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   3Keith A. HebeisenChicago(312) 899-9090kah@cliffordlaw.comkah@cliffordlaw.comClifford Law Officeswww.cliffordlaw.comwww.cliffordlaw.comhebeisenkeitha.jpgPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticeMedical MalpracticeBirth InjuryHospital LiabilityBrain Injury
Keith A. Hebeisenkah@cliffordlaw.com
Clifford Law Officeshttp://www.cliffordlaw.com
120 N LaSalle St 31st FL
Chicago IL 60602-2554
Ph.(312) 899-9090 Fx.(312) 251-1160
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Law: General    Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice    Birth Injury
    Hospital Liability
    Brain Injury
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Keith Hebeisen is a partner at Clifford Law Offices and has been a trial attorney for almost 28 years. He is a highly respected leader in the law and serves as an example of excellence to the profession. Mr. Hebeisen is known for his no nonsense style and has garnered the respect of both plaintiff and defense attorneys. He is knowledgeable in the law and in command of the facts of each client's case. He is thorough in the investigation, preparation, and trial of each case. His cases are often highly complex, involving many defendants. Although Mr. Hebeisen concentrates his practice in the area of medical malpractice cases against doctors, hospitals, and pharmaceutical companies, he has represented individuals in a wide variety of cases, including transportation, product liability, and toxic tort. In 2010, he was recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers as a top tier attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury law. He is recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois Leading Lawyer. Mr. Hebeisen was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2010 and the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2011.

He has verdicts and settlements in many cases and has achieved record recoveries in a number of them. He has been recognized in the Chicago Lawyer annual Settlement Survey. In 2010, he obtained a $8.25 million settlement against Loyola Medical Center on behalf of a 12 year old Chicago area boy who was brain damaged. In 2010, he also obtained $12 million and $10 million settlements for two women who were the victims of medical malpractice in incidents that occurred in the same hospital on the same day in the same surgery suite. In a single week in 2007, he achieved settlements totaling $11 million in two cases.

Mr. Hebeisen also makes time to give back to the profession in substantial ways. He served as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association from 2005 to 2006. He serves as the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability. He is also very active in several other bar associations. He has been an active leader in the fight to preserve the right to trial by jury. He has been an outspoken advocate against caps on damages in the legislature and courts of Illinois. He also has written extensively on these subjects, and lawyers from across the state consult him on these very important issues.

Mr. Hebeisen enjoys using his strong writing skills and is the author of many publications. He was the Editor of the Illinois Bar Journal for two years. He has edited ITLA's Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook since 1992. Mr. Hebeisen has planned and moderated numerous continuing legal education programs, including the ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, a widely attended all day program held annually in Chicago. He has presented numerous lectures at seminars for professional associations on a wide range of topics.


Notable Cases and Results:  
    • Sinquefield v. Sears, 209 Ill.App.3d 595 (1st Dist. 1991)
    • Cooper v. CTA, 224 Ill.App.3d 321 (1st Dist. 1991)
    • Seegers v. United States Steel, 218 Ill.App.3d 357 (1st Dist. 1991)
    • Ekstrom v. Temple, 197 Ill.App.3d 120 (2d Dist. 1990)
    • Allstate v. Tucker, 178 Ill.App.3d 809 (1st Dist. 1989)
    • Barkei v. Delnor Hospital, 176 Ill.App.3d 681 (2d Dist. 1988)


Bar Admissions:  
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, July 7, 1996
Supreme Court of the United States of America, January 24, 1994
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, May 6, 1992
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, December 18, 1990
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, September 18, 1990
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, May 5, 1987
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, December 12, 1983
Illinois Bar, November 9, 1983


Year of Birth:  1953

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1983
Law School Honors/Involvement:  With honors

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.A., 1976


Representative Clients:  Catastrophically Injured Persons


Employment History:  
  • Clifford Law Offices, Chicago, Illinois, February 1, 1995 - present, partner
  • Corboy - Demetrio - Clifford, Chicago, Illinois, February 1, 1994 - February 1, 1995, partner
  • Robert A. Clifford and Associates, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, November, 1984 - January 1994, associate
  • Albert F. Hofeld, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, March 1983 - November 1984; November 1983 - November 1984, associate; March 1983 - November 1983, law clerk
  • Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, January, 1982 - March, 1983, law clerk


