Susan A. Capra

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
 | 120 North LaSalle Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (70%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Susan A. Capra is a partner with Clifford Law Offices PC in Chicago, Illinois. A registered nurse with extensive health care experience, Ms. Capra provides unmatched representation and support to clients throughout the greater Chicago metro area and all across the country who have suffered injury or loss as a result of medical malpractice, hospital negligence and other similar claims.

    Focusing primarily on claims arising from obstetrical, gynecologic and pediatric negligence, Ms. Capra has recovered millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for her plaintiff clients, including numerous multimillion-dollar awards. Among her most notable successes, she helped obtain a settlement of more than $8.1 million for a family whose baby suffered permanent brain damage during labor and delivery as well as settlements of $11 and $10 million for other claims involving infant brain damage.

    Of the 44 obstetrical and gynecological cases she has handled, she was able to obtain settlements and verdicts well in excess of a million dollars for 31 of them. She has also achieved equal success in other areas of medical malpractice, including a $2.6 million verdict for a man who died after a failure to diagnose a pulmonary embolism and a settlement of $3.5 million for a victim who died of a heart attack brought on by undiagnosed coronary artery disease.

    A 1982 graduate of DePaul University with a Bachelor of Science in nursing, Ms. Capra obtained her Juris Doctor with honors from DePaul University College of Law in 1990, where she was a staff member of the school's law review. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and she routinely conducts lectures and seminars across her region on a variety of legal topics.

    Ms. Capra is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Medical Negligence Committee and the American Association for Justice's Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group and Expert Witness Information Exchange Group. She is also an active member of the American Bar Association and DePaul University's College of Law alumni board of directors.

    Honored for her impeccable professionalism and outstanding legal abilities, Ms. Capra holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell along with many other top rankings from her peers. In addition, Crain's Custom Media named her among the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, and Law Bulletin Media recognized her as one among Illinois Leading Lawyers in 2005.

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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

    Wrongful Death

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    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2021

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    About Susan Capra

    Admitted: 1990, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/susan-a-capra/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell, 2019, AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2005 - Present
    • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005 - 2020
    • Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017, Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Medical Negligence Committee of ITLA, Member, 1998-Present, 2019
    • Class Agent for Class of 1990, DePaul University College of Law, 2000, 2000
    • College of Law Alumni Board of Directors, DePaul University, Member, 1999, 1999
    • Illinois, 1990
    • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1990
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Expert Witness Information Exchange Group
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Medical Negligence Information Exchange Group
    • American Association for Justice (AAJ), Birth Trauma Litigation Group

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • "From a Nurse-Lawyer Perspective: Legal Nurse Case Studies", Emergency Nurses Association, April 12, 2012, "From a Nurse-Lawyer Perspective: Legal Nurse Case Studies", Emergency Nurses Association, 2012
    • "Motions to Compel & Protective Orders," Illinois State Bar Association, December 2, 2011
    • "Evaluating a Medical Negligence Case," Loyola University Law School, Chicago, February 27, 2001, 2001
    • Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University College of Law, Medical Malpractice Course, 1999-2001, Adjunct Faculty, Medical Malpractice Course, DePaul University College of Law, 2001
    • "Deposition Strategies," Chicago Bar Association, December 12, 2000, "Deposition Strategies", Chicago Bar Association, 2000
    • "Nursing Negligence," American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 27, 2000, "Nursing Negligence", American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, 2000
    • "Venue-Forum Non-Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, September 9, 2000, "Venue-Forum Non Conveniens", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
    • "Deposition Strategies in Medical Negligence Cases," Chicago Bar Association, December 7, 1999, "Deposition Strategies in Medical Negligence Cases", Chicago Bar Association, 1999
    • "The Evaluation of a Medical Negligence Case," Woman Attorney, July/August , 1999, "The Evaluation of a Medical Negligence Case", 1999
    • "Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal," Institute for Paralegal Education, Willowbrook, Illinois, October 19, 1999, "Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal", Institute for Paralegal Education, 1999
    • "Expert Witness," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, "Expert Witness", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
    • "Deposing the Defendant Physician in a Medical Malpractice Case," Chicago Bar Association, December 1997, "Deposing the Defendant Physician in a Medical Malpractice Case", Chicago Bar Association, 1997
    • "Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal", Institute for Paralegal Education, Willowbrook, Illinois, November 11, 1997, "Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal", Institute for Paralegal Education, 1997
    • "Cocaine Babies: Meeting the Challenge," Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 80, 1992, "Cocaine Babies: Meeting the Challenge", Illinois Bar Journal, 1992
    • "Settlement/Empty Chair Defenses," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990, "Settlement/Empty Chair Defenses", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
    • "Patrick v. Burget: The Future of Hospital Peer Review in the Antitrust Arena," DePaul Law Review, Volume 39, 1989, "Patrick v. Burget: The Future of Hospital Peer Review in the Antitrust Arena", DePaul Law Review, 1989

    Educational Background:

    • DePaul University, B.S.N., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Chicago, IL, 1982
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    120 North LaSalle Street
    31st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-899-9090

    Fax: 312-251-1160

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