Joseph L. Rourke



Joseph L. Rourke is a trial lawyer who concentrates his practice on the defense of hospitals, physicians and other allied healthcare providers in professional liability lawsuits.  In addition, he represents clients in general tort and premises liability matters. He has extensive experience in defending clients in all stages of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial. Prior to joining the firm, he represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases at a nationally recognized law firm.  He has been recognized as an Illinois Rising Star,  Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, and an Emerging Lawyer based on excellence and peer recognition from other attorneys in Illinois.

Mr. Rourke graduated from The John Marshall Law School.  Prior to law school, he earned his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg University where he played for the baseball team.



  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2014
  • B.S., Heidelberg University, 2011


  • The Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch, 2023 (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)
  • Leading Lawyer – Emerging Lawyer (2023)


DBMS Obtains a Defense Verdict in Lake County

September 2, 2022 Client:



Defense Verdict.

Rob Smyth and Joe Rourke of DBMS successfully defended a north suburban plastic surgeon in a week-long trial that proceeded before the Honorable Judge Joseph Salvi in Lake County, Illinois.  ...


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