Samantha N. LaFata

Top rated medical malpractice attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Wise Morrissey LLC
Samantha N. LaFata
Wise Morrissey LLC

Practice Areas: Medical malpractice

Licensed in Illinois since: 2007

Education: The John Marshall Law School

Selected to Rising Stars: 2017

Wise Morrissey LLC

161 North Clark Street
Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


Samantha N. Lafata is a partner at Wise Morrissey, LLC, in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Lafata practices medical malpractice and personal injury defense, serving clients throughout the Chicagoland metropolitan area.

A seasoned trial attorney, Ms. Lafata has over a decade of experience litigating complex cases involving medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries. Prior to joining Wise Morrissey, LLC, she practiced at a top Chicago defense law firm, representing doctors, nurses and hospitals. She also served as an intern for the Chief State Solicitor’s Office of the Attorney General in Dublin, Ireland.

Ms. Lafata has been profiled in publications including the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Leading Lawyers included her on its “emerging lawyer” list in the area of medical malpractice. Additionally, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin listed her on its elite “40 under 40” list.

Outside of her law practice, Ms. Lafata regularly lectures on litigation topics for groups and organizations throughout the Chicago area. She is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and has served as a panelist for the organization at educational events. She has also served as a coach for Loyola University School of Law’s trial team.

Ms. Lafata graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree. She earned her law degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, participating in the law school’s national mock trial team and competing in national mock trial competitions.

After graduating from law school, Ms. Lafata took the Illinois bar examination and obtained her license to practice law. She is qualified to appear before all Illinois state courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice areas

Personal injury - medical malpractice: defense
  • 100% Personal injury - medical malpractice: defense

First Admitted: 2007, Illinois

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Educational Background:
  • University College Dublin, Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Dublin, Ireland, 2006-2007
  • Loyola University Chicago, Honors: cum laude 
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Panelist, Chicago Bar Association’s “Trial Tips” panel in September 2019
  • Litigation Topics, Chicago
  • Emerging [email protected], by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice, 2015-2019 
  • Won and Placed, National Mock Trial Competitions for John Marshall Law School’s National Mock Trial Team
  • "40 under 40” Top Attorney to Watch in Illinois 2018 by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Rising Star Super [email protected], by Thomson Reuters, 2017
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois 
  • Chicago Bar Association 
  • Illinois, 2007

Office location for Samantha N. LaFata

161 North Clark Street
Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-985-0930


1 Year Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2017

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