Martha E. Drouet-Rueden concentrates her practice on defending medical malpractice, construction, product liability, nursing home care 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.
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Ms. Drouet-Rueden was named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers in 2018-2021, 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, 2020, and 2021, a distinction that is limited to fewer than 2.5% of attorneys in Illinois. She is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, and the Illinois Bar Association. Ms. Drouet-Rueden has been included in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.
Ms. Drouet-Rueden 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.