Elizabeth A. Kaveny

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Wise Morrissey & Kaveny LLC
 | 161 North Clark Street, Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-985-0930
Fax: 312-580-2041
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Elizabeth A. Kaveny is a named partner with the Chicago-based law firm of Wise Morrissey Kaveny LLC. Serving clients throughout Illinois and across the country, Ms. Kaveny focuses her practice exclusively on personal injury law and medical malpractice claims.

Highly rated and possessing over 25 years of legal experience, Ms. Kaveny has achieved unprecedented success advocating on behalf of the rights and entitlements of those adversely affected by misdiagnoses, delayed treatments, hospital and physician errors, infections caused by contaminated medical devices and medication, and other similar claims. She has also maintained a successful practice litigating high-stakes, complex matters for victims of motor vehicle accidents, falls and other preventable tragedies caused by negligence.

To date, she has helped secure numerous verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million on behalf of her plaintiff clients, including several awards of over $10 million. She also holds the distinction of being one of the first lawyers in the country to bring suit against a major medication producer in Massachusetts alleged to have distributed steroid injections infected with fungal meningitis.

Lauded for her accomplishments as well as her impeccable professionalism, Ms. Kaveny has received numerous awards and honors throughout her career, including recognition from Leading Lawyers as one of Illinois' Top 10 Women Lawyers for personal injury, consumer advocacy and litigation. In addition, Crain's Chicago Business publication voted her as one of the top five attorneys in the state for personal injury, and in 2014, she received the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the Women's Bar Association of Illinois.

Ms. Kaveny obtained her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1992 and her license to practice from the Illinois State Bar Association that same year. She also practices before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. She maintains an active presence with numerous professional legal organizations and serves on the adjunct legal faculty at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (50%): Medical Malpractice

Personal Injury - General (30%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

General Litigation (20%)

Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury - Plaintiff


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019

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About Elizabeth Kaveny

Admitted: 1992, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.wmklawfirm.com/About-WMK/Elizabeth-Kaveny.shtml


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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


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

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

161 North Clark Street
Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-985-0930

Fax: 312-580-2041

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Last Updated: 10/22/2018

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