Margaret P. Battersby Black

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Levin & Perconti
 | 325 North Lasalle Street, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60654
Phone: 312-332-2872
Fax: 312-332-3112
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2008
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Margaret P. Battersby Black is a partner with Levin & Perconti law firm in Chicago, Illinois. A top-rated, award-winning trial attorney with nearly 12 years of legal experience, Ms. Battersby Black devotes her practice exclusively to advocating on behalf of plaintiff injury clients who are suffering needlessly as the result of someone else's negligent, careless or unlawful actions.

    Although she has achieved considerable success handling all types of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims, Ms. Battersby Black has gained a reputation as a leader in nursing home abuse and negligence claims. She has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her clients for issues involving falls in nursing homes, medication errors, bed sores and more, including a record-breaking verdict of more than $4.1 million for an elderly woman adversely affected by medication mismanagement.

    Additionally, Ms. Battersby Black has also handled numerous medical malpractice claims involving a wide range of issues, and she helped secure a settlement of more than $17.7 million for a medical malpractice victim along with many other multimillion-dollar awards for her clients. Honored for her professionalism and service, she has earned a Leading Lawyer designation, and the Law Bulletin Publishing Company named her as one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch in 2011.

    Moreover, Ms. Battersby Black has received the Trial Lawyer Excellence Award from the Jury Verdict Reporter and the Women's Bar Association Service Award. She has also received designation from Crain's Custom Media and among Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers, and she received the President's Award from the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 2018.

    A 2002 honors graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ms. Battersby Black obtained her Juris Doctor with honors from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 2008. While there, she was a member of the American Constitution Society as well as the Chicago-Kent Moot Court Honors Society.

    Ms. Battersby Black has served in a number of leadership roles with both the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. She also helped establish the Illinois Trial Lawyers Women’s Caucus, where she served as inaugural chair. She is an active member of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations and the American Association for Justice, among her other professional affiliations.

    Outside her legal practice, Ms. Battersby Black works hard to support the advancement of women in the legal profession, and she has written extensively and conducted lectures and continuing legal education seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics. In recognition for her outstanding contributions to her field, she received the Outstanding Young Alumna of the Year award from Chicago-Kent Law School in 2015.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice
    • 40%Personal Injury - General

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 1 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 8 years

    Super Lawyers: 2020 Rising Stars: 2012 - 2019

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    About Margaret Battersby Black

    Admitted: 2008, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.levinperconti.com/margaret-p-battersby-black.htm...

    Honors/Awards:

    • 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company , 2011
    • Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers 2015-2017
    • Trial Lawyer Excellence award  , Jury Verdict Reporter Awards Ceremony
    • Top 10 Illinois Women Emerging Lawyer, 2017
    • Outstanding Young Alumnae of the Year, 2015, Chicago Kent College of Law, 2015
    • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Stars 2012-2018

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers since 2016 
    • John Marshall Law School- Moot Court Judge
    • American Association for Justice
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Chicago-Kent College of Law- Externship Host
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
    • American Constitution Society: Member and Former Law Firm Outreach Coordinator, Board of Directors-Director of Firm Outreach 
    • Chicago-Kent College of Law- Moot Court Judge
    • Chicago-Kent Law School Young Alumni Council since 2014, Senior Partner Council since 2016, 2014
    • Women's Bar Association of Illinois , Co-Chair of the Judicial Reception 2017

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Participant in Home Team charity race, raising money for the Chicago Bulls’ charities
    • Glass Slipper Project volunteer  
    • Raised donations for Illinois Citizens for Better Care (a nursing home advocacy group in Chicago) by completing the 13.1-mile Chicago Half Marathon  
    • Chicago Marathon finisher, raising money for Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)  May 5, 2017, presenting “Ex Parte Communication with Current and Former Employees of Defendant, Speaker , 2017
    • Illinois Department on Aging 2011 Elder Rights Conference, The Role of the Private Attorney in Enforcing Elder Rights through Litigation. July 7, 2011. Chicago, IL. , 2011
    • ITLA Liens and Settlement Seminar, Special Issues in Catastrophic Cases. February 20, 2012. Chicago, IL., 2012
    • Chicago Bar Association, 40 Under 40 Panel Discussion. April 2, 2012. Chicago, IL, 2012
    • Chicago-Kent Law School, Admitted Students Program, May 21, 2012. Chicago, IL., 2012
    • Illinois Disability Rights Consortium, Nursing Home Litigation, March 27, 2013. Chicago, IL., 2013
    • AALNC Forum, An Overview of Brain Injury Lawsuits with Case Examination: Nissen v. Parcellano et al. April 5, 2013. Chicago, IL., 2013
    • "How Changes to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Will Affect Long-Term Care Abuse and Neglect Cases," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - Law Day Edition, April 2013, co-author., 2013
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. "Depositions – How to Take a Good Deposition," Chicago, IL. February 6, 2015., 2015
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. "Expert Witnesses – When and How to Depose Them," Chicago, IL. February 6, 2015., 2015
    • ITLA Update and Review Seminar "Nursing Home Litigation", 2016
    • Hosted the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys webinar on “The Intersection Between Personal Injury and Elder Law.”, 2017
    • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, "Affirmative Defenses of Contributory Negligence and Mitigation of Damages", 2015
    • IICLE Elder Law Short Course, " Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect", 2015
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213," Trial Seminar, Oak Brook, IL., 2015
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, “Depositions - How to Take a Good Deposition and Expert Witnesses - When and How to Depose Them," Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Litigation Seminar, Chicago, IL., 2015
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, “Nursing Home Litigation," Update and Review Seminar, October 13, 2014, Chicago, IL., 2014
    • Chicago Bar Association's Elder Law Committee, Using Litigation to Protect Elderly Clients in Nursing Homes, May 21, 2013. Chicago, IL., 2013
    • "How Changes to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Will Affect Long-Term Care Abuse and Neglect Cases," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - Law Day Edition, April 2013., 2013
    • AALNC Forum, An Overview of Brain Injury Lawsuits with Case Examination: Nissen v. Parcellano et al. April 5, 2013. Chicago, IL., 2013
    • Presented at the 13th Annual IICLE Elder Law Short Course on the topic of The Late Life Litigant: The Potential Value of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Claims for Elderly Plaintiffs, Speaker, 2017
    • Presented at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Medical Malpractice Seminar on the topic of Opening Statements, Speaker, 2017
    • Presented at the Damages Seminar for ITLA’s Professionals and Businesses for Justice Program. She spoke on the subject: “Effective Direct Examination of Witnesses.”, Speaker, 2018
    • Speaker at John Marshall Law School’s Career Panel and Resume Workshop, advising students on summer clerkships  
    • Chicago Bar Association’s Tort Committee, Speaker , "So You're Trying Your First Nursing Home Case?: Some Things You Should Know" , 2017

