We are Chicago's premier trial lawyers
for professionals and industry

We are Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smyth

We deliver defense verdicts in complex professional liability cases. We successfully defend top automotive and pharmaceutical companies in high-stakes mass tort and product liability cases. We are respected, formidable litigators who play by the rules and who know how to win for our doctors, hospitals, and nursing home clients.

Our success comes from our fundamental understanding of the role litigation plays as part of any business.
While most cases never reach trial, our clients and adversaries know that we are skilled in the courtroom, having tried hundreds of cases since the firm was founded in 1995.

Practice Areas

A successful appellate strategy includes understanding what needs to happen at trial - both before and after a verdict
Litigation is the core of what we do at DBMS but we understand that our commercial clients aren't in business to engage in litigation.
Our Mass Tort team's experience in significant class action litigation dates back to the Dalkon Shield cases of more than 30 years.
Experience can make the difference in successfully defending product liability claims
Donohue Brown lawyers routinely defend high-stakes malpractice suits for some of the Chicago area's top professionals.
We are the law firm of choice to defend lawyers, which ranks us in the top tier of firms in Chicago for legal malpractice defense.

Record of success

Donohue Brown successfully litigates comple high-stakes cases. Our clients know our experience, skill and relationships will deliver optimal results for their trials in Chicago and beyond.


Plaintiff v. Defendant Neurosurgeon 2019

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 Cardiothoracic Surgeon

DBMS successfully defended a cardiothoracic surgeon in a case involving a claim of medical malpractice for an alleged failure to properly perform a single coronary artery bypass graft procedure.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Internal Medicine Resident Physician

DBMS attorneys successfully obtain verdict on behalf of defendant Internal Medicine Resident Physician in a lawsuit arising from the death of a 20-year old patient with sickle cell disease after being accused of failure to properly monitor.

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