John M. McGarry
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John M. McGarry


John M. McGarry
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John M. McGarry concentrates his practice in representing physicians and hospitals in actions alleging medical negligence. He has first-chaired over 30 jury trial victories in his distinguished career and successfully concluded hundreds of other cases short of trial. He has also assisted physicians before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and at hearings before hospital review boards.

In 2016, Best Lawyers Illinois named him one of the top 10 medical malpractice law defense counsel in the state. In 2012, he was selected as among The Top 1% Trial Counsel for medical malpractice in Illinois. Since 2013, Chicago’s Best Lawyers has annually named him and his partner, Richard H. Donohue, two of the top eight medical malpractice defense attorneys in the city.

After receiving his law degree from Washington & Lee University in 1983, Mr. McGarry worked at Baker & McKenzie on anti-trust and defamation matters before serving as a captain in the United States Marine Corps. He received the "Superior Physical Performance" award at Officer Candidate School and was a honor graduate of the Naval Justice School. As a judge advocate, he served as Chief Trial Counsel and then Chief Defense Counsel at his base and was awarded the Navy Commendation medal for "sustained superior performance."

In 1988, he returned to Baker & McKenzie for 11 years. In addition to representing physicians and hospitals, Mr. McGarry oversaw litigation in 30 states for an international medical device manufacturer, represented pharmaceutical companies, and participated in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation in Greece.

Mr. McGarry is a member of the trial bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and certified by the Illinois Supreme Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been a member of the faculty for the Federal Trial Bar Training Course and the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, as well as the director of associate training for 17 years at his law firms. Published in The CBA Record, the Illinois Bar Journal, and Mutual Interests, he has given numerous speeches to various hospital staffs and medical societies, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, and the Illinois Association for Bariatric Surgery.

Mr. McGarry has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer (top 5%) consistently in the area of professional liability defense.  He achieved the AV Preeminent peer review rating, the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards, and was selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice of medical malpractice law.  In addition he was peer-selected as a "Leading Lawyer in medical malpractice defense law (top 5%)."