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Illinois Channel Board of Directors, 2008-present
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice (in memory of Neil Hebeisen)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
    • President, 2005-2006
    • President-Elect, 2004-2005
    • Second Vice President, 2003-2004
    • Third Vice President, 2002-2003
    • Executive Committee, 1995-1996, 1999-present
    • Elected Board of Managers, 1989-present
    • Legislative Committee, 1996-present
      • Co-chair, 2003-2004
    • Medical Negligence Committee, 1992-present
      • Co-chair, 1998-2003
    • Nominating Committee, 1994-1995, 2007, 2008
    • Long Range Planning Committee, 2001
    • Amicus Committee, 2000-present
    • Membership Committee, 1995-present
    • Publications Committee, 1992-present
    • Seminar Planning Chairman, 1990-1991
    • Civil Practice Committee, 1984
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA))
    • ATLA Governor, 2001-2002, 2011-present
    • Public Affairs Committee, 2008-2010
    • AAJ's List Advisory Committee, 1999-present
    • State Affairs Liaison Committee, 2000-2001
    • Insurance Committee, 2000-2001
    • Executive Committee, 1999-2000
    • Coordinating Committee on State Relations, 1999-2000
    • Chair, State Delegates, 1999-2000
    • Chair-elect, State Delegates, 1998-1999
    • Vice chair, State Delegates, 1997-1998
    • Secretary, State Delegates, 1996-1997
    • State Delegate, 1995-2000
    • ATLA Presidents' Club, Charter Member,1999-present
    • ATLA Eagle
    • Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group (MNIEG)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Life Fellow
    • Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, 2006-present
      • Chair, 2011-present
    • Health Law, 2003-present
    • Tort & Insurance Practice, 2003-present
    • Litigation, 2003-present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
    • Tort Law Section Council, 2008-2010
    • Civil Practice & Procedure Section, 1990-present
    • Insurance Law Section, 1990-present
    • Tort Law Section, 1990-present
  • Standing Committee on The Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board, 1995-2006
    • Ex-Officio, 2004-2006
    • Editor, 2002-2004
    • Associate Editor and Vice-Chair 2000-2002
    • Secretary, 1998-2000
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
    • Civil Practice Committee, 1997-present
    • Tort Litigation Committee, 2003-present
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)
  • Kane County Bar Association (KCBA)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Public Justice Foundation (formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice)
  • University of Illinois Foundation Consular Circle of the Presidents Council, March 2012
  • DePaul University School of Law
    • Health Law Institute Advisory Board, 2002
    • Adjunct professor, 1992-2002


Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • President's Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
      • Martindale Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • Best Lawyers In America, 2010
      • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005-present
      • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2005-present
      • William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, June 2003
      • ITLA Amicus Volunteer Award, June 2002 (re: Burger v. Lutheran General Hospital)
      • ATLA Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004
      • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1998


Published Legal Writing:  
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
    • Editor, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1992-present
    • Co-editor, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990-1991
    • Trial Notebook, (contributing author), 1989
    • Workers' Compensation Notebook: "Third-Party Litigation / Kotecki," 2011
    • Workers' Compensation Notebook: "Third-Party Litigation / Kotecki," 1991 and updates 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004-2010
  • "Medical Malpractice and Insurance - Version 2.0," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter 2012
  • "Medical Malpractice," (co-author), Trial, Chapter 12, IICLE 2011
  • "Debunking Myths About Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 1, 2010
  • "The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance," Illinois Trial Lawyers, February 2010
  • "Supreme Court Rule 213 - Once Disclosed, Always Disclosed," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2009
  • "Caps on Damages Reward Insurers at the Expense of the Those Injured or Killed by Medical Malpractice," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 2006
  • "Medical Malpractice," (co-author), Trial, Chapter 12, IICLE 2006
  • "How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective," Illinois State Bar Association, Bench & Bar, September 2002
  • "FRE 407: Even After Recent Amendment, the Prohibition Against the Admission of Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures In Product Liability Cases is 'Swallowed Up' By the Exceptions," Products Liability Advisory, September 1998, West Group
  • Part III, Postpartum, "The Third Stage," Legal Commentary, In/Operative Obstetrics, ed. O'Grady, et al. 1995


