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)



Plaintiff v. Defendant Hospital

04/10/2019 Client:

Defendant Hospital


Verdict for the Defense.

DBMS attorneys Stetson Atwood and Ashley Dus successfully defend a hospital in a medical negligence trial in which the plaintiff asked the jury to award $16 million in damages. The ...


Plaintiff v. Defendant Hospital and Intensivist

10/23/2018 Client:

Defendant Hospital and Intensivist


Verdict for the Defense.

DBMS secured a verdict for the defense in a case in which an intensivist and interventional cardiologist were accused of failing to timely diagnose a retroperitoneal bleed following a cardiac ...


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