Marilee Clausing

Direct: 312.267.6340
Fax: 312.345.9608
Alt: 630.805.1508

Marilee Clausing represents hospitals and healthcare providers in cases involving allegations of medical negligence, particularly those with catastrophic damages. She has a particular interest in matters related to birth trauma, neonatal and pediatric negligence, fueled by her years as an obstetrical nurse. Marilee’s clinical background uniquely complements her more than 30 years of legal practice.  She has tried numerous catastrophic cases to verdict, including many involving birth trauma, neonatal and pediatric injury, death and neurological injury.

Marilee’s expertise in defending matters involving obstetrical and neonatal negligence led her to develop the Birth Trauma Defense Team at HPS.  The combination of her clinical background and trial experience provides Marilee with uncommon insight into the medical and legal issues confronting clients in birth trauma cases.  She is uniquely qualified to guide clients through the resolution of such high-stakes claims, whether that requires rapid investigation and early resolution, vigorous defense of a case through trial, or alternative dispute resolution.

In addition to her legal practice, as Managing Partner of HPS, Marilee provides leadership, direction and operational oversight to the firm nationally. She works with the Executive Committee and Equity Partnership to develop the vision and strategic plan for the firm, and oversees the implementation of that plan in all markets HPS serves. Central to that vision is an on-going commitment to excellence, tireless service to clients and the investment of time and training into the next generation of attorneys who are a vital part of HPS. 

Marilee is a 2011 recipient of the Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for Career Achievement, which recognizes her for having consistently delivered exceptional results for her clients in trials with high verdict potential. Marilee also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from America’s Top 100 Attorneys® for being one of Illinois’ most esteemed and skilled attorneys. Marilee has also been awarded an AV Preeminent Rating by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. In addition, Marilee has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer and a Super Lawyer based upon the recommendations of attorneys in the community who are familiar with the expertise and skill of their peers.

In addition to her practice, Marilee is also a nationally renowned speaker on medical legal matters involving birth trauma, as well as hospital and healthcare provider liability.


Chicago, Illinois
200 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3300

As a member of the catastrophic trial team  Marilee Clausing is available to practice in all of our offices and across the country, on a case by case basis.


DePaul University College of Law, J.D. , with Honors (1985)

Marquette University, B.S. Nursing, cum laude (1978)

bar admissions

Illinois (1985)


U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1985)

Illinois Supreme Court (1985)

Professional and Community Organizations

American Board of Trial Advocates

Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

American Society for Healthcare Risk Management

Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management

Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society