Laura C. Ieremia



Laura Coffey Ieremia represents physicians, healthcare facilities and lawyers in both the appellate and trial courts. She has experience in defending clients from inception of the case through trial in professional liability lawsuits. An integral part of the appellate practice at the firm, Ms. Ieremia has assisted in obtaining successful outcomes for clients in cases involving the interpretation of the federal Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 and the Illinois Voluntary Health Services Plans Act. At the trial level, Ms. Ieremia handled the briefing and oral argument that resulted in the Honorable William Gomolinski’s decision declaring unconstitutional a statutory amendment that limited trials in civil cases to a six-person jury, a decision the Illinois Supreme Court upheld on appeal.

Ms. Ieremia joined the firm as an associate in 2014 after graduating magna cum laude from The John Marshall Law School. During law school, Ms. Ieremia worked as a law clerk for firms that focused on professional negligence, product liability, and FELA litigation. At John Marshall, Ms. Ieremia actively participated in the Moot Court Honors Program where she served as an Associate Justice on the Moot Court Honors Board as well as participated in the Rendigs Product Liability and Chicago Bar Association moot court competitions.

Ms. Ieremia was awarded third best brief in the 2013 Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition. She also received seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in various subjects including Torts, Federal Evidence, and Federal Civil Procedure.

Ms. Ieremia earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2008.



  • J.D., The John Marshall Law School, magna cum laude, 2014
    • Dean’s List
    • Dean Edward T. Lee Scholar
    • Dean Fred F. Herzog Scholar
    • Recipient of seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
    • Associate Justice of the Moot Court Honors Program
  • B.A., University of Illinois at Chicago, magna cum laude, 2008
    • Departmental Distinction in Psychology
    • University of Illinois at Chicago Honors College Member
    • Golden Key International Honour Society Member
    • Psi Chi National Honors Society Member – UIC Chapter


  • Recipient of seven CALI Excellence for the Future Awards
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)
    • Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants


  • Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2019
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2018
  • Appellate Lawyers Assocation


Plaintiff v. Defendant General Surgeon

04/17/2019 Client:

Defendant General Surgeon


Verdict for the Defense.

DBMS attorneys J. Kent Mathewson and Laura C. Ieremia successfully obtained a verdict in favor of a general surgeon in a wrongful death action brought by the 36-year-old decedent’s husband. ...


Gonzalez v. Union Health Service, Inc.

11/29/2018 Client:

Defendant Union Health Service, Inc.


Appellate Court Victory.

Karen K. DeGrand and Laura C. Ieremia successfully challenged a circuit court order in the Illinois Supreme Court, resulting in dismissal of the case based on a statutory immunity defense. ...


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