Sarah F. King

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 913-940-0489
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected To Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2011
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    Sarah F. King, partner at Clifford Law Offices PC, serves the Chicago, Illinois, area and clients nationwide with great distinction and passion. Ms. King’s practice primarily emphasizes medical malpractice, as well as general personal injury and products liability.

    After earning honors while attending Loyola University in Chicago, from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies in 2008, Ms. King attended DePaul University College of Law. She graduated summa cum laude in the top 5% of her class and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Ms. King was a published member of the DePaul Law Review and won multiple CALI Awards for writing excellence. While a law student, she clerked for two renowned medical malpractice lawyers in Illinois. Ms. King has been admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois since 2011.

    In less than 10 years, Ms. King has obtained verdicts and settlements of almost $300 million for her clients, including a record $101 million verdict in a birth defect case in 2019. She combines the rare combination of tireless dedication and work ethic with the highly developed intellect necessary to prepare complex medical malpractice cases and achieve justice for her clients.

    Ms. King has a long association with Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project dedicated to serving the needs of women and children in Chicago. In addition, she participates in activities and advances the goals of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, as well as teaching as an adjunct professor at DePaul University.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 70%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Informed Consent, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Medical Devices

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    top-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 6 years

    Rising Stars: 2016 - 2021

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    About Sarah King

    Admitted: 2011, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/sarah-f-king/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Amicus Volunteer Award, 2019, Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
    • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer Women in Law Honoree, 2020
    • Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers, 2018, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2018
    • Crain's Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, 2017:  Crain's Most Influential Women Lawyers, Sarah F. King, 2017  Crain's Most Influential Lawyers listing represents an impressive cross-section of the Chicago-area legal community. Many of them have practiced with distinction for decades, while others are on-the-rise attorneys making their mark. All chosen make it a point to mentor other women lawyers and to give back to their community in myriad ways. In 2017, King was chosen by Crain's due to her substantial trial experience, particularly in the area of medical malpractice and her efforts to give back to the community through her involvement in Women Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, a collaborative effort coordinating volunteer activities to help women and children throughout Chicago., Chicago Business Most Influential Women Lawyers, Crain's, 2017
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2017, Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2017
    • Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer, 2017, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2017
    • Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016, Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016
    • 40-Under-40-Sarah-F-King For the last 19 years, the 40 Under Forty Committee at Law Bulletin Media sifts through piles of nominations to select 40 of the most talented young attorneys practicing in Illinois. By 2015 King had second-chaired medical malpractice cases that have brought in a total of nearly $31.5 million in positive verdicts for her clients. In 2015, Sarah King earned this award and high praise from her colleagues when she was only 28., 40 Under 40, Chicago Law Bulletin, 2015
    • Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Women’s Bar Association (WBAI), Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Awards, Co-Chair, 2018
    • Women’s Bar Association (WBAI), Newsletter, Legal Developments Section Editor, June 2012-2014, June 2016-Present
    • Women’s Bar Association (WBAI), Board of Directors, 2018
    • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, 2020
    • Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association, Women’s Caucus, founding Co-Chair, 2017-Present, 2019
    • Illinois, 2011
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
    • Women’s Bar Association (WBAI), Director, Present; Annual Dinner Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2016-2017; Annual Dinner Planning Committee, 2015-2016; Judicial Reception Planning Committee, 2015, 2016; Newsletter, Legal Developments Section Editor, June 2012-2016; L2L Mentorship 2017-Present, 2019
    • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Assembly Member, May 2016-Present, 2019
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers, 2015- Present, 2019
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Women Everywhere, Planning Committee Delegate, 2013-Present, 2019
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Young Lawyer’s Division, 2012-Present, 2019
    • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), Judicial Reception Planning Committee, 2015, 2015
    • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), Judicial Reception Planning Committee, 2014, 2014
    • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), 2011
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2011
    • American Bar Association (ABA), 2011
    • Women’s Bar Association (WBAI), 2011
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2011
    • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), 2011

