- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1980
- Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, B.S.F.S., 1977
Bar & Court Admissions
- Illinois, 1980
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980
Attorney Susan Schwartz joined Corboy & Demetrio in 1980 following graduation from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and became a partner in 1994. Her practice centers on representing patients and their families in complex medical negligence personal injury and wrongful death actions. Susan's outstanding career as a personal injury lawyer was profiled in a feature article, "Shunning the Limelight, Her PI Career Speaks for Itself," in the Leading Lawyers Network Magazine.
As an experienced and successful medical malpractice lawyer in Chicago, Susan has achieved numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of her clients. She and her trial partner, medical malpractice attorney David R. Barry, Jr., secured a record-setting $22 million verdict for the family of a Chicago woman who died during child birth. It is the largest verdict in Illinois for the death of a woman.
In 2015, Susan’s impressive work resulted in a $14 million settlement on behalf of an 8-year-old girl, who when seven weeks old, was admitted to an Illinois hospital for bronchitis and was intubated improperly, resulting in cerebral palsy.
And in 2016, Susan and David R. Barry, Jr. obtained a jury verdict of $10 million for a Chicago physician, who sustained an unrecognized 4th degree tear from her vagina to her rectum during forceps delivery of her baby. The wound became infected, compromising subsequent repairs, resulting in a persistent recto-vaginal fistula.
After a 17-year legal odyssey with two Illinois Supreme Court opinions, Susan and Thomas Demetrio obtained a $14.6 million settlement against the Chicago Board of Education and the Chicago Youth Centers on behalf of a 13-year-old Chicago Public School student. He broke his neck and was rendered a quadriplegic when he struck his head while preforming a flip on a mini trampoline during a lunch period extracurricular class.
Susan’s lengthy record of success also includes a $9 million settlement on behalf of a 74-year-old nurse’s aide who suffered bilateral below-the-knee amputations as a result of the failure to timely diagnose and treat an acute arterial blockage.
In 2014, Susan, along with Chip Barry, obtained a $5.25 million settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old man who suffered a lumbar puncture while he was on aspirin and Lovenox. He developed a spinal hematoma as a result.
When a 13-day-old infant was electrocuted when the EKG leads on an apnea monitor were plugged into a wall outlet by a nurse, Schwartz was successful in securing $4 million for the parents of the infant.
Susan obtained a $3.5 million settlement in 2015 on behalf of a woman who suffered an undiagnosed spinal epidural abscess during pregnancy. The young mother, who had a history of back problems, is partially paralyzed.
Susan obtained another $3.5 million settlement on behalf of the estate of a 64-year-old artist who died as a result of being force fed through a feeding tube that was incorrectly inserted in her lung instead of her stomach.
In 2013, Susan obtained a settlement of $3.25 million on behalf of a child injured during delivery. The baby sustained cranial trauma, resulting in subtle cognitive impairments and mild motor delays after a failed vacuum delivery.
Also In 2013, Susan obtained a $2 million settlement against the University of Chicago on behalf of a patient who suffered two drop feet and a neurological pain syndrome after back surgery. An implant placed during surgery was pressing on a lumbar nerve root.
A physician who was disfigured when her employer hospital supplied her with an excessive dose of steroids for an acute asthma attack was awarded $1.5 million in a settlement secured by Susan. In a wrongful death action against a moonlighting emergency department physician, she won an award of $1.7 million for the widow of a 73-year-old man who died of complications from an undiagnosed leaking aneurysm. Susan secured a $3.2 million dollar settlement for the family of a man who died from a heart attack when Chicago Fire Department paramedics could not resuscitate him because the batteries in their defibrillator had not been maintained or replaced every two years in accordance with industry standards.
Susan obtained a $1.8M settlement in 2014 on behalf of the Estate of woman who died from sepsis after injuries incurred during a routine colonoscopy procedure.
She is an active member of several bar associations and has lectured locally and nationally at bar seminars and continuing legal education programs on topics ranging from trial practice techniques to alternative methods of dispute resolution. She has spoken about health care issues to doctors, nurses and lawyers at workshops and seminars conducted by their professional organizations. She also has spoken at conferences conducted by the Institute for Health Law at Loyola University Chicago and has served on the faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) for a video series on the cross-examination of experts.
Susan is a contributor to the guidebook, "Medical Malpractice," published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education in 2010 and co-authored the chapters on "Duty" and "Proximate Cause." She has also co-authored a chapter in "Operative Obstetrics."
Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, Susan served as a Commissioner from 1999 until 2007. She is a Past President of the Board of Governors for Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, as well as a former officer and member. On the Board of Directors for the Woman's Bar Foundation, she serves as Secretary and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services(CARPLS).
