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Carmel M. Cosgrave



Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1980, with honors

Roosevelt University, B.S., 1977, summa cum laude

Loyola Alumni Academic Scholarship Recipient



In the ever changing healthcare environment, litigation is volatile and expensive, and the need for exceptional litigation counsel has never been greater. Those in the healthcare industry know Carmel Cosgrave is the attorney to call for the high profile, high exposure case.

Carmel has been resolving complex litigation matters for healthcare clients for more than 30 years. She works with her clients to collaborate on a successful resolution strategy. When that strategy is to proceed to trial, Carmel is a fierce advocate and formidable adversary. When litigation is not the most prudent route, Carmel advises her clients honestly and thoughtfully on the best resolution for their interests. Carmel represents hospital systems, long term care operators, assisted living facilities, medical device manufacturers, physicians, nurses, dentists, and other medical professionals, in all forms of litigation, including administrative proceedings, mediation and trials.

As co-chair of SmithAmundsen’s health care group, Carmel supervises a team providing comprehensive transactional, regulatory and litigation services to the health care industry. As a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, Carmel works to advance firm-wide diversity initiatives. As a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Carmel influences the strategic direction of the firm, ensuring each of our attorneys is working to exceed client expectations in every area of practice. 


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ rated
  • Selected to the Illinois Super Lawyers List: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 
  • Selected by the Leading Lawyers Network as a "Leading Lawyer" in medical malpractice defense law
  • Received the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award: 2016 

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: SmithAmundsen Executive Committee, Diversity Committee
  • Chicago Hospital Risk Managers Society (CHRMS): President, April 2008-2009; President-Elect, April 2007-2008; Past President 2009-2010 and Executive Board, 2005-2010. Chair: Hearing Division, Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Member: Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Chair: Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Former Faculty Member: National Institute for Trial Advocacy – Midwest Region
  • Former Legal Writing Instructor for Loyola University of Chicago School of Law


  • Resolution of a presuit matter involving a severely brained injured mother of three
  • Not guilty for hospital client on an apparent agency case when co-defendants, including physicians and another hospital, were found liable for a plaintiff's verdict of more than $14,000,000
  • Appellate court decision which reversed a nearly $5,000,000 verdict on a wrongful death case, where appellate court agreed that plaintiff failed to prove proximate cause


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