EARLY EDUCATION AND CAREER
Lisa M. Taylor began her professional career as a law clerk to the Honorable William O. Maki in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Ms. Taylor attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English. She earned her Juris Doctor from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
After her stint as a law clerk, Ms. Taylor worked as an associate attorney at Worker & Power. While at Worker & Power, Ms. Taylor practiced in the area of insurance defense. In this capacity, Ms. Taylor evaluated complex insurance policies in order to assess whether an individual or company was legally excluded from insurance coverage, which is a skill set that she uses in her practice today.
Ms. Taylor left Worker & Power to continue her legal training at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, which is an insurance defense and coverage law firm. Ms. Taylor was just the third black lawyer hired at that firm in its 50 year history. At Pretzel, she learned the intricacies of defending doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers (e.g., nurses, nursing home aides, etc.) in medical malpractice cases. She also worked closely with specialists like cardiologists, obstetricians, and surgeons. She won scores of cases, including complex disputes, where physicians were accused of neglectful behavior like: failing to properly place and monitor a patient on cardiopulmonary by-pass while performing a cardiac procedure; failing to diagnose basal cell carcinoma; and failing to deliver a compromised fetus in a timely manner, resulting in an anoxic brain injury.
Years later, Ms. Taylor would continue to hone her skills as a trial lawyer in the Chicago office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP. Lewis Brisbois is a national firm with 14 offices in the United States. At Lewis Brisbois, Ms. Taylor spent a significant amount of time defending large healthcare institutions and nursing homes in cases of negligence and even abuse. While there, Ms. Taylor also briefed and argued appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court. Lewis Brisbois promoted Ms. Taylor, making her the first African-American woman partner in their Chicago office and one of only a handful of black partners in their firm nationwide.
Henderson Parks, LLC, recruited Ms. Taylor to join the firm’s medical malpractice and personal injury practice. Ms. Taylor will now use the skills and experience she acquired as a defense attorney to represent people and families who have fallen victim to healthcare conglomerates and their agents. Ms. Taylor represents plaintiffs in all aspects of general and complex personal injury, medical negligence, and wrongful death cases. She is currently handling cases involving significant and catastrophic injuries including: the death of a teenager who died after failing to receive timely and proper treatment for a heart ailment; victims of a trucking accident involving the failure to properly secure materials; and the estate of a woman not properly monitored by an anesthesiologist during surgery.
Ms. Taylor is an advocate of children’s rights and is actively involved in mentoring programs and professional associations. She serves children as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Ms. Taylor is also a mentor with The John Marshall Law School Minority Mentoring Program. She is an active member in both the Woman’s Bar Association of Illinois and the Chicago Bar Association, where she served as a Co-Chair of the Medical Legal Relations Committee.
HONORS AND RECOGNITION
Ms. Taylor was appointed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley to sit on the City of Chicago Board of Ethics where she served until 2012. The National Hook Up of Black Women, a not-for-profit organization, also recently recognized Ms. Taylor for her support and service.
Ms. Taylor has one daughter who attends the University of Wisconsin in Madison.