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Susan L. Novosad, Partner, is a trial attorney with over 28 years of experience representing clients in a variety of personal injury and wrongful death matters, including premises liability, medical malpractice, car and trucking accidents and nursing home abuse and neglect 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 compassionately serves injured clients, tirelessly working to bring justice to those harmed as a result of negligence. Susan is well-known in the Chicago legal community for her unmatched negotiation skills and her ability to end disputes and help opposing parties find resolution. These powerful diplomacy skills have earned her the enduring respect of both peers and adversaries.

Some of Susan’s most notable achievements include:

A $6.7 million birth injury verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit

A $3.5 million settlement in a birth injury lawsuit

A $1.5 million settlement on behalf of an elderly resident of a long-term care facility who suffered burns after being placed in a scalding bath

A $1.49 million medical malpractice settlement

A record $1 million settlement (the largest nursing home negligence settlement in Lake County, IL, history) for the family of a deceased former nursing home resident who died after suffering injuries in a fall at a nursing home.

In 2013, Susan obtained a $2.4 million verdict in a personal injury lawsuit against the City of Chicago. Follow the link to read coverage of this accident verdict.

Recently, Susan was chosen for inclusion in Chicago Magazine's Illinois: The Top 100 list, along with the Illinois: The Top 50 Women list. These honors highlight the attorneys who topped the Illinois Super Lawyers nomination, research and review processes. Susan was named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell®. Susan was honored among the WBAI's 2015 Top Women Lawyers in Leadership. This award recognizes outstanding women lawyers in Illinois who serve in a leadership role, who have excelled in their legal field and have gone beyond traditional mentoring to create new pathways for other women. She was also named as a Leading Lawyer for 2012-15 by her peers.

In addition to her practice, Susan enjoyed mentoring law students through the Alumni Mentoring Program at the John Marshall Law School. She grew up in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, IL, and is a graduate of the University of Illinois. In 1986, Susan graduated from John Marshall Law School with honors and was admitted to practice law in Illinois the 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: 25%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 25%
  4. Personal Injury: 25%



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Attorney endorsements

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  • 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 Law198611/12/2015
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2015
Top 10 Women in Personal InjuryLeading Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2014
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Top 100 Super LawyersIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Illinois Top 50 Women AttorneysChicago Lawyer Magazine2013
Illinois Top 100 AttorneysChicago Lawyer Magazine2013
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2013
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Bar Register of Preeminent Women LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2012
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2011
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2010
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2009
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2008
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2007
Super LawyerIllinois Super Lawyers2006
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
American Association for Justice, Nursing Homes Litigation GroupMemberN/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