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About Me

Susan L. Novosad is a partner at Levin & Perconti and has practiced law for over 20 years. She is a highly experienced trial attorney who concentrates primarily in the areas of nursing home litigation, medical malpractice, automobile accidents and premises liability lawsuits.


A fundamental aspect of Susan’s practice is her accessibility to her clients. She believes that her clients are entitled to fair compensation for the harm they have suffered, and has met with Illinois legislators to oppose laws placing limits on recoveries of medical malpractice victims.


Susan serves her clients with compassion, expending tireless effort to obtain justice. She is a skilled negotiator with an exceptional ability to bring opposing parties to resolution and end disputes. Her power to diplomatically resolve cases has earned her the enduring respect of her peers on both sides of the courtroom.


Some of Susan’s most notable achievements include a $6.7 million jury verdict in a birth-related medical malpractice lawsuit, a $995,000 verdict for a 67-year-old assisted living resident who choked and died after being given food prohibited by his diet, a $1.5 million resolution for an 87-year-old nursing home resident who suffered burns after being placed in a sitz bath, and a record $1 million settlement on behalf of a nursing home resident who died after sustaining injuries at a nursing home. This settlement was the largest nursing home negligence settlement in Lake County, IL, history.


Recently, Susan was named to the Illinois Super Lawyers 2012 list, an honor awarded to less than 5% of attorneys in Illinois, as well as the 2012 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.


In addition to her practice, Susan mentors future attorneys through John Marshall Law School’s Alumni Mentoring program. Susan grew up in Evanston, IL, and attended the University of Illinois for her undergraduate studies. In 1986, Susan received her J.D., cum laude, from John Marshall Law School and was admitted to practice law in the state of Illinois and the U.S. District County, Northern District of Illinois, that same year.


Susan resides with her husband, also an attorney, in suburban Chicago, and has three children.


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Practice Areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 25%
  2. Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



Contingent (30-40%)

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Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • James Cummings Siebert

    As an Elder Law Attorney I frequently come across situations where my Clients have suffered from abuse or negligent care. I have known and referred numerous matters to Susan over the years. Her expertise is without question. Further, in these delicate emotionally charged situations she has reassured my Clients, calmed their fears while making them confident that she has their best interest at heart. I whole heartedly endorse Susan.


    James Siebert Elder Law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Patricia Lee Mcclintock Gifford

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Patricia Gifford Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Levin & Perconti

325 North Lasalle Street Suite 450
Chicago, IL, 60654


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top 10 Women in Personal InjuryLeading Lawyers Magazine2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Illinois Top 50 Women AttorneysChicago Lawyer Magazine2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Illinois Top 100 AttorneysChicago Lawyer Magazine2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2005
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLevin & Perconti1992 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Women's Bar Association of IllinoisMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
S.W. as mother and next friend of S.W. v. Christ Hospital and Medical Center$6.71 million verdict
M.P. as administrator of the estate of E.J. v. Brentwood North Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, et al.$1.5 million settlement
C.M., administrator of the estate of H.M. v. Winchester House$1 million record Lake County settlement
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Publication NameTitleDate
Levin & PercontiWhat Families Should Look For When Signing Nursing Home ContractsN/A
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1986
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
John Marshall Law School Center for Advocacy and Dispute ResolutionPreparing for Trial2012
Everything You Need to Know About Motor Vehicle Accident CasesParty Depositions2012
Weekly MeetingWhat You Should Know About Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect2010
MeetingAdvocating for Yourself and Your Loved Ones in Long-Term Care Facilities2010
UN-COMMON LAW Radio Show with Kurt MollerNursing Home Litigation2009
IICLE Nursing Home Negligence ConferenceProsecuting and Defending Physical and Sexual Abuse2007