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Our lawyers represent national businesses such as Ford Motor Company, Kia Motors America, Hyundai Motor America, Jaguar Motor Cars, Mack Trucks, International Truck & Engine Corporation, American Honda Motor Company, Illinois State Medical Insurance Company, Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC is one of Chicago’s pre-eminent trial practice boutiques. Founded in 1995, the firm successfully tries difficult, high exposure cases in the country’s most challenging jurisdictions. The firm is known as one of the “go to” firms in Chicago for particularly difficult or high stakes cases and, since its founding, no firm in Chicago has tried as many complex cases as successfully as DBMS. Two partners have been ranked by Chicago Lawyer magazine as among the top 20 tort defense lawyers in Chicago and four partners have been elected as Fellows of The American College of Trial Lawyers.


DBMS congratulates Sherri M. Arrigo, Donald J. Brown, Jr., Mark M. Burden, Richard H. Donohue, Richard B. Foster, John A. Krivicich and J. Kent Mathewson for being recognized in 2014 as AV rated lawyers by ALM, the nation's largest legal journalism company. The AV designation notes that these lawyers have achieved the highest level of professional excellence.

Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC, announces the election of its new Management Committee.

John A. Krivicich was elected chairman. Krivicich, a 1980, cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law and Northwestern University graduate, specializes in the defense of product manufacturers and elder care facilities. This is his second stint as DMBSí chairman, having previously served 2008-2010. He has been a member of the Firmís three-person Compensation Committee since 2007, and previously served as the Firmís financial officer.

Sherri M. Arrigo, was elected the Firmís human resources officer. Arrigo is a trial lawyer focusing on the defense of professional negligence claims and disciplinary actions against hospitals, physicians and attorneys, where her prior career as a Registered Nurse provided a unique understanding of her clientsí needs. Arrigo, a published author on various legal topics, received her law degree with highest honors from DePaul University where she was on the law review and elected to Order of the Coif, and is a summa cum laude graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Stetson F. Atwood, of Chicago, was elected the Firmís financial manager. Atwood focuses on defending hospitals, physicians, nurses, paramedics and long-term care providers. Atwood is a cum laude graduate of Creighton University School of Law, as well as Syracuse University.

On January 17, 2014 a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants, an emergency room physician and her practice group, represented by Richard B. Foster and Charisse S. Hartwig. Read More.

On December 11, 2013, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants, a cardiologist, an electrophysiologist and their practice, represented by Richard B. Foster and Edward E. Fu. Read More.

On November 19, 2013, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of all defendants, a Defendant Obstetrician/Gynecologist and his group, represented by Richard B. Foster Read More.

Sherri M. Arrigo has been honored with The Doctors Company award for "Outstanding Attorney 2013".

DBMS has been selected by our client, Ford Motor Company, to be included in ALM's listing of Go-To Law Firms at the Top 500 Companies for 2013. This honor is designated to firms delivering exceptional legal work for in-house legal departments at the Fortune 500 companies.

DBMS congratulates Donald J. Brown, Jr. for receiving the MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE AWARD from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law

DBMS congratulates Sherri M. Arrigo, Stetson, F. Atwood, Norman J. Barry, Jr., Mark H. Boyle, Donald J. Brown, Jr., Mark M. Burden, Karen K. DeGrand, Richard H. Donohue, John J. Duffy, Richard B. Foster, John A. Krivicich, J. Kent Mathewson, Anthony M. Pinto and Robert W. Smyth, Jr. for being recognized by Illinois Leading Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in Illinois for 2014.

DBMS congratulates Sherri M. Arrigo, Norman J, Barry, Jr., Donald J. Brown, Jr., Mark M. Burden, Karen K. DeGrand, Richard H. Donohue, John J. Duffy, Richard B. Foster, John A. Krivicich, J. Kent Mathewson, and Timothy L. Hogan for being recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as top attorneys in Illinois for 2014. Todd J. Stalmack has been named a 2014 Rising Star by the same publication.

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