Stephen W. Heil

Stephen W. Heil

Stephen W. Heil

Stephen W. Heil is a member and partner with extensive experience in state and federal courts.  Mr. Heil holds an “AV” attorney rating from the peer rating system of Martindale Hubbell, and he has been annually recognized by his peers as a Top Lawyer and Super Lawyer in Illinois. He has defended aviation products manufacturers in litigation involving major air disasters occurring all over the world, including Garuda 152 (Medan, Indonesia), Air France 447 (Brazil), Sudan Airways 109 (Sudan), Spanair JKK5022 (Madrid),  Aerocon A4-238 (Trinidad, Bolivia), Airlines Papua New Guinea CG1600 (Madang, Papua New Guinea).  He has also represented propane distributors and retailers in litigation involving catastrophic explosions resulting in multiple deaths, serious injuries, and property loss, as well as chemical and product manufacturers and distributors involved in toxic tort exposure litigation and traumatic brain injury claims arising out of the use of products.  He received his juris doctorate cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law, and he is a member of the Propane Gas Defense Association and the Defense Research Institute.

Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Admissions Pro Hac Vice

  • California Superior Court, Los Angeles County, California
  • Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Sarasota County, Sarasota, Florida
  • Florida District Court, Middle District, Tampa Division, Florida
  • Georgia State Court, Bibb County, Georgia
  • Indiana Superior Court, Hamilton County, Indiana
  • Indiana Superior Court, Lake County, Indiana
  • Iowa District Court, Dubuque County, Iowa
  • Jefferson County Circuit Court, Bessemer Division, Alabama
  • Jefferson County Circuit Court, Louisville, Kentucky
  • Maricopa County Circuit Court, Phoenix, Arizona
  • Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Montgomery County Circuit Court, Rockville, Maryland
  • New Jersey Superior Court, Middlesex County, New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
  • Raleigh County Circuit Court, Beckley, West Virginia
  • Taney County Circuit Court, Ozark, Missouri
  • Texas District Court, Cameron County, Texas

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, IL, J.D.
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, B.A.
    • Honors: Valedictorian
    • Major: Criminal Justice; Minor: Philosophy

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rating of “AV” (highest rating)
  • Named Super Lawyer in Illinois by Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Chicago magazine 
  • Named Super Lawyer in Illinois in Aviation and Aerospace Law by Law & Politics Magazine and the publishers of Chicago magazine
  • Named one of Top Lawyers in Illinois in Civil Defense Litigation
  • Named one of Top Lawyers in Illinois in Aviation Law
  • Named a Top Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Network

Speaches & Presentations

  • Panelist in an Athletic Trainers Concussion Panel focusing on the assessment, evaluation, testing, treatment and return to play policies, and legal liabilities and defenses to same, May 23, 2016.
  • Presentation at CLE training session for EMCAS entitled, “Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Cases,” Atlanta, Georgia, March 2-4, 2016.
  • Avoiding Podiatric Malpractice, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, 37th Annual Midwinter Seminar, January 24, 2015.
  • Presentation to Athletico Physical Therapy entitled, “Legal Issues in Outpatient Rehabilitation,” Oakbrook, Illinois, October 30, 2010.
  • “Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Technology in Trial,” Chicago Bar Association 2007 Law Practice Management & Technology Conference, Chicago, Illinois, January 12-13, 2007.
  • Presentation to Athletico Physical Therapy entitled, “Litigation Therapy:  Ten Steps to Building a Strong Defense to Malpractice Claims,” Oakbrook, Illinois, December 2006.
  • “Propane Claim Training Seminar:  Catastrophic Propane Explosions and Carbon Monoxide Claims,” presented to St. Paul Travelers, Orlando, Florida, November 17-18, 2006.
  • “Smooth Sailing:  Navigating the Rough Waters of Modern Day Practice,” presented to Physicians Insured by ProAssurance, October 19, 2006.
  • “Litigation Therapy:  Ten Steps to Building a Strong Defense to Malpractice Claims,” presented to Athletico Physical Therapy, Fall 2006.
  • “Debunking the Neuropsychological Injury,” presented to Markel American Insurance Company Nationwide Panel Counsel, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, April 26-27, 2006.
  • “Litigation Therapy:  Ten Steps to Building a Strong Defense to Malpractice Claims,” private industry presentation, June 2005.
  • “Ten Critical Steps to Effective Rainmaking,” National Association of Insurance Litigation Management, January 30, 2003.

