secured a victory in which the Appellate Court affirmed summary judgment in a high-risk product liability case involving an industrial accident.

Plaintiff v. Defendant ManufacturerRead More
  • J. Kent Mathewson
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Timothy L. Hogan
Illinois 14th Circuit
Verdict for the Defense

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

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  • 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
DBMS defends the
Legal Profession
Defending Bankruptcy and Appellate Attorney
Verdict for the Defense

In a two-week federal bench trial involving alleged legal malpractice where a former client and a trust sought $5.35 million from the firm’s bankruptcy and appellate lawyer, John J. Duffy and Scott J. Kater obtained a defense verdict.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Bankruptcy and Appellate AttorneyRead More
  • John J. Duffy
  • Scott J. Kater
Defending Attorneys
Verdict for the Defense

DBMS successfully defended a divorce lawyer accused of malpractice for not enjoining retirement savings accounts.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Divorce AttorneyRead More
  • John J. Duffy
  • Meagan P. VanderWeele
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
DBMS defends
Clients on Appeal
Defending Railroad Company
Appellate Court Victory

DBMS secured a victory on behalf of a railroad company before the Illinois Appellate Court.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Railroad CompanyRead More
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Jennifer M. Labus
medical negligence
Appellate court affirmed judgment entered on jury verdict

The appellate court affirmed judgment on a jury verdict in a medical negligence action handled on appeal by Karen Kies DeGrand, Richard H. Donohue, James D. Sloan and Ashley E. Dus of Donohue Brown.

Plaintiff v. Defendant NeurosurgeonRead More
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Richard H. Donohue
  • James D. Sloan
  • Ashley E. Dus
Defending Hospitals
Favorable Appellate Court Ruling

DBMS represented a hospital on a landmark appeal that will protect Illinois health care providers participating in voluntary reporting under the Patient Safety Act.

Daley v. TeruelRead More
  • Sherri M. Arrigo
  • Karen Kies DeGrand
  • Laura C. Ieremia

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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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