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Tammy L. Wade, CPHRM, concentrates her practice on the defense of health care systems and professionals in all phases of medical malpractice litigation. She also represents medical device and consumer product manufacturers in complex product liability litigation. She has extensive experience representing business entities in negotiating and drafting contracts and litigating commercial disputes.

Ms. Wade approaches her cases aggressively by challenging traditional methods of calculating damages. In a marketplace where, more often than not, individuals do not pay charged rates for healthcare services, Ms. Wade evaluates actual damages incurred to defend against the hypothetical damages injured parties pursue despite lacking any basis in reality. Her expertise in mitigating damages typically involves obstetric, neurotrauma, brain and spinal catastrophic injuries, although she utilizes her approach in all personal injury matters. To date, Ms. Wade has successfully barred more than $100 million in damages from reaching a jury.

Ms. Wade is recognized by the American Hospital Association as a Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management (CPHRM), which allows her to assess patient safety aspects of claims and make recommendations on quality improvement. She frequently lectures on issues impacting risk management and quality improvement professionals, as well as best practices for providers to reduce their liability exposure.

Ms. Wade is a past-president of the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS) and remains a member of the American Society of Healthcare Risk Management. She is also an editor for the Illinois Defense Counsel’s flagship publication, IDC Quarterly, which shares expertise and insights on issues important to the defense.

Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Ltd., Ms. Wade worked for the Massachusetts Port Authority, Boston, where she addressed operational and legal issues for Logan Airport, including airport property liabilities, litigation arising out of infrastructure projects, airport vendor insurance requirements, airline issues arising from regulations, contracts, and issues arising out of airlines leasing the gates at terminals and injuries occurring on the leased space. Her expertise in regulatory compliance has included advising body politics on international business transactions; import-export taxes and user fees; environmental  issues; and domestic construction project management.


Admissions & Education


Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


Suffolk University Law School, J.D., 1998
University of West Florida, B.S. in Marketing, 1990


American Hospital Association: Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management
Illinois State Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
Chicago Bar Association
Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, Executive Board


2015-2016 Greatest Contribution Award, Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society
Commonwealth Charitable Trust Fund Award

Presentations & Publications


Faculty, “How the Affordable Care Act Factors into Future Economic Damages for Catastrophic Injuries Related to Neurotrauma, Spine, and Brain,” American Conference Institute National Advanced Forum on Neurotrauma, Brain & Spine Medical-Legal Issus, Philadelphia, PA (2017)

Faculty, “A to Z of Litigating Your Medical Malpractice Case: An Examination of Each Stage Including Trial Techniques, Lining Up the Right Experts, Using Technology in Trial Presentations, and Beyond,” American Conference Institute 2nd Annual Advanced Forum on Medical Liability Claims, Coverage & Risk Management, New York, NY (2016)

Faculty, “The Anatomy of an Obstetric Malpractice Case: An Examination of Each Stage, Including Trial Techniques,” American Conference Institute 15th Annual Advanced Forum on Obstetric Malpractice Claims, Philadelphia, PA (2016)

Speaker, “The Anatomy of a Lawsuit” Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Surgical Services Department, Park Ridge, IL (2016)

Moderator, "Affordable Care Act: Using the ACA to Mitigate Future Medical Claims," Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society’s (CHRMS) Law Day, Chicago, Illinois (2015)

Moderator, "Panel Discussion: Maximizing Privileges for Peer Review Activities – State Law Protection or the Patient Safety Act?" Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society’s (CHRMS) Law Day, Chicago, IL (2015)

Speaker, "Safely Building Client Relationships," American Urological Association, 86th Annual North Central Section Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (2012)

Faculty, "Strategic File Management: Applying Best Practices to the Risk Department," American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM), Annual Conference & Exhibition, Denver, CO (2009)

Speaker, "Coordination of Care in an Integrated Approach to Healthcare Delivery," Advocate Medical Group, Chicago, IL (2009)


Contributing Author, ASHRM Legal and Regulatory Playbook for Health Care Risk Managers, 2021

Contributing Author, ASHRM Health Reform Summary of Key Provisions (October 2010)

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