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Elizabeth A. Kaveny

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers
130 East Randolph, Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-767-1928
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1992
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Attorney Elizabeth A. Kaveny is a co-founder and partner with the Kaveny+Kroll law firm in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated trial attorney with more than 25 years of legal experience, Ms. Kaveny focuses her practice primarily on personal injury and medical malpractice claims for plaintiff clients throughout Cook, DuPage, Lake, McHenry, Kane, Kendall and DeKalb counties.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Kaveny has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and awards for her plaintiff clients adversely affected by brain injuries, birth injuries, motor vehicle accidents, police misconduct, workplace injuries, premises liability, fire and explosions, and other acts of negligence or wrongdoing.

Among her most recent successes, she secured a settlement of $32 million for the family of a child who lost both arms and both legs because of infection and a $14 million verdict against a major insurance provider for failing to cover doctor negligence during a child's birth. Ms. Kaveny has also secured $11 million settlements for victims of birth injuries and amputations arising from sepsis, as well as a $10 million settlement on behalf of a state trooper who suffered serious burn injuries in an accident with a truck.

Moreover, Ms. Kaveny has obtained numerous other multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements, and she has earned widespread recognition as one of the leading plaintiff personal injury advocates in the state, as well as the entire country.

Included in her long list of accolades, Ms. Kaveny earned recognition from the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the nation's 10 Best Attorneys, and for the past five years, she has received designation as one of the Top 5 Women Lawyers in Illinois. In addition, Crain's Chicago Business voted her a Top Five Attorney for Personal Injury, and she received the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Ms. Kaveny also holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and she accepted invitations to join the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Society of Barristers. She frequently conducts lectures and continuing legal education seminars throughout her region on trial advocacy and other subjects, and she has served on the legal faculty at Northwestern University’s School of Law, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Loyola University School of Law.

A 1988 graduate of Lehigh University, Ms. Kaveny obtained her Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1992. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She is president elect of the Chicago Inn of Court and is the past president of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

About Elizabeth A. Kaveny

First Admitted: 1992, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Top 5 Women Lawyers in Illinois, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Top Personal Injury Attorney, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Top 10 Women Lawyers, Women Consumer Lawyers, Women Litigators, Women Personal Injury Lawyers, Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2014
  • One of The 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2018
  • Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, WBIA, 2014
  • Top 10 Women Lawyers in Illinois, Personal Injury Lawyers, Litigators Lawyers, Consumer Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 5 Attorneys, Personal Injury Industry, Crain’s Chicago Business, 2013
  • Best Lawyer: Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Leading Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers (10 Years), Illinois Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Super Lawyers, 2006-Present

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Illinois Bar Foundation, First Vice President, 2015-2016
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, President, 2016-2017
  • International Society of Barristers, Fellow, 2014
  • Leader Council Member, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
  • Illinois Bar Foundation, Second Vice President & Nominating Committee, 2014-2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Parliamentarian & Board of Managers, 2014-2015
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Previous Board & National Committee Member
  • Chicago Inn of Court, President, 2014-2015
  • Illinois, 1992
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, Board of Directors, 2017-2018
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association, Treasurer, 2015-2016
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • American Inns of Court, Chicago Chapter, President, 2014-2015

Educational Background

  • Lehigh University, B.S., Major: Economics, 1988


  • $3.4 Million Settlement for Malpractice Involving a Cervical Fracture
  • $3.4 Million for Surgical Error and Subsequent Flesh-eating Bacteria Infection
  • $8 Million Jury Award for Negligence Leading to Brain Damage and Coma
  • $5.8 Million Settlement for Accident Injuries and Loss of Consortium
  • $12 Million Settlement for Delayed Diagnosis and Treatment of a Lawyer's Meningitis
  • $10 Million Settlement Medical Malpractice Misdiagnosis and Brain Injury, 2013
  • $1.5 Million Awarded for Arrest Based on a False Allegation and Alleged Confession
  • $1.58 Million Award for a Principal's Unjust Arrest
  • $1.55 Million Settlement for Elevator Cable Product Liability
  • $327,500 Jury Award for Abusive Behavior by Cook County Sheriff Deputies
  • $3.53 Million Award for Death from Imported Butane Stove Explosion
  • $1 Million Settlement for Misdiagnosis Resulting in a Pulmonary Embolism Death
  • $32 Million Settlement for Quadruple Amputation Due to Delayed Diagnosis, 2013
  • $1.5 Million Jury Award for Failure to Warn
  • $9.3 Million Settlement for Surgical Error and Misdiagnosis
  • $1.7 Million Jury Verdict for Patient's Misdiagnosis Death
  • $5.25 Million Settlement for Traumatic Injury in Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $5.25 Million for Cancer Misdiagnosis on a Mother of Three
  • $3 Million Settlement for Multiple Instances of Negligence and Diagnosis Failures
  • $1 Million Punitive Damage Settlement for an Accident Caused by a Truck Driver Asleep
  • $3.27 Million Jury Award for Traumatic Birth Injury
  • $1.4 Million Settlement Secured by Commitment to Going to Trial

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Faculty, Adjunct Professor Northwestern University School of Law, 1999 - Present
  • Faculty Member, Trial Advocacy Loyola University Chicago, Loyola University Chicago - School of Law, 1994 - Present
  • Faculty Member National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1988 - Present

Industry Groups

  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Mercy Home For Boys And Girls
  • Women's Bar Association Of Illinois
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Office Location for Elizabeth A. Kaveny

130 East Randolph
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-767-1928

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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