Martha E. Drouet concentrates her practice on defending hospitals and healthcare practitioners against medical malpractice, nursing home act, and general negligence claims. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, she practiced both plaintiff and defense work, independently litigating cases from pre-litigation claims through trial and subsequent appeals in areas such as product liability, toxic tort, commercial litigation, premises liability, and transportation law. She also served as national counsel for a prominent product manufacturer where she was charged with identifying defense strategy, monitoring local counsel, and determining when to step in and litigate cases via pro hac vice admission in multiple state and federal jurisdictions.
Ms. Drouet was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2018 and 2019, a distinction that is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career. She was selected as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2019, a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois.
Ms. Drouet earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a 40-hour Mediation Training Certificate. While a student at Chicago-Kent, she founded the Alternative Dispute Resolution team and placed in 2nd at the Regional Championships for the ABA National Representation in Mediation Competition in 2014. She received the CALI award and was named a Baum Fellow for her work in the Environmental Law Clinic and was on the Dean’s List for four of six semesters.