Legal Lectures:  
      *=written materials included.
  • "IPI 105.01 - The Controversy Continues," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 10, 2011
  • "Plaintiff's Experts - Picking, Preparation and Presentation," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, February 18, 2011
  • "Proof of Causation in a Medical Negligence Case," ITLA Update & Review Seminar, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, October 1, 2010
  • "Res Ipsa Loquitur," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, December 5, 2009
  • "Damages: Past and Future Medical," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2008*
  • "I've Just Been Sued for Medical Malpractice: What Do I Do Now?" Radiological Society of North America Refresher Course, 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, December 4, 2008
  • "Making the Plaintiff's Closing Argument," ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, The Plaintiff's Case: Winning Trial Techniques & Strategies, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, December 1, 2007*
  • "Medical Malpractice Case," Connecting Radiology, 2007 Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, November 27, 2007
  • "What Plaintiff Lawyers Do: Myth vs. Fact," 2007 Mid-Year ACLM Educational Conference, Medical Imaging and the Law, Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL, October 13, 2007
  • "Doctors, Treaters, and Medical Evidence," ITLA Evidence Seminar, Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, May 5, 2007*
  • "Will Saying `I'm Sorry' Prevent a Malpractice Lawsuit?" Strengthening Professionalism 2006 Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2006
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Springfield, May 12, 2006; Chicago, IL, May 19, 2006
  • "Judges, Juries, and the Constitution: A Debate on Medical Malpractice Reform," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, May 24, 2005
  • "Medical-Legal Jury Trial at RSNA 2004," 90th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 2004
  • "Deposing Defendants & Defendant Experts," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2003*
  • "Malpractice Tort Reform: Is Malpractice Tort Reform Really Necessary?," 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, Illinois, December 4, 2003*
  • "HIPAA," ITLA Update and Review Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 13, 2003*
  • "Civil Trial Procedures: Learn How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice," CBA Seminar, Chicago, IL, June 13, 2002*
  • "Depositions of Doctors: How to Avoid the Land Mines," IICLE's Fall, 2001, Seminar, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2001*
  • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Planning Chair and Moderator, ITLA, DoubleTree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2001
  • "Making an Impact with Exhibits," ITLA Practicing with the Best & Avoiding the Rest Seminar, Westin Hotel, October 8, 2001*
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Chair, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 9, 2000
  • "How to Testify in Court, Be It as a Defendant or Expert: Perspectives of a Plaintiff's Attorney and a Defense Attorney," Malpractice Issues in Radiology Seminar, The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2000
  • "Closing Argument - You Are The Jury," Malpractice Issues in Radiology Seminar, The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2000
  • "Medical Negligence: Identifying the Viable Case," ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 11, 1999
  • "Medical Negligence," ITLA Civil Practice Update & Review Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 18, 1999*
  • "Trying the Technologically Savvy Malpractice Case," IICLE Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation Seminar, The University Club, Chicago, IL, March 26, 1999*
  • "Under the Microscope: The Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial," Program Planning Chair and Moderator, ITLA, Ambassador West Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1998
  • Neuropsychological and Legal Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the Post Concussion Syndrome, "Plaintiff Attorneys' Prospective," DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, IL, October, 1998
  • "Damages: Obtaining the Best Outcome on Your Release or Verdict Form," Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Update, Adams Mark Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, June 19, 1998*
  • "Admissibility of Subsequent Design Changes in Products Liability Cases: The New Federal Rule," The 1998 National Conference on Products Liability Law, Swissotel, Chicago, IL, May 29, 1998 (Fill in for Robert A. Clifford, Esq.)
  • "Medical Malpractice Update," Tort Trends: Approaching The Millennium, The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL, March 10, 1998*
  • "215 Exam and Deposing the Defense Expert," ITLA Automobile Accident Cases Seminar, Radisson Suite Hotel, Champaign, IL, February 7, 1998*
  • "Maximizing Damages," ITLA Trial Technique Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, October 13, 1997*
