Catherine Reiter

T. 312-604-2772
F. 312-604-2773

Ms. Reiter is a trial attorney with broad litigation experience. Her nine years of experience in the nursing profession has been invaluable in defending hospitals and health professionals in more than sixty trials to verdict, as well as in her health related commercial and general liability trials.  She has defended numerous healthcare professionals and hospitals in a wide range of cases from brain injuries in adults and children to complications from dental procedures.  She has also represented doctors and nurses before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1981

  • University of Michigan, B.S.N., 1972

    • – cum laude
    • – Mortar Board
    • – Sigma Theta Tau



  • Illinois, 1981

  • Northern District of Illinois, 1981


  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 1998

  • Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers, Board Member 2007-2009

  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Fellow 2005; President of Illinois Chapter 2017-2018; Executive Committee 2019

  • Chicago Bar Association (1981-present)

  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Board Member 1985-1990

Awards & Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America – Medical Malpractice (2013-2019)

  • Best Lawyers of The Year – Medical Malpractice (2014)

  • Featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine Women’s Edition in an article titled “Former Nurse Defends Health Care Professionals”

  • AV Preeminent® Attorneys by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Illinois Super Lawyer (2006-2019)

  • Top 50 Women Super Lawyers in Illinois (2011-2013 & 2018)

  • Top 100 Women Super Lawyers in Illinois (2009-2010)

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers Network since 2006 – Medical Malpractice Defense Law

  • JVR Career Achievement Award (2012)

  • Women Lawyers in Leadership Award, WBAI, November 2018


  • DePaul Health Law Institute Advisory Committee; DePaul Dean’s Council (2010-2016)

  • Mock Trial Judge – American College of Trial Lawyers & American Bar Association (2008-2010)

  • One In A Hundred Day Camp – Board Member (2007-2018)


  • Ms. Reiter has spoken at numerous conferences involving nursing and the law and regularly conducts “Grand Rounds – Legal Overview” for resident physicians