Samantha LaFata        Partner

Samantha N. LaFata is a litigation attorney who focuses her area of practice in medical malpractice defense, representing hospitals, physicians, nurses, managed care organizations, and other healthcare providers.  Her experience ranges from defense of healthcare providers in cases involving complex injuries to claims brought by regulatory commissions.  Ms. LaFata has acted as lead and co-counsel at trials, pre-trials and mediations.  She has drafted and argued substantive motions involving complicated legal issues and pre-trial evidentiary rulings.  Ms. LaFata has spoken on a wide array of issues, including deposition preparation, the lawsuit process, and Medicare.  She has also served as a trial team coach for law schools in the Chicago area. 


Ms. LaFata earned her B.S., summa cum laude, from Loyola University Chicago in 2002.  She subsequently earned her J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 2007.  In law school, Ms. LaFata was chosen to intern at the Attorney General’s Office in Dublin, Ireland and competed nationally in mock trial advocacy placing in various competitions. 


“Charting: The Great Legal Divide,” Advocate South Suburban Hospital, September 27, 2018, Hazel Crest, Illinois. “The Care Plan for Cases: Successful Depositions in Medical Malpractice Litigation,” West Suburban Medical Center, Chicago, IL, February 20, 2018. 

“Petrillo issues in speaking with former employees and impact of the holding in Caldwell v. Advocate Condell Medical Center,” CHRMS Law Day, November 17, 2017, Chicago, Illinois. 


“Illinois Right to Breastfeed Act,” Advocate Christ Medical Center Leadership Conference, Advocate Christ Medical Center, Oak Lawn, Illinois, November 2017.


“Verdict Set-Off Pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/2-1205 & the impact of Miller v. Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center,” CHRMS Law Day, November 18, 2016, Chicago, Illinois.


“Res Judicata and Understanding Hudson v. City of Chicago,” In-house presentations, 2014 and 2016. 


“Nursing Documentation and its Impact on Liability,” Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, August 2012, Chicago, Illinois.


“Wound Care Essentials,” Samantha N. LaFata & Sharon Baronoski, R.N., WOCN-NIA Community Education Program, May 2011, Willowbrook, Illinois.


“Medicare Requirements & Litigation,” Kristin Ahmadian and Samantha LaFata, In-house Seminar for Continuing Legal Education Credit, Chicago, Illinois, May 2011. 


“Preventing Medical Misadventures,” ISMIE Presentation, October 2011, Skokie, Illinois. 


“Using Your Law Firm as a Resource,” CHRMS Half Day Seminar, Oak Brook, Illinois, January 2011. 

Practice Areas


Health Care and Other Professional Liability Defense



Admitted to practice in Illinois.


John Marshall Law School, 2007


Loyola University, B.S., summa cum laude, 2002

Membership & Involvement

Chicago Bar Association


Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS)


Named “40 Under 40” Top Attorney to Watch in Illinois 2018 by Chicago Law Bulletin®

Named 2017 Rising Star - SuperLawyer ®, by Thompson Reuters

Named 2018 Emerging Lawyer ®, by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice Defense 

Named 2016 Emerging Lawyer ®, by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice Defense 

Named 2015 Emerging Lawyer ®, by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice Defense