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Devon C. Bruce

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Phone: (312) 236-9381

Three First National Plaza
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Chicago, Illinois 60602

Devon C. Bruce is a Partner with the Chicago personal injury law firm of Power, Rogers & Smith, practicing in the area of personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Bruce is also active in practicing accounting and banking malpractice, he also prosecutes qui tam actions for fraud committed against the United States and the State of Illinois. Mr. Bruce is one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Illinois that specializes in appellate advocacy on behalf of tort victims.

In 2013, Mr. Bruce, as second chair together with Joseph A. Power, Jr., obtained a $35,000,000 settlement for a minor in a medical malpractice case. At three months of age, the minor was improperly intubated by defendant Physician at defendant Medical Center, causing subglottic stenosis. The subglottic stenosis subsequently required the minor to have a tracheostomy. A few months later, while receiving treatment at a separate hospital, the minor suffered an anoxic event when the tracheostomy tube occluded. The minor plaintiff did not receive proper oxygenation at the second hospital for approximately 12-15 minutes, resulting in permanent damage. The Minor Plaintiff is now a spastic quadriplegic, he suffers from cortical blindness and requires a gastrostomy tube and 24 hour nursing care.

Partner Devon Bruce has settled an accounting and banking malpractice case on behalf of the City of Dixon for a gross settlement of $40,000,000.00.  The case arose out of the largest reported municipal embezzlement of a municipality in the United States.  The treasurer of the City of Dixon, Rita Crundwell, stole over $53 million dollars from the City.  Mr Bruce brought the action on behalf of the City against several accountants and accounting firms for the negligent performance of the annual audit of the City as well as the failure to report irregularities in the personal tax returns of Rita Crundwell which several of the defendants also performed.  Mr Bruce also alleged that the defendant Fifth Third Bank violated numerous reasonably commercial accounting standards in the banking industry including: allowing Rita Crundwell to improperly open an account in the name of the City of Dixon; failing to disclose the existence of the account at issue in the annual bank confirmations and not monitoring its clients accounts for various red flags which would have identified Rita Crundwell’s theft.  It has been reported that the City will also be reimbursed approximately $10 million dollars from the sale of her assets by the federal government. 

A representative list of Mr. Bruce’s verdicts and settlements are set forth below.

Prior to working at Power Rogers & Smith, P.C., Mr. Bruce clerked for a Justice on the Illinois Supreme Court. As a result of that experience, Mr. Bruce handles many of the Chicago personal injury law firm's appeals. Mr. Bruce has won numerous matters in the Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court. In 2005, Mr. Bruce argued and won a case before the Illinois Supreme Court in the matter of Gillen v. State Farm Insurance Co., 215 Ill.2d 381 (2005). In Gillen Mr. Bruce represented a widow of a firefighter who was killed in the line of duty. State Farm Insurance argued that their financial obligation under the insurance contract paid for by the plaintiff should be reduced by the monies the widow recovered from the City of Chicago. The Illinois Supreme Court Affirmed Mr. Bruce's position that State Farm Insurance should not offset or reduce the monies it owed to the widow.

Mr. Bruce is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Trial Lawyers Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Association.

Power Rogers & Smith has recovered over $3 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements. Power Rogers & Smith has achieved the #1 spot in the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey again in 2013, meaning the firm obtained more dollars in settlements than any other Chicago personal injury law firm. In fact, Power Rogers & Smith has finished first in the settlement survey in eight of the last fourteen years and has held the first place spot for the past four consecutive years, surpassing its next closest competitor by more than $400 Million in total settlement awards since 2000.

Education

J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois, 1993

B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 1990

University College Cork Cork, Ireland, 1988

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois State Bar Association
Member, Task Force on Unauthorized Practice of Law;
Former Chairman, Young Lawyers Division;

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Supreme Court Appeals Committee;
Member, Amicus Curiae Committee;
Member, Legislative Committee

American Bar Association

Appellate Lawyers Association

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member, Lead Paint Committee, Chicago Bar Association

University of Illinois College of Law
Former Chairman, Alumni Advisory Board;
Former Chairman, Fundraising Committee;
Member, Cribbet Society, 1988 - present

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Chicago Inn of Court
Former Member, 1997-1998

Employment

  • December 1994 - present
    Power Rogers & Smith
  • Law Clerk: 1993 - 1994
    Served the Honorable Moses W. Harrison II, Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

Appointments

Illinois State Board of Investment, 2010 - present

  • Chairman

Navy Pier, Inc. Board 2010 - present

American Ireland Fund Board Member, Chicago, 2010 - present

  • Vice Chairman

Walter Payton Liver Center Board Member, 2010 to present

Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, 2009 - 2010

  • Chairman, Finance

State of Illinois Merit Board, 2005 - 2009

University of Illinois, Board of Trustees Member, 2003 - 2009

  • Chairman, Budget & Audit Committee February, 2003 - 2009
  • Chairman, Legal Affairs Committee, February 2003 - 2009
  • University of Illinois is a $4.1 billion dollar body politic with campuses in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Springfield, Rockford and Peoria, IL

Academic Appointment

Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, 2004 - present

  • Teaching comprehensive pre-trial civil litigation course for 2nd and 3rd year law students

Illinois Supreme Court Judicial Oversight Committee, 1997 - present

Author

  • "Using Experts in a Premises Liability Case,"
    IICLE Premises Liability Handbook - Chapter 8 Update, 1998.
  • "Protecting the Record on Appeal and Post-Trial Motions,"
    ITLA Trial Practice, Law, Tactics and Techniques Seminar, Chicago, April 20, 1996

Honors and Awards

  • 2013 Recipient, Chicago Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, in recognition of service to reduce fraud world wide
  • 2009 Honoree, 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch
  • 1999 Recipient, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, for Appreciation of Volunteer Work of Writing Amicus Curiae Briefs to the Illinois Supreme Court
  • 1998 Recipient, Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, for the Successful Challenge to the Illinois Tort Reform Act of 1995 in Best v. Taylor Machine Works
  • Selected by a polling of all active lawyers across Illinois as a Super Lawyer in personal injury litigation. This distinction is awarded to 5% of all Illinois attorneys.

Activities

  • March 2, 2001
    Presiding Judge, Regional Mock Trial Finals, American Trial Lawyer's Association, Richard J. Daley Center, March 2, 2001. Presided over mock trial competition, including making multiple evidentiary rulings and critiquing and grading third-year law students.
  • November 2000
    Palm Beach County Recount Committee
    Volunteer attorney worked with more than 300 disfranchised voters to institute a new vote for presidential elections.
  • January 1, 2001 - January 2003
    Board Member
    Working in the Schools (WITS)
    A nonprofit organization whose purpose isto assist, guide, and mentor students and underprivileged children.

Representative Speeches

"The $54 Million Question:  A Debate Over the Auditing Firm's Role in Discovering Fraud," Illinois Cetified Public Accountant Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, April 29, 2014

"Rita Crundwell - The Inside Story!" Illinois Association of County Officials, April 28, 2014

"Inside the Daley Center from a Plaintiff's Perspective", Loyola University Chicago School of Law, October 5, 2012

"Presentation on Illinois State Board of Investment", City of Chicago, March 5, 2012

"Nuts & Bolts of Opening Statements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, March 25, 2011

"Updates and Developments in Medical Negligence Actions in Ireland" Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, November 20, 2010

"Ethics Jurisprudence - How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Medical Malpractice" University of Illinois College of Medicine, October 27, 2010

"Special Issues in Catastrophic Injury Cases - Liens and Settlements" Illinois Trial Lawyers Associates, April 5, 2008

"Your Attack on the Affidavit" The Chicago Bar Association, December 17, 2007 and December 6, 2006

"Attacking the Affidavit", together with Judge Diane Larsen, Chicago Bar Association Seminar, December 16, 2005, October 20, 2003, October 23, 2002

"Jury Selection, Anatomy of a Trial" Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 16, 2004

"Wrongful Death Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Evidence Seminar, May 5, 2001

"Maximizing Damages," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Product Liability Seminar, February 19, 2001

"Civil Discovery in Medical Malpractice Cases in the United States" and "The Importance of Jury Trials in Vicil Cases," Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, April 2000.

"Firearms/Food Products," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Product Liability - Premises Liability Litigation Seminar, February 21, 2000

Settlements & Verdicts

Examples of settlements or verdicts obtained in cases handled by Mr. Bruce by year of the result of the lawsuit and by the County where the lawsuit was filed, include:


Representative Verdicts

Result: $1,425,000.00

Doe v. Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, 06 L 8952 (Cook County) (2010)

Plaintiff was a 22 year old woman who had been declared mentally disabled prior to the time of the occurrence. In June of 2006, the plaintiff was hospitalized at Good Shepherd Hospital for a psychiatric condition. During the hospitalization, the staff was required to maintain the plaintiff in the day room of the Behavioral Sciences Unit. The staff failed to keep the plaintiff in the day room and she was sexually assaulted by another patient in the unit. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant hospital's staff was negligent in failing to monitor and supervise the plaintiff and to follow the physician's orders that she must remain in the day room at all times.

Result: $1,700,000.00

G. v. Hwang et. al., 04 L 011200 (Cook County) (2010)

Plaintiff was a 41 year old diabetic woman with a pre-existing condition of end stage renal disease. She presented to Mercy Hospital Emergency Room on several occasions in October of 2002 complaining of headaches, general malaise and neck pain. On two of those occasions, Dr. Debra Baines was her attending emergency room physician. The plaintiff was subsequently admitted to St. Bernard Hospital with worsening symptoms. Dr. Sunt Wana was her attending physician at St. Bernard hospital during this hospitalization. Plaintiff was eventually diagnosed with a rare condition - an epidural abscess. As a result of the defendant's negligence, the plaintiff died on November 27, 2002.

Result: $5,525,000.00

M v. Undisclosed Municipal Entities, 08 L 4604 (Cook County) (2009)

Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle traveling eastbound on 127th Street at or near the intersection of 127th Street and Kedzie in the Village of Blue Island, Illinois when the defendant officer entered the intersection, ignored the traffic device which was illuminated red for northbound traffic, failed to yield the right-of-way for the plaintiff's vehicle and violently collided into the passenger side of the plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant was willful and wanton in deciding to initiate and continue the pursuit. Plaintiff suffered multiple injuries including blunt trauma to the chest and abdomen, pulmonary contusions, fractured ribs, fractured pelvis, nerve damage, ruptured spleen, fractured thumb and disfigurement. Plaintiff was hospitalized for over 30 days and underwent multiple surgeries due to her injuries.

Result: $2,000,000.00 (plus waiver of the worker's compensation lien)

J v. Naylor, et. al., 03 L 187 (Champaign County) (2009)

L.J. passed away due to an explosion caused by the negligence of the defendants Wayne Choe, Cerion Technologies LIquidating Trust, Nashua Corporation, Bodine Environmental Service, Midwest Engineering Services, Illini Fire Equipment, Co., Ansul Incorporated and Fire Suppression Systems. Plaintiff suffered severe burns which resulted in his death two weeks following the explosion.

Result: $3,500,000.00

N.M. v. Charles Orsay M.D., 97 L 928 (Cook County) (2002)

Medical Malpractice Verdict on behalf of plaitniff against Dr. Charles Orsay and Cook County Hospital for the failure to diagnose colorectal cancer. Plaintiff was a 38 year old man leaving a daughter. Defendant failed to identify signs and symptoms of cancer on multiple visits to the doctor. Co-counsel with Larry Rogers Jr.

Result: $1,550,000.00

R.R. v. Chicago Park District, 94 L 2909 (Cook County) (2001)

Negligence verdict against Chicago Park District for the drowning death of 13 year old Ralph R. Ralph was swimming at Carver Park Pook in Chicago when he drowned. The lifeguards at the pool complex were either absent or on the telephone at the time of his drowning. Co-counsel with Larry Rogers, Jr.


Representative Settlements

Result:  $8,500,000.00

H. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 11 L 3640 (Cook County) (2014)

On June 23, 2010, the Plaintiff suffered an arrest and subsequent lack of oxygen resulting in a brain injury.  Plaintiff alleged that the cause of her arrest and oxygen deprivation was an occluded tracheostomy tube which was not addressed in a timely fashion by the Defendant Hospital staff.  Plaintiff suffered a severe brain injury.  Plaintiff's past medical bills at the time of settlement were approximately $1.8 Million. 

Result: $35,000,000.00

B. v. Undisclosed Healthcare Providers, 10 L 304 (Winnebago County) (2014)

Plaintiff was born at 25.5 weeks.  At 11 days of life, plaintiff contracted three blood borne infections.  Plaintiff deteriorated and ultimately suffered a hypoxic event as a result of the infection.  Plaintiff developed periventricular leukomalacia or PVL.  Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in performing the hygiene and sanitary procedures in the NICU unit which led to plaintiff’s infection. Plaintiff further alleged that the defendant Dr. Siddiqui, a neonatologist, and the nursing staff failed to respond timely to identify and treat the infections.  Plaintiff alleged that the cause of plaintiff’s PVL was the hypoxic event arising from the infection and not the plaintiff’s prematurity.  Plaintiff has been diagnosed with permanent brain damage and requires 24 hour care.  Plaintiff’s medical bills to date exceed $1,000,000.00.  Defendant contended that the risk of infection is common in neonates, that the PVL was caused by the plaintiff’s prematurity of 25.5 weeks and not the infection and that the plaintiff has a substantially reduced life expectancy.

Result:  $7,000,000.00

T. v. Undisclosed Healthcare Providers, 08 L 7156 (Cook County) (2013)

At three months of age, the minor was improperly intubated by defendant Physician at defendant Medical Center, causing subglottic stenosis. The subglottic stenosis subsequently required the minor to have a tracheostomy. A few months later, while receiving treatment at a separate hospital, the minor suffered an anoxic event when the tracheostomy tube occluded. The minor plaintiff did not receive proper oxygenation at the second hospital for approximately 12-15 minutes, resulting in permanent damage. The Minor Plaintiff is now a spastic quadriplegic, he suffers from cortical blindness and requires a gastrostomy tube and 24 hour nursing care.

Result: $900,000.00

K. v. United Parcel Service et. al. 08 L 8694 (Cook County) (2012)

Plaintiff was a 52 year old employee of United Parcel Service working at the Rockford Airport when he fell approximately 12 feet off of a ladder on a K-loader used to load airplanes.  Plaintiff’s contention that the FMC K-loader was unreasonably dangerous and defective in the manner in which it was designed in that it provided a moveable handrail for the intended user.  Plaintiff sustained a left proximal tibial fracture and left tibial shaft fracture, both requiring open reduction internal fixation; a right radial styloid fracture and 5th metatarsal fracture.  Plaintiff also underwent a left peroneal lysis procedure for neuropathy.

Result: $1,300,000.00

I. v. Freeport Memorial Hospital – not filed– (Stephenson County)(2011)

Plaintiff was a 39 year old woman who underwent a routine ERCP Procedure.  During the procedure, the physicians and nurses failed to monitor the plaintiff and prescribed her an excessive amount of anesthesia.  Plaintiff went into respiratory depression and died.

