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Edna McLain


Practice Areas


Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., 2002

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1999





In her 17 years of practicing law, Edna has developed a practical and pragmatic approach to resolving cases. Today, she is a fierce advocate with a calm demeanor. As a radio personality in college, Edna learned to get her message across to an audience quickly in the time she was allotted to speak. She draws on that experience today, as she forms oral arguments to solve problems.

As a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group, Edna defends hospitals, physicians, nurses and oral surgeons in complex medical negligence cases. She works with clients to coordinate discovery responses, prepares clients for depositions, negotiates settlements, prepares and argues motions, and manages trial preparation. She has tried multiple medical negligence cases to defense verdicts and has successfully argued an appeal before the Illinois Second District Appellate Court.

Edna has previous experience managing thousands of trial-set asbestos cases in several jurisdictions from filing, and when necessary, to verdict. She has assisted clients in preparing corporate representative witnesses for deposition, managed large-scale document productions, and coordinated discovery for cases pending in both state and federal court and negotiated several cases to favorable settlements. Lastly, Edna has represented clients in a variety of tort claims, including motor vehicle accidents, premises liability matters, and complex products liability cases.


  • Selected to the Illinois Rising Stars list: 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Memberships & Involvement

  • Member: American Bar Association, Section of Litigation; Missouri Bar Association; Wisconsin Bar Association; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Chicago Hospital Risk Management Society (CHRMS), Program Committee
  • Editorial Board: IDC Quarterly


  • Obtained a defense verdict after re-trial when the plaintiff claimed he developed trigeminal neuralgia after a wisdom tooth extraction
  • Obtained a defense verdict after the plaintiff alleged that an orthopedic surgeon negligently placed prosthetic screws during a total hip arthroplasty that led to post-operative complication and a need for revision surgery
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a physician after the plaintiff alleged the defendants negligently attempted intubation, delayed a cricothyrotomy, and caused the decedent’s death
  • Obtained a defense verdict for an oral surgeon after the plaintiff claimed he developed chronic pain following a wisdom tooth extraction and that the procedure was done without informed consent
  • Obtained a defense verdict for a hospital after the plaintiff claimed that a negligently performed intubation caused the decedent’s dental bridge to become dislodged and embedded in the decedent’s lungs and the delay removing the device lead to him becoming septic and dying


  • The Impact of Gun Violence on Hospitals and the Expansion of the Duty to Protect Patients
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, 2018
  • Context is Key: Understanding When Incident Reports are Privileged Under the Long Term Care Peer Review and Quality Assessment and Assurance Protection Act
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, 2017
  • Clash of the Titans: The Interaction of the Wrongful Death Act, Statute of Repose, Statute of Limitations and the Discovery Rule
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, 2016

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