Named one of the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys by the Leading Lawyers Network, Susan was also named one of the top 100 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois for 2008, 2009 and 2010. Susan was chosen as one of the Top 50 Leading Women Consumer Lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers Network for 2012. She has been designated an "Illinois Super Lawyer," one of the top 50 women Illinois Super Lawyers in 2011 and has achieved the highest possible rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
- "Susan Schwartz - Shunning the Limelight, Her PI Career Speaks for Itself," Dustin J. Seibert, Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, 2009
- Corboy & Demetrio Uniformly Judged to be the Best of the Best
- $10 Million Verdict for Chicago Physician Injured During Delivery of Her Baby
- Corboy & Demetrio Sponsor of CARPLS 2016 Golden Gavel Celebration
- Corboy & Demetrio has Highest Medical Malpractice Recovery Rate & Median Recovery in IL
- National Law Journal Names Corboy & Demetrio to 2015 Elite Trial Lawyers for Medical Malpractice
- Susan J. Schwartz Awarded 2015 Volunteer Award by Almost Home Kids
- Susan J. Schwartz to be Honored for Volunteer Work by Almost Home Kids
- Thirteen Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Named IL Leading Lawyers
- Corboy & Demetrio Obtains $14 Million for Negligent Intubation of a Baby
- Thomas A. Demetrio Ranked Second of All Lawyers in State by 2015 IL Super Lawyers
- Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected 2014 IL Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
- Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers for 2014
- Corboy & Demetrio Leader in Illinois in Leading Lawyers for 2013
- Corboy & Demetrio Recognized in 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms in Fortune Magazine
- Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
- Thirteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected Leading Lawyers in Illinois
- Corboy & Demetrio Secures $2.5 Million Settlement for Patient Who Dies After Surgery
- Corboy & Demetrio - The Leaders in Medical Malpractice
- 13 Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Selected as Illinois Leading Lawyers
- 11 Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Named to 2011 Super Lawyers List
- Attorney Schwartz Appointed to the Board of Directors for Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services
- C&D's 17 Year Legal Odyssey Results in $14.6 Million Trampoline Injury Settlement
- Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Schwartz Appointed to Women’s Bar Foundation Board of Directors
- Attorney Susan Schwartz Profiled in Feature Article in Leading Lawyers Magazine
- Corboy & Demetrio Chicago Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyers Named to Illinois Super Lawyers
- Corboy & Demetrio Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyers Profiled in Law Bulletin’s Women In Law 2008
- Susan J. Schwartz, Vice President of the Law Alumni Board of Governors of Loyola University of Chicago, Presents Award to Frank R. Reynolds, Jr., at the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Awards Luncheon
- Susan J. Schwartz Secures $1 Million Settlement for Death of Infant
- Corboy & Demetrio Named One of Chicago's Top Law Firms
- David Barry and Susan Schwartz Secure Record-Setting $22 Million Verdict for Family in Death of Mother After Childbirth
- All Twelve Partners at Corboy & Demetrio Recognized as 2008 Illinois Super Lawyers
- "Special Considerations in a Medical Negligence Case," Chapter 13S, Illinos Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice
- "Proximate Cause," Chapter 7, Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
- Illinois Causes of Action: Tort Actions: Loss of Consortium
- "Section 6-622 Affidavit and Report Required in Medical, Hospital or Other Healing Art Malpractice Cases"
- Medical Malpractice: Duty
- Medical Malpractice: Proximate Cause
- Leading Lawyers Network: Shunning the Limelight, Her PI Career Speaks for Itself
- Medical Malpractice: Medical Professional Negligence: Building a Prima Facie Case
- Litigating Tort Cases, 2nd Edition: Pain and Suffering and Non-Economic Damages
- Litigating Tort Cases: Pain and Suffering and Non-Economic Damages
- Malpractice Trial Notebook: Res Ipsa Loquitur
- Illinois Courts: Vital Developers of Tort Law as Constitutional Vanguards Statutory Interpreters, and Common Law Adjudicators
- Malpractice Trial Notebook: Res Ipsa Loquitur
- Cervical Insufficiency
- Going the Distance, How to Perfect the Trial Record and Win on Appeal
- Final Argument
- AV rated - Highest level awarded - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
- Illinois Super Lawyer - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
- Illinois Super Lawyer - Top 50 Women Illinois Super Lawyers, 2011
- Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Commissioner, 1999 - 2007
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers
- Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
- Leading Lawyers Network - Top 100 Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois, 2008, 2009
- Loyola University Chicago, School of Law, Board of Governors, President
- American Board of Trial Advocates, Advocate
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Board of Governors, President, 2009-2010; Vice-President, 2008-2009; Treasurer, 2007-2008; Secretary, 2006-2007; Member 2002-present
- Women's Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 2009-present; Vice-President, External Affairs, 2011-present
- Coordinated Advice & Referral Program for Legal Services (CARPLS), Board of Directors, 2010-present
- Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1986-1992
- Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers, 2008-present; Amicus Curiae Committee, 1990-1998
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Women's Caucus Lobby Days, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015
- Almost Home Kids, Board of Directors, 2010-present; Chairman, Resource Development Committee, 2010-present
- Coordinated Advce & Referral Program for Legal Services(CARPLS), Board of Directors, 2010-Present
- Misericordia Family Fest, 1997-presentevelopment Committee, 2010-present
Seminars & Speeches
Lecturer, Advanced Torts, Trends in Medical Malpractice, Loyola University School of Law Symposium, February 7, 2012.
