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Mr. Nora is a trial lawyer who specializes in the defense of medical negligence, product liability and catastrophic injury cases. He is a founding and managing partner of his firm. Mr. Nora has tried serious injury cases which have resulted in defense verdicts. One of these cases involved the first "wrongful life" case tried in Illinois. Although negligence was admitted, the jury returned a defense verdict. He was honored by Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of its "Top 20" tort defense lawyers as elected by his peers.
Notable Cases and Results:
- Alleged failure to diagnose and treat colon cancer in 41-year-old man resulting in death.
- Alleged negligent manufacturing, marketing and sale of diatomaceous earth resulting in end-stage lung disease and/or death of nine factory workers who were exposed to the product. (Re-trial of a case tried by another lawyer which initially resulted in a verdict for the Plaintiffs for $3.6 million. On re-trial, a defense verdict was entered in favor of Mr. Nora’s client.)
- Alleged failure to diagnose and treat stomach cancer, resulting in death of 51-year-old woman.
- Alleged failure to diagnose and treat respiratory distress resulting in death of 63-year-old woman.
- Alleged failure to properly perform percutaneous nephro-lithotripsy resulting in death of a 51-year old woman. Alleged failure to diagnose and treat compartment syndrome in 51-year-old woman resulting in bilateral leg surgery and disfigurement and disability.
- Alleged failure to diagnose and treat a ruptured coronary artery resulting in death of 19-year-old girl.
- Alleged failure to diagnose and treat corneal ulcer in 2-year-old child resulting in loss of vision.
- Alleged failure to provide informed consent regarding risks of knee surgery to Chicago Bear player resulting in career-ending disability.
- Alleged failure to advise mother of abnormal genetic screening test resulting in birth of Down’s Syndrome child. Negligence was admitted and case tried on causation issue. First reported “Wrongful Birth” case tried to verdict.
- Alleged failure to diagnose carcinoma on Pap smears resulting in hysterectomy and inability of 32-year-old woman to bear children.
- Alleged failure to diagnose fetal distress resulting in brain injured
- Alleged failure to diagnose a spinal cord contusion resulting in spastic quadriplegia in 57-year-old male.
- Alleged failure to properly prescribe methadone resulting in death of a 36-year-old male.
- Alleged failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism in a 51-year-old male resulting in his death.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, including Federal Trial Bar
The Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Year of Birth: 1955
Law School: DePaul University,J.D., 1980
Undergraduate School: Northwestern University, B.A., 1977
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: With honors
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Chicago, Illinois State and American Bar Associations
Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
Society of Trial Lawyers for the State of Illinois
Defense Research Institute
Professional Liability Underwriters Society
Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago
Healthcare Risk Management Society of Metropolitan Chicago
American Association of Hospital Attorneys
Society of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors 2003-2005)
Honors; Awards; Recognitions:
“Top Twenty Tort Defense Lawyers in Chicago,” Chicago Lawyer
“Top Lawyers in Illinois,” Crain’s Chicago Business
“Illinois Super Lawyer,” Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine (2005 to present)
Leading Lawyers, (2005 to present)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Published Legal Writing:
"Dental Malpractice: Its Causes and Cures," Quintessence International, Vol. 17, No. 2/1986, reprinted Chicago Dental Society Review, July, 1986
"Medical Affidavit Requirement Held Unconstitutional," Risk Management Exchange, Vol. 2, No. 2, winter, 1989
"AIDS Confidentiality Act and Hospital Liability," Occurrence, Vol. 11, No. 3, July-Sept., 1989
Co-author, “Institutional Liability – Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1999
“Fact Discovery,” Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012
“Practice Management From a Legal Perspective,” Chicago Hospital News, April 2009.
Chicago Dental Society midwinter meeting, February, 1987
American Academy of General Dentistry, annual meeting, May, 1988
Chicago Dental Society midwinter meeting, February, 1989
"Market Share Liability: The Art of the Possible," September, 1989, videotaped for presentation by Chicago Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network
"Medical Malpractice from the Defense Perspective," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Dec. 7, 1991
Moderator: "Current Trends in Medical Malpractice," Chicago Bar Association, June 1993
"The Preparation and Trial of Medical Negligence Cases: The Impact of HB20," Chicago Bar Association, June 14, 1995
"Telemedicine," Chicago Hospital Risk Management Society, May, 1999
"Current Topics in Medical Malpractice," Illinois Society of Pathology, November, 1999
"Litigation Management," MMI Companies, February 5, 2000
“Fact Discovery,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2006
“Legal Preventative Care for the Medical Professional” Ingalls Memorial Hospital, 2007
“Risk Management – Avoiding a Lawsuit,” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, March 2008
“Expert Witness Testimony,” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, March 2008, April 2010 and February 2011