Kurt D. Lloyd

Kurt D. Lloyd

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Lloyd Law Group, Ltd.
 | 55 E. Monroe St, Suite 3800
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-640-0204
Fax: 312-602-3779
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Kurt Lloyd is dedicated to helping his clients recover from life changing injuries and taking back their lives. To this end, Kurt has won jury verdicts and settlements in catastrophic injury and death cases for his clients over the past 30 plus years.  He is known as a leading medical malpractice attorney.  

For example, in a labor and delivery case, he recovered a $14 million settlement for a brain damaged child. He also won a $9.7 million jury verdict against a physician on behalf of a brain damaged child. 

Kurt gives clients the personal attention they need as they move through the legal process. He is a "hands on" attorney who has devoted his legal work to helping people navigate some of the most challenging moments they have ever faced.

Kurt has a reputation for researching and hiring leading experts in their fileds to testify against physicains and hospitals, including expert physsicians who had invented a medical device or developed a surgical technique.

After 70 jury trials, Kurt wrote On Jury Selection --the first and only published book for Illinois lawyers selecting jurors.  Kurt believes:  "If you pick the wrong jury, you'll lose the trial before you start."

Kurt has received many honors including being awarded the Citation of Excellence Medal from the American Trial Lawyer's Association for his jury trial accomplishments, being listed in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100; and being named in as an Illinois Leading Lawyers.

Mr. Lloyd became an Invited Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Illinois Chapter, a membership only given to trial lawyers who have completed 50 jury trials. 


White Papers

  • The Expert Witness' Use of hearsay Documents as the Basis for an Opinion (2016) - Under Wilson v. Clark, in Illinois an expert witness may testify to an opinion based on facts which are contained in hearsay documents or medical literature wichi is not admitted into evidence.  Mr. Lloyd's paper discusses an expert's use of non-substantive evidence during direct examination, e.g. medical records, deposition transcripts, policies and procedures, accident reports, industry standards and medical texts and literature.  The paper illustrates the extent to which an expert may reveal to the jury the contents of the hearsay materials upon which he reasonably relied. Lastly, Mr. Lloyd demonstrates how authoritative texts, articles and treatises may be used as the basis for an expert opinion under Anderson, including reading the contents of the published literature to the jury.

  • About Kurt Lloyd

    Admitted: 1985, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.lloydlawgroup.com/kurt-d-lloyd


    • Awarded Citation of Excellence Medal for jury trial skills, American Association for Justice, 2004
    • A Leading Lawyer of Illinois, Personal Injury Practice Area, Leading Lawyer's Network, Law Bulletin Publishing Co., 2004 - 2018
    • "Super Lawyer", Chicago Magazine, Annual Lawyer Ratings Ranking, 2008 to present.
    • Illinois Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuter's SuperLawyer Peer Review Rating Service, 2004 - 2018
    • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, 1997 to present.

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Co-Chair, Continuing Education Programs, 1995, 2007
    • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 1998 to present
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Planning Chair and Moderator, annual Medical Negligence Seminar, l996, 1997 and 2007
    • A comprehensive, peer reviewed manual on jury selection which has been endorsed by senior trial judges. 
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1986
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member, Leaders Forum, 2003 to 2008
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Sustaining Member, 2000 to 2008
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Member, Amicus Curae Committee, l999 to 2008
    • Member, American Society of Jury Trial Consultants
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Member, Constitutional Attack Committee for Tort Reform Legislation
    • Florida, 1986
    • Seminar Planning Co-Chair, Continuing Education Programs, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2007 - 2008
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), General Member, 1990 to 2008
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Member, Medical Negligence Committee, 1990 to 2008
    • President's Circle, American Association for Justice, 2007 to 2008
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Planning Chair and Moderator, Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Cases, 2008
    • Illinois, 1985
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1988
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member, Professional Negligence practice section, 2000 to present

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Amicus Curiae Counsel, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • Endowed the Help Injured Children Foundation, 2009
    • Founder, HelpInjuredKids.org

