Stetson F. Atwood



Stetson F. Atwood has extensive litigation experience with a primary focus on defending medical negligence claims against hospitals, physicians, and nurses. He also has successfully defended numerous matters involving home healthcare nurses, long term care providers and paramedics.

He is licensed to practice in Illinois and Indiana and has successfully tried cases to verdict in each jurisdiction.



  • J.D., Creighton University School of Law, cum laude, 1994
  • B.A., Syracuse University, 1989


  • Illinois Super Lawyer ( 2016 – 2020)
  • Leading Lawyer (2013 – 2020)


  • Illinois, 1994
  • Indiana, 1997
  • Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (2021)
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association


Mr. Atwood has given various presentations regarding risk management strategies and litigation to nurses and physicians at local hospitals in the Chicagoland area, some of which include:

  • Professional Liability and Navigating a Deposition (May 2013)
  • Lessons Learned During Medical Malpractice Litigation – Nursing Grand Rounds (June 2014)
  • Medical Professional Liability (January 2015)
  • Illinois Institute for continuing Legal Education – Pretrial Preparation in Civil Practice, Written Discovery & Requests to Admit or Deny (March 2012)
  • Presentation to Nursing Staff at nationally known hospital – From the Bedside to the Courtroom, Lessons Learned from Medical Malpractice (2014)
  • Illinois Institute for continuing Legal Education – Pretrial Strategy in Civil Practice, Rule 213 Disclosures (May 2014)



DBMS Obtains Summary Judge in Favor of Local Fire Protection District

10/14/2020 Client:

Defendant Fire Protection District


Summary Judgment for the Defense.

DBMS obtained summary judgment in favor of a local fire protection district and its paramedics/firefighters on plaintiffs’ claims of negligence and willful and wanton conduct. Asserting wrongful death and survival ...


Plaintiff v. Defendant Cardiothoracic Surgeon

10/09/2019 Client:

Defendant Defendant Cardiothoracic Surgeon


Verdict for the Defense.

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. In ...


In the news

12 DBMS attorneys named to 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list

Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC is pleased to announce that 12 attorneys have been recognized in the most recent ...

Atwood Elected to Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates

DBMS is pleased to announce that Stetson F. Atwood has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial ...