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Dov Apfel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Levin & Perconti
325 North Lasalle Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-332-2872
Fax: 312-332-3112
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2016 - 2022
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%), Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%), Transportation/Maritime (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Dov Apfel is a partner with Levin & Perconti law firm in Chicago, Illinois. A nationally ranked trial lawyer with more than 40 years of total legal experience, Mr. Apfel devotes his practice to advocating on behalf of those who have suffered injury or loss as a result of someone else's negligence, and he represents clients throughout Illinois and in various jurisdictions across the country.

Although he has handled all types of personal injury and wrongful death claims, Mr. Apfel maintains a particular focus on medical malpractice claims, and he has become a recognized authority on birth injury litigation, cerebral palsy litigation and other similar matters. From his efforts, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, including many seven- and eight-figure awards.

In honor of outstanding professionalism and service, Mr. Apfel has earned designation from Best Lawyers® as among the Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. He has also received many five-star ratings on Martindale-Hubbell along with other top rankings and endorsements from his peers. He has received numerous testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients, and he finds great reward in being able to help so many obtain the justice they deserve.

A 1976 graduate of Queens College, Mr. Apfel obtained his Juris Doctor from American University's Washington College of Law in 1979. He has participated in complex personal injury and medical malpractice claims in many states throughout the nation, and he is the former chair of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association's Medical Negligence Section and former co-chair of the American Association for Justice's Birth Trauma Litigation Group.

Mr. Apfel is also an active member of the American Association for Justice and the Illinois State Bar Association, among his many other professional affiliations. He has numerous publications to his credit, and he regularly conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars on a variety of legal topics related to medical malpractice, birth injuries and related matters.

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Practice Areas
  • 40%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 40%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10%Transportation/Maritime
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Toxic Mold, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Defense, Products Liability, Admiralty & Maritime Law

Selections

14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2014, 2016 - 2022

About Dov Apfel

Professional Webpage: https://www.levinperconti.com/dov-apfel.html

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Montgomery County Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Bar Association, Member
  • Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ), Member
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
  • Maryland, 1979
  • District of Columbia, 1980
  • Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, Co-chair
  • Medical Negligence Section of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association, Chairperson
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Washington
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Oregon
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Missouri
  • Mississippi
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • Kentucky
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Hawaii
  • Georgia
  • California
  • Arkansas

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Chairperson: Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2000, Subject: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Co-Chairperson, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program, Atlanta, July, 2002, Subject: Distinguishing Between Asphyxia and Stroke: The Timing of Brain Injury
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, January 2002, Subject: Using Fetal Monitoring to Assess Quality of Care and Timing of Injury
  • ATLA Summer Conference, Montreal, July 2001, Chairperson: Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program Subjects: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy, and the International Consensus Template and the Criteria for Establishing a Link Between Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy
  • ATLA Summer Conference, Chicago, August 2000, Subject: Intrapartum Electronic Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring: Understanding FHR Variables and Nonreassuring Patterns
  • ATLA Mid-Winter Conference, Maui, Hawaii, February 1998, Subject: Antepartum Testing to Assess Fetal Well-Being in the Preterm Infant
  • ATLA Summer Conference, San Francisco, July 1999, Subject: Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Cerebral Palsy, Subject: Early Onset Neonatal Group B Streptococcal Infection
  • Canadian Trial Lawyers Conference, Calgary, Canada, April 1998, Subject: Placental Pathology: A Primer for Birth Trauma Litigation
  • ATLA Summer Conference. Washington, DC, July 1998, Subject: Prenatal Care and Review of the Medical Chart
  • Chairperson: Birth Trauma Group Educational Program, Maui, Hawaii, February 1998, Subject: The Timing and Etiology of Brain Injury in the Preterm Infant
  • Ontario Trial Lawyers Conference, Toronto, Canada, June 1996, Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use of Placental Findings to Prove or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice in Bad Baby Cases
  • ATLA Mega Seminar on Profound Brain Injury in the Infant, West Palm Beach, Florida, January 1998, Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use of Placental Findings to Prove or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice in Bad Baby Cases
  • Co-Chairperson, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Educational Program, Atlanta, July 2002, Subject: Distinguishing Between Asphyxia and Stroke: The Timing of Brain Injury
  • ATLA Summer Conference, Boston, Mass, July 1996, Subject: Antepartum Testing to Assess Fetal Well-Being
  • ATLA Summer Conference, New York, New York, July 1995, Subject: What's New in Placental Pathology? Subject: How to Cross-Examine a Defense Placental Pathology Expert in Obstetrical Malpractice Cases
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Educational Program, February 10, 1995, Subject: The Use of Demonstrative Evidence at Trial.
  • ATLA Winter Conference, Maui, Hawaii, February 1995, Subject: Placental Pathology: The Use of Placental Findings to Prove or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice in Bad Baby Cases
  • Placental Pathology Conferences Sponsored by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Walter Reed Medical Center, 1991 and 1992, Subject: The Use of Placental Findings to Prove or Negate Obstetrical Malpractice in Bad Baby Cases
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, January 2002, Subject: Using Fetal Monitoring to Assess Quality of Care and Timing of Injury
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, March 2007, Subject: Using the Medical Literature to Rebut ACOG Publications
  • Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases ATLA Program, Atlanta, February 2003, Subject: Using the Medicine to Make Your Case: Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Co-Chairperson, Obstetric Malpractice Program, Sponsored by The American Conference Institute, Philadelphia, November 2003Subject: What's New in Obstetrical Malpractice and Placental Pathology
  • ATLA Summer Conference. San Francisco, July 2003, Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Litigating Catastrophically Injured Infant Cases, ATLA Program, Atlanta, February 2004, Subject: Using Medicine to Prove the Timing and Etiology of Irreversible Brain Damage
  • Maryland Trial Lawyers Association Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Baltimore, May 2004, Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • ATLA Summer Conference, Boston, July 2004, Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: ACOG's Criteria on Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Litigating Medical Negligence Cases: Updates and Techniques for Pretrial, Trial, and Settlement, Crystal City, Virginia, October 2005 Subject: Closing Argument
  • AAJ Summer Conference, New York, July 2011, Subject: The Timing of Emergency Cesarean Sections: When Every Minute Counts
  • New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, The Best of the Best from Around the Country, Meadowlands, October 2007, Subject: Perinatal Brain Injury
  • New Jersey Trial Lawyers Association -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, The Best of the Best from Around the Country, Meadowlands, October 2007, Subject: Perinatal Brain Injury
  • New York State Judicial Seminars, Rye Brook, NY, June 26, 2008 "Medicine for Judges" Program Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: Analysis of Criteria for Linking Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Ohio Association for Justice -- Annual Medical Malpractice Educational Program, Columbus, Ohio, May 2008, Subject: What's New in Electronic Fetal Monitoring?
  • New York State Judicial Seminars, Rye Brook, NY, June 26, 2008 "Medicine for Judges" Program, Subject: Keeping Junk Science Out of Cerebral Palsy Cases: Analysis of Criteria for Linking Neonatal Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy
  • Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome, AAJ Summer Conference, Baltimore, July 27, 2014
  • AAJ Summer Conference, Chicago, July 2012, Subject: Proving the Timing of Brain Damage: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction
  • AAJ Winter Conference, Miami, February 2013, Subject: How to Handle Damages in Opening Statement
  • AAJ Education’s 1st Annual Total Electronic Fetal Monitoring Immersion Seminar, Washington, DC, June 27-28, 2013, Subjects: EFM: Expectations, Problems, and Reality Algorithms for Management of Category II FHR Patterns The Causal Pathway from EFM to Cerebral Palsy
  • AAJ Education’s 2nd Annual Total Electronic Fetal Monitoring Immersion Seminar, Washington, DC, June 26-27, 2014., Subjects: EFM: Decelerations & Management of Category III Patterns, 2014 Neonatal Encephalopathy & Neurologic Outcome Litigation Criteria, Chorioamnionitis & Intrapartum Brain Injury
  • AAJ Education’s 3rd Annual Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Birth Injury Cases Seminar, Washington, DC, June 18-19, 2015
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Meeting, August 14, 2014, Subjects: Neonatal Encephalopathy and Neurologic Outcome & EFM