Publications and Articles

  • An Attack on the Fortress of ERISA Preemption: The Impacts and Effects of Rush Prudential HMO, Inc. v. Moran, Stephen W. Heil and Douglas M. DeWitt (2002)
  • Contractors Beware! Revised OSHA Rules Offer No Safety For Defendants, Stephen W. Heil and Michael D. Huber, September, 2001 - Click to read »
  • Warrantless Searches of Forfeited Property/Proof of Conspiracy, Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 77, pp. 224-227, December, 1988
  • Ten Critical Steps to the Effective Defense of a Transportation Case: The End Drives the Means, DRI publication: For the Defense, October 1999 - Click to read »

Professional Associations

  • Propane Gas Defense Association
  • Defense Research Institute (Construction Law and Trucking Law sections)

Representative Cases

Commercial/Construction Litigation

Case:  Grant Park Commodities, LLC, et al. v. Joachim Attefjord, et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Joan E. Powell
Defendants’ Counsel:  Lauri Rasnick and Peter Steinmeyer of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.
Client:  Grant Park Securities LLC
Facts:  Plaintiff alleged that defendant members of an LLC breached their fiduciary duties to the LLC by usurping a corporate opportunity of the LLC and selling the LLC’s soft commodity trading line of business to GFI Group, Inc.
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $5,000,000
Result:  A directed verdict was entered in favor of the defendants after four weeks of trial.

Case:  Dorris v. Enviroquip
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Client:  Enviroquip
Facts:  Plaintiff construction worker fell 30 feet into concrete digester at Water Reclamation District sustaining multiple fractures of both legs, four vertebrae and subsequent fusion of entire lumbar spine.
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $19,000,000
Result:  Case settled at trial for $190,000 (verdict against co-defendant for $11.5 million).

Case:  LandCare USA v. William Davoli
Court:  U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa
Judge:  Judge Stephen Merryday
Defendant’s Counsel:  Morgan Bentley of Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen
Client:  LandCare USA
Facts:  Temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and breach of contract suit against William Davoli involving breaches of an asset acquisition agreement, and issues concerning fraud in the inducement, breaches of representations and warranties, conversion, constructive trust, stock fraud, common law fraud, interpleader and punitive damages, all arsing out of the acquisition of a landscape company owned by the defendant.
Result:  Case settled prior to trial.  Our client received all shares of outstanding stock issued and transferred as part of the purchase ($4 million), as well as the termination of the real estate lease and purchase of all equipment leases.

Case:  Green v. The ServiceMaster Company
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Peter Flynn
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Michael J. O’Rourke of O’Rourke, McCloskey & Moody
Client:  The ServiceMaster Company
Facts:  Breach of contract suit against The ServiceMaster Company alleging breach of an Agreement of Reorganization and a Non-Competition Agreement revolving around the acquisition of the plaintiff’s landscaping company.
Result:  Case settled for confidential amount.

Case:  ServiceMaster v. Ruppert Nurseries, et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Montgomery County, Rockville, MD
Judge:  Judge Harry Woodward
Defendants’ Counsel:  Paul Wolf, Robert Cary, Williams & Connolly, Washington, D.C.
Client:  ServiceMaster
Facts:  Temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction and breach of contract suit against defendants involving breaches of employment agreements and agreements not to compete following the acquisition of defendants’ landscape company, one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States.
Result: Case settled for a confidential sum of money and the granting of a permanent injunction in our client’s favor.

Case:  Baker Mellon Stuart Construction, Inc. v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Court:  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Judge:  Judge Harry Leinenweber
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  John Mrowiec of Stein, Ray & Conway
Client:  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Facts:  Breach of contract suit against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago concerning the construction of office, shop and storage facilities at the District’s Stickney water treatment plant.
Result:  Case settled prior to trial.

Case:  Knight Architects, Engineers, Planners v. Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Lee Preston
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Marc Friedlander of Schiff, Hardin & Waite
Client:  Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
Facts:  Breach of contract suit against Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago concerning the construction of office, shop and storage facilities at the District’s Stickney water treatment plant.
Result:  Case settled.

