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Laura M. Testa focuses her practice on the defense of physicians, hospitals, nursing homes and health care facilities, as well as other professionals. She has successfully tried cases to verdict, and has successfully litigated cases in state and federal court as well as in the Illinois Appellate Court.

For the past two years, Ms. Testa has been given the "Emerging Lawyer" distinction from Leading Lawyers. "Emerging Lawyers" have been identified by their peers to be among the top lawyers who are 40 or younger or have practiced for no more than 10 years. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state receive the distinction of "Emerging Lawyer."

Ms. Testa graduated from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2008 with an Advocacy Certificate, where she was the Chief Justice of the Moot Court Program and a recipient of a Leadership & Service Award. She obtained her Bachelor in Science of Journalism degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 2004.

Education
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008
  • Deans List
  • Advocacy Certificate
  • Leadership & Service Award
  • CALI awards for the highest grades in legal writing, appellate advocacy writing, mediation advocacy and litigation technology
  • Legal writing tutor


Law review/moot court memberships

  • Chief Justice of Loyola’s Moot Court Program, 2007-2008
  • Finalist, 2nd Best Brief, 2nd Best Oralist, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Regional champion, National Quarterfinalist, 2008 National Moot Court Competition
B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2004
Awards
  • Emerging Lawyer (2015 - present)
Admissions
Illinois, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Ms. Testa has successfully defended a podiatric surgeon and university hospital in a dispute where the plaintiff alleged that the defendants negligently recommended and performed a cheilectomy with interpositional arthroplasty using an equine collagen graft, and negligently failed to obtain appropriate informed consent. The defense argued that the podiatrist’s care and treatment was entirely appropriate and within the standard of care in all respects. In closing argument, plaintiff's counsel asked the jury to award $600,000. After 90 minutes of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict for the defendants.

Ms. Testa has also successfully defended a cardiologist and his practice group in a dispute where the plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to adequately evaluate the patient’s respiratory instability prior to a cardiac ablation procedure, and were negligent in failing to cancel or postpone the procedure.  The defense argued that the cardiologist’s care and treatment were entirely appropriate and within the standard of care in all respects.  In closing argument, plaintiff's counsel asked the jury to award $4,746,916.  The jury returned a verdict for the defendants.

 Ms. Testa also successfully defended an anesthesiologist and his practice group in a dispute where the plaintiff alleged that the defendants negligently performed a lithotripsy procedure in a water bath because it would delay cardiopulmonary resuscitation in a patient who was at high risk for a cardiac event.  The plaintiff further alleged that the defendants failed to perform defibrillation and resuscitation in a timely manner.  The defense argued that the anesthesiologist’s care and treatment were entirely appropriate and within the standard of care in all respects.  The defense further argued that the patient had a markedly limited life expectancy and that the death was unrelated to the cardiac event.  In closing argument, plaintiff's counsel asked the jury to award $1,682,762.  The jury returned a verdict for the defendants.

Education
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008
  • Deans List
  • Advocacy Certificate
  • Leadership & Service Award
  • CALI awards for the highest grades in legal writing, appellate advocacy writing, mediation advocacy and litigation technology
  • Legal writing tutor


Law review/moot court memberships

  • Chief Justice of Loyola’s Moot Court Program, 2007-2008
  • Finalist, 2nd Best Brief, 2nd Best Oralist, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Regional champion, National Quarterfinalist, 2008 National Moot Court Competition
B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2004
Awards
Emerging Lawyer (2015 - present)
Admissions
Illinois, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Professional Organizations and Memberships

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008
  • Deans List
  • Advocacy Certificate
  • Leadership & Service Award
  • CALI awards for the highest grades in legal writing, appellate advocacy writing, mediation advocacy and litigation technology
  • Legal writing tutor


Law review/moot court memberships

  • Chief Justice of Loyola’s Moot Court Program, 2007-2008
  • Finalist, 2nd Best Brief, 2nd Best Oralist, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Regional champion, National Quarterfinalist, 2008 National Moot Court Competition
B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2004
Awards
Emerging Lawyer (2015 - present)
Admissions
Illinois, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008

Ms. Testa is actively involved with the Loyola University Chicago School of Law Moot Court Program, serving as a coach and mentor to current law students.

Education
J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2008
  • Deans List
  • Advocacy Certificate
  • Leadership & Service Award
  • CALI awards for the highest grades in legal writing, appellate advocacy writing, mediation advocacy and litigation technology
  • Legal writing tutor


Law review/moot court memberships

  • Chief Justice of Loyola’s Moot Court Program, 2007-2008
  • Finalist, 2nd Best Brief, 2nd Best Oralist, 2007 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • Regional champion, National Quarterfinalist, 2008 National Moot Court Competition
B.S. Journalism, Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, 2004
Awards
Emerging Lawyer (2015 - present)
Admissions
Illinois, 2008
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2008