Our History


Construction is completed on Three First National Plaza. HSPRD would soon call the building home, and children of the skyscraper’s construction crew would grow up to join HSPRD.

January 2, 1985

Ten attorneys — including John Hughes, Donna Kaner Socol, and Mark Dym — leave their former firm and strike out on their own to build a boutique litigation firm “their way.”

December 1989

HSPRD celebrates its fifth anniversary, doubling in size since its founding in 1985.

September 1999

Donna Kaner Socol successfully defends her 200th medical malpractice matter since founding the firm in 1985, obtaining a defense verdict in a case involving a 19 year old man who suffered a systemic infection after his appendix ruptured.


HSPRD achieves initial victory on behalf of a 6,000 member class of African American firefighter applicants who are denied the opportunity to attend the Chicago Firefighter Academy as a result of a discriminatory test. The City of Chicago would appeal this decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

February 22, 2010

Fifteen years after the 1995 Chicago Firefighter Exam is administered, Lewis v. City of Chicago is argued before the United States Supreme Court. HSPRD’s clients prevail when the decision is released on May 24, 2010.

October 1, 2012

HSPRD attorney Mary M. Rowland is sworn in as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. She is the second HSPRD attorney to be appointed as a federal judge.

September 2014

HSPRD wins a $272 million dollar judgment after years of hard-fought litigation on behalf of Emerald Casino Bankruptcy Trustee Frances F. ‎Gecker. Many of the trial attorneys regarded the case as probably one of the most complicated factual and legal cases ever tried.


HSPRD has grown to more than thirty attorneys. Members of the firm are recognized by their peers as leading attorneys in many different areas of law, and the firm is known nationally for its litigation successes.