Not Guilty Verdict in $7 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Trial

In October of 2014, Dave Faulkner and Mike Orsi obtained a not guilty verdict in favor of a cardiologist in a two week jury trial, successfully asserting a “causation only” defense. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $7 million in the claimed wrongful death of an employed, 49 year old, married, mother of two children. Even though the physician admitted an error in treatment, the defense proved to the jury that the error was not the cause of the patient’s death.

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Welcome to Faulkner Gustafson LLC

We are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2014, Roger Gustafson has become an equity partner in the law firm and we will practice under the name of Faulkner Gustafson LLC. Mr. Gustafson has been recognized as one of Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013, an honor limited to only the top 2.5% of all attorneys in Illinois under the age of 40. Mr. Gustafson will continue to serve firm clients in the fields of professional liability trial work and health care counseling.

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$3 Million Jury Request Rebuffed

In March of 2013, Dave Faulkner and Mike Orsi obtained a not guilty verdict for a local gastroenterologist and his group. The patient, who experienced a colon perforation and colectomy following a follow-up colonoscopy, claimed that he had not been appropriately advised about the risks. He argued that he was never informed that, as an ulcerative colitis patient, a repeat colonoscopy carried a higher risk of perforation and that if a perforation occurred colectomy (colon removal) would almost always be necessary. Multiple surgeries followed and the 42 year old patient continued to experience significant pain and incontinence problems. Plaintiff asked for a verdict of over $3 million in damages.

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Gustafson a Rising Star again for 2013

Mr. Gustafson was again selected for inclusion on the list of Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars for 2013.  The process
of selection to the list of Super Lawyers Rising Stars is highly selective, as
inclusion is limited to only the top 2.5% of all attorneys in Illinois under
that age of 40.  The selection process includes peer reviews, evaluations,
and independent research by Thomson Reuters and Super Lawyers Magazine.  Mr. Gustafson was also recently featured in an edition of Chicago Magazine for this honor. 

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Gustafson Named Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star

Partner Roger Gustafson was recently selected for inclusion on the 2012 list of Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Fewer than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under the age of 40 are chosen in this highly selective process. Mr. Gustafson was specifically selected for his work in health care law.

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