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Ava L. Caffarini

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Ava L. Caffarini focuses her practice in professional liability, business litigation, and nursing malpractice. Ms. Caffarini is experienced in defending attorneys, nursing homes, and other businesses in municipal, state, and federal court. She also represents plaintiffs in breach of contract, personal injury, civil rights, and fraud cases and is experienced in handling matters in front of the Department of Administrative Hearings in the City of Chicago.

Ms. Caffarini earned a J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2013, where she received Dean’s List honors and served as a staff editor on the Review of Intellectual Property Law. She also earned a CALI award for Trademarks and Copyrights, was a teaching assistant for Lawyering Skills II, and worked as a law clerk in the intellectual property group at a mid-sized law firm in Chicago.

Ms. Caffarini holds a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ms. Caffarini is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association. She is a director of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association and serves as a YLS Journal/Blog Liaison.

Ms. Caffarini contributes to the CBA’s Blog, “CBA At the Bar.”

Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


The John Marshall Law School, J.D., 2013
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology, 2010


Chicago Bar Association
Phi Alpha Delta- West Suburban Alumni Chapter


CALI Award in Trademark & Copyright Law
Recognized as an Illinois Rising Star, 2023

Presentations & Publications


"Yelp! Alerts and Defamation Claims" CBA At The Bar (November 4, 2020)

"Preserving Relevant Evidence" CBA At The Bar (October 26, 2020)

"Directed To or Encompassing a Human Organism: How Section 33 of the America Invents Act May Threaten the Future of Biotechnology", The John Marshall Review of Intellectual Property Law 768 Vol. 12 Issue. 4 (2013)

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