Kathryn L. Conway

Associate

Kathryn Conway formally joined the law firm of Power Rogers & Smith in November of 2011. Ms. Conway concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, including medical malpractice, automotive and trucking negligence, premises liability, maritime, and product liability cases.

In 2014, 2015, 2016 and again in 2017, Ms. Conway was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of the attorneys in Illinois. Similarly, in 2015 and 2016, Ms. Conway was named an Illinois Emerging Lawyer, an honor bestowed on less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois.

Ms. Conway is active in several bar associations, and serves as a Director of the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, a Chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Young Lawyers Division, and a Council Member of the Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Committee and the Young Lawyer Division.

Ms. Conway received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2006 before obtaining her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago in 2011 with a Certificate in Advocacy.

During law school, Ms. Conway earned numerous awards related to trial practice and appellate advocacy, including: the Friedman Award for Outstanding Performance in Trial Practice; the Loyola Intra-School Moot Court Competition Best Oralist Award; the National Runner-up in the Child Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court Competition; and the Second Best Oralist Award in the Welfare & Adoption Law Moot Court Competition.

In addition to practicing law, Ms. Conway is committed to serving those less fortunate. Currently, Ms. Conway serves on the Associate Board of Chicago Jesuit Academy, a non-profit middle school located on the west side of Chicago, as well as Sarah's Inn, a non-profit dedicated to providing resources to and improving the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Additionally, Ms. Conway serves on the Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

  • Verdicts & Settlements

    M.A. v. Woodharbor Millworks, et al., 13 cv 6849 (2016 – Cook County)
    Trucking Negligence: The Plaintiff was struck and partially run over by a right-turning truck as she began to cross the street while on her bicycle. The Plaintiff suffered injuries to her pelvis and abdomen, requiring the use of a diverting colostomy which may or may not be permanent. Additionally, the Plaintiff suffered from symptoms of PTSD. The Plaintiff was unmarried and not working at the time of the collision. Co-counsel Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
    Settlement: $7,750,000.00

    Estate of J.T. v. M.C., 11 L 11030 (2014 – Cook County)
    Trucking Negligence: The Decedent was attempting to cross the street in a crosswalk in her motorized wheelchair when a truck driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck her. The Decedent suffered eviscerating injuries to her lower extremity, which lead to her death shortly thereafter. The Decedent was unmarried and unemployed at the time of her death, and is survived by four adult children, two of whom lived out of state. Co-counsel Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
    Settlement: $5,500,000.00

    J.D. v. Undisclosed Hospital, 2011 L 7385 (2014 - Cook County)
    Medical Malpractice: The Plaintiff underwent sinus surgery as a remedy for recurring upper respiratory infections. Plaintiff alleged that the operating physician negligently penetrated the orbit and severed the optic nerve, several muscles and tissue supporting and controlling the Plaintiff’s right eye, resulting in partial blindness, inability to control eye movement, as well as chronic pain.
    Co-counsel Joseph A. Power, Jr.
    Settlement: $5,000,000.00

    N.W. v. Advocate (2015 - Cook County)
    Medical Malpractice: The Plaintiff’s Decedent presented to the Defendant hospital in the early morning complaining of a sickle cell crisis. Plaintiff alleged that due to a failure to properly and timely monitor and treat Plaintiff’s Decedent over the next 36 hours, the Decedent developed acute chest syndrome, which caused her death. Defendants claimed that the Decedent’s acute chest syndrome developed rapidly due to a fat embolism, and that intervention would not have prevented her death. Co-counsel Larry R. Rogers, Sr.
    Settlement: $4,750,000.00

    Estate of M.G. v. CTA, 10 L 11637 (2015 - Cook County)
    Bus Negligence: The Decedent was attempting to cross the street when she was struck by a left-turning CTA bus and ultimately run over by its rear tires. Defendants contended that Decedent was distracted and on her phone at the time of the collision. Initially, the CPD and CTA believed another vehicle was involved in the collision and that Decedent was struck by that vehicle and somehow forced under the bus as she was crossing the street on the east side of the bus’ turn. Through the use of video from a CPD camera, video from the rear of the CTA bus, and reconstruction efforts, Plaintiffs’ counsel determined that no other car was involved in the collision and that Decedent had actually been on the west side of the bus as it was making its turn, and was struck due to the phenomenon of off-tracking. Decedent was a mother of two, and was separated from her husband, the father of her first child, and living with her boyfriend, the father of her younger child. Co-counsel Thomas M. Power.
    Settlement: $4,300,000.00

