Martindale-Hubbell: AV Rated.
Born in Chicago, Illinois, August 4, 1955; admitted to Bar, 1980, Illinois and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Federal Trial Bar, and The Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Education: Northwestern University (Bachelor’s of Arts with honors, 1977); DePaul University (J.D., 1980).
Robert L Nora is a nationally renowned trial attorney. The focus of his practice has been the litigation of actions involving medical negligence (both physician and institutional), pharmaceutical products liability, medical devices products liability and premises liability. Mr. Nora has also developed a special expertise in practicing before the empowered governmental organizations.
Mr. Nora has tried a significant number of serious and catastrophic personal injury cases. With one exception, Mr. Nora successfully obtained defense verdicts for his clients in every case. In the sole instance in which a plaintiff’s verdict was rendered, the judgment was less than 1/20th of the amount demanded of the jury, and less than one-half of the amount offered to resolve the case through settlement. Not guilty verdicts have been returned in representative cases which have involved:
The overwhelming majority of Mr. Nora’s cases have resulted in dismissal without any payment. He has also successfully negotiated numerous favorable settlements in cases involving death and serious injury.
Mr. Nora has been named “Top Twenty Tort Defense Lawyers in Chicago” by Chicago Lawyer and “Top Lawyers in Illinois” by Crain’s Chicago Business. Also named “Illinois Super Lawyer” in Chicago Magazine and Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine (2005 to present), Member of the Leading Lawyers Network (2005 to present) and Charter Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. Trial results have repeatedly been reported by the Chicago Law Bulletin, Crain’s Chicago Business, National Law Journal and Verdicts, Settlements & Tactics. He was one of six attorneys cited in “Excellence in Law, Time Magazine, 2013”.
Author: “Dental Malpractice: Its Causes and Cures,” Quintessence International, Volume 17, Number 2/1986, reprinted Chicago Dental Society Review, July 1986; “Medical Affidavit Requirement Held Unconstitutional,” Risk Management Exchange Vol. 2, No. 2, Winter 1989; “AIDS Confidentiality Act and Hospital Liability,” Volume 11, No. 3, July-Sept., 1980; co-author “Institutional Liability – Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation,” Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 1999; “Fact Discovery,” Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education 2005, 2009, 2010 and 2012; “Practice Management from a Legal Perspective,” Chicago Hospital News, April 2009.
Speeches: Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, February, 1987; American Academy of General Dentistry, Annual Meeting, May 1988; Chicago Dental Society Midwinter Meeting, February, 1989; “Market Share Liability: The Art of the Possible,” September, 1989, videotaped for presentation by Chicago Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network; “Medical Malpractice from the Defense Perspective,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, December 7, 1991; Moderator, “Current Trends in Medical Malpractice,” Chicago Bar Association, June, 2993; “The Preparation and Trial of Medical Negligence Cases: The Impact of HB20,” Chicago Bar Association, June 14, 1995; Telemedicine, Chicago Hospital Risk Management Society, May, 1999; Current Topics in Medical Malpractice, Illinois Society of Pathology, November, 1999; Litigation Management, MMI Companies, February 5, 2000; “Fact Discovery,” Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 2006; “Legal Preventative Care for the Medical Professional” (Ingalls Memorial Hospital) (2007); “Risk Management – Avoiding a lawsuit,” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, March 2008; “Expert Witness Testimony,” American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting, March 2008, April 2010 and February 2011.
Member: Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute; Professional Liability Underwriters Society; Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, Healthcare Risk Management Society of Metropolitan Chicago, American Association of Hospital Attorneys and Society of Trial Lawyers (Board of Directors 2003-2005).