Brown, Hay + Stephens, provides a full range of legal services to its health care clients, while recognizing the unique challenges faced by health care providers and their insurers in today's legal climate. With those challenges in mind, our Professional Liability Team works with providers and their insurers to achieve the best result in the most efficient way possible.

The Professional Liability team at Brown, Hay + Stephens has decades of experience in representing health care providers in all aspects of legal representation. From assistance with basic investigations, catastrophic injury cases, matters before the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, to providing risk management guidance, the team at Brown, Hay + Stephens is able to effectively represent its health care clients and all their legal needs.

With this experience in mind, the Professional Liability Team is aware of the impact health care litigation has on providers. Issues of confidentiality, the impact of the case on the professional's ongoing practice, and the need to work closely with the client in litigation strategy are of primary importance. Communication between the provider and its counsel is essential. The team at Brown, Hay + Stephens, is acutely aware of the need to communicate with its clients at every stage of the process and does so on an ongoing basis. Early evaluation of the case is also of paramount importance, so that the best strategy can be developed to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The Professional Liability team represents hospitals, physicians, managed care organizations, and other health care providers, and enjoys the benefit of the resources of the firm's attorneys practicing in all major areas of health law. The firm has successfully defended cases at trial, arbitration, and on appeal against hospitals, doctors, nurses, surgical clinics, and virtually every other type of health care provider. Each member of the team maintains a practice concentrated in litigation, with the team trying cases to verdict on a regular basis.

Brown, Hay + Stephens provides highly-skilled defense of health care cases and related legal services, including:

  • Legal audits of professional liability exposure
  • Strategic legal guidance to reduce exposure to liability
  • Reviews of practice procedures and protocols
  • Factual investigations of initial complaints
  • Discovery and depositions
  • Pretrial settlements
  • Trial preparations and coordination of expert witnesses
  • Trial of professional liability and malpractice cases
  • Appeals of unfavorable verdicts
  • Structured settlements
  • Representation in negotiations with malpractice insurance carriers
  • Consultation with local counsel throughout the country
  • Pharmaceutical and medical device litigation


Professional Liability Attorneys

William A. Davis

William A. Davis

Associate Attorney

David P. Hennessy

David P. Hennessy

Associate Attorney

Peter E. Naylor

Peter E. Naylor

Partner