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Susan A. Capra

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
120 North LaSalle Street, 36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Susan Capra is a partner at Clifford Law Offices, one of Chicago’s premier law firms, serving clients nationally and internationally for decades. Susan concentrates her practice in the area of medical and hospital negligence litigation where she has achieved numerous record settlements and verdicts in her 30-plus years as a highly respected attorney in Chicago, particularly in the health care arena.

Susan joined Clifford Law Offices as an associate in 1989, becoming partner after 10 years. She graduated from DePaul University with a nursing degree in 1982.  Susan first was a nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now called Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago). She worked largely with infants and children with serious neurological conditions and disabilities. During her last two years as a full-time nurse, she worked in the operating room. Her nursing background has been a tremendous asset in her work as a medical negligence attorney. Susan sums it up appropriately, “As a nurse, I was the patient’s advocate. As a medical malpractice attorney, I am still the patient’s advocate but in a different arena and profession.”

​Susan graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1990 with Honors. Since joining Clifford Law Offices, Susan handles all types of medical negligence cases but concentrates on cases involving obstetrical, gynecologic and pediatric negligence. Some of her career highlights include an $11 million settlement involving a hospital pharmacy that mixed an intravenous solution with excessive amounts of glucose, which was given to a premature newborn who then sustained severe and permanent brain damage as a result and a $10 million settlement on behalf of a mother whose infant suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to negligent obstetrical treatment rendered at a Chicago hospital. In the last decade alone, Susan has worked on more than two dozen complex obstetrical and gynecological cases, 15 of which have resulted in settlements and verdicts of more than one million dollars and 10 have resulted in settlements and verdicts of more than five million dollars.

​Susan is involved in the legal community. She is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. She has lectured on various topics involving medical negligence. She has authored articles ranging from the future of hospital peer review to the use of expert witnesses in medical negligence cases.

Over the years, Susan has been recognized as an Illinois Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media (2005 – present), selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2005 to present), has an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and was part of the list of Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain’s Custom Media (2017). Most recently in 2020, she was named by Crain’s Chicago Business on a list of Notable Women in Law in Chicago.

​Susan is a lifelong Chicago resident. She is actively involved in her community and volunteers every weekend with various organizations serving senior citizens, the military and their families, and underprivileged children.

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

Wrongful Death

Selections

18 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2022

About Susan A. Capra

First Admitted: 1990, Illinois

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

Educational Background

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, IL, 1990
  • DePaul University, B.S.N., Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Chicago, IL, 1982

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Susan A. Capra, partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke to the American College of Nurse Midwives in Chicago at its annual conference on Monday, May 22, 2017. Capra, a lawyer as well as a registered nurse, spoke on a panel on the “Anatomy of a Lawsuit” to hundreds of nurse midwives., Panelist, "Anatomy of a Lawsuit", American College of Nurse Midwives in Chicago, 2017
  • "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

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Susan Capra, along with partner Keith Hebeisen, obtained a $20 million settlement on behalf of an infant boy who suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to negligent obstetrical care during labor. Resulting in neurological injury including motor deficits, inability to speak, seizures, and cognitive delays. , 2021
  • Susan Capra, along with partner Keith Hebeisen, obtained a $4.5 million settlement on behalf of a 54-year-old woman who suffered permanent nerve damage from failure to diagnose and treat a spinal epidural abscess. , 2020
  • Susan Capra, along with partners Keith Hebeisen and Brad Cosgrove, obtained a $7.15 million settlement for negligent failure to perform a timely emergency delivery, resulting in serious and permanent brain injury to the newborn. , 2019
  • Susan Capra, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $5.275 million settlement on behalf of a 63-year-old man who suffered sepsis and other complications due to medical negligence during prostate surgery. , 2019
  • Susan Capra, along with partners Keith Hebeisen and Brad Cosgrove, obtained a $7.75 million settlement on behalf of a 56-year-old man who died from cardiac issues due to the negligence of a neurosurgeon who failed to recognize the man's previous heart issues and cleared him for surgery. , 2016
  • Susan Capra, along with partners Keith Hebeisen and Sarah King, obtained a $3.95 million settlement on behalf of a 49-year-old man who died in a hospital from an undiagnosed pulmonary embolism. , 2016
  • Susan Capra, along with partners Keith Hebeisen and Sarah King, obtained a $6 million settlement from the failure to timely deliver a baby by C-section in the face of non-reassuring fetal monitoring tracings. , 2015
  • Susan Capra, along with partner Keith Hebeisen, obtained an $8 million settlement from a failure to timely diagnose fetal distress and perform C-section causes cerebral palsy in newborn., 2012
  • Susan Capra, along with partner Keith Hebeisen, obtained a $2 million settlement from an ICU nursing staff at a Chicago-area hospital failed to properly monitor and provide for the safety of a patient following coronary artery bypass and mitral value surgery, resulting in a preventable fall and cardiopulmonary arrest that caused irreversible brain damage and death of a 64-year-old man. , 2012
  • Susan Capra, along with Keith Hebeisen, obtained a $4 million settlement on behalf of a 40-year-old mom of two who died from negligent care during gastric bypass surgery and post-operative care. , 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Medical Negligence Committee of ITLA, Member (1998-Present), 2022
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois (1990- Present), 2022
  • American Bar Association (ABA) (1990-Present), 2022
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) (1990-Present), 2022
  • 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 Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
  • 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

Honors/Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2021-Present, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005 - Present, Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media (2005 - Present), Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2022
  • Susan A. Capra, partner at Clifford Law Offices, has been named one of the 50 Salute! Women in Law in 2021 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. , Women in Law Honoree, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2021
  • Susan A. Capra and Shannon M. McNulty, partners at Clifford Law Offices, have been named Notable Women in Law in 2020 by Crain’s Chicago Business., Notable Women in Law, Crain's Chicago Business, 2020
  • Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, AV Rating Martindale-Hubbell, 2019, AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Three lawyers at Clifford Law Offices have been named the Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago by Crain's Custom Media. Susan Capra and Shannon McNulty, partners, as well as Sarah F. King, associate, all have been named this honor and will appear in an August issue of Crain's Chicago Business., Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017
  • Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017, Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017
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Office Location for Susan A. Capra

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

Fax: 312-251-1160

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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