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Keith A. Hebeisen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
120 North LaSalle Street, 36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1983
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Keith Hebeisen is a partner at Clifford Law Offices. One of the most respected medical malpractice attorneys in Illinois, Mr. Hebeisen has achieved great results for clients in settlements and trials. Although Mr. Hebeisen concentrates his practice in the area of medical malpractice cases against doctors and hospitals, he has represented individuals in a wide variety of cases, including transportation, product liability and toxic torts. We are proud to have him on our team.

Mr. Hebeisen has been a trial attorney for over 37 years. He is known for his no-nonsense style and has garnered the respect of both plaintiff and defense attorneys. Mr. Hebeisen is thorough in the investigation, preparation, and trial of each of his cases, which are often highly complex with many defendants, putting his clients in the best position to have successful outcomes. Mr. Hebeisen has handled numerous appeals in the Illinois appellate and supreme courts.

Honors And Accolades

Mr. Hebeisen was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in 2010 and the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2011. He has been recognized by U.S. News Best Lawyers as a top tier attorney in the areas of medical malpractice and personal injury law. He is recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer and an Illinois Leading Lawyer. In 2019, he was recognized for achieving one of the top 100 verdicts in the country and one of the top 10 verdicts in Illinois.

Notable Verdicts And Settlements

As one of the top medical malpractice attorneys in Chicago, Mr. Hebeisen has many notable verdicts and settlements and has achieved a number of record recoveries.

  • In November 2019, Mr. Hebeisen led a trial team that received an Illinois record birth injury verdict of $100,673,368. This verdict is the highest reported Illinois Medical Malpractice Verdict.
  • In 2018, he obtained a settlement of $22.9 million for a child who sustained permanent brain damage due to the negligence in his delivery.
  • In 2013, Mr. Hebeisen led a trial team that recovered a $15,500,000 verdict for the family of a young mother who died after a cesarean section due to excessive bleeding.
  • In 2010, he obtained settlements of $12 million and $10 million for two women who were the victims of medical malpractice in incidents that occurred on the same day in the hospital surgery suite.

Professional Leadership Positions And Memberships

Mr. Hebeisen also makes time to give back to the profession in substantial ways. He served as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association from 2005 to 2006. He has served as the Chair of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability. He is also very active in numerous other bar associations. Mr. Hebeisen has been an active leader in the fight to preserve the right to trial by jury. He has been an outspoken advocate against caps on damages in the legislature and courts of Illinois. He also has written extensively on these subjects, and Illinois lawyers throughout the state consult him on these very important issues.

Mr. Hebeisen enjoys using his strong writing skills and is the author of many publications. He has been the Editor of the Illinois Bar Journal for two years and has edited ITLA’s Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook since 1992. Using his background as a medical malpractice attorney, he has presented numerous lectures at seminars for professional associations on a wide range of topics. Mr. Hebeisen has planned and moderated numerous continuing legal education programs, including the ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, a widely attended all-day program held annually in Chicago.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

About Keith A. Hebeisen

First Admitted: 1983, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/keith-a-hebeisen/

Educational Background

  • DePaul University College of Law, 1983
  • University of Illinois, Bachelor of Arts, 1976