  • Presentation of "Plaintiff's Case/Defendant's Case," Health Law Course - 1997, Health Systems Management, College of Health Sciences, Rush University, April 16, 1997
  • "Cutting Edge Issues in Health Care, Bringing Medical Negligence Cases in the MCO Setting - The Plaintiff's Perspective," The John Marshall Law School, March 17, 1997*
  • "Expert Testimony - Effective Cross-Examination," ITLA Product Liability Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, January 11, 1997*
  • "Surgery Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 7, 1996*
  • "Where Will We Be A Year From Now? TortLaw Changes," DuPage County Bar Association, DCBA Center, Wheaton, IL, October 30, 1996
  • "Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Winning Your Case Before Trial" and "Move Over Columbo," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Drake Hotel, Chicago, Monday, February 19, 1996*
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Co-Chair and Co-Moderator, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1995
  • Round Table Discussion, Workers' Compensation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Wyndham Hamilton Hotel, Itasca, IL, November 4, 1995
  • "Sexual Abuse Claims - Defense and Coverage," Presenting the Damage Claim & Closing Argument, Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Swissotel, Chicago, IL, October 10, 1995
  • "Apparent Agency," Life Before and After House Bill 20, ITLA Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, May 6, 1995*
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Chair and Moderator, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 3, 1994
  • "Anesthesiology Malpractice Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 3, 1994*
  • "Trial Demonstration - Closing Arguments," Thirteenth Annual Defense Tactics Seminar Program, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, IL, March 5, 1995
  • "Handling the Defendant's Expert," ITLA Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago IL, October 10, 1994*
  • "Expert Witnesses and Rule 220," ITLA Civil Practice Update and Review Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 11, 1993*
  • "Economic Loss," ITLA Shotgun Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, February 15, 1993*
  • MMI Companies, Inc. Focus Training Workshops, "Advanced Claims Management," Oak Brook, IL, November 21, 1992
  • "Products Liability: In Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products," Jury Instructions/Pleadings/Summary Judgment, Illinois State Bar Association Law Education Series, April 16, 1992, First Chicago Center*
  • "Third-Party Litigation/Kotecki," Workers' Compensation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, November 9, 1991, Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL*
  • "Slip and Fall Cases - From the Plaintiff's Perspective - Preparation Before Trial," Chicago Bar Association, February 4, 1991*
  • Expert Witnesses, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 17, 1992, Chicago, IL, Seminar Planning Chairman
  • ITLA Trial Notebook Seminar, "How to Argue Liability In The Injury Case," April 21, 1990, St. Louis, Missouri
  • "Proving Fault and Defending Auto Accident Cases - How To Handle Particular Types of Collision Cases," Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education, March 5, 1990, Chicago, IL*
  • "The Wrongful Death Act: Obtaining the Successful Result, Procedural Aspects," Chicago Bar Association, February 15, 1990*
  • "Products Liability," Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, September 9, 1989, Drake Hotel*
  • "Current Trends and Recent Developments in Litigation in Illinois" and "Interviewing Witnesses," Illinois Civil Litigation Techniques: Active Roles for Legal Assistants, March 9, 1988, Chicago, IL*
  • "Demonstrative Evidence and Experts," Trial Evidence Committee, ABA Litigation Section Annual Fall Meeting, October 24, 1987, Chicago, IL
  • "Medical Evaluation of Damages and Disability," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 13, 1985, Chicago, IL (on videotape)


Firm Description:  
    Robert A. Clifford founded a personal injury law firm in his name in 1984. For more than 25 years, he has worked to establish a national reputation. Clifford Law Offices now boasts 22 attorneys, who, combined, represent hundreds of years of practice in personal injury law. Since its inception, the entire staff of Clifford Law Offices has been dedicated to the goal of representing the rights of plaintiffs concentrating on:
      *Aviation liability which includes general and commercial aviation
      *Transportation liability
      *Product liability
      *Medical negligence
      *Construction liability
      *Premises liability
      *Federal Employers' Liability Act
      *Personal injury and wrongful death litigation
    Every member of the firm upholds the highest principle of the legal profession in placing the individual client first. The firm often is said to set the standard in professional excellence. Moreover, it is important to note that as a result of the litigation handled by the firm, many defective products and dangerous practices have been changed or abandoned altogether.


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