Result: $1,350,000.00

D. v. Dellegrazios et. al. 06 L 154 (Kane County)(2011)

Plaintiff was a 62 year old woman who walked out onto the rear exit of the house.  As a direct result of the unreasonably dangerous condition on the stoop at issue, she lost her balance, fell and fractured her left lower extremity and sustained serious fractures.

Result: $2,750,000.00

T. v. Brown Printing Co. et. al. 06 LA 131 (McHenry County)(2011)

Plaintiff was a 58 year old woman when a defendant’s employee was operating a standing forklift and caused a stack of approximately 35 pallets to fall on the Plaintiff.  The pallets fell directly upon Plaintiff mainly on her back and lower extremity which caused a fracture of her left knee and right foot.  Specifically, plaintiff suffered a left tibial plateau fracture and a calcaneous fracture to her right foot.  Plaintiff underwent multiple surgeries. 

Result: $6,859,000.00

B. v. Unnamed Major Research Hospital, 10 L 6609

Medical Negligence. Plaintiff was a patient at a Major Research Hospital where she was hospitalized for an outpatient procedure on her airway. The procedure was uneventful, but later her tracheostomy tube became dislodged and the nursing staff failed to react in a timely and proper fashion. As a result, the plaintiff suffered an anoxic event. Plaintiff suffered serious personal injuries, conscious pain and suffering and her subsequent death on April 18th, 2010.

Result: $2,400,000.00

B. v. DRH Cambridge Homes et. al., 05 L 8232 (Cook County) (2009)

Negligence action. Plaintiff was working on a ladder during the course of his employment when he fell. Plaintiff suffered a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of his fall and was unable to return to work as a full-time union painter. Plaintiff alleged that the ground conditions were unstable and unsafe on the date and time of the occurrence which caused his fall. Plaintiff brought an action against DRH Cambridge Homes, the general contractor, and Hollenbeck Construction, prime contractor.

Result: $2,000,000.00

R. v. Westlake Hospital, No case number (Cook County) (2009)

Medical Malpractice action. Westlake hospital staff failed to promptly and timely report R.R.'s elevated potassium leval for over 3.5 hours which caused R. to suffer conscious pain and suffering and ultimately caused her death on September 10, 2008.

Result: $2,725,000.00

K. v. Imperial of HazelCrest, and Shamshuddin, M.D. 04 L 4658 (Cook County) (2008)

Wrongful death action involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Injuries included malnourishment, dehydration, development of multiple stage IV ulcers and death. ($147,037.07 medical expenses).

Result: $1,005,000.00

E.N. v. Jankovic, et. al, 05 L 369 (McHenry County) (2007)

August 6, 2005 deft Jankovic was driving while heavily intoxicated when his vehicle skidded on gravel, hydroplaned and hit a utility pole. Plaintiff, who was a passenger in the defendant's vehicle, suffered a bruised liver and kidney, four broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and fractured acetabulum which required physical therapy. ($143,208.00 medical expenses).

Result: $3,117,100.00

D.G. v. CRE Acquisition, Inc., et. al., 02 C 4838 (North District of Illinois - Eastern Division)

Personal injury action in which a plaintiff visiting from out of the country fell down stairs that were improperly located and identified.

Result $800,000.00

K.M. v. Brinkman-Mosiman, et. al., 03 L 100 (Tazewell)

Defendant failed to read and interpret a fetal non-stress test. Defendant further failed to perform a caesarean section and/or induce the plaintiff when indicated and required. Injuries: Wrongful death shortly prior to birth.

Result: 490,000.00

C.W. v. Barlow et. al., 02 L 8851 (Cook County)

C.W. was 12 years old when she was sexually assaulted by a church official at a church convention held in Baton Rouge, LA. The church official was affiliated with the Church of God in Christ Fifth Jurisdiction, who had received prior complaints of inappropriate sexual misconduct with young girls in regards to church official Barlow. Defendant Church of God in Christ, Inc. was the national affiliated church who did not hire, fire, employ, or control the church official at issue.

