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J. Kent Mathewson

Chicago, IL (312) 422-0905 V card Print bio

General Info

Education

J.D., University of Chicago School of Law, 1982
B.A., Dartmouth College, cum laude and with distinction, 1979

Awards

  • Defense Achievement Award from Jury Verdict Reporter (2016)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer in Civil Litigation Defense (2006 – 2020)
  • Leading Lawyers Network Member selected by peers in Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense Law, and Products Liability Defense Law (2020)
  • American Physicians Assurance Attorney of the Year in Illinois

Admissions

Illinois
Colorado
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Overview

J. Kent Mathewson has achieved winning verdicts in more than 50 cases for a wide variety of clients ranging from product manufacturers, physicians, and law firms, to the Chicago White Sox Baseball Club. He has successfully represented at trial both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of business, commercial, and intellectual property disputes in state and federal courts.

As part of his frequent defense of professional negligence and product liability claims, he has developed special expertise in the defense of ophthalmologists and ophthalmic device manufacturers, having obtained over twenty-five successful jury verdicts in such matters alone.

In recent years, Mr. Mathewson has continued an active trial practice in a variety of jurisdictions and achieved victories in jury cases saving his clients over $40 million in requested damages.

In 2016, Mr. Mathewson received the Defense Achievement Award from Jury Verdict Reporter. This award honors elite defense lawyers for consistently delivering exceptional results for their clients in high-verdict-potential jury trials.

In 2007, based on his trial success, Mr. Mathewson was named Attorney of the Year in Illinois by American Physicians Assurance. In 2006, Mr. Mathewson successfully tried six jury cases in state and federal courts ranging from allegations of business torts and breach of contract to medical malpractice cases involving ophthalmology, emergency medicine, stroke and vascular disease. In the same year he also obtained summary judgment in the defense of a legal malpractice case seeking in excess of $30 million in damages.

His litigation expertise has led to invitations to speak before various professional groups, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Illinois Association of Ophthalmologists, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the New England Ophthalmological Society and the Chicago Bar Association.

Mr. Mathewson has been named a “Leading Lawyer” by the Leading Lawyers Network in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Defense Law, and Products Liability Defense Law. He has also been annually recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyers Magazine in the area of Civil Litigation Defense since 2006.  He was recently identified as one of the top ten product liability lawyers in Illinois.

Mr. Mathewson is a founding partner of Donohue Brown. He was previously a partner with Baker & McKenzie, a firm he joined in 1982 after he received his law degree from the University of Chicago School of law. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College. He is a former President of the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago and has served as Chairman of the firm’s Management Committee. Mr. Mathewson also is a member of the Colorado Bar.

Mr. Mathewson is also active in the community. He has served as a member and as the Chairman of the Winnetka Community House Board of Governors and as a member of the school board at the School of Saints Faith, Hope and Charity. Mr. Mathewson has coached more than twenty youth hockey and soccer teams.

Experience

Plaintiff v. Defendant General Surgeon

04/17/2019

Client:

Defendant General Surgeon

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant General Surgeon

08/02/2019

Client:

Defendant General Surgeon

Outcome:

Verdict for Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant Ophthalmologist and Hospital

07/07/2017

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist and Hospital

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Plaintiff v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

11/28/2018

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Nocchi v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

Circuit Court of Winnebago County, IL (Judge Ronald Pirrello)05/15/2009

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Anderson v. Defendant Obstetrician

Circuit Court of Lake County, IL (Judge Margaret J. Mullen)05/05/2009

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Galowich v. Defendant Pathologists

Circuit Court of Cook County (Dooling)09/18/2008

Client:

Pathologists

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Toupence v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

Winnebego County, Illinois01/01/2008

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Tomason v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Berland)07/01/2007

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Latham v. Defendant Family Practice Specialist

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Solganick)12/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Family Practice Specialist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Dominion Nutrition v. Defendant Corporate Officer

Northern District of Illinois (Judge Posner)12/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Raymond Cesca

Outcome:

Judgment in Favor of Defendant Commercial Client

Appelbaum v. Defendant Lawyer and Law Firm

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Lawrence)11/15/2006

Client:

Defendant Lawyer and Law Firm

Outcome:

Summary Judgment Granted in Favor of Defendant

Tolar v. Defendant Ophthalmologists

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Budzinski)09/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologists

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Valadez v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Kogan)08/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Kilfoy v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (O'Brien)03/05/2006

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Battle v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois (Grogan)06/01/2005

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Wade v. Defendant Attorney

Illinois Appellate Court, First District03/01/2005

Client:

Defendant Attorney

Outcome:

Judgement at Trial in Favor of Defendant Affirmed

Plaintiff v. Defendant Commercial Litigator

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 2004 Ill. App. LEXIS 1394 (1st Dist. 2004)05/01/2004

Client:

Defendant Commercial Litigator

Outcome:

Dismissal in favor of Defendant Affirmed

Shenberg v. Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois07/01/2003

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Hart v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois04/02/2002

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Galvan v. Defendant Hospital

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois12/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Hospital

Outcome:

Deadlocked Jury

Moroney v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois05/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Kotvan v. Defendant Physician

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, 747 N.E.2d 1045 (Ill. App. 1st Dist. 2000), leave denied, 755 N.E.2d 478 (2001)01/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict; Defense Verdict Affirmed on Appeal

Wallace v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois10/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Nivelo v. Defendant Physicians

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois11/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Cuthbertson v. Defendant Surgeon

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois08/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Surgeon

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Hayes v. Defendant Ophthalmologist

Circuit Court, Cook County09/01/1996

Client:

Defendant Ophthalmologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Riendeau v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois07/01/1996

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Silverman v. Defendant Eye Surgicenter

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois03/01/1996

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

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