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, will be speaking on "Trying Your Medical Malpractice Case Post-Pandemic" at the annual Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Medical Malpractice Seminar on December 2nd, 2021., Speaker, "Trying Your Medical Malpractice Case Post-Pandemic", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Sarah F. King and Keith A. Hebeisen, partners at Clifford Law Offices, spoke August 4th on “Returning to Jury Trials in the Wake of COVID-19: Powder v. OSF.” The law partners obtained a $1.1 million verdict on June 4 of this year in Rockford in a medical malpractice case, Powder v. OSF, that involved the death of a 75-year-old man following a negligent cardiac catheterization procedure performed at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in 2017., Speaker, Returning to Jury Trials in the Wake of COVIS-19: Power v. OSF, 2021
  • Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices and head of its medical malpractice group, spoke at the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association’s 56th Annual Institute Webinar spoke on the topic Medical Malpractice Trials in the COVID Era. The two-day CLE program entitled “Finding the Path Forward” was held virtually this year due to the pandemic., Speaker, "Finding the Path Forward", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association , 2020
  • "Medical Malpractice Trials in the COVID Era," Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Webinar) Novemeber 17, 2020, "Medical Malpractice Trials in the COVID Era", Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • The Lost Chance Doctrine After Bailey v. Mercy Hospital, ITLA Medical Malpractice Webinar, Part I, December 1, 2020, The Lost Chance Doctrine After Bailey v. Mercy Hospital, ITLA Medical Malpractice Webinar, 2020
  • Practice Tips: Closing Argument in a Medical Malpractice Case, Estate of Gerald Sallis, Jr. v. West Suburban Medical Center, ITLA Trial Journal, Winter 2020, ITLA Trial Journal, Winter 2020, 2020
  • "Causation in Birth Injury Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, JW Marriott, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2019, "Causation in Birth Injury Cases", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2019
  • Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, was invited as a panelist to speak at an American Bar Association (ABA) webinar entitled “Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit: Real-World Perspectives in Medical Malpractice Litigation.”, Speaker, "Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit: Real-World Perspectives in Medical Malpractice Litigation", American Bar Association, 2018
  • Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at an all-day seminar in Chicago entitled Health Care Outlook. Hebeisen, who has obtained numerous record medical malpractice verdicts and settlements and is an Editor in Chief of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, discussed “Professional Malpractice and Negligence”., Speaker, Health Care Outlook, 2018
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Chapter 12, IICLE 2018 (with Roger Clayton), "Medical Malpractice", IICLE 2018, 2018
  • "Failure to Diagnose Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2017, "Failure to Diagnose Cases", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2017
  • "Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial," ISBA CLE for Illinois Lawyers, ISBA Regional Office, Chicago, IL, Novemeber 1, 2017, "Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial", ISBA CLE for Illinois Lawyers , 2017
  • "Civility Amongst Lawyers," ITLA Ethics & Professionalism Seminar, Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, Oak Brook, IL, May 5, 2017, "Civility Amongst Lawyers", ITLA Ethics & Professionalism Seminar, 2017
  • "Case Selection/ Evaluation," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 3, 2016, "Case Selection/ Evaluation", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2016
  • "Maximizing Damages Outside of Cook County," ITLA Damages Seminar, West River North, Chicago, IL, February 2, 2016, "Maximizing Damages Outside of Cook County", ITLA Damages Seminar, 2016
  • "Practice Tips: Closing Argument in Estate of Karen Lopez, decd. v. University of Chicago Hospital, Dr. Mahmoud A. Ismail, VHS of Illinois, Inc. d/b/a MacNeal Hospital, and Dr. Mukundini Mehta," ITLA Trial Journal, Winter 2015, "Practice Tips: Closing Argument in Estate of Karen Lopez, decd. v. University of Chicago Hospital, Dr. Mahmoud A. Ismail, VHS of Illinois, Inc. d/b/a MacNeal Hospital, and Dr. Mukundini Mehta", ITLA Trial Journal, Winter 2015, 2015
  • "Informed Consent," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2014, "Informed Consent", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2014
  • "Failure and Delay in Diagnosing Cancer Cases," Illinois State Bar Association Medical Malpractice CLE Spring 2014, Chicago, IL, March 14, 2014, "Failure and Delay in Diagnosing Cancer Cases", Illinois State Bar Association Medical Malpractice CLE , 2014
  • Medical Malpractice Refresher Course, Mock Jury Trial, Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Nov. 30, 2014, Medical Malpractice Refresher Course, Mock Jury Trial, Radiological Society of North America Annual Meeting, 2014
