DSocolDonna Kaner Socol

T. 312.604.2604
F. 312.604.2605

Donna Socol is a founding member and Shareholder of Hughes Socol Piers Resnick & Dym, Ltd. She concentrates on representation of the health care industry, including tort, medical malpractice, medical device, pharmaceutical and commercial litigation defense. She has defended numerous multi-million dollar lawsuits involving brain damaged and impaired infants, as well as serious injuries and deaths involving adults and children. She has defended almost every medical specialty in malpractice matters. She has also arbitrated matters before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation on behalf of physicians.


  • DePaul University College of Law (J.D. 1976)

    • cum laude
    • — Member, DePaul Law Review

  • Northwestern University (B.A. 1973)

    • cum laude



  • Illinois (1976)


  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – General & Trial Bar


  • AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

  • Best’s Listed Recommended Attorney

  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law by Marquis

  • Illinois Leading Lawyer

  • Included on the Illinois Super Lawyers® list (2016-2019)

  • Leading Lawyer — Illinois Leading Lawyers Network

  • Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law by The American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell® (2014)



  • Member, The American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”)

  • Member, The Society of Trial Lawyers

  • Member, American Bar Association

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association

  • Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America

  • Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

  • Member, Legal Club of Chicago

  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association

  • Member, Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys

  • Chairman, Institutional Review Board JFK Eye Institute

  • Member, Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society (CHRMS)

  • Member, Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys (IAHA)

  • Member, American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ASHRM)

  • Member, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)

  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association


  • Vice President/ Gala Co-s, Friends of Prentice Chair, Board of Director


  • The Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Northwestern Prentice Women’s Hospital Summer Educational Series (July 26, 2013).

  • Ms. Socol has spoken at numerous physician and hospital conferences on medical and legal topics, including the Annual Conferences of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

  • Speaker at Illinois State Bar Association on The Defense of Catastrophic Damages.

Represented a neurologist in a case in which the plaintiff was paralyzed from lupus-related transverse myelitis. The plaintiff demanded $16 million, and, after a month-long trial, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict in 45 minutes.

Represented a cardiologist and a hospital in a wrongful death case accused of failing to diagnose and treat a patient with congestive heart failure. A not guilty verdict was obtained for both defendants in fewer than thirty minutes.

Represented a physician in a wrongful death action who was alleged to have caused the death of an elderly patient for failing to diagnose and treat an E. Coli infection. Despite inflammatory evidence presented at trial, a not guilty verdict was obtained.

Represented a radiologist in a case involving plaintiff’s headfirst fall from a myelogram table in which he allegedly suffered multiple cervical fractures and never returned to work. The jury returned a not guilty verdict on behalf of the defendant.

Represented a manufacturer of tampons in toxic shock syndrome cases throughout the state of Illinois.

Represented a pediatric surgeon in a case involving the death of a twin and his brain-damaged twin brother in which she obtained a not guilty verdict.

Represented a Fortune 500 company in a complex multi-party lawsuit involving a magnesium explosion at a steel plant. The case was successfully concluded on behalf of Ms. Socol’s client.

Represented a manufacturer of asbestos in a products liability action.