40 Under Forty 2021



I find that she is far ahead in the field of practice that she specializes in.”

K elly Sabo Gaden, a partner at the law firm Levin & Perconti, is a powerful advocate for the rights of patients and nursing home residents. She brings pas- sion and dedication to her role. She has lit- igated over $50 million in jury awards and settlements for victims of nursing home abuse, neglect, and medical malpractice, including a $1.011 million record setting verdict for a nursing home resident who sustained a hip fracture. Another impres- sive result is a settlement of $1.675 million for a 93-year old assisted living resident who died of extreme heat exposure. She also won a jury verdict of $972,000 against a nursing home and management company for the death of a 92 year old nursing home resident after a fall. Kelly understands each case represents a human tragedy. While impossible to undo the harm, she knows that victims’ families will have no peace until they have justice for their loved one and those re- sponsible have been held accountable so no one else suffers the same fate. Kelly hopes each case she wins not only pro- vides her clients some comfort, but also serves as an impetus to change and a de- terrent to wrongdoing. Kelly’s work ethic has earned the ad- miration and respect of her peers as one of the top personal-injury attorneys in the city. “The thing that I really respect about Kelly is the high-level of lawyering she en- gages in while still being professional,” said Courtney Lindbert with Chicago law firm Cunningham, Meyer & Vedrine. “I have been involved in highly contentious litiga- tion with Kelly, where we have fought hard

on every issue, but she always handles her- self in a calm, professional manner. And at the end of the case, I know I have become a better lawyer because of it.” Chicago attorney Robert Kreisman ap- preciates Kelly’s legal talents. Kreisman has worked with quite a few lawyers in his time. Few, though, match the skills dis- played by Gaden, Kreisman said. “Kelly has a keen sense of empathy and a level competence that is unmatched by most of the lawyers I have worked with over the last four decades of my practice,” Kreisman said. “She has accomplished so much for her clients in her practice by achieving some of the highest verdicts and settlements in Illinois. In comparing Kelly’s abilities to other lawyers, I find that she is far ahead in the field of practice that she specializes in.” “I have observed Kelly at court hear- ings, during depositions and at mediation. At each venue she demonstrated a com- prehensive grasp of the underlying sub- ject matter and an understanding of how most effectively to achieve her client’s goals,” said Brian Sundheim, partner with Chicago law firm Pretzel & Stouffer Char- tered. “She will not be intimidated and maintains her poise at all times. Her man- ner and style is persuasive and effective.” Despite countless hours devoted to clients and mentoring young associates, Kelly makes time to give back to the com- munity and the legal profession. She is Co- Chair of the Women’s Bar Association’s Judicial Reception Committee, a board member of ITLA, and was elected to the executive committee for the AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group.

FIRM Levin & Perconti

LAW SCHOOL Capital University Law School

AREA OF PRACTICE Nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and personal injury



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