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For 20 years now, Elizabeth A. Kaveny has been recognized as a superstar trial lawyer in Chicago. From Crain's "Rising Stars of Chicago Personal Injury Bar" to the Chicago Tribune's announcement of her professional moves, much has been written regarding Elizabeth. Nothing speaks as loudly, however, as the accolades of her clients, the endorsements of her referring attorneys and the success she has had on behalf of her clients in medical negligence/malpractice, transportation accidents and civil rights violations. She has been a founding, managing and named partner at Chicago's top personal injury firms and is happy to share her success with Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny's clients.
Notable Cases and Results:
$5.25 million verdict against defendant doctors and their practice for failing to timely diagnose cervical cancer in a thirty-six year old woman.
$1.7 million recovery for the family of a woman who died after her primary care physician failed to diagnose her pneumonia.
$1 million settlement to 85 year old plaintiff who's car was hit head-on by defendant's employee who fell asleep behind the wheel of the company truck he was driving.
$450,000 recovery for a woman who suffered from compartment syndrome following spinal surgery.
$410,000 verdict for mentally handicapped pedestrian who suffered two broken legs after being struck by a car. No offer of settlement was made prior to trial.
$300,000 recovery for a woman whose diagnosis of breast cancer was delayed 6 months.
$250,000 medical malpractice verdict for a 16 year old who suffered nerve damage in his hand following knee surgery. No offer of settlement was made prior to trial.
$250,000 verdict for the estate of a 14-year old boy electrocuted by the CTA's "third rail".
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
Date of Birth: 1965
Law School: Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude; National Mock Trial Team, 1991-1992
Undergraduate School: Lehigh University, B.S., economics, 1988
Employment History: Burke Wise Morrissey Kaveny, Chicago, Illinois
2010 - present
Propes & Kaveny LLC, Chicago, Illinois
Cahill Christian & Kunkle, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois
Propes & Garippo, P.C., Chicago, Illinois
Epstein, Zaideman & Esrig P.C., Chicago, Illinois
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
2002-Present, Board of Managers
2004, Seminar Planning Chair
2002, Seminar Planning Chair
2001, Board of Advocates
Women's Bar Association Of Illinois
1999-2000, Board of Directors
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Honors and Awards:
Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2004.
"Forty Under Forty" Award, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2001.
Publications, Teaching and Lecturing:
Instructor In Trial Advocacy, Loyola University Of Chicago Law School, 1995-Present.
Adjunct Professor Of Trial Advocacy, Northwestern University Of Chicago Law School, 1995-Present.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, "Settlement On Settlements - Protecting Your Policy Demands - Bad Faith," January 2004.
Demonstrator, Loyola University School Of Law, "Closing Arguments," 2001, 2004.
Chairman, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Advocacy Showcase," 2003.
Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, "Legislative Update - Tort Law," Orlando, Florida, November 2003.
Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, "Update And Review -- Rule 213 - One Year Later," September 2003.
Demonstrator, Northwestern University School Of Law, "Direct Examination," September 2000 - present.
Speaker, The Chicago Bar Association, "Anatomy Of A Civil Trial - Winning Your Trial In Opening Statement," October 2001.
Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar, "Evidence - Demonstrative Evidence On Liability," May 2001.
Speaker, Illinois Institute For Continuing Legal Education, "The Art Of Maximizing Damages In A Personal Injury Action - Obtaining And Using Medical Records," November 2000.
Panelist, Women's Bar Association Of Illinois, "Juggling The Practice Of Life And The Law," 1997-1998.
Speaker, The Chicago Bar Association: "Theory And Practice Of Cross-Examination - Winning The Battle Of The Experts At Trial," November 1997.
Demonstrator, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, "Advocacy In A High-Tech World," San Francisco, California 1997.
Speaker, American Association Of Gynecologic Laparoscopists Annual Meeting, "Informed Consent," September 1996