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $750,000 nursing home pressure sore settlement, 2014
    • $3.3 million medical malpractice settlement for the family of a deceased 52-year-old Danville woman who died from a brain injury after falling at an Urbana hospital.
    • $450,000 nursing home dehydration lawsuit settlement, 2014
    • $400,000 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 67-year-old client who fractured his hip and femur in a fall during an improper transfer by rehabilitation staff at a Cook County hospital.
    • $3.6 million medical malpractice settlement for the death of a 26 year old., 2017
    • $400,000 nursing home negligence settlement for the family of a 50 year old man who died because the nursing home failed to monitor the resident's blood sugar levels, leading him to suffer a diabetic coma.
    • $2,500,000 Settlement in a birth injury case for a 2 year old., 2017
    • $584,300 verdict against an Arlington Heights hospital for the family of an 88-year-old woman who died as a result of complications linked to a hospital fall. The victim fell off a table in the radiology department of the hospital and suffered a serious brain injury that led to a deterioration in her condition., 2012
    • $1.035 million settlement in a nursing home medication error lawsuit, 2013
    • $575,000 settlement for the family of a 77-year-old nursing home resident who suffered numerous infected bed sores that contributed to her death., 2012
    • $17.7 million medical malpractice settlement for a former police officer, now 47, who suffered a life-altering brain injury due to medical negligence at a Chicago hospital.
    • $923,000 defamation lawsuit settlement, 2014
    • $450,000 nursing home settlement against an uninsured nursing home for the family of a client who suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall at a confidential Illinois facility.
    • $7.5 million Illinois Record Jones Act Settlement for a 37-year-old man who sustained serious neck and spinal cord injuries in an Illinois boat explosion.
    • $500,000 nursing home pressure sore settlement
    • $1,250,000.00 medical malpractice settlement for a child who obtained a chemical burn on the arm at a Chicago area hospital., 2017
    • $750,000 nursing home neglect settlement against ManorCare South Holland for the daughter of an 82-year-old nursing home resident who developed a deep pressure wound that took over two years to heal. She also became malnourished and immobile during her brief stay at the nursing home, 2011
    • $800,000 nursing home negligence settlement, 2013
    • $625,000 medical malpractice settlement , 2013
    • $4,111,477.66 verdict on behalf of  85-year-old client under the Nursing Home Care Act, 2017
    • $6 million medical malpractice settlement , 2014
    • $500,000 nursing home settlement for the family of an 89-year-old nursing home resident who suffered two hip fractures in a fall at a Cook County nursing home, requiring two surgeries.
    • $317,500 assisted living negligence settlement
    • $400,000 nursing home settlement in a case involving a medication error at a nursing home.
    • $875,000 settlement for the family of a man who choked to death at the Center for Hispanic Elderly on the Northwest side of Chicago., 2017
    • $1 million ManorCare nursing home settlement for the family of an 80-year-old nursing home resident who developed multiple stage IV pressure sores that contributed to the cause of her death., 2011
    • $825,000 nursing home pressure sore settlement, 2013
    • $700,000 settlement in a nursing home fall/brain injury lawsuit, 2013

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Best Oralist award in the preliminary rounds of the Midwest Moot Court competition- October 2007
    • Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers, 2015-2017, 2015
    • CALI Award winner, Law School, Litigation Technology  
    • Quarterfinalist in the American Constitution Society’s Moot Court Competition- March 2007

    Educational Background:

    • B.B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2002, Graduated with Honors  
    • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008, Graduated with Honors, American Constitution Society, Chicago Kent Moot Court Honors Society

    Industry Groups

    • American Association For Justice
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • The American Constitutional Society’s Chicago Chapter
    • Women's Bar Association Of Illinois
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    325 North Lasalle Street
    Suite 300
    Chicago, IL 60654

    Phone: 312-332-2872

    Fax: 312-332-3112

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