Recent Cases, Speeches, Articles and News

August 2017

Emerging Lawyers 2017

Acklemire-Lang-Mitchell-Slavick-hzCunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C. is honored to announce that Cynthia Ackelmire, Tom Lang, Melissa Mitchell and Marni Slavick have been selected as Emerging Medical Malpractice Defense Lawyers by Emerging Lawyers, a Division of Law Bulletin. Emerging Lawyers are identified by their peers as the top lawyers in Illinois who are 40 years of age or younger. Shareholder, David Burtker said, “We are all very proud of the dedication and achievements of these four attorneys. Congratulations.”

 

July 2017

CMV Secures Not-Guilty Verdict for Nurse Anesthetist in $2.6 million claim

Cunningham Meyer Vedrine’s David Burtker and Peter Strauss secured a not-guilty verdict for a certified registered nurse anesthetist accused of failure to properly position and monitor a patient during a lengthy surgery.Burtker-Strauss-linkedin
The plaintiff, a 58-year-old woman, underwent bilateral breast reduction/reconstruction surgery and an abdominoplasty in 2008. During the procedure the surgeon found a mass in the right breast and had to perform additional reconstruction, which caused the surgery to last more than 12 hours.

Beyond that complication, the surgery was routine and successful. The plaintiff claimed that immediately post-op she complained of severve pain in the right arm. She was discharged the following day.

Three days later the plaintiff presented in the ER with a pulmonary embolism. During this admission she complained of dullness in the right arm, sweeling in the hand and arm and 5 days into the admission pain in the right elbow. Subsequent EMG and nerve conduction studies confirmed there was a problem with the median nerve in her right arm at the elbow area.

The plaintiff sued the surgeon and the anesthetist, claiming their negligence led to her being improperly positioned during the surgery, or that that arm was compressed by strapping during the procedure. She claimed this resulted in permanent damage and significantly decreased function in her right arm.

CMV argued that her nerve damage was likely caused by several needle sticks and IV-related issues which occurred during the admission for the pulmonary embolism. Documentation showed that the ER doctor had difficulty inserting an IV in her right arm during the visit, and at one point the plaintiff removed her own IV, resulting in bleeding.

CMV also conducted surveillance on the plaintiff in 2015 and showed video of her performing everyday activities with her right arm, including carrying groceries and closing the trunk of her car.

The plaintiff asked for $2.6 million from the group of anesthetists. After a four-week trial, the jury deliberated for 90 minutes before returning a not-guilty verdict.

August 2017

Bill Cunningham Selected to America’s Top  100 Attorneys ®

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C. Cunningham William 0009 (cropped)is proud to announce that its senior founding shareholder, William F. “Bill” Cunningham, has been selected for the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award by the attorney rating group, America’s Top 100 Attorneys®.  To help ensure that all attorneys selected for membership meet the very high standards expected for selection, candidates for Lifetime Achievement are carefully screened through comprehensive qualitative comparative analysis based on a broad array of criteria,ATA_Lifetime including the candidate’s professional experience, lifetime achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and community impact.  Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States receive this honor.  “On behalf of the firm, our heartfelt congratulations are extended to Bill for an honor truly earned and deserved,” said CMV Shareholder, Spyridon J. Demakis.

 

June 2017

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine Continues Chicago Growth

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C., announced today that Daniel “Dan” Mills and Robert “Bob” Sidkey have joined the firm’s professional liability, healthcare and civil defense practice in its Chicago office.  With these additions, the firm now has 32 attorneys whose practice spans state and federal courts throughout the Midwest.

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Dan Mills joins as a shareholder.  He has approximately 30 years of experience handling a variety of cases in state and federal court.  Dan has developed a unique skill set that has proven invaluable to his clients in the courtroom.  He has successfully defended a range of professionals at trial, including neurosurgeons, obstetricians, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons, and anesthesiologists.  In addition, he has successfully defended hospitals, nursing homes, and assisting living facilities.  This experience has led to regular requests for Dan to lecture to physicians and the long-term care industry.

Bob Sidkey joins as a partner.  He has successfully represented physicians, eye care professionals, hospitals, long-term-care facilities, an international airline and property owners. He has also represented clients in employment law matters and automobile and snowmobile accident litigation. In his years of practice, Bob has taken dozens of cases to trial including cases to verdict in the Circuit Court of Cook County and the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

“We are delighted to have Dan and Bob join us and bolster our top-notch firm of dedicated trial attorneys” said Mike Slovis, Managing Partner of the firm’s Chicago office. “Both have achieved the highest level of professional accomplishment and share our commitment to advancing and protecting the interests of our clients, as our firm has done for more than two decades.

With offices in Chicago and Warrenville, IL, Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine has focused its practice on the representation of medical, nursing and healthcare providers in professional liability cases. Cunningham Meyer & Vedrine represents not only physicians, but a variety of institutional defendants, including community based and tertiary care hospitals, standing ambulatory centers, healthcare clinics, nursing and allied health professionals, and a variety of healthcare associations. The firm’s dedication to this area of professional practice has yielded an unmatched depth of understanding of the intricate issues involved in professional liability cases.

 

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Bill Cunningham Speaks in Philadelphia

Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine, P.C. is pleased to announce that for the ninth year in a row, that CMV’s founding senior partner, William F. “Bill” Cunningham, spoke at a seminar put on by the American Conference Institute as part of their 16th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice. Bill spoke on the topic: “Jury Trial Techniques: Explaining Difficult Medical Terms to Juries and Advancing Successful Techniques and Trial Tactics to Make Winning Arguments.” For those interested in the techniques discussed by Bill, please contact him directly at williamcunningham@cmvlaw.com.