Case:  AT/Comm, Inc. v. Illinois State Toll Authority
Court:  U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Judge:  Judge Charles Kocoras
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Hedlund, Hanley & John
Client:  Syntonic Corp., successful bidder on the I-Pass project.
Facts:  Breach of contract suit and declaratory judgment action filed by an unsuccessful bidder to prevent the award of the contract for the installation of an electronic toll collection system.
Result:  Case dismissed on our motion challenging plaintiff’s standing to bring the suit.

Product Liability Litigation

Case:  Chicago-Dubuque Foundry, Employers Mutual Company v. C&D Technologies, et al.; Tuthill Corp. et al. v. C&D Technologies, et al.
Court:  District Court of Dubuque County, IA
Judge:  Judge Lawrence Fautsch
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Barry Russell, Jill Augustine, Mark Cullen, Todd Stevenson, Tom Caswell
Client:  C&D Technologies
Facts:  Fire subrogation and business interruption claim made by a foundry completely destroyed by a fire allegedly caused by a connector attached to a battery-powered fork lift.  Insurer paid over $7 million dollars for the loss, and sought recovery in subrogation for those costs.  The foundry had a separate claim for business interruption of over $8 million, and various property owners had individual claims for the destruction or damage to their property housed on the premises, totaling another $3.9 million.  Plaintiffs also claimed conspiracy among the defendants and were seeking millions in punitive damages.  This case as the largest case ever in Dubuque County, Iowa, in terms of claimed damages, number of parties and complexity of issues.
Result:  Case settled during jury selection.

Case:  Stanley Daigger and Denise Strange v. Service Gas, et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Grundy County, IL
Judge:  Judge Robert Marsaglia
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  John Peacock and Wayne McFarland
Client:  Service Gas
Facts:  Plaintiffs were severely burned when they were camping in Wisconsin.  The day before their trip, plaintiff’s sister disconnected the gas line to the hot water heater in order to perform some repairs to a leaking tank.  When she could not get a new tank before the plaintiffs left, she claims that she put the old tank in and reconnected the gas lines.  A fire and explosion occurred while the plaintiffs were heating some water to wash dishes.  The gas came from a disconnected gas line left by the sister under a seat in the camper.  Plaintiffs claimed that they did not smell any leaking propane because the odorant in the gas faded, and that the defendants failed to warn the plaintiffs that the odorant in the gas may fade such that they may not be able to smell it, and that they further failed to warn of the need for a gas detector for the camper.  Both plaintiffs were severely burned.
Result:  Case settled prior to jury selection for a nominal amount.

Case:  Bennett, et al. v. Thompson Gas
Court:  Beckley, WV
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $120 million and punitive damages.
Client:  Thompson Gas
Result:  Case settled for confidential amount.

Catatrophic Injury and Loss

Case:  Elida Lopez Oliver v. Long Island Owners Association, Inc.
Court:  357th Judicial District Court, Cameron County, TX
Judge:  Judge Leonel Alejandro
Plaintiff’s Demand:  The demand was $4.75 million.  Plaintiff asked for $9.6 million from jury.
Client:  Long Island Owners Association, Inc.
Facts:  Represented the defendant in a negligence and premises liability cause of action.  The 44-year-old plaintiff alleged that the defendant’s privately owned and operated swing bridge had faulty warning devices, no audible warning system, violated numberous codes and Texas statutes and that the bridge warning system did not alert the plaintiff, that the bridge was about to be opened.  When the bridge was opened, the plaintiff alleged that the bridge warning arm rapidly dropped on her head causing her to be knocked off her bicycle and strike her head on the pavement.  The plaintiff claimed to have sustained a traumatic brain injury, shearing of her brain, post-concussion syndrome and a herniated disc in her cervical spine resulting in surgical repair.  The plaintiff’s experts claimed the plaintiff was left in a child-like state as a result of the accident and required life-long treatment an an inpatient cognitive rehabilitation facility.  The future life care plans ranged from $3.9 million to $5.9 million.
Result:  Not guilty.

