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 Surgeon

10/27/2016 Client:

Defendant Surgeon


Verdict for the defense.

Donohue Brown Mathewson and Smyth’s Stetson F. Atwood successfully defended a surgeon against a claim of deviating from post-operative standard of care. The plaintiff was a 36-year-old male with a ...


Weston v. Hospital and Physician

06/06/2016 Client:

Defendant Hospital and Physician


Appellate court affirmed order entering summary judgment for firm’s clients.

With the defendants represented by Donohue Brown’s Karen DeGrand, Stetson Atwood and Laura Testa, the appellate court affirmed the trial court’s order granting summary judgment to the firm’s clients in ...


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