    D. v. University of Chicago Hospitals (2016 - Cook County)
    Medical malpractice/wrongful death: In June of 2014, Decedent was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center's emergency room and was discharged without being informed that she had a mass in her right lung. 9 months later, in March of 2015, Decedent was diagnosed with a large right lung mass and ultimately died on July 28, 2015 at the age of 80. Decedent is survived by her husband and three adult children.
    Settlement: $2,500,000.00

    O.L. v. JIL Medical Consultancy, Ltd., 13 L 1645 (2016 – Cook County)
    Medical Negligence/Birth Injury: The minor plaintiff suffered a permanent brachial plexus injury after the delivering physician failed to recognize a shoulder dystocia after vacuum application and applied excessive downward traction to complete the delivery. Co-counsel Pamela Pantages of the Becker Law Firm.
    Verdict: $2,000,000.00 in addition to a $300,000.00 settlement

    L.B. v. Westlake Hospital (2016 - Cook County)
    Medical Malpractice: The Plaintiff’s Decedent, L.W., presented to Westlake Hospital for the purposes of undergoing a colon resection surgery. L.W. died of a pulmonary embolism eight days after surgery. Plaintiff alleged that the L.W.’s risk factors required that she be given Heparin or another form of pharmacologic DVT prophylaxis post-surgically. Defendants claimed that the Decedent was doing well post-surgery and did not require pharmacologic management. Co-counsel Larry R. Rogers, Sr. and Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
    Settlement: $2,000,000.00

    City of Marseilles v. Ingram Barge Company, 13 cv 3453 (2016 – Cook County)
    Maritime: The City of Marseilles experienced significant property damage after the tow of Ingram Barge Company’s vessel, the Dale A. Heller, allided with the Marseilles dam and canal wall. Claimant the City of Marseilles alleged that the Heller should not have been in a position where it was unable to tie up its tow during high water in light of the weather forecasts that had been publicly available for days leading up to the allision, and that the allision caused the flood event. Ingram Barge Company argued that its vessel acted reasonably in light of specific river stage hydrographs and that the flood event was not the result of extreme rainfall.
    Settlement: $1,175,000.00

    G.C. v. Menard, Inc., 09 L 15647 (2012 – Cook County)
    Premises: The Plaintiff fell and suffered a severe fracture to her humerus requiring a partial shoulder replacement after tripping over an unseen hazard in the cart corral of a Menards home improvement store. Co-counsel Thomas M. Power.
    Verdict: $425,048.25

    R.J. v. Vito Migliore, 11 L 3572 (2012 – Cook County)
    Auto: The Plaintiff, a 50 year-old male, was riding his bicycle in a designated bike lane on Southport Avenue when he was struck by Defendant's vehicle, which was making a left turn into a CVS parking lot. The Plaintiff sustained injuries including a dislocated shoulder and rotator cuff repair. Co-counsel Joseph W. Balesteri.
    Settlement: $240,000.00

    M.B. v. 1420 Sheridan Condo. Corp., 13 L 0883 (2013 – Cook County)
    Negligence: The Plaintiff, a 93 year-old female, was pushed and caused to fall to the ground when she was struck by a luggage cart that was being pushed instead of pulled by a doorman at a condominium building. The Plaintiff suffered a non-displaced proximal humerus fracture in her dominant arm. Co-counsel Todd A. Smith.
    Settlement: $100,000.00

  • Education

    • J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2011
    • B.S., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2006
  • Admitted Practice

    • Admitted to Illinois Bar, 2011
    • Admitted to Northern District of Illinois, 2011
    • Admitted to Northern District of Illinois Federal Trial Bar, 2016
    • Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court, 2017
  • Memberships

    • American Association for Justice
    • American Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • Women's Bar Association
  • Honors & Awards

    • 2016, 2015, 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star: a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of the attorneys in Illinois and awarded according to a polling of lawyers practicing in Illinois.
    • Emerging Lawyers 2016 2015 & 2016 Emerging Lawyer: those identified by their peers as the top lawyers, a title bestowed on less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois.
    • 2014 ITLA President's Award: Individuals are recognized by the outgoing ITLA President for outstanding performance in service of ITLA over the past year.
    • 2012 William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award: Individuals are recognized for their dedicated volunteer service and professional efforts on behalf of the ITLA Amicus Curiae Committee in preparing legal briefs before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts.

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