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Susan A. Capra

Partner

ATTORNEY FOR MEDICAL/HOSPITAL NEGLIGENCE

Susan Capra, a partner at Clifford Law Offices, P.C., has spent her entire professional life serving others in times of difficulty and crisis, first as a nurse and currently as an attorney.

Susan knew from an early age, through the example of her parents, that her mission in life was to serve others. After graduating from college with a nursing degree, Susan worked at Children’s Memorial Hospital, now known as Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The majority of Susan’s nursing career involved caring for infants and children with serious neurological conditions and disabilities. The last two years of her nursing career were spent in the operating room. She earned her J.D. degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 1990.

Susan concentrates her law practice in medical and hospital negligence litigation. Her knowledge and experience in the nursing field serve as a great asset in developing and organizing complex medical cases that have resulted in multi-million dollar awards. More importantly, the listening and empathetic skills Susan practiced as a nurse serve as a source of comfort to her clients as she guides them through the litigation process. Susan’s clients appreciate not only her legal skills but also her dedicated and caring nature still present from practicing as a nurse.

Ms. Capra primarily handles cases involving obstetrical, gynecologic, and pediatric negligence. For example, she teamed with partner Kevin Durkin in obtaining an $8.1 million settlement on behalf of a mother’s first-born infant boy who suffered serious and permanent brain damage due to negligent management of her labor and delivery. Working together with senior partner, Robert Clifford and partner, Keith Hebeisen, they obtained an $11 million settlement in another medical negligence case 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. Keith, Susan, and Robert Clifford also worked together to obtain 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. Since 2010, Ms. Capra has worked-up forty-four obstetrical and gynecological cases, thirty-one of which have resulted in settlements and verdicts over one million dollars and thirteen 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 $3.5 million settlement involving the wrongful death of a man who died of a heart attack due to undiagnosed coronary artery disease. 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 postoperative period. 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 negligence 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 has been named by her peers as one of the finest lawyers for medical negligence in Chicago and around the country. She has developed quite a reputation among medical malpractice circles for her tireless behind-the-scenes work and dedication 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 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
  • Education
    • 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
  • 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
    • “Settlement/Empty Chair Defenses,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1990
    • “Patrick v. Burget: The Future of Hospital Peer Review in the Antitrust Arena,” DePaul Law Review, Volume 39, 1989
  • Classes/Seminars
    • “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
    • Best Lawyers® in America, 2021
    • Illinois Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2005 – Present
    • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2005 – 2020
    • 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)
  • Teaching
    • Adjunct Faculty, DePaul University College of Law, Medical Malpractice Course (Fall 2001, Fall 2000, Fall 1999)
  • 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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