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“When presenting a case during trial, I take cues from the plays that I studied in English literature. First, you have to develop the characters. When you have all of that information in your head you start the presentation, which is the opening statement. Next, you develop the pieces of evidence and you come to the conclusion, which is your final argument. Then it’s in the jury’s hands. So I try to approach cases that way to make them come alive and make sense, and to try to make it an interesting experience for the jury.”


“I think what I’m most passionate about in my work is being a convincing advocate and a warrior for the people that I’m representing.”


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
    35 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 20%
    35 years
  3. Defective Products: 20%
  4. Nursing Home Abuse: 10%

Attorney endorsements

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  • Jefferey O. Katz

    I endorse this lawyer. One of the best in this area. Also a fantastic person!


    Jefferey Katz Ethics and professional responsibility Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Hill Smeltzer

    I have been familiar with Chuck's work for almost 20 years and endorse him without qualification. He has a fantastic demeanor with clients and in the courtroom, and his experience in this area is immense. In fact, one advantage that I believe Chuck has over other practioners in the field is his unique experience on both sides of the medical malpractice fence. He had a long and respected record of defending doctors and other health care providers and now he brings his considerable skills to bear advocating for the rights of patients. This gives him a unique perspective and allows him to assess cases in a very realistic way, which is of enormous value to his clients.


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    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Hornewer Law Firm

70 W. Madison St.
Suite 3970
Chicago, IL, 60602


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2012
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2011
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2010
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2009
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2008
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2007
Illinois Super LawyersKey Professional Media2006
Society of Trial LawyersSociety of Trial LawyersN/A
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Law ReviewDePaul UniversityN/A
Moot Court SocietyMoot Court SocietyN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAmerican Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerHornewer Law Firm2012 - Present
PartnerPhillips Law Offices2002 - 2012
PartnerHINSHAW & CULBERTSON LLP1988 - 2002
AttorneyHinshaw Culbertson Moelmann Hoban & Fuller1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeN/A2003 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A1999 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice and Procedure SectionN/A1994 - Present
Society of Trial LawyersN/A1994 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Tort Law SectionN/A1994 - Present
Defense Research InstituteN/A1990 - 2002
American Society of Law, Medicine and EthicsN/A1986 - 1994
Trial Lawyers Club of ChicagoN/A1984 - 1999
Illinois Association of Defense Trial CounselN/A1983 - 2002
American Bar AssociationN/A1983 - 1997
Chicago Bar AssociationTrial Techniques Committee1981 - 1999
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wilkes v. County of Cook d/b/a Provident Hospital$2,850,000 Settlement
Blutcher v. Roseland Community Hospital$3,186,047.00
Fuda v. BUTLER, M.D. and ILLINOIS BONE AND JOINT INSTITUTE, LTD$1,500,000 Settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 10Prepare Your Own Defense,1990
Hinshaw Reports: Torts,Comment, Loss of Consortium: Still All in the Family,1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
DePaul UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ISBA Tort Law UpdateDevelopments in Jurisdiction, Forum non Conveniens and Choice of Law,2007
ITLA Tort Law TrendsPrior Injuries/Subsequent Injuries/Aggravation of Pre-existing Injuries,2005
Hinshaw & Culbertson Trial Practice Program,Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses,2002
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association TrialCross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Medical Witnesses,1999
Point/Counterpoint Damages SeminarClosed Head Injuries, Defense Perspective,1998
Defense Research Institute Medical LiabilityManaged Care Update: Developments and Trends,1998
14th Annual Vail Emergency Medicine ConferenceRisk Management of Head and Spine Cases,1992
25th Annual Trial Evidence SeminarDay In The Life Videos - The Defense Perspective,1990
CNA InsuranceActions Under the Wrongful Death, Survival and Family Expense Acts1989
University of Illinois Pediatric ProgramLife After Residency - Medical Malpractice Overview,1988