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Susan A. Capra

Susan A. Capra

Chicago, Illinois
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Attorney for Medical Malpractice/Lawyer for Medical Negligence

Susan Capra is an attorney for medical malpractice cases, one of our best lawyers for medical negligence, and a partner at Clifford Law Offices. She is also a registered nurse with years of experience in hospitals and with patients. Ms. Capra has been with Clifford Law Offices since 1989, having graduated with Honors from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1990. It is for this reason that she has achieved several multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements as an attorney for medical malpractice.

Ms. Capra handles primarily cases involving obstetrical, gynecologic and pediatric negligence.  For example, she teamed with partner Keith Hebeisen in obtaining a $4.3 million settlement on behalf of a mother's first-born infant girl who suffered serious and permanent brain damage due to negligent management of her labor and delivery. Together, the lawyers also obtained an $11 million settlement in another medical negligence case of a hospital's pharmacy that mixed an intravenous solution with excessive amounts of glucose, which were given to a premature newborn who then sustained severe and permanent brain damage as a result. Keith, Susan and senior partner, Robert Clifford, also worked together to obtain a $5.8 million settlement on behalf of another mom whose infant suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to negligent obstetrical treatment rendered at a major Chicago hospital.  Since 2010, Ms. Capra has work-up sixteen obstetrical and gynecological cases, ten which have that have resulted in settlements and verdicts over one million dollars and six that have resulted in settlements and verdicts over five million dollars.

In addition, Ms. Capra handles other types of medical negligence cases.  For example, Ms. Capra received a $2.6 million verdict for a 44-year-old man who died after the failure of a doctor to diagnose a pulmonary embolism. It was the largest verdict in the history of Adams County, Illinois. She received a $2 million policy limits settlement involving a man's loss of his leg due to undetected infection following podiatric surgery. She also obtained a $4.25 million settlement on behalf of a 40-year-old mother of two who died due to the negligent care she received during gastric bypass surgery and in the post-operative process. As a highly experienced attorney for medical malpractice, Ms. Capra brings her expertise, as well as her sensitivity as a nurse, to each case.

Ms. Capra is a frequent lecturer on various topics involving medical negligence, and she has authored several articles ranging from the future of hospital peer review to the use of expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases and litigation involving cocaine babies. She is recognized as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer, having been profiled for her outstanding legal accomplishments in very difficult and complex medical malpractice cases.

Ms. Capra graduated from Robert Clifford's alma maters, DePaul University and DePaul College of Law. She studied nursing as an undergraduate, and worked for many years in between degrees at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She was plucked from the ranks of third-year law students as one of the most promising attorneys in her class. Today, she has been named by her peers as one of the finest lawyers for medical negligence in Chicago and around the country.

In addition to her incredible dedication to the legal profession, Ms. Capra has developed quite a reputation among medical malpractice circles for her tireless behind-the-scenes work in developing sound negligence cases. Putting in 18-hour days is not uncommon, and she uses her medical background to get into the necessary details of what occurred during a patient's treatment.

"The most horrible and unimaginable tragedies have happened to our clients." says Ms. Capra. "It is an honor to be at Clifford Law Offices and I never want to do any other type of law."

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice and Hospital Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990


  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: DePaul Law Review, Staff Member, 1988 - 1990
  • De Paul University, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.S.N., Bachelor of Science in Nursing - 1982
    • Honors: Sigma Theta Tau, Member
    • Honors: With High Honors

Published Works

  • “The Evaluation of a Medical Negligence Case,” Woman Attorney, July/August, 1999
  • “Expert Witnesses,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999
  • “Cocaine Babies: Meeting the Challenge,” Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 80, 1992
  • “Settlement/Empty Chair Defenses,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990
  • “Third Party Litigation–Kotecki,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Workers’ Compensation Notebook, 1990
  • “Patrick v. Burget: The Future of Hospital Peer Review in the Antitrust Arena,” DePaul Law Review, Volume 39, 1989


  • “From a Nurse-Lawyer Perspective: Legal Nurse Case Studies”, Emergency Nurses Association, April 12, 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
  • “Deposition Strategies,” Chicago Bar Association, December 12, 2000
  • “Nursing Negligence,” American Academy of Pediatrics Annual Meeting, Chicago, October 27, 2000
  • “Venue-Forum Non Conveniens,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, September 9, 2000
  • Adjunct Faculty, De Paul University College of Law, Medical Malpractice Course, 1999 - 2001
  • “Deposition Strategies in Medical Negligence Cases,” Chicago Bar Association, December 7, 1999
  • “Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal,” Institute for Paralegal Education, Willowbrook, Illinois, October 19, 1999
  • “Deposing the Defendant Physician in a Medical Malpractice Case,” Chicago Bar Association, December, 1997
  • “Analyzing Medical Records for the Illinois Paralegal,” Institute for Paralegal , Education, Willowbrook, Illinois, November 11, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2005 - Present
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2005 - Present
  • AV rating by Martinadale-Hubbell
  • Most Influential Women Lawyers in Chicago, Crain's Custom Media, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

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

Past Employment Positions

  • Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Partner, January 1, 2000 - Present
  • Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Associate, February 1, 1995 - January 1, 2000
  • Corboy Demetrio Clifford Chicago, Illinois, Associate, February 1, 1994 - February 1, 1995
  • Robert A. Clifford and Associates, P.C., Associate, 1990 - 1994
  • Robert A. Clifford and Associates, P.C., Law Clerk, 1989 - 1990

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