Result: $1,500,000.00

D.W. v. Kidde et. al., 1:03-cv-01578 (Federal District Court, Northern Illinois)

Settlement in product liability action. Plaintiff alleged that the fire extinguisher which he was working on was unreasonably dangerous which caused the nozzle to separate from the extinguisher and cause permanent injury to plaintiff's right eye. Plaintiff sustained partial loss of vision in right eye requiring several subsequent surgeries.

Result: $3,500,000.00

S.L. v. Gilster Mary-Lee Corporation, 99 L 133 (Kankakee County) (2006)

Settlement in a premises liability action. Plaintiff was an 18 year old man who fell down a manlift at his workplace. Plaintiff alleged at the defendant failed to provide slip resistant material around the man lift and failed to provide a safe place to work. Plaintiff sustained a T-8 compression fracture causing loss of feeling below the waist. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

Result: $1,600,000.00

G.H. v. Growmark, 06 L 65 (Winnebago County) (2006)

Plaintiff, a 25 year old man fell when a catwalk collapsed on an elevated area of an agricultural building. Plaintiff died as a result of his injuries. Plaintiff left a 4 year old son. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant knew or should have known of the inadequate cat walk. Evidence demonstrated that Growmark knew of the dangerous nature of the catwalk prior to plaintiff's fall.

Result: $1,200,000.00

L.K. v. Menards, 00 L 10191 (Cook County) (2005)

Settlement for plaintiff, a 49 year old woman who was injured when a delivery company hired by Menard's negligently delivered a window to plaintiff's home. Defendant asked plaintiff to help move the window when she was pushed and fell down. Plaintiff sustained a head injury.

Result: $17,250,000.00

Northern Trust Company v. Advocate, 00 L 3444 (Cook County) (2005)

Medical malpractice settlement for 17 year old female hospitalized for rehabilitation during recovery from a motor vehicle collision after two brain surgeries, was prescribed anti-coagulation therapy. The therapy was improperly monitored which resulted in further brain injury to the plaintiff. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

Result: $3,166,666.67

Estate of C.H. v. Landmark, 01 L 976 (Sangamon County) (2004)

Settlement in a motor vehicle collision for the wrongful death of a 19 year old minor. Plaintiff brought suit for negligent entrustment of motor vehicle by car dealer when the defendant employee became drunk and drobe the motor vehicle head on into plaintiff's vehicle. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

Result $2,000,000.00

S.Z. v. OANI, 02 L 194 (Winnebago County) (2004)

Medical malpractice settlement for plaintiff, a 46 year old man who underwent multiple back surgeries by defenant doctor. Defendant doctor failed to appreciate the proper vertebral level and operated on the wrong disc space twice. Ultimately, plaintiff underwent additional surgery and suffered from failed back syndrome.

Result: $8,500,000.00

E.S. v. Village of Barrington Hills, 98 L 4793 (Cook County) (2003)

Settlement in motor vehicle collision for injuries to mother and child. A Barrington Hills Police car traveling on the opposite roadway of plaintiff on a two lane highway suddenly stopped. This caused a car behind the squad car to swerve into plaintiff's vehicle causing a head on collision with plaintiff's vehicle. Plaintiff and her unborn son sustained serious injuries. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

Result: $2,250,000.00

Estate of M.J. v. Kenneth Scribner, M.D., et. al., (Macon County) (2003)

Medical malpractice and product liability settlement. Estate claimed that the implanted defibrillator failed and that the treating physician failed to timely diagnose and aggressively treat the plaintiff's cardiac condition.