Case:  Lozman v. Putnam
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Allen Goldberg
Plaintiff’s Demand:  Plaintiff asked for $240 million from jury.
Client:  Gerald Putnam, Townsend Analytics
Facts:  Breach of fiduciary duty claims against defendants for allegedly stealing idea of forming Electronic Stock Exchange (Archipelago).
Result:  Not guilty for all defendants.

Case:  Bennett, et al. v. Thompson Gas
Court:  Beckley, WV
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $120 million and punitive damages
Client:  Thompson Gas
Facts:  Catastrophic propane explosion and fire case resulting in 4 deaths, 9 severe burn injuries and property damage in excess of $500,000.
Result:  Case settled for confidential amount.

Case:  Linker v. Nikota USA
Court:  Louisville, KY
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $15 million
Client:  Nikota, USA
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed severe brain injury resulting from a fall off of a motorized skateboard.  Plaintiff claimed the brake switch failed to operate, the control handle was defectively designed and that defendant failed to warn.  Plaintiff sustained a fractured skull and extrusion of his brain from the skull.  Plaintiff had seizures daily for several months and then weekly since the day of the accident.
Result:  Case settled shortly before trial for $2.6 million.

Case:  Alexander, et al. v. Kenwood USA
Court:  Bloomington, IN
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $15 million
Client:  Kenwood USA
Facts:  Three college students died and one survived in a house fire allegedly caused by a faulty power cord on a stereo receiver.
Result:  Case settled for confidential amount.

Transportation

Case:  Rubel v. Keeshin Charter Service 
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Plaintiff’s Demand:  $400,000
Client:  Keeshin Charter Service and Lee Lampley
Facts:  Defendant commercial bus driver made an illegal u-turn on the tollway, causing plaintiff to suddenly have to swerve to his left onto the shoulder.  Plaintiff struck the rear side of the defendants’ bus and careened into the concrete wall.  Plaintiff sustained two herniated discs in his lumbar spine which prompted two laminectomies and a complete fusion of his entire lumbar spine from L1-L5.  Plaintiff owned his own construction company and worked as a general contractor.  He was rendered disabled after the accident and could no longer return to work or run his business.  Plaintiff had over $250,00 in medical bills.  Plaintiff asked for $1,700,000 from the jury in damages.
Result:  Verdict for plaintiff for $50,000, reduced by 50% for plaintiff’s comparative fault, thus plaintiff recovered $25,000.

Case:  People of the State of Illinois v. Expressco, Inc. and Jerry Fleshman
Court:  Circuit Court of Tazewell County, IL
Judge:  Judge John Barra
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Robert Riffle
Client:  
Expressco, Inc. and Jerry Fleshman
Facts:  Defendant truck driver was hauling an oversized Caterpillar earth mover along Interstate 74 near Peoria, Illinois.  Due to the height of the earth mover, defendant was prohibited from passing under certain overpasses, and was required to obtain a permit for the oversized load.  Defendant not only failed to obtain the necessary permit, but also failed to exit the interstate when required to do so given the low clearance of a particular overpass.  The top of the earth mover struck the underside of the bridge causing over $62,000 in damage.
Result:  Verdict for plaintiff for $36,000.

Case:  Williams v. Williamson
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Ronald J.P. Banks
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  James Reho
Client:  
Walter Williamson and Nateka Poole
Facts:  Plaintiff was struck by the defendants’ car as she tried to cross 159th Street in Harvey to catch a bus.  Plaintiff sustained fractures to both legs and was rendered permanently disabled.  Her medical bills were over $100,000.
Result:  Directed not guilty for defendants at the close of plaintiff’s case in chief.

Case:  Petruleas v. Reszotko
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Edward Burr
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Kent Lucaccioni
Client:  
Nanette Reszotko
Facts:  Defendant was traveling down a residential street in the curb lane of a four-lane street.  A van driven by co-defendant was in the left lane and came to a stop near an intersection.  As our defendant started to pass the van, the plaintiff pedestrian ran from in front of the van upon being waved to do so by the driver of the van.  Plaintiff was struck by our driver and sustained crippling injuries and loss of some cognitive functioning.  Plaintiff had over $160,000 in medical treatment with future surgery indicated.
Result:  First trial resulted in a mistrial.  Case settled for $15,000 thereafter.

