Women in Law 2022



C ari F. Silverman has spent her entire legal career at Levin and Perconti focusing her practice on many types of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including nursing home abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, birth injuries, car and trucking accidents, and product and premises liability matters. Cari began as a law clerk at Levin & Perconti and was hired as an associate in 2011. She was named to the Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s list of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in 2014 and became a partner at the firm in 2020. Also in 2020, Cari was named to the Emerging Lawyers Magazine list of “Top 10 Emerging Lawyers in Illinois” in all areas of law. Today Cari litigates many of the firm’s most high profile and complex cases and has helped obtain tens of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for their clients. She also helps train the firm’s new hires and mentors younger lawyers. Cari recently helped obtain a $20 million verdict for a mother and her son who suffered a birth injury. Hospital staff at Advocate Christ Hospital and Medical Center failed to perform a timely cesarean section resulting in a brain injury from a lack of oxygen to the newborn baby. Due to their negligence, the boy will require lifelong medical, personal and financial care. In 2022, Cari also obtained a $5 million dollar settlement on behalf of a woman who was injured while being treated for psychiatric conditions as an inpatient. Cari helped obtain a $12 million dollar jury verdict in 2018 for the family of a woman who died from lung cancer after a chest X-ray revealed an abnormality that her physicians never informed her about. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, the verdict is the highest ever reported cancer- related wrongful-death verdict or settlement. Also in 2018, Cari helped secure a $7 million dollar jury verdict for the family of a veteran who died after he climbed out of a moving ambulance. Cari successfully represented a woman in a medical malpractice case against Rush University Medical Center in 2013, negotiating a $6 million settlement for a patient who suffered a cardiac event, resulting in a hypoxic injury, following a CT scan. Cari has an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Illinois College of Business and obtained her juris doctorate from University of Illinois College of Law. When she entered law school, Cari did not plan to be a trial lawyer. But after clerking at Levin and Perconti and being mentored by other attorneys at the firm, particularly female ones, Cari decided this was the area of law she wanted to pursue. “Having strong and supportive female mentors at Levin & Perconti really shaped and inspired my career in so many ways,” said Cari Silverstein. “I get great personal satisfaction being a trial lawyer representing people and families often at the worst times in their lives and helping them get the justice they deserve. But without the encouragement of my female mentors and the example they provided, I may never have become a trial lawyer and pursued this area of the law.” Cari also credits the firm’s culture, including its commitment to giving young lawyers opportunities to excel and work on big cases for her success. She is committed to “pay forward” the support and mentoring she has received there.



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