Speaker, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, "Personal Injury Practice: A Primer," Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 2011.
Lecturer, Advanced Torts, Trends in Medical Malpractice, LoyolaUniversity School of Law Symposium, April 5, 2011.
Lecturer, Advanced Torts, Trends in Medical Malpractice, Loyola University School of Law Symposium, February 19, 2010.
- Panelist, Summit, National Association of Women Lawyers, April 21, 2011
- Panelist, "Impact of Evidence Based Medicine in Litigation: A Sword or a Shield?," Evidence Based Care Webinar Series - Part II, presented by Clarity Group, Inc., October 14, 2010
- "Advanced Torts, Trends in Medical Malpractice," Loyola University School of Law Symposium, 2008, 2009, 2010
- "Using Plaintiff's Motions in Limine: Controlling the Evidence," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
- “The Plaintiff’s Case: Winning Trial Techniques & Strategies,” Medical Negligence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
- "Proximate Cause," Medical Malpractice in Illinois Seminar, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2006
- “Reducing Your Malpractice Risk: A Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Insight,” Evanston Northwestern HealthCare Physicians Group, 2004
- “The Medical Malpractice Crisis: Federal Efforts, States’ Rules and Private Responses – Patient Perspective with a Focus on Compensatory Harm,” Loyola University School of Law Annual Health Law and Policy Colloquium, 2003
- “Pleadings and Written Discovery,” Tort Litigation: From Intake to Verdict Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
- "Cancer Cases,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
- “Disclosure of Medical Errors: Demonstrated Strategies to Enhance Communication," American Society for Healthcare Risk Management of the American Hospital Association, 2001
- “Volunteer Liability,” National-Louis University, 2000
- “Discovery: Interrogatories and Request to Produce,” Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1999
- “Nursing Malpractice,” Loyola University Health Law Institute, 1999
- “Evidence & Privileges,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
- “Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case,” Loyola University Chicago, 1999
- “Federal Bar Training Course,” Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section, 1998
- Moderator, Damages Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
- "Closing Arguments," Federal Trial Bar Training Course, Chicago Bar Association, 1997
- "Sixty Days to Trial & Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case - For the Plaintiff ," Chicago Bar Association, 1997
- "How to Make Money and Sleep at Night Handling Plaintiff's Litigation - Avoiding Legal Malpractice," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 1997
- "Effective Use of Expert Witnesses," Young Lawyers Section Trial Techniques Seminar , Chicago Bar Association, 1994
- "A Different Standard of Care for Physicians in Training?" Loyola University Chicago Institute for Health Law, 1993
- "How to Get a Verdict," Civil Litigation Seminar, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, 1993
- "Evaluating Our System of Justice: Is our Judicial and Litigation System Delivering Justice to all the Public?" American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1992
- "Fundamentals of Trial Preparation," Education Fund Young Lawyers Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
- "Medical Malpractice Trends -- North and South of the Border ," Loyola University Chicago School of Law Institute for Health Law Conference, 1990
- "Legal Issues Workshop - Medical Records as Evidence - A Trial Attorney's Perspective," Joint Illinois Medical Records Association, Illinois State Bar Association, 1989
- "The Insurance Contract," Insurance Law for Plaintiffs Seminars, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
- "What is Dental Malpractice?" Illinois Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Meeting, 1989
- "Proof of Negligence in Medical Negligence Cases - Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago Bar Association, 1989
- "Legal Systems Influencing the Quality of Medical Care," Loyola University Chicago School of Law Institute for Health Law Seminar, 1989
- Illinois Task Force on Gender Bias in the Courts Round Table Discussion - Gender Bias in the Courts, 1988
- Instructor, American Bar Association/National Institute Trial Advocacy Video Series, Cross-Examination of Experts, Minnesota, 1987
- "Named Insured and Members of Family -- What is 'Resident of Household?' " Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1986
- "Arbitration & Mediation in Cook County," Past President's Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
- Guest Lecturer, Loyola University Chicago Street Law Program, 1984, 1985
- Judge, Interschool Appellate Advocacy Competition, Loyola University School of Law, 1984, 1985, 1986