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Seasoned trial attorney, Susan M. Hannigan, brings her medical malpractice defense practice to Johnson & Bell. Ms. Hannigan joins Johnson & Bell as a shareholder. Her addition to the firm further enhances Johnson & Bell’s Health Care practice, which already represents many of the largest and most sophisticated hospital and long-term care providers in metropolitan Chicago and northwest Indiana.

“We have added two new shareholders to our health care team in 2015,” stated Brian C. Fetzer, shareholder and co-chair of the firm’s Health Care group. “We are excited by Susan’s arrival and believe we have one of the strongest health care litigation defense teams in the region.”

Ms. Hannigan concentrates her practice in the areas of health care and medical liability, where she defends hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals in all phases of medical malpractice litigation. She is admitted to practice in Illinois, Maryland and the District of Columbia, in the Federal District Court for Northern Illinois and Maryland, and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Ms. Hannigan was a Partner at Anderson, Rasor & Partners, LLP.  Earlier in her career, Ms. Hannigan spent 12 years as an attorney at Johnson & Bell.

Ms. Hannigan’s addition continues an expansion of Johnson & Bell’s Health Care practice.  In the past several months, the firm added Shareholder Tammy L. Wade, who formerly was a Partner at Ruff, Weidenaar & Reidy, Ltd (nka Ruff, Freud, Breems & Nelson Ltd.), to its Chicago office.


The Johnson & Bell Health Care group represents hospital systems, long-term care facilities, nursing homes, physicians’ practices, physicians, surgeons, nurses and numerous other health care institutions and professionals. The group has successfully defended its clients in high-exposure lawsuits against top trial attorneys from the plaintiffs’ bar. The group also regularly counsels health care clients on regulatory investigations and compliance, settlement negotiations and in mediation.