  • "Medical Liability Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?" American Conference Institute's National Advanced Forum on Medical Professional Liability, The Carlton Hotel, New York, NY, October 31, 2014, "Medical Liability Reform: Where Are We Now and Where Are We Going?", American Conference Institute's National Advanced Forum on Medical Professional Liability, 2014
  • "The Power of Informed Consent," Trial Journal, Summer 2013 (with Sarah F. King), "The Power of Informed Consent", Trial Journal, Summer 2013, 2013
  • "Trial Strategies from the Plaintiff's Perspective," YLS Strategies for Success at Trial, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL, October 18, 2013, "Trial Strategies from the Plaintiff's Perspective", YLS Strategies for Success at Trial, 2013
  • "Medical Negligence," ITLA Update & Review Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, October 14, 2013, "Medical Negligence", ITLA Update & Review Seminar, 2013
  • "Combating Common Defenses," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 7, 2013, "Combating Common Defenses", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2013
  • Keith A. Hebeisen, partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at the Chicago Bar Association's (CBA) Trial Techniques CLE entitled, "Strategies for Success at Trial." Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section Executive Council, Hebeisen, who has successfully tried dozens of cases in his 30-year career, spoke on "Trial Strategies from the Plaintiff's Perspective.", Speaker, "Strategies for Success at Trial", Chicago Bar Association, 2013
  • "Ethics of Negotiation," Chicago Health Risk Management Society 2013 Law Day, Metropolitan Club, Chicago, IL, October 11, 2013, "Ethics of Negotiation", Chicago Health Risk Management Society, 2013
  • "Medical Malpractice and Insurance - Version 2.0," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 14, No. 1, Winter 2012, "Medical Malpractice and Insurance - Version 2.0", Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2012, 2012
  • Medical Malpractice Mock Trial, at RSNA November 25, 2012, RSNA, 2012
  • "Playing Offense on Vicarious Liability," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2012 , "Playing Offense on Vicarious Liability", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2012
  • "Medical Best Practice Guidelines: Panacea or Pandora's Box?" ABA Annual Meeting, sponsored by the Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability, Chicago Symphony Center, Chicago, IL, August 4, 2012, "Medical Best Practice Guidelines: Panacea or Pandora's Box?", ABA Annual Meeting, 2012
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Chapter 12 (*update), IICLE 2011 (with Roger Clayton), "Medical Malpractice", IICLE 2011, 2011
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Chapter 12, IICLE 2011 (with Roger Clayton), "Medical Malpractice", IICLE 2011, 2011
  • "IPI 105.01 - The Controversy Continues," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin River North, Chicago, IL, December 10, 2011, "IPI 105.01 - The Controversy Continues", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2011
  • "Plaintiff's Experts - Picking, Preparation and Presentation," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort, February 18, 2011, "Plaintiff's Experts - Picking, Preparation and Presentation", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2011
  • "The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance,” Illinois Trial Lawyers, February 2010 (with Courtney Marincsin), "The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance", Illinois Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • "Debunking Myths About Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, May 1, 2010, "Debunking Myths About Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Crisis", Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2010
  • "The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance, Version 2.0," Illinois Trial Lawyers, February 2010, "The Whole Truth About Medical Malpractice and Insurance, Version 2.0", Illinois Trial Lawyers, 2010
  • "Proof of Causation in a Medical Negligence Case," ITLA Update & Review Seminar, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, October 1, 2010, "Proof of Causation in a Medical Negligence Case", ITLA Update & Review Seminar, 2010
  • "Supreme Court Rule 213 - Once Disclosed, Always Disclosed," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 11, No. 2, Summer 2009, "Supreme Court Rule 213 - Once Disclosed, Always Disclosed", Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Summer 2009, 2009
  • "Res Ipsa Loquitur," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, December 5, 2009, "Res Ipsa Loquitur", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2009
  • "Damages: Past and Future Medical," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2008, "Damages: Past and Future Medical", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2008
  • "I've Just Been Sued for Medical Malpractice: What Do I Do Now?" Radiological Society of North America Refresher Course, 94th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting, December 4, 2008, "I've Just Been Sued for Medical Malpractice: What Do I Do Now?", Radiological Society of North America Refresher Course, 2008