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Woman Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (“WE”), Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2014 - Present, 2019
    • Woman Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (“WE”), ITLA Delegate, 2012 - Present, 2019
    • Women Everywhere Partners in Service Project, Board Member, 2016-Present, 2019
    • Women Everywhere Partners in Service Project, Planning Committee Chair, 2014-Present, 2019
    • Woman Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (“WE”), Fundraising Chair, 2014, 2014
    • Woman Everywhere: Partners in Service Project (“WE”), Fundraising Chair, 2013, 2013

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Adjunct Professor, DePaul University School of Law, “Medical Malpractice Survey” Fall 2014
    • Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, Co-Editor, 2014-Present, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 2019
    • When Jurors Ask Questions, Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, Winter 2015, When Jurors Ask Questions, Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, 2015
    • Res Ipsa Loquitor, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, Chapter 12, Author, 2014, Author, Chapter 12, Res Ipsa Loquitor, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 2014
    • The Power of Informed Consent, Trial Journal, Summer 2013 (with Keith A. Hebeisen), The Power of Informed Consent, Trial Journal, 2013
    • A Storyteller's Apprentice, Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, Summer 2013, A Storyteller's Apprentice, Litigation Journal, American Bar Association, 2013
    • Illinois Supreme Court Determines Allegations of Actual and Apparent Agency Are Not Separate Causes of Action for Purposes of Res Judicata, WBAI Newsletter, Spring 2013, Illinois Supreme Court Determines Allegations of Actual and Apparent Agency Are Not Separate Causes of Action for Purposes of Res Judicata, WBAI Newsletter, 2013
    • Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, Research Assistant, 2010-2013, Research Assistant, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 2013
    • Women's Preventative Services and The Affordable Care Act, WBAI Newsletter, Winter 2012, Women's Preventative Services and The Affordable Care Act, WBAI Newsletter, 2012
    • The Privacy of a Mother's Medical Information: A Correct Reading of El-Amin v. Dempsey, Trial Journal, Summer 2012 (with Keith A. Hebeisen), The Privacy of a Mother's Medical Information: A Correct Reading of El-Amin v. Dempsey, Trial Journal, 2012
    • Till Death Do Us Part or Otherwise Approved by the Court- Interpreting the Language of Sec. 510(C) of the IMDMA regarding Post-Death Maintenance Obligations and Life Insurance, 60 DePaul L. Rev. 713 (2011), Till Death Do Us Part or Otherwise Approved by the Court- Interpreting the Language of Sec. 510(C) of the IMDMA Regarding Post-Death Maintenance Obligations and Life Insurance, DePaul Law Review, 2011
    • What is Your Favorite Book? : Using Narrative to Teach Theme Development in Persuasive Writing, Mary Ann Becker, 46 Gonz. L. Rev. 575, Research Assistant, 2010-2011, Research Assistant, What is Your Favorite Book? : Using Narrative to Teach Theme Development in Persuasive Writing, Gonzaga University Law Review, 2011

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • $2,150,000 Settlement obtained on behalf of parents who’s 21 month old son died due to the defendants failure to properly treat an air embolism during an ERCP procedure., 2018
    • $4,600,000 Settlement obtained on behalf of disabled man and his wife who suffered a stroke after the defendant cardiologist and primary care physician failed to order a recommended CTA or inform the patient of the recommendation., 2018
    • $3,600,000 Settlement obtained on behalf of disabled minor who suffered irreversible brain injury due to obstetrical team’s failure to perform a timely C-section., 2018
    • $950,000 Brain injury to 33-year-old man from lack of oxygen due to delay in intubation., 2017
    • $2.1 million Chicago hospital fails to timely diagnose and treat a 43-year-old woman for a bacterial infection that previous tests indicated was present, leading the patient to suffer a bacterial infection of the heart and embolic strokes., 2017
    • $150,000 surgeon lacerated patient's right median nerve during carpal tunnel release surgery causing him to experience numbness, weakness and dysfunction in his right hand despite attempted surgical repair., 2016
    • $3.3 million 52-year-old man dies from negligent overdose of medication while in hospital., 2016
    • $310,000 37-year-old woman suffers bile duct injury during gallbladder surgery., 2016
    • $3.95 million 49-year-old man dies in hospital from undiagnosed pulmonary embolism., 2016
    • $1.35 million patient suffered a stroke due to the failure to diagnose and treat a damaged heart valve., 2015
    • $950,000 attorneys at Clifford Law Offices obtained a record verdict in Ford County in a medical malpractice case., 2015
    • $13,550,000 verdict involving a severe disabling stroke suffered by a 37-year-old woman just thirteen days after negligently being prescribed Yasmin birth control by her treating gynecologist., 2014
    • $3,200,000 settlement 54-year-old woman suffers severe and permanent brain injury during routine same-day eye surgery., 2013
    • $15,550,000 verdict 33-year-old woman dies after cesarean section due to massive bleeding caused by doctors' negligence in failing to diagnose and properly treat placenta abnormality., 2013
    • $2,225,000 Verdict for the wrongful death of a 31-week fetus cause by defendants’ negligence in failing to recognize fetal distress and perform a timely cesarean section., 2013
    •  $2.5 million 64-year-old man dies from respiratory arrest after spine surgery.
    • $5,000,000 settlement obtained on behalf of patient who required multiple reoperations and abdominal reconstruction after it was discovered that his general surgeon and surgical nursing staff left a FISH retractor in his abdomen following an exploratory laparotomy for the treatment of diverticulitis. 

    Representative Clients:

    • Fitzgerald v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital. $2,500,000 settlement. October 2016., 2016
    • Vandelinder v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital. $3,300,000 verdict. August 2016., 2016
    • Harper v. Ingalls Memorial Hospital. $3,949,999 settlement. March 2016., 2016
    • Buhs v. Gibson Community Hospital. $950,000 verdict (Ford County Record). December 2015., 2015
    • Clemente v. Elmhurst Memorial Hospital. $5,000,000 settlement. August 2015., 2015
    • Cohen v. Rush Medical Center. $1,820,000 settlement. March 2015
    • Zapalski v. Aniol, M.D. $13,550,000 verdict. March 2014., 2014
    • Lopez v. University of Chicago. $15,550,000 verdict. November 2013., 2013
    • Novak v. Hinsdale Hospital. $2,225,000 verdict. January 2013., 2013

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Sarah King’s practice has been highlighted by significant achievements of justice on behalf of injured women and children. Sarah, an associate at Clifford Law Offices, assisted in obtaining multi-million-dollar settlements on behalf of a young girl injured at birth who is now mute and brain injured as a result of obstetrical malpractice, a woman disfigured as a result of an operation performed on the wrong part of her breast, a young mother disabled by medical professionals’ failure to properly treat a diagnosed infection following a C-section, and a family for the death of their youngest daughter due to a failure to perform a mandatory ultrasound and ripping of her placenta near the time of her birth.   Sarah believes that the rise of strong and successful female attorneys is critical to ensuring women and children have access to this type of justice and effective representation.  In June 2017, Sarah co-founded the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Women’s Caucus. The goal of the Women’s Caucus is to encourage female leadership within the profession and to act as a resource for the mentorship of young female trial attorneys. Additionally, Sarah is currently a Director of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois and active in the association’s mentorship program.  Sarah also serves on the Board of Directors of the Woman Everywhere: Partners in Service Project, a non-for-profit organization comprised of attorneys and judges dedicated to creating opportunities for women and children through educational scholarships and community service. Last year she was named one of Crain’s Custom Media’s Most Influential Women in Law in Chicago., 2017

    Educational Background:

    • Loyola University Chicago, 2008, B.A.in English and Women’s Studies with a Minor in Political Science, conferred May 2008, English Honor’s & Dean’s List, Vice President, Alpha Sigma Alpha, 2007-2008, President, Panhellenic Council, 2006-2007
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    120 North LaSalle Street
    31st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 913-940-0489

    Fax: 312-251-1160

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    Last Updated: 10/13/2020

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