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • On Jury Selection is the first and only published book for  use by Illinois trial lawyers during jury selection. , On Jury Selection, Trial Attorneys, 2016
    • "Obstetrics: Overcoming the Proximate Cause Defenses", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, December, 1996
    • "Damages Evidence in the Wake of the $500,000 Cap", Chicago Bar Association; Chicago, Illinois, April, 1996
    • "Primary Care Physician Liability: New Responsibility Under Managed Care", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, April, 1996
    • "Plaintiff Lawyer's Perspective on Proving Surgical Errors," Invited Lecturer, Surgical Grand Rounds, Dept. of Surgery University of Chicago Hospitals, Chicago, Illinois, September, 2010
    • "Medical Malpractice and Tort Reform", Lawyer-Physician Debate, Loyola University, Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Illinois, June, 2004
    • The Expert Witness' Use of Authoritative Literature on Direct Examination, Tort Briefs, Illinois State Bar Association, November, 2012
    • Voir Dire: Scope of Juror Questioning, Objections and Challenges, Trial Lawyer's Handbook, 2011
    • Medical Malpractice Law Suits Against Physicians in a Major Urban City: Debunking Physician Beliefs that an Urban Venue Results in More Pro-Patient Outcomes,(Abstract accepted), American College of Surgeons, 2011
    • Closing Argument, Medical Negligence Trial Notebook, 2nd Edition, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
    • Speaker, Presenting Expert Witness Opinion Testimony: Using Hearsay Documents as the Basis for an Opinion, 2015
    • Moderator, Annual Statewide Medical Negligence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1995, 2005, 2008
    • Medical Errors Lecture, Grand Rounds, Surgery Department, University of Chicago Hospitals, 2010
    • Lecturer, "Expert Witnesses—A Primer: Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Expert", Illinois State Bar Association, 2008
    • "The Expert Witness Direct Examination: Presenting Effective, Persuasive Testimony", Law Bulletin Seminars, Litigation Skills III, Chicago, Illinois, September, 2008
    • "The Plaintiff's Expert Witness: Finding and Choosing a Witness", Law Bulletin Seminars, Litigation Skills I, Chicago, Illinois, March, 2008
    • Lecturer, "Medical Negligence: Presenting the Plaintiff’s Case", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, 2007
    • Lecturer, "Trucking Litigation and U.S. Dept. of Transportation Regulations", Lorman Education Services; Downers Grove, Illinois, 2006
    • Lecturer, "Apparent Agency and Institutional Negligence", Illinois Trial lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, 2005
    • Lecturer, "Deposing Defense Witnesses", National Business Institute, Oak Brook, Illinois, 2003
    • Lecturer, "Tort Immunity: Updates in the Law", Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago, Illinois, 2000
    • Lecturer, "ACOG Bulletin No.163 and Related Obstetrical Liability Defenses," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, 1999
    • Lecturer, "Changes in Illinois Evidence Laws", Illinois Trial lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, 1998
    • Lecturer, "Jury Instructions", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, 1997
    • Editor, Outlines & Strategies: How to Prepare for, Take and Use a Deposition, James Publishing Co, 2001
    • "Medical Negligence Trials: The Opening Statement and Closing Argument", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, December, 1995
    • "Presenting Expert Opinion Testimony: Using Hearsay Documents as the Basis for an Opinion"Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, September, 2014
    • "Jury Misconduct: Benefits & Risks of Post-Trial Juror Interviews" Panelist, Juror Deliberation and Jury Management Conference Law Bulletin Seminars, Chicago, Illinois, June, 2011
    • "Evidence: Proof in the Medical Negligence Case", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, December, 1994
    • "Expert Witnesses", Illinois Trial lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, December, 2004
    • "Use of Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, December, 2003
    • "Deposition Preparation: Strategy and Techniques", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago, Illinois, February, 1997


    • Hornsby v. Garbage Truck Manufacturer (name confidential) Multiple toe amputation in unguarded hydraulic mechanism. Settled $2,000,000, 2018
    • Hopkins v. Westlake Hospital. $7.5 million settlement for a heart attack which was missed in the Emergency Room causing brain damage.  
    • Estate of Barksdale v. Horowitz, DDS, $1,000,000
    • Jacobs v. Kobler, MD, $900,000
    • Baries v. CNA Insurance Co., $1,250,000
    • Estate of Davis, a minor v. Toig, MD and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, $1,300,000
    • Tsakonas v. Lakeshore Surgery Center, et. al., $1,500,000
    • Sea v. Mercy Medical Center: $4.3 million medical malpractice settlement for failure to recognize subarachnoid hemorrhage causing stroke
    • Nancy Sea v. Undisclosed Medical Clinic and Physician, $4,200,000
    • Thomas, a minor v. Antony, MD, $9.7 million jury verdict against an HMO primary care physician for a mismanaged pregnancy.
    • Estate of Greenblatt v. Poor, MD, Verdict $1,195,000
    • Jacobs v. Merrill Dow Co. $5.0 million settlement for dangerously made drug vaccine.  
    • Morris v. Ajmere, MD, $1,000,000
    • Larsen-Hruby v. FCB, LTD. $1.4 Million settlement for slip and fall on dangerous premises of a diabetic patient causing loss of her foot.
    • Herbert, etc. v. Land Truck, Inc., $1,700,000
    • Thomas v. Chicago HMO: $9.7 million plaintiff's jury verdict medical malpractice for negligent prenatal care causing birth injuries
    • Weiner v. Pedersen, MD, Verdict: $1,575,000
    • Frazier v. The Limited, Inc., $420,000
    • Wright v. DeMir-Olson Medical Group: $6.0 medical malpractice settlement for negligent prenatal care causing birth injuries
    • Ross v. Lee, MD, Verdict: $837,000
    • Crane v. Luken, MD: $2.0 million medical malpractice settlement against neurosurgeon for negligent surgical removal of brain tumor causing stroke
    • Estate of Thomas, deceased v. Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center, $1,000,000
    • Estate of Morris v. University of Chicago Hospitals, $8 million settlement for the wrongful death of a single mother after surgery.
    • Estate of Baierle v. Matviuw, MD, $1,200,000
    • Sonani v. Eastwood. $5 million dollar settlement for auto negligence causing spinal injuries
    • Eastwood v. American International Group, $5,000,000
    • Vlachos, a minor v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, et. al., $14 million medical malpractice settlement for negligent labor and delivery care causing birth injuries, 2007
    • Wright v. Anderson, MD,et. al., $6,000,000
    • Estate of Taylor v. Chrysler Motor Co., $4,500,000
    • Estate of Moore v. Wrona, MD and St. Joseph's Medical Center, $2,475,000
    • Estate of Lucas v. Roper, MD, $1,000,000
    • Robertson v. Straight Line Water Sports, et. al., $1,100,000
    • Wiers v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital: $2.5 million settlement during trial for improper use of forceps during delivery
    • Barbara Jackson, a disabled person v. Westlake Hospital, $7,500,000
    • Hallsten v. City of Chicago, et. al., $4.3 million settlement for blind spot created in roadway at construction site
    • Estate of Urbanski v. Lerner, MD, $1,500,000

    Educational Background:

    • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, B.A., with Honors, Major: English, 1981

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • American Society Of Trial Consultants
    • American Trial Lawyers Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • National Trial Lawyers Association
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    Office Location for Kurt D. Lloyd

    55 E. Monroe St
    Suite 3800
    Chicago, IL 60603

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    Last Updated: 9/14/2020

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