  • "Medical Malpractice Case," Connecting Radiology, 2007 Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, November 27, 2007, "Medical Malpractice Case", Radiological Society of North America , 2007
  • "Making the Plaintiff's Closing Argument," ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, The Plaintiff's Case: Winning Trial Techniques & Strategies, Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, December 1, 2007, "Making the Plaintiff's Closing Argument", ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, 2007
  • "What Plaintiff Lawyers Do: Myth vs. Fact," 2007 Mid-Year ACLM Educational Conference, Medical Imaging and the Law, Hyatt Regency, Chicago, IL, October 13, 2007, "What Plaintiff Lawyers Do: Myth vs. Fact", ACLM Educational Conference, 2007
  • "Doctors, Treaters, and Medical Evidence," ITLA Evidence Seminar, Westin Hotel, Chicago, IL, May 5, 2007, "Doctors, Treaters, and Medical Evidence", ITLA Evidence Seminar, 2007
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Chapter 12, IICLE 2006 (with Roger Clayton), "Medical Malpractice", IICLE 2006, 2006
  • "Caps on Damages Reward Insurers at the Expense of Those Injured or Killed by Medical Malpractice," Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 8, No. 1, Winter 2006, "Caps on Damages Reward Insurers at the Expense of Those Injured or Killed by Medical Malpractice", Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Winter 2006, 2006
  • "Will Saying 'I'm Sorry' Prevent a Malpractice Lawsuit?" Strengthening Professionalism 2006 Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2006, "Will Saying 'I'm Sorry' Prevent a Malpractice Lawsuit?", Radiological Society of North America , 2006
  • "Medical Malpractice," Trial, Springfield, May 12, 2006; Chicago, IL, May 19, 2006, "Medical Malpractice", 2006
  • "Judges, Juries and the Constitution: A Debate on Medical Malpractice Reform," American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, May 24, 2005, "Judges, Juries and the Constitution: A Debate on Medical Malpractice Reform", American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, 2005
  • "Medical-Legal Jury Trial at RSNA 2004," 90th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, November 28, 2004, "Medical-Legal Jury Trial at RSNA 2004", Radiological Society of North America , 2004
  • "Deposing Defendants & Defendant Experts," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 6, 2003, "Deposing Defendants & Defendant Experts", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 2003
  • "HIPPA," ITLA Update & Review Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 13, 2003, "HIPPA", ITLA Update & Review Seminar, 2003
  • "Malpractice Tort Reform: Is Malpractice Tort Reform Really Necessary?" 89th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, Chicago, IL, December 4, 2003, "Malpractice Tort Reform: Is Malpractice Tort Reform Really Necessary?", Radiological Society of North America , 2003
  • "Civil Trial Procedures: Learn How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice," CBA Seminar, Chicago, IL, June 13, 2002, "Civil Trial Procedures: Learn How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice", CBA Seminar, 2002
  • "How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective," Illinois State Bar Association, Bench & Bar, September 2002, "How New SCR 213 Will Affect Your Practice: A Trial Lawyer's Perspective", Illinois State Bar Association, 2002
  • "Making an Impact with Exhibits," ITLA Practicing with the Best & Avoiding the Rest Seminar, Westin Hotel, October 8, 2001, "Making an Impact with Exhibits", ITLA, 2001
  • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Planning Chair and Moderator, ITLA Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 8, 2001, Planning Chair and Moderator, Medical Malpractice Seminar, ITLA, 2001
  • "Depositions of Doctors: How to Avoid the Land Mines," IICLE's Fall, 2001, Seminar, Chicago, IL, November 29, 2001, "Depositions of Doctors: How to Avoid the Land Mines", IICLE 2001, 2001
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Chair, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 9, 2000, Program Planning Chair, ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "How to Testify in Court, Be it as a Defendant or Expert: Perspectives of a Plaintiff's Attorney and a Defense Attorney," Malpractice Issues in Radiology Seminar, The International Institute for Continuing Medical Education, Inc., Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2000, "How to Testify in Court, Be it as a Defendant or Expert: Perspectices of a Plaintiff's Attorney and a Defense Attorney", Radiology Seminar, 2000
  • "Closing Argument - You Are The Jury," Malpractice Issues in Radiology Seminar, The International Institute for Continuing Medical Evaluation, Inc., Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, April 1, 2000, "Closing Argument - You Are The Jury", Radiology Seminar, 2000
  • "Medical Negligence: Identifying the Viable Case," ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 11, 1999, "Medical Negligence: Identifying the Viable Case", ITLA Medical Negligence Seminar, 1999