Case:  Borenstein v. Jang
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Ronald Davis
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  John Hedrich of Robert Patterson’s office
Client:  
Huinkyo Jang
Facts:  Defendant ran a stop light and struck two vehicles.  Plaintiff, a passenger in one of the vehicles, claimed to have suffered a herniated disc, a cervical strain and a lumbar strain.  Plaintiff’s specials were over $15,000 and plaintiff claimed continuing disability and pain.  Plaintiff’s demand prior to trail was the policy limit of $20,000.  Defendant had offered $8,000 before trial.  Plaintiff asked for over $83,000 at trial.
Result:  Verdict for plaintiff for $6,167.45.

Case:  Trabert v. Steel Transport and Oscar Valez
Court:  Circuit Court of Lake County, IL
Judge:  Judge Charles Scott
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Thomas J. Popovich of Patrick Salvi’s office
Client:  
Steel Transport and Oscar Valez
Facts:  Defendant truck driver made a left turn in front of the plaintiff, causing the plaintiff to strike the trailer of defendant’s vehicle.  Plaintiff (21 years old) sustained a fractured T-1 vertebrae, two fractured ribs, a bulging disc at L4-L5 and a fracture of his wrist.  Plaintiff’s demand before trial was $250,000.  Defendant offered $100,000.  Plaintiff asked for $496,000 at trial.
Result:  Verdict for plaintiff for $143,396.

Premises Liability

Case:  Izzi v. Venture Stores, Inc. 
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Walter Kowalski
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Michael Mulvihill of Cooney and Conway
Client:  Venture Stores, Inc.
Facts:  Plaintiff slipped and fell in a Venture store located in Griffith, Indiana sustaining a spiral fracture of her left ankle and soft tissue neck and back injuries.  Plaintiff asked for $137,000 at trial.
Result:  Not guilty verdict for defendant.

Professional Negligence

Case:  Standard Bank & Trust Company v. The English Company
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Thomas Mulroy
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Ray Hughes of Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl, LLC
Client:  The English Company
Facts:  Plaintiff sued defendant environmental consultants alleging that the Phase 1 Environmental Assessment they performed on a property in Streeterville failed to identify the presence of Thorium on the site.  Plaintiff claimed devaluation of the property and loss of business, as well as over $1,000,000 in cleanup costs.
Result:  Court granted defendant’s motion for summary judgment at trial.

Case:  Disko v. Athletico, Ltd. 
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Client:  Athletico, Ltd.
Result:  Tried to verdict.  Verdict in favor of defendant.

Medical Malpractice

Case:  Martin Perez v. Athletico of Oak Park, LLC, et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Ronald Bartkowicz
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Nicholas Loizzi of Loizzi Law Offices, LLC
Client:  Athletico of Oak Park, LLC and Maureen Schwegman, PT, DPT
Facts:  Plaintiff alleged that he sustained second degree burns to his back while receiving moist hot pack treatments to his back.  Plaintiff alleged that he had decreased sensation to his back from multiple prior spinal fusions and that he could therefore not feel the hot packs burning him during the treatment.  The scarring from the burns destroyed a large tattoo across plaintiff’s back and he claimed the scars left him with continuing pain, an inability to sit in a hot tub or take a warm shower, and that he could not go out in the sun with his shirt off.  He claimed damages for pain and suffering, loss of a normal life and for disfigurement of his back and tattoo.  Plaintiff asked for over $600,000 at trial.
Result:  Not guilty verdict for defendants.

Case:  Brush v. SCI Home Health and Staffing Consultants
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Lorna Propes
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  David Nemeroff of Nemeroff Law Offices
Client:  Staffing Consultants, Inc.
Facts:  Defendant provided home health nursing care to an elderly man living in an assisted living facility.  Plaintiff alleged that the nurse was required to also provide care to the resident when he was hospitalized.  Defendant nurse left the hospital at the end of visiting hours, and the resident got up in the middle of the night and fell, striking his head which led to his death a couple of days later.  Defendant argued that the hospital was in charge of the resident upon his admission to the hospital, and that it had the duty to take necessary fall protections while he was admitted.
Result:  Settled.

