Marilee Clausing

Direct: 312.267.6340
Fax: 312.345.9608
Alt: 630.805.1508

Marilee Clausing represents hospitals and healthcare providers in cases involving medical malpractice litigation, particularly in matters related to birth trauma, neonatal and pediatric defense. Her clinical background as an obstetrical nurse uniquely complements her 30 years of legal practice, where she has tried scores of catastrophic injury cases to verdict, including those involving birth trauma, neonatal injury, death and neurological injury.

The combination of her nursing and legal backgrounds provides Marilee with uncommon insight into the challenges facing her clients and how to defend allegations against them.

Marilee’s approach is driven by the client’s needs, priorities and goals. The two questions she seeks to answer for her clients are: "What is most important to you or your organization?" and "How can I help you accomplish your goal?" Depending on the client and the matter, the answers to those questions could result in a rapid investigative response to a birth trauma, early resolution of a catastrophic claim, vigorous defense of a case through trial, and/or alternative dispute resolution.


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. 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

Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

American Board of Trial Advocates