  • "Medical Negligence," ITLA Civil Practice Update & Review Seminar, Double Tree Guest Suites Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 18, 1999, "Medical Negligence", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • "Trying the Technologically Savvy Malpractice Case," IICLE Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation Seminar, The University Club, Chicago, IL, March 26, 1999, "Trying the Technologically Savvy Malpractice Case", IICLE, 1999
  • Neuropsychological and Legal Aspects of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the Post Concussion Syndrome, "Plaintiff Attorneys' Prospective," DePaul University School of Law, Chicago, IL, October, 1998, "Plaintiff Attorneys' Prospective", 1998
  • "Damages: Obtaining the Best Outcome on Your Release or Verdict Form," Illinois State Bar Association Tort Law Update, Adams Mark Hotel, St. Louis, Missouri, June 19, 1998, "Damages: Obtaining the Best Outcome on Your Release or Verdict Form", ISBA, 1998
  • "Admissibility of Subsequent Design Changes in Products Liability Cases: The New Federal Rule," The 1998 National Conference on Products Liability Law, Swissotel, Chicago, IL, May 29, 1998 (Fill in for Robert A. Clifford, Esq.), "Admissibility of Subsequent Design Changes in Products Liability Cases: The New Federal Rule", 1998
  • FRE 407: Even After Recent Amendment, the Prohibition Against the Admission of Evidence of Subsequent Remedial Measures in Product Liability Cases is "Swallowed Up" by the Exceptions, Products Liability Advisory, September 1998, West Group, Products Liability Advisory, 1998
  • "Medical Malpractice Update," Tort Trends: Approaching The Millennium, The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, IL, March 10, 1998, "Medical Malpractice Update", 1998
  • "215 Exam and Deposing the Defense Expert," ITLA Automobile Accident Cases Seminar, Radisson Suite Hotel, Champaign, IL, February 7, 1998, "215 Exam and Deposing the Defense Expert", ITLA, 1998
  • "Under the Microscope: The Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial," Program Planning Chair and Moderator, ITLA, Ambassador West Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1998, Program Planning Chair and Moderator, "Under the Microscope: The Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial", ITLA, 1998
  • "Maximizing Damages," ITLA Trial Technique Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, October 13, 1997, "Maximizing Damages", ITLA, 1997
  • "Cutting Edge Issues in Health Care, Bringing Medical Negligence Case in the MCO Setting - The Plaintiff's Perspective," The John Marshall Law School, March 17, 1997, "Cutting Edge Issues in Health Care, Bringing Medical Negligence Case in the MCO Setting - The Plaintiff's Perspective", 1997
  • "Expert Testimony - Effective Cross-Examination," ITLA Product Liability Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, January 11, 1997, "Expert Testimony - Effective Cross-Examination", ITLA, 1997
  • Presentation of "Plaintiff's Case/Defendant's Case," Health Law Course - 1997, Health Systems Management, College of Health Sciences, Rush University, April 16, 1997, Presentation of "Plaintiff's Case/Defendant's Case", 1997
  • "Surgery Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 7, 1996, "Surgery Cases", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 1996
  • "Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Winning Your Case Before Trial" and "Move Over Columbo," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Drake Hotel, Chicago, Monday, February 19, 1996, "Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Winning Your Case Before Trial" and "Move Over Columbo", ITLA, 1996
  • "Where Will We Be A Year From Now? Tort Law Changes," DuPage County Bar Association, DCBA Center, Wheaton, IL, October 30, 1996, "Where Will We Be A Year From Now? Tort Law Changes", 1996
  • "Apparent Agency," Life Before and After House Bill 20, ITLA Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, May 6, 1995, "Apparent Agency", ITLA, 1995
  • "Sexual Abuse Claims - Defense and Coverage," Presenting the Damage Claim & Closing Argument, Oppenenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, Swissotel, Chicago, IL, October 10, 1995, "Sexual Abuse Claims - Defense and Coverage", 1995
  • Round Table Discussion, Workers' Compensation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Wyndham Hamilton Hotel, Itasca, IL, November 4, 1995, Round Table Discussion, ITLA, 1995
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Co-Chair and Co-Moderator, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 5, 1995, Program Planning Co-Chair and Co-Moderator, ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 1995
  • "Trial Demonstration - Closing Arguments," Thirteenth Annual Defense Tactics Seminar Program, Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, IL, March 5, 1995, "Trial Demonstration - Closing Arguments", 1995
  • Part III, Postpartum, "The Third Stage," Legal Commentary, In/Operative Obstetrics, ed. O'Grady, et al. 1995, Part III, Postpartum, "The Third Stage", In/Operative Obstetrics, 1995
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Program Planning Chair and Moderator, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 3, 1994, Program Planning Chair and Moderator, ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 1994
