Her practice includes trial monitoring, where she collaborates with trial counsel to prepare dispositive and other pretrial motions, motions in limine, motions for directed verdict, jury instructions, verdict forms, and post-trial motions. Clients appreciate Paula’s perspective and ability to analyze complicated legal issues. Her collaboration at all phases of significant cases allows her to evaluate potential liability and exposure for damages and to ensure that the most persuasive legal arguments are presented and preserved at every stage of the proceedings.
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Illinois Woman’s Bar Association
- Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
Paula brings prior experience in public service where she defended and prosecuted over 100 civil and criminal appeals, earning her a stellar reputation as an appellate advocate in the Cook County States Attorney’s Office.
- Assisted in obtaining defense verdict on appeal of brain injury lawsuit by drafting and arguing critical motions-in-limine and jury instructions.
- Secured Fourth Circuit's affirmation that, under North Carolina law, dozens of claims, arising out of hospital's alleged use of surgical instruments that were not properly sterilized, comprised a single occurrence; insured's elevator repair company used barrels to store used hydraulic fluid extracted during elevator maintenance at hospital.
- Obtained affirmance by Seventh Circuit of district court's ruling that bank acted reasonably by unfreezing certain accounts included in citation to discover assets.
- Successfully handled post-trial briefing and appeal regarding set-off and post-judgment workers' compensation lien waiver.
- Successfully defended appeal of trucking accident lawsuit involving brain injury, in which plaintiff sought more than $30 million.
- Crafted winning argument in a case of first impression involving reliance upon patient's comparative fault in a medical negligence claim involving the failure to diagnose an aortic aneurysm.
- Obtained affirmance of a jury verdict finding no coverage was owed for several class action settlements involving warranty claims arising out of insured's defective roofing products.