Diane E. Webster is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on civil defense litigation including medical and healthcare litigation, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, and medical/surgical device litigation.
Her clients include hospitals and physicians, insurance companies, a medical/surgical device company, state and county governments, and a major league baseball organization. Her practice also includes premises liability, municipal law and government litigation.
Ms. Webster has defended a number of complex/catastrophic litigation cases involving medical negligence, birth trauma, obstetrical, neonatal negligence and neurologic injuries.
For example, Ms. Webster defended a $21 million claim against an oncologist for an alleged failure to diagnose and treat underlying cardiomyopathy which led to heart failure and a decreased life expectancy.
The jury returned a same day verdict of not guilty as to all counts. She has been an integral player in a number of multimillion dollar litigation cases that were successfully resolved to the satisfaction of her clients, including a $25 million claim against a local hospital, alleging obstetrical negligence, that was successfully settled on behalf of the hospital.
Ms. Webster also has experience litigating cases involving allegedly defective or malfunctioning medical devices. For example, she successfully defended a wrongful death action involving a high tech interventional vascular closure device.
Ms. Webster also practices in all aspects of insurance and general liability defense, including allegations of sexual abuse, personal injury, premises liability, product liability, and wrongful death. She also practices in the area of commercial litigation and has defended class action lawsuits alleging violation of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA).
Ms. Webster is the Partner in Charge of Hinshaw’s Chicago office, which was recognized as one of the “11 Coolest Offices” in Chicago by Crain’s Chicago Business. Ms. Webster is Co-Chair of Hinshaw’s Hispanic/Latino Attorney Network and also serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee and Attorney Life Committee. She is active in the firm’s mentoring program, where she mentors both associate attorneys and summer associates.
Professional Affiliations :
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Inaugural Fellow
- National Association of Women Laywers (NAWL), Member
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IADTC), Member
- Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD), Fellow
- Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA), Member
- Alivio Medical Center Gala Committee (AMCGC), Member, 2015
Representative Matters : Ms. Webster has defended a number of complex/catastrophic litigation cases involving medical negligence, birth trauma, obstetrical, neonatal negligence and neurologic injuries. She has been an integral player in multimillion dollar litigation cases that were successfully resolved to the satisfaction of her clients.
- J.D., cum laude, New England School of Law, 2004
- B.A., Arizona State University, 2001; Political Science
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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