  • "Anesthesiology Malpractice Cases," ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, December 3, 1994, "Anesthesiology Malpractice Cases", ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, 1994
  • "Handling the Defendant's Expert," ITLA Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, October 10, 1994, "Handling the Defendant's Expert", ITLA, 1994
  • "Economic Loss," ITLA Shotgun Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, February 15, 1993, "Economic Loss", ITLA, 1993
  • "Expert Witnesses and Rule 220," ITLA Civil Practice Update and Review Seminar, Drake Hotel, Chicago, IL, September 11, 1993, "Expert Witnesses and Rule 220", 1993
  • MMI Companies, Inc. Focus Training Workshops, "Advanced Claims Management," Oak Brook, IL, November 21, 1992, "Advanced Claims Management", 1992
  • "Products Liability: In Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products," Jury Instructions/Pleadings/Summary Judgement, Illinois State Bar Association Law Education Series, April 16, 1992, First Chicago Center, "Products Liability: In Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products", ISBA, 1992
  • Expert Witnesses, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 17, 1992, Chicago, IL, Seminar Planning Chair, Seminar Planning Chairman, Expert Witnesses, ITLA, 1992
  • "Third-Party Litigation/Kotecki," Workers' Compensation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, November 9, 1991, Indian Lakes Resort, Bloomingdale, IL, "Third-Party Litigation/Kotecki", ITLA, 1991
  • "Slip and Fall Cases - From the Plaintiff's Perspective - Preparation Before Trial," Chicago Bar Association, February 4, 1991, "Slip and Fall Cases - From the Plaintiff's Perspective - Preparation Before Trial", 1991
  • "Proving Fault and Defending Auto Accident Cases - How To Handle Particular Types of Collision Cases," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, March 5, 1990, Chicago, IL, "Proving Fault and Defending Auto Accident Cases - How To Handle Particular Types of Collision Cases", IICLE, 1990
  • ITLA Trial Notebook Seminar, "How to Argue Liability In The Injury Case," April 21, 1990, St. Louis, Missouri, "How to Argue Liability In The Injury Case", ITLA, 1990
  • "The Wrongful Death Act: Obtaining the Successful Result, Procedural Aspects," Chicago Bar Association, February15, 1990, "The Wrongful Death Act: Obtaining the Successful Result, Procedural Aspects", 1990
  • "Products Liability," Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, September 9, 1989, Drake Hotel, "Products Liability", ITLA, 1989
  • "Current Trends and Recent Developments in Litigation in Illinois" and "Interviewing Witnesses," Illinois Civil Litigation Techniques: Active Roles for Legal Assistants, March 9, 1988, Chicago, IL, "Current Trends and Recent Developments in Litigation in Illinois" and "Interviewing Witnesses", 1988
  • "Demonstrative Evidence and Experts," Trial Evidence Committee, ABA Litigation Section Annual Fall Meeting, October 24, 1987, Chicago, IL, Trial Evidence Committee, "Demonstrative Evidence and Experts", 1987
  • "Medical Evaluation of Damages and Disability," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, February 13, 1985, Chicago, IL (on videotape), "Medical Evaluation of Damages and Disability", IICLE, 1985
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, Editor 1992 Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, Co-Editor 1990-1991 Trial Notebook, Contributing Author, 1989 Workers' Compensation Notebook: "Third-Party Litigation/ Kotecki" (2011) Workers' Compensation Notebook: "Third-Party Litigation/ Kotecki" 1991 and updates 1992, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2004-2010), Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Keith Hebeisen, along with partner Susan Capra, obtained a $20 million settlement on behalf of an infant boy who suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to negligent obstetrical care during labor. Resulting in neurological injuries including motor deficits, inability to speak, seizures, and cognitive delays. , 2021
  • In November 2019, Mr. Hebeisen led a trial team that received an Illinois record birth injury verdict of $100,673,368. This verdict is the highest reported Illinois Medical Malpractice Verdict. , 2019
  • In 2018, he obtained a settlement of $22.9 million for a child who sustained permanent brain damage due to the negligence in his delivery. , 2018
  • Homestar Bank v. Provena Hospitals, 2014 IL 115526, 2014
  • In 2013, Mr. Hebeisen led a trial team that recovered a $15,500,000 verdict for the family of a young mother who died after a cesarean section due to excessive bleeding. , 2013
  • In 2010, he obtained settlements of $12 million and $10 million for two women who were the victims of medical malpractice in incidents that occurred on the same day in the hospital surgery suite., 2010
  • San Roman v. Children’s Heart Center, Ltd., 2010 Ill.App. (1st) 09121, 2010
  • Sinquefield v. Sears, 209 Ill.App.3d 595 (1st Dist. 1991), 1991
  • Seegers v. United States Steel, 218 Ill.App.3d 357 (1st Dist. 1991), 1991
  • Ekstrom v. Temple, 197 Ill.App.3d 120 (2d Dist. 1990), 1990
  • Allstate v. Tucker, 178 Ill.App.3d 809 (1st Dist. 1989), 1989
  • Barkei v. Delnor Hospital, 176 Ill.App.3d 681 (2d Dist. 1988), 1988

