Lynne Damsma is a founding member of the firm of Nora & Partners, LLP, where she focuses her career on defending hospitals, nurses, physicians, physical therapists, locum tenens physicians and medical corporations against claims of medical negligence. Ms. Damsma also has extensive experience representing nursing homes, long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and providers therein. Additionally, she has worked with Veteran’s hospitals and clinics, mental health professionals and traveling and agency nurses.
Ms. Damsma started as one of the firm’s first associates in 1998, and thereafter, became a partner in 2004. For 20 years, Ms. Damsma has successfully represented numerous medical clients throughout all phases of litigation from initial case filing through trial, mediation and arbitration. A majority of these cases have involved highly complex medical issues, including birth injury, permanent brain injury and death, as well as the potential for millions of dollars in exposure. Ms. Damsma prides herself on being proactive in the defense of her clients, by outlining a clear strategy and course of action from the outset of litigation. By developing a partnership with her clients, Ms. Damsma’s work is executed with purpose and focus. In addition to her own work, Ms. Damsma is focused on the growth and future of the firm. While acting as a lead attorney in the work-up and preparation of cases for trial, she simultaneously mentors and trains younger associates so that they can smoothly navigate the litigation process and carry on the high standards that the firm holds for its clients.
In addition to medical negligence, Ms. Damsma has successfully represented physicians in licensing actions and disputes. She has also represented clients in other areas of civil litigation, including products liability, personal injury, pharmaceutical negligence and premises liability. Prior to Nora & Partners, LLP, Ms. Damsma began her legal career at another Chicago insurance defense firm, where she represented and defended similar clients in actions involving medical malpractice, premises liability and domestic relations.
Ms. Damsma is a 1992 graduate of Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, with honors. Thereafter, Ms. Damsma earned her J.D. from the University of Akron in 1996. She has authored the publication, Are you a Good Samaritan? Chicago Hospital News, front page article, April 2011.
Ms. Damsma is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations. As well, she is a member of CHRMS.