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Richard H. Donohue

Chicago, IL (312) 422-0904 V card Print bio

General Info

Education

J.D., Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, 1979
B.A., Dartmouth College, cum laude, 1972

Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (Medical Malpractice Law- Defendants)
  • Named the “Top Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyer in Chicago” by the U.S. News publication “Best Lawyers in America” (2015)
  • Named one of the “Ten Best Defense Trial Lawyers in Illinois” by the U.S. News publication “Best Lawyers in America” (2015)
  • Leading Lawyer (2020)
  • Illinois Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Insurance Defense: Personal Injury (2005)
  • Illinois Top 10 Super Lawyers® in Medical Malpractice: Defense (2006)
  • “Top 20 Tort Defense Lawyers,” Chicago Lawyer Magazine
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Admissions

Illinois, 1979

Overview

Richard H. Donohue concentrates his practice in the defense of professional negligence, product liability and general liability cases. He specializes in handling catastrophic injury claims against hospitals, physicians, attorneys and other professionals. He also has frequently served as a mediator in alternative dispute resolution proceedings involving professional negligence, insurance coverage and commercial claims.

One of the city’s most sought-after defense lawyers, Chicago Lawyer magazine rated Mr. Donohue as one of the top 20 tort defense lawyers in Chicago. He has also been recognized by his peers as an elected Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has served on the Board of Directors for the Society of Trial Lawyers. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.

Mr. Donohue has been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Class Action/Mass Tort Defense Law, Medical Malpractice Defense Law, Products Liability Defense Law, Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial, and ADR Law: Personal Injury. Since 2005, Mr. Donohue has been included in the list of the top 100 Super Lawyers in Illinois in the area of Insurance Defense: Personal Injury.

Mr. Donohue joined the firm as a founding partner in 1995. He was previously a partner at Baker & McKenzie. He graduated from Northwestern University School of Law, cum laude, where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, cum laude, in 1972.

Between college and law school, Mr. Donohue served on active duty as a naval aviator stationed at the Naval Air Station, Point Mugu, California. He served three six-month deployments to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. From 1976-1993, he served in the Naval Air Reserves flying out of the Glenview, Illinois Naval Air Station.

Experience

Plaintiff v. Defendant Neurosurgeon 2019

06/21/2019

Client:

Defendant Neurosurgeon

Outcome:

Appellate court affirmed judgment entered on jury verdict

Plaintiff v. Defendant Neurosurgeon

06/16/2017

Client:

Defendant Neurosurgeon

Outcome:

Verdict for the defense

Williams v. Defendant Physician and Professional Corporation

12/07/2016

Client:

Defendant Physician and Professional Corporation

Outcome:

Appellate court affirmed judgment entered on jury verdict

McFadden v. Defendant Hospital, et al.

08/14/2015

Client:

Defendant Hospital

Outcome:

Not guilty vs. all defendants (represented all)

Tenuta v. Defendant Cardiac Electro-Physiologist, Defendant Cardiologist and Cardiology Practice Group, and Defendant Hospital

02/08/2015

Client:

Defendant Defendant Cardiologist and Cardiology Practice Group

Outcome:

Verdict in Favor of the Defendants

Sosa v. Defendant Lithotripsy Center and Defendant Anesthesiologist and Anesthesiology Practice Group

12/18/2014

Client:

Defendant Defendant Anesthesiologist and Anesthesiology Practice Group

Outcome:

Verdict in Favor of the Defendants

Williams v. Defendant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Practice Group

Cook County, Illinois (Judge Donald J. Suriano)09/05/2014

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and Practice Group

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Nyquist v. Defendant Neurosurgeon

Circuit Court of 16th Judicial Circuit Kane County, IL (Judge Judith M. Brawka)05/16/2011

Client:

Defendant Neurosurgeon

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Iaccino v. Defendant Obstetrician et al.

12/20/2010

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician

Outcome:

Not guilty verdict in first trial and affirmed judgment on jury verdict on appeal

Musleh v. Defendant Obstetrician

Circuit court of Cook County (Judge Locallo)05/05/2009

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Szerbinski v. Defendant Orthopedic Surgeon

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Elrod)06/27/2008

Client:

Defendant Orthopedic Surgeon

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Lobano v. Defendant OB/GYN

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Berland)08/01/2007

Client:

Defendant OB/GYN

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Baker v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Grogan)03/01/2007

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Marsh v. Defendant Rheumatologist

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Dooling)06/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Rheumatologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Casimir N. v. Defendant Orthopedic Surgeon

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Lawrence)05/01/2006

Client:

Defendant Orthopedic Surgeon

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Dankha v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court of Cook County, IL (Varga)07/01/2005

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Waiss v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois (Grogan)03/01/2005

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Directed Verdict

McKnight v. Defendant Attorney

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 270 F.3d 513 (7th Cir. 2001)07/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Attorney

Outcome:

Summary Judgment in Favor of Defendants Affirmed

Brandonisio v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois06/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Gonzalez v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois02/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Egeonu v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois01/01/2001

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Walinski v. Defendant Physicians

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois05/01/2000

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Heil v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois10/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Ronczkowski v. Defendant University Medical Group

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois03/01/1999

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Floersch v. Defendant Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois09/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Fjeldheim v. Defendant Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois02/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician-Gynecologist

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Ramirez v. Defendant Law Firm

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois10/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Law Firm

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Lewis v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois09/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Cervantes v. Defendant Obstetrician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois07/02/1997

Client:

Defendant Obstetrician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Sciortino v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois06/01/1997

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Lynch v. Defendant University Medical Center

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois07/02/1996

Client:

Defendant University Medical Center

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Nanfria v. Defendant Neurosurgeon

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois11/01/1995

Client:

Defendant Neurosurgeon

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Kier v. Defendant Physician

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois10/01/1995

Client:

Defendant Physician

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Highlights

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Personal Information/Pro bono work

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