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • University of Illinois Alumni Association, Life Member, 2022
  • Record Medical Malpractice Verdict in Illinois - Sallis v. VHS, et al., November 5, 2019, $100,673,368., 2020
  • American Bar Foundation Benefactor Fellow, 2019 ($10,000), 2019
  • Illinois Channel Board of Directors, 2008-2016, 2016
  • University of Illinois Foundation Consular Circle of the Presidents Council, March 2012, 2012
  • Treasurer, Justice Terrence J. Lavin, 2012 Campaign for Appellate Court, 2012
  • DePaul Health Law Institute Advisory Board, 2002, 2002
  • DePaul University College of Law KAH Endowed Scholarship ($100,000)
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice (in memory of Neil Hebeisen)
  • ABOTA - Fellow of the Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating - AV
  • DePaul University College of Law KAH Endowed Scholarship

Honors/Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2005- Present), Illinois Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America (2011-Present), Best Lawyers in America , Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Best of the Best Attorneys - Top 10 Personal Injury Law - Illinois - 2020/2021, Top 10 Personal Injury Law, Best of the Best Attorneys, 2021
  • 2020 National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100, Top 100, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Global Directory of Who's Who, 2020, Global Directory of Who's Who, 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2015, 2020, Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • 2010- Present, President's Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2003-present, Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2020
  • National Law Journal 2019, Top 100 Verdicts, Top 100 Verdicts, National Law Journal, 2019
  • National Law Journal 2019, Top 10 Verdicts in Illinois, Top 10 Verdict in Illinois, National Law Journal , 2019
  • Best of the Best Attorneys - Top 50 Verdicts in the US - 2019, Top 50 Verdicts in the US, Best of the Best Attorneys, 2019
  • Record Birth Injury Verdict in Illinois - Sallis v. VHS, et al., November 5, 2019, $100,673,368, Record Birth Injury Verdict in Illinois, 2019
  • Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019, Peer Rated Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Jury Verdict Reporter Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence, 2014, 2016, Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence, Jury Verdict Reporter, 2016
  • Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, 2015 (Judges of the Northern District of Illinois and Chicago Chapter of Federal Bar Association) Nominated by Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, 2015
  • Advisory Board, Medical Malpractice Law, 2009, Advisory Board, 2009
  • ATLA Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 1999-2000, 2001-2002, 2003-2004, ATLA Wiedemann Wysocki Award, 2004
  • Willian J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, June, 2003, William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, 2003
  • ITLA Amicus Volunteer Award, June, 2002, ITLA Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1998, Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist, 1998