Result: $2,000.000.00

A.K. v. Malet Realty, 99 L 12651 (Cook County) (2002)

Settlement to 22 year old woman who suffered a spinal fracture and corresponding paralysis when she slipped and fell from the Marina Towers garage manlift while trying to reach a 15th floor unit. Plaintiff had been drinking alcohol prior to the occurrence and could not find the elevator. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants failed to secure the manlift to prevent the public from entering a known and dangerous hazard. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

Result: $1,600,000.00

Estate of B.F. v. Rockford Memorial Hospital & Dr. Weiss, 99 L 106 (Winnebago County) (2002)

Medical malpractice settlement. Estate claimed that from May-Dec. of 1998, the defendant physicians misdiagnosed the plaintiff, a 58 year old woman's coronary artery disease leading to her death on December 11, 1998. At the time of settlement, this was the highest reported settlement for a wrongful death action in Winnebago County.

Result: $3,000,000.00

A.M.D. v. SCR Medical Transportation, 00 L 5412 (Cook County) (2002)

Motor vehicle negligence. Plaintiff, a 75 year old woman, was traveling in a medical van when the driver lost control and struck a parked beer truck. Plaintiff suffered severe orthopaedic injuries and ultimately died. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

Result: Confidential Amount

K.K. v. Six Flags Great America, 00 l 757 (2002)

Amusement park negligence. Plaintiff, an 11 year old girl, was riding on the Cajun Cliffhanger ride when her toes were caught between the floor and the wall of the ride. Mr. Bruce discovered that numerous other riders had been injured on the same ride in the same fashion. As a direct result of the lawsuit, Six Flags agreed to permanently shut down all rides of this kind in every one of its amusement parks around the world.

Result: $4,500,000.00

S.H. v. Galen Hospital, 95 L 13681 (Cook County) (2002)

Medical malpractice settlement. Plaintiff L.H., a 17 year old woman, left surviving one daughter who was two months old at the time of her death. The defendant doctor failed to properly treat the plaintiff and her brother for a cardiac condition called Long Q.T. Syndrome. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to prescribe and maintain L. on antiarrhythmic medication; failed to hospitalize L. and failed to order timely and appropriate diagnostic studies. Co-counsel with Larry Rogers.

Result: $3,500,000.00

S.H. v. Galen, 95 L 13677 (Cook County) (2002)

Medical malpractice settlement. Plaintiff, a male 9 year old, had a cardiac condition called long Q.T. syndrome. The physicians failed to properly diagnose and treat the syndrome which led to his death on November 16, 1993. The defendants failed to prescribe and maintain him on antiarrhythmic medication, failed to hospitalize him and failed to order timely and appropriate diagnostic studies. Co-counsel with Larry Rogers.

Result: $3,200,000.00

W.D. v. Cohen, 94 L 5863 (Cook County) (2001)

Medical malpractice settlement. Plaintiff W.D., a 30 year old man, sought care and treatment from defendants for severe headaches and lethargy. Defendants failed to diagnose a brain infection which was allowed to grow for a number of days. By the time plaintiff was diagnosed and treated, plaintiff had sustained mild brain damage. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

Result: $1,800,000.00

L.K. v. Chandrakat, (Cook County) (2001)

Medical malpractice settlement. Plaintiff, a 30 year old woman, died due to a pulmonary embolus. Defendant physician failed to diagnose and treat a pulmonary embolus in the plaintiff despite her repeated complaints of shortness of breath and lethargy.


Representative Appeals

R. v. United/Goedecke, 238 Ill. 2d 582 (2010)

R. v. Wyeth, 377 Ill.App.3d 20 (1st Dist. 2007)

G. v. State Farm Insurance, 215 Ill.2d 381 (Ill., 2005)

S. v. Mercury Marine, 537 U.S. 51 (U.S.Ill., 2002)

L. v. Gilster-Mary Lee Corporation, 327 Ill.App.3d 801 (3nd Dist. 2002)

S. v. Chicago Park District, 323 Ill.App.3d 574 (Ill., 2001)

G. v. Chicago Transit Authority, 312 Ill.App.3d 1005 (Ill.App.1st Dist. 2001)