Case:  Negrete v. Health Force of Greater Chicago
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Judge:  Judge Kathy Flanagan
Plaintiff’s Counsel:  Richard Dvorak of Dvorak Law Offices, LLC
Client:  Willemoore, Inc., d/b/a Health Force of Greater Chicago
Facts:  Defendant provided home nursing care for a disabled child who was bowel and bladder incontinent that included accompanying him to and from school, and assisting him in school as an aide.  Plaintiff’s mother alleged that the nurse battered the child while at school one day for soiling his diaper.  Defendant nurse was criminally charged and found not guilty at trial.
Result:  Settled for nominal amount.

Case:  Salvador Gonzalez v. Athletico, Ltd., et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Athletico, Ltd., Athletico of Garfield Ridge LLC and Ricardo Fernandez, P.T.
Facts:  Plaintiff alleged that defendant therapist deviated from the standard of care in applying excessive force during stretching of his shoulder in a post-surgical repair of a proximal humeral fracture.  Plaintiff sustained a fractured mid humerus as a result of the therapy with claimed related disability and loss of function of the arm.

Case:  Kathryn Pipikios v. Dr. Jack Sasso
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Dr. Jack Sasso
Facts:  Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to provide proper care and treatment and failed to properly order and interpret x-rays leading to several fractured teeth, abscesses, and lost teeth.

Case:  Tonga Nguyen v. Daniel Marinic, D.D.S.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Daniel Marinic, D.D.S.
Facts:  Plaintiff saw defendant for dental implants.  Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to take a CT of her mouth and during the procedure, he improperly placed the implants causing nerve damage.  Plaintiff also alleged that defendant placed an implant at tooth #32, and that said implant caused her pain and TMJ issues.

Case:  Justin Harmon v. William Nckel, D.D.S., et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  William Nickel, D.D.S. and North Suburban Oral Surgery, Ltd.
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that Dr. Nickel was negligent in the extraction of his wisdom teeth in that during the extraction of tooth #1, he broke off the root of tooth #2, thereby leading to the loss of tooth #2.

Case:  Malgorzata Taczyniec v. Jolanta Zakrzewska, D.D.S., et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Jolanta Zakrzewska, D.D.S. and Dental Clinic of Chicago, Ltd.
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that defendant’s placement of implants was improper and caused her to have constant pain and loss of sensation in her face.

Case:  Theresa Burkhart v. Susan J. Sup, D.D.S., et al.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Susan J. Supp, D.D.S. and Susan J. Sup, D.D.S., P.C.
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that defendant’s dentures did not fit properly and that the impressions taken by defendant were improperly done.  She also claimed that defendant failed to diagnose a fractured tooth and failed to recommend a crown which led to the loss of the tooth and the requirement for further dental work.

Case:  Hoppenrath v. Rendon v. Schmitt and Beta Cyte
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Betty Schmitt
Facts:  Case concerning failure to diagnose cervical cancer that settled for confidential amount.

Case:  Kathleen Moon v. Stuart Dessner, D.D.S.
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Stuart Dessner, D.D.S.
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that defendant oral maxillofacial surgeon severed both lingual nerves during extraction of plaintiff’s wisdom teeth leading to a loss of the sense of taste of approximately 60-70% with related permanent numbness and tingling in plaintiff’s lower lip.

Case:  Rochelle Miller v. Periodontics Ltd. and Drs. Gorin, Russo, Marinello, and Yamada
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Periodontics Ltd. and Drs. Gorin, Russo, Marinello, and Yamada
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that during a dental implant surgery with bone grafting, she developed an infection that was not diagnosed or treated by Dr. Gorin.  Plaintiff was hospitalized in intensive care for many weeks and nearly died as a result of the infection.  She claimed permanent pain and numbness as a result of the bone graft and infection.

Case:  Grant Achatz v. Bucktown Wicker Park Dental Associates
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Bucktown Wicker Park Dental Associates
Facts:  Plaintiff, a well-renowned chef, claimed that defendant failed to diagnose and treat an infection which ultimately led to a loss of the chef’s sense of taste.  Plaintiff claimed millions in damages related to his loss of taste and the effect of same on his profession.

Case:  Rain S. Cetewayo v. Dr. John Levy and Grand Dental Associates
Court:  Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
Clients:  Dr. John Levy and Grant Dental Associates
Facts:  Plaintiff claimed that defendants made improper dentures that did not fit and caused plaintiff pain and humiliation.

Born

  • Romeoville, Illinois