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Lifetime Member: Legislative Committee, 1996; Co-Chair, 2003-2004; Medical Negligence Committee, 1992; Co-Chair, 1998-2003; Nominating Committee, 1994-1995, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2020; Long Range Planning Committee, 2001; Amicus Committee, 2000; Membership Committee, 1995; Publications Committee, 1992; Seminar Planning Chairman, 1990-1991; Civil Practice Committee, 1984, 2022
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA) (Sustaining Member), 2022
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Executive Committee, 1995-1996, 1999-2013, 2014, 2014
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Chair, Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability (2011-2014);  Member, Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability (2006-2014); Life Fellow - American Bar Foundation; Health Law (2003); Tort & Insurance Practice (2003); Litigation (2003), 2014
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Governor (2001-2002, 2011); Executive Committee (1999-2000); Chair, State Delegates (1999-2000); Chair Elect, State Delegates (1998-1999); Vice Chair, State Delegates (1997-1998); Secretary, State Delegates (1996-1997); State Delegate (1995-2000), 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Tort Law Section Council (2008-2010); Civil Practice & Procedure (1990); Insurance Law (1990); Tort Law (1990); Illinois Bar Foundation, 2010
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)- formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) Public Affairs Committee, 2008  AAJ's List Advisory Committee, 1999 State Affairs Liaison Committee, 2000-2001 Insurance Committee, 2000-2001 Coordinating Committee on State Relations, 1999-2000 Presidents' Club, Charter Member, 1999 Eagle Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group (MNIEG) Birth Trauma Litigation Group, 2008
  • Standing Committee on the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board Ex-Officio, 2004-2006  Editor, 2002-2004  Associate Editor and Vice-Chair, 2000-2002 Secretary, 1998-2000 Member, 1995-2006, 2006
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), President (2005-2006); President-Elect (2004-2005); Second Vice President (2003-2004); Third Vice President (2002-2003); Executive Committee (1995-1996, 1999-2003, 2014); Elected Board of Managers (1989), 2006
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)  Civil Practice Committee (1997); Tort Litigation Committee (2003); Chicago Bar Foundation, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals of the Seventh Circuit, 1996, 1996
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1994, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1992, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 1990, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1987, 1987
  • Aviation Law Institute, Illinois Bar, November 9, 1983, 1983
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1983, 1983
  • Aviation Law Institute, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, December 12, 1983, 1983
  • Illinois Bar, 1983, 1983
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers (IATL)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA)
  • Chicago Bar Foundation Abraham Lincoln Circle of Justice (in memory of Neil Hebeisen)
  • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA)
  • Kane County Bar Association (KCBA)
  • Winnebago County Bar Association (WCBA)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Public Justice Foundation (Formerly Trial Lawyers for Public Justice) 
  • The National Trial Lawyers

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • ACTL
  • CBA
  • IATL
  • ISBA
  • ITLA
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Office Location for Keith A. Hebeisen

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

Fax: 312-251-1160

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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