Elizabeth A. Kaveny

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers
Elizabeth A. Kaveny
Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1992

Education: Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2024

Kaveny + Kroll Trial Lawyers

130 East Randolph
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


A senior trial attorney and managing partner at the Chicago-based firm Kaveny+Kroll in Illinois, Elizabeth A. Kaveny is an attorney with over three decades of legal experience. Focusing her practice primarily on personal injury, she is best known for representing clients facing issues involving major medical malpractice, police misconduct, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents.

Ms. Kaveny has recovered several hundred million dollars as compensation for her clients. A few of her recent successful verdicts include securing a settlement of $32 million for a kid who lost both legs and both arms due to an infection and an $11 million settlement for a man who had to get amputations because of septic shock. She understands how life changing someone else’s negligence can be and strives to fight for her clients and help them obtain justice and sufficient compensation. 

Ms. Kaveny received her Bachelor of Science degree from Lehigh University in 1988. Later, in 1992, she earned her Juris Doctor degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She received her license to practice law in the state of Illinois the same year and currently appears before several courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Adding to her long list of accomplishments as an attorney, Ms. Kaveny is AV Preeminent peer-review rated,* the highest rating, through Martindale-Hubbell and has been named to the list of the nation’s 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys. She also has a “Superb” rating on Avvo.

An esteemed member of one of the most prestigious organizations in the nation, the American College of Trial Lawyers, Ms. Kaveny was inducted into the International Society of Barristers and recently became a barrister in the organization. She also served as the president of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Ms. Kaveny is frequently seen as a lecturer at various conferences and also at multiple continuing legal education programs held throughout the country. She is currently serving as the state’s ambassador for the Patient Movement, an organization of health care professionals and hospitals working together to create awareness on how to eliminate preventable death and harm in health care. 

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, General Litigation

Focus areas

Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

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

First Admitted: 1992, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://kavenykroll.com/elizabeth-kaveny/

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
  • Recipient, Top Personal Injury Attorney, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Recipient, Top 5 Women Lawyers in Illinois, Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • One of The 10 Best Attorneys, American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2018
  • Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, WBIA, 2014
  • Recipient, Top 10 Women Lawyers in Illinois, Personal Injury Lawyers, Litigators Lawyers, Consumer Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, 2014 - 2015, 2020
  • 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
  • Selected for inclusion to Super Lawyers, 2006-Present
  • $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
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • International Society of Barristers, Barrister
  • Chicago’s Ambassador to The Patient Safety Movement
  • Move Over Task Force, 2019
  • 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:
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • ISBA Tort Law Section Council, Member
  • 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
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

Office location for Elizabeth A. Kaveny

130 East Randolph
Suite 2800
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-767-1928

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