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Robert O'Malley        Partner

For more than 30 years, clients have relied on trial attorney Bob O'Malley to represent their interests in medical and nursing home malpractice, product and premises liability, and business litigation matters. Mr. O'Malley has an extensive record of success litigating in these areas, especially in the trial context, and is a trusted advisor for multiple long-term clients.

In Mr. O'Malley's medical and nursing home negligence litigation practice, he defends hospitals, physicians, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, and healthcare providers in a range of complex matters. Recently, he obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a hospital in a $10 million-plus wrongful death case after the plaintiff had undergone hip replacement surgery. Mr. O'Malley represents a group of community-based hospitals in the Chicago area as well as physicians, nursing homes, physical therapy clinics, long-term care facilities, and specialty hospitals.

Within the product liability context, Mr. O'Malley has particularly deep experience handling medical device and pharmaceutical matters and serves as National Trial Counsel for a generic pharmaceutical manufacturer. He also served as National Trial Counsel for a multinational latex glove manufacturer, coordinating his client's litigation across the country. Numerous clients turn to Mr. O'Malley for claims involving contract disputes; construction equipment; home improvement power tools; and consumer goods such as lawnmowers, snowblowers, watercraft, motorcycles, and printing presses.

Mr. O'Malley has assumed firm leadership roles on multiple firm committees throughout his career.

Mr. O'Malley is married and has three children.

Practice Areas


Complex Commercial Litigation

Construction Litigation & Counseling

Employment Litigation & Counseling

Medical Device Litigation

Medical Negligence & Healthcare Liability Litigation


Product Liability 



llinois, 1986

U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1992

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar, 1986

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1992

U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 1992

U.S. Supreme Court, 2014


Marquette University, B.A. (Political Science), 1983

IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, J.D., 1986


Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating

Society of Trial Lawyers

2021 Illinois Super Lawyers 

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