  • AAJ Winter Conference, Palm Springs, February 2015, Subject: Determining the Timing and Etiology of Neonatal Encephalopathy and Adverse Neurologic Outcome
  • AAJ Summer Conference, Boston, MA, July 21, 2017, Subject: Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Fake Data and Alternate Facts
  • AAJ Mastering the Medicine program, Atlanta, GA, October 5-6, 2017, Subject: Issues for Electronic Fetal Monitoring
  • Obstetrical Negligence in Managing Hypertension: Medical Issues, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, September 1992.
  • AAJ Summer Conference, Boston, MA, July 21, 2017, Subject: Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Fake Data and Alternate Facts
  • AAJ Summer Conference, San Diego, CA, July 28, 2019, Subject: Gross and Microscopic Placental Findings
  • AAJ Education’s 4th Annual Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Birth Injury Cases Seminar, Philadelphia, PA, March 1-2, 2018
  • AAJ Mastering the Medicine program, Atlanta, GA, October 17-18, 2019 Subject: Fetal Monitoring and Blood Gases
  • Chairperson: AAJ Education’s 5th Annual Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Birth Injury Cases Seminar, Orlando, FL, April 2-3, 2020 (to be rescheduled due to COVID-19)
  • AAJ Webinar, Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Birth Injury Cases, April 3, 2020
  • Obstetrical Malpractice: Hypertension in Pregnancy, Trial Magazine, May 1992.
  • Cervical and Lumbar Disc Injuries: Understanding the Medical and Legal Issues, Trial Magazine, January 1995.
  • Obstetrical Negligence in Managing Hypertension: Legal Issues, Medical Malpractice Law & Strategy, October 1992.
  • Loss of Chance in Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May 1993.
  • Placental Pathology: A Tool for Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May 1994.
  • Antepartum Evaluation of Fetal Well-Being, ATLA Birth Trauma Group Newsletter, December 1994.
  • Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy: Understanding the Medical and Legal Issues, ATLA Birth Trauma Group Newsletter, June 1995.
  • Evaluating Birth Trauma Cases Involving Brain Injury in the Premature Infant, ATLA Professional Negligence, 1999.
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring: An Overview, ATLA Professional Negligence Law Reporter, November 1995
  • Maternal Infection in Pregnancy and Perinatal Brain Damage, Trial Magazine, May 1996
  • Clinical Markers Establishing a Causal Relationship Between Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy: A Primer for Trial Lawyers, American Journal Of Trial Advocacy, 1997.
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring: Criteria for Evaluating the Quality and Timing of Intrapartum Care, ATLA Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, June 1999.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: Can cerebral palsy be prevented? The Montgomery County Sentinel, October 21, 1999.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: Is Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Safe?, The Montgomery County Sentinel, October 28, 1999.
  • A Legal Discussion on Medical Malpractice: What Pregnant Women Should Know About Group B Streptococcal Infection, The Montgomery County Sentinel, November 18, 1999.
  • Evaluating Obstetrical Cases: A Primer for the Trial Attorney, Prince Georges County Bar Bulletin, 2002.
  • A primer on vaginal birth after cesarean, Trial Magazine, February 2000.
  • Placental pathology: challenging the causation defenses, Trial Magazine, May 2000.
  • Evaluating Obstetrical Malpractice Cases: A Primer for the Trial Attorney, MTLA Trial Reporter, 2000.
  • Using Electronic Fetal Monitoring Strips to Assess the Quality of Care and the Timing of Delivery, ATLA Professional Negligence Section Reporter, 2001.
  • Settling the cerebral palsy case, Trial Magazine, December 2007
  • How to Derail Daubert Motions in Obstetrical Cases, Trial Magazine, May 2002.
  • Fetal Monitoring Mistakes and Their Catastrophic Consequences, Trial Magazine, August 2003.
  • Keep ‘junk science’ out of cerebral palsy cases, Trial Magazine, May 2004.
  • Keeping "junk science" out of birth injury cases, The Advocate - Journal of Consumer Attorneys for Southern California, July 2005.
  • Proper use of Apgar scores, Trial Magazine, August 2005
  • Birth Asphyxia and Cerebral Palsy, Trial Magazine, January 2007
  • Part I: Cerebral Palsy Litigation -- Understanding the Pathways to CP in the Term Infant, AAJ Professional Negligence Section Newsletter, 2007
  • Part II: Cerebral Palsy Litigation -- Understanding the Pathways to CP in the Term Infant, AAJ Professional Negligence Section Newsletter, 2007
  • Using a Differential Diagnosis to Prove that Intrapartum Asphyxia is a Significant Cause of Cerebral Palsy, American Journal of Trial Advocacy, 2006
  • The 2008 NICHD Fetal Monitoring Workshop: The US Obstetrical Community Continues to Resist National Standards of Care, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, February 2009
  • Cerebral Palsy Litigation: Understanding Cytokines and the Infectious Pathways to Brain Damage in the Term Infant, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, January 2008
  • Intrapartum Asphyxia is a Preventable, Not Inevitable, Cause of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy and Cerebral Palsy, New York Litigation Review, Vol. 2, 2010
  • The case for national fetal monitoring standards, Trial Magazine, May 2009
  • When Every Minute Counts, Trial Magazine, May 2011
  • Distinguishing Fact from Fiction in Cerebral Palsy Cases, Trial Magazine, November 2012
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring Plays a Vital Role in the Management of Pregnant Women and Their Babies, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, February 2013
  • Hospital Liability for Misuse of Obstetrical Drugs, Trial Magazine, December 2013
  • Birth Injury Litigation Criteria Exposed, Trial Magazine, May 2015
  • Electronic Fetal Monitoring in Identifying Fetal Hypoxia and Acidemia, AAJ Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, July 2020

Educational Background

  • B.S., Queens College, City University of New York, 1976

Honors/Awards

  • Top Lawyers – Washingtonian Magazine (December 2004)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®-Medical Malpractice Law, Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiffs – Baltimore, MD
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5 stars with the highest ethical standing
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
  • Maryland Super Lawyers
  • Dan Cullan Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award, Birth Trauma Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice, 2011
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Office Location for Dov Apfel

325 North Lasalle Street
Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654

Phone: 312-332-2872

Fax: 312-332-3112

Last Updated: 8/19/2021

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