Sydney Weathersby is an associate in the firm’s Chicago office. She concentrates her practice in the health care area, with a specific emphasis on defending complex civil litigation matters impacting healthcare institutions. She has defended various physicians, nurses, and long-term care and assisted living facilities in personal injury and premises liability matters. Ms. Weathersby is a litigator who defends her clients in both oral and written advocacy shown by winning contested motions and robust deposition defense. She promotes practical solutions for litigation management and led the mediation of a substantial healthcare defense matter to a successful conclusion. In addition to her healthcare clients, she provides legal guidance and practical solutions to a public utility client on catastrophic tort matters.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from the Valparaiso University Law School. While in law school, Ms. Weathersby concentrated on environmental issues impacting utility companies and agriculture. As a Notewriter, she wrote, A Deep Dive Into Liquefied Natural Gas ("LNG"): Is LNG a Clean Enough and Positive Energy Source for Globalized Trade or a Port Nuisance?, 50 Val. U. L. Rev. 367 (2015). As the Executive Editor of Lectures & Symposia for the Law Review, she hosted an Environmental Symposium, “Continuing to Fight Today’s Environmental Challenges: Climate Change, Health Concerns, Energy, and Food Supply." To date, she remains abreast of issues affecting Illinois health care providers including: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act; Medical Studies Act; Nursing Home Care Act; Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Confidentiality Act, and healthcare issues arising as a result of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic.
Outside of Johnson & Bell, Ms. Weathersby is member of several professional industry organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Health and Hospital Law Committee; the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society; the Illinois State Bar Association; and the Cook County Bar Association.