Beverly Spearman

Civil Rights
The Spearman Firm, LLC
55 E Monroe St Ste 3800
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 881-7764
www.spearmanfirm.com


Beverly P. Spearman, a native of St. Louis, Missourri, is a 2001 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law. During law school, Mrs. Spearman served two years on the New Mexico Law Review, with one year as an Editor. In 2001, Mrs. Spearman received the Johnnie L. Cochran Scholarship for her contributions to the African-American community in New Mexico and upon graduation received the Dean's Award for her outstanding contributions to the law school.

Before embarking upon a legal career, Mrs. Spearman practiced for seven years as a Registered Nurse specializing in the area of Obstretrics, including High Risk OB, Labor & Delivery, Postpartum, Newborn Nursery, and Neonatal Intensive Care. As a Registered Nurse, Mrs. Spearman spent four years practicing and living on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Mrs. Spearman possesses undergraduate degrees in Nursing (1991) and Biology (1998) from St. Louis University.

Mrs. Spearman joined the firm in August 2001 after sitting the Illinois Bar Exam and has since been admitted to practice law in both the state and federal courts. Mrs. Spearman focuses her practice on representing plaintiffs injured due to medical negligence. As a malpractice lawyer, she has litigated and won multi-million dollar awards for her clients. This is due to her in-depth understanding of medicine and hospital procedures and her ability to quickly and successfully navigate through the complex health care system. Mrs. Spearman continues to write and speak on health care issues, with topics ranging from Nursing and the Law to HIPPA in a Nutshell.

Case Results:

$3,500,000 settlement for the family of a 5-year-old girl who died after being administered too much medication during conscious sedation
$3,000,000 verdict against abortion facility for the family of a 23-year-old woman who died of sepsis due to retained products of conception six days after undergoing a termination procedure, plus a confidential settlement against the ER physician
$1,950,000 settlement for the children of a woman who died a few hours after being escorted out of the emergency department by security at the direction of physicians who said nothing was wrong with her
$1,825,000 settlement for the negligent misdiagnosis of subdural empyema resulting in the death of an 18-year-old man
$1,500,000 settlement for the death of a young adult at the hands of a caseworker
$900,000 settlement for a mother who committed suicide after experiencing post-partum depression and psychosis
$450,000 settlement for cholecystectomy resulting in a severed common bile duct

Professional Activity:

Cook County Arbitration Panel Judge: 2007 - Present

Areas of Practice

95% Medical Negligence
5% Personal Injury

Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

Illinois, 2001

Education

University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico
J.D. - 2001
Law Review: New Mexico Law Review, Editor, 2000 - 2001
Law Review: New Mexico Law Review, Staff, 1999 - 2000
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri
B.S.
Major: BSN-1991
Major: BS Biology-1988

Published Works

The Supreme Court Provides a Remedy for Injured Plaintiffs Under the Theory of Loss of Chance - Alberts v. Schultz, 30 N.M.LRev, 387, Spring, 2000
Medical Records for Illinois Attorneys, West Law, West LegalEdcenter Online CLE

Classes/Seminars

Medical Records for Illinois Attorneys (November 21, 2003), National Business Institute, Oak Lawn, Illinois
Nursing Law Update (February 6, 2004), National Business Institute, Oak Lawn, Illinois
HIPAA in a Nutshell: Cracking the Confidentiality Code (June 17 & 30, 2004), National Business Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Honors and Awards

Named as one of the Top 100 Executive Leaders Under 50 in the United States (Diversity MBA Magazine, 2012)
2001 Recipient of the Dean's Award at the University of New Mexico School of Law for exemplary contributions to the law school
2001 Recipient of the Johnnie L. Cochran Scholarship at the University of New Mexico School of Law for outstanding contribution to the African American community

Past Employment Positions

Registered Nurse specializing in the area of Obstetrics

Languages

English