Sherri M. Arrigo
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Sherri M. Arrigo

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Sherri M. Arrigo has broad litigation experience with a primary focus in the defense of professional negligence and pharmaceutical actions. She has successfully tried dozens of medical and legal malpractice cases to verdict, saving her clients millions of dollars in requested damages. 

Ms. Arrigo has been elected by her peers as a Fellow of The American College of Trial Lawyers. According to its bylaws, “The College’s Fellows are chosen strictly by invitation and only after rigorous investigation; Fellowship is limited to 1% of lawyers in any individual State, to those lawyers who have distinguished themselves in trial practice for at least 15 years, not only as skilled trial lawyers who are recognized by judges and practitioners as the very best in their states…, but as persons whose ethics, moral standards, collegiality, and community standing are exemplary.”  

In 2018, Ms. Arrigo received the Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case from Jury Verdict Reporter. This prestigious award honors defense attorneys who consistently produce notable results for their clients.

She has also been honored by her peers as an Illinois Leading Lawyer and as an Illinois Super Lawyer in each of the last several years. She is currently the Treasurer for the Society of Trial Lawyers and has previously served on its Board of Directors. The Society of Trial Lawyers comprises of elite defense attorneys who demonstrate leadership and make significant contributions to the legal community by delivering outstanding results for clients. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Normal Moments, a charitable organization devoted to providing support and service to families of critically ill children. She was named The Doctors Company's "Outstanding Attorney 2013."

Her previous experience as a Registered Professional Nurse in a variety of critical-care hospital settings provides her a unique perspective and understanding of her client’s needs. 

Ms. Arrigo is a published author in the areas of professional insurance coverage and legal ethics, and she has been an invited speaker at numerous professional conferences on topics including hospital risk management and legal ethics.

Ms. Arrigo joined Donohue Brown in 1999 and became a partner in 2004.  She previously practiced at a large Chicago law firm. In 1996, she graduated summa cum laude from DePaul University College of Law where she was a member of the Law Review and Order of The Coif, as well as the recipient of seven American Jurisprudence/CALI awards for academic excellence.

Education
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude, 1996
  • Member of the DePaul University Law Review
  • Member of the Order of the Coif
  • Recipient of seven American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and CALI awards for academic excellence
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University, summa cum laude, 1993
Awards
  • Named Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case by Jury Verdict Reporter (2018)
  • Leading Lawyers Magazine, "Top 100 Women Business Lawyers Leading Lawyers" (2018), "The Top Women Lawyers in Illinois" (2015)
  • Named one of the Top Ten Women Civil Defense Lawyers in Illinois based on a survey of peers.
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (2014-present)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-present)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2014-present)
  • The Doctors Company Outstanding Attorney (2013)
Admissions
Illinois, 1996
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996
Education
J.D., DePaul University College of Law, summa cum laude, 1996
  • Member of the DePaul University Law Review
  • Member of the Order of the Coif
  • Recipient of seven American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence and CALI awards for academic excellence
B.S.N., Northern Illinois University, summa cum laude, 1993
Awards
Named Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case by Jury Verdict Reporter (2018)
Leading Lawyers Magazine, "Top 100 Women Business Lawyers Leading Lawyers" (2018), "The Top Women Lawyers in Illinois" (2015)
Named one of the Top Ten Women Civil Defense Lawyers in Illinois based on a survey of peers.
Illinois Leading Lawyers (2014-present)
Illinois Super Lawyers (2014-present)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (2014-present)
The Doctors Company Outstanding Attorney (2013)
Admissions
Illinois, 1996
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1996