Jim Sloan specializes in defending medical negligence, product liability and construction negligence actions. In particular, he represents physicians, hospitals and medical groups in personal injury matters in which the plaintiffs allege improper medical care.
In 2016, Jim's peers and adversaries selected him as a Leading Lawyer, a distinction limited to less than five percent of attorneys in the State of Illinois.
He has tried several medical negligence and product liability cases to verdict, including one in which he represented an orthopedic surgeon who performed a right total knee replacement (TKA) on the plaintiff. Four days postoperatively, the plaintiff's right foot became cold, blue and pulseless as a result of a blood clot in the popliteal artery behind the knee. Unbeknownst to anyone, an oscillating saw that the orthopedic surgeon used during the procedure made contact with the popliteal artery, causing a slow-growing clot to form. An emergent procedure was performed to save the leg, after which the plaintiff had difficulty walking because of muscle that needed to be removed from her lower leg. The plaintiff's attorney asked the jury for $2,411,000 in damages, but the jury deliberated one hour before returning a verdict for the defendant.
In another trial, Jim defended a neurosurgeon who performed a spinal fusion on the plaintiff at L4-L5. The plaintiff developed foot drop after the procedure and asked the jury to award her $5.4 million in damages. The jury found in favor of the defendant-neurosurgeon.
Jim also tried a case in August 2013 in which the plaintiff claimed that the defendant-gynecologist failed to perform a sterilization procedure properly. Following the procedure, the plaintiff learned that she was pregnant with her fourth child. The plaintiff asked the jury for compensation related to the pregnancy and birth of her daughter, but the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defendant-gynecologist.
In a case tried in Kenosha, Wisconsin, he defended a major automobile manufacturer against an allegation that a vehicle’s brakes failed, resulting in a high-speed accident. The jury found in favor of the automobile manufacturer.
Jim’s long-term care defense practice includes defending providers, including internists and nurses, who treat patients in nursing homes, with a focus on complex cases involving multiple medical diagnoses.
Jim also has represented parties at arbitrations and has written several appellate briefs. Some of his other accomplishments include obtaining summary judgment in favor of a construction manager for a large construction project, and obtaining summary judgment in favor of an orthopedic surgeon in a case in which the plaintiff ultimately needed to undergo a below-the-knee amputation.
A member of the American Bar Association, he co-authored a chapter entitled “Exclusion by Risk,” which appeared in Commercial and Professional Liability Insurance, a handbook published by IICLE in 2002. He also gave a presentation on insurance coverage for construction defects under commercial general liability policies at a seminar sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel in November 2002.
Jim graduated from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, and earned his B.A. in American History from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana in 1994. He earned his law degree in 1998 from the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
He joined DBMS in 2000 after working as a law clerk for the Honorable Michael J. Colwell in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and became a partner at DBMS in January 2008.