Meagan P. VanderWeele



Meagan P. VanderWeele is an associate at Donohue Brown. She concentrates her practice in professional negligence, product liability, and commercial litigation defense.

Ms. VanderWeele joined the firm following her graduation magna cum laude from DePaul University College of Law in 2014. Upon graduation, she was elected to the Order of the Coif. At DePaul, Ms. VanderWeele served as Editor-in-Chief of the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal and a legal writing teaching assistant. She earned four CALI awards for Excellence in Legal Analysis, Writing & Communication II and II, Illinois Civil Procedure, and Civil Rights. During her third year, Ms. VanderWeele served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court. In September 2013, Ms.VanderWeele authored “In re Atm Fee Litigation: Ninth Circuit Uses Illinois Brick to Build a High Wall for Indirect Purchasers, 12 DePaul Bus. & Comm. L.J. 121 (Fall, 2013).

Ms. VanderWeele graduated with honors earning her BA in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Women’s Studies, at the University of Michigan in 2011.



  • J.D., DePaul University College of Law, magna cum laude, 2014
    • Editor-in-Chief, DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal
    • Member, Order of the Coif
    • Dean’s List
    • Recipient of Merit Scholarship
    • Janet D. Steiger Fellow, Tennessee Office of the Attorney General, Consumer Advocacy & Protection Division
    • Recipient of CALI Awards for Academic Excellence”
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 2011


  • Illinois Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2020)
  • Illinois Super Lawyer – Rising Star (2021)
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2021)
    • Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants
  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch (2022)
    • Medical Malpractice Law-Defendants
    • Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants


  • Illinois, 2014


  • “In re Atm Fee Litigation: Ninth Circuit Uses Illinois Brick to Build a High Wall for Indirect Purchasers, 12 DePaul Bus. & Comm. L.J. 121 (Fall, 2013).


Plaintiff v. Defendant Supportive Living Facility

06/24/2019 Client:

Defendant Supportive Living Facility


Appellate court victory..

Karen DeGrand, Michael Borree and Meagan VanderWeele secured a First District appellate victory in which the appellate court ruled that an arbitration agreement entered into by plaintiff’s decedent before she ...


Plaintiff v. Infectious Disease Physician

04/11/2019 Client:

Defendant Infectious Disease Physician


Verdict for the Defense.

DBMS attorneys John McGarry and Meagan VanderWeele successfully defended an infectious disease physician in a three-week medical negligence/wrongful death trial.  A 22-year old woman died from sepsis from an undiagnosed ...


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