Mark Hansen

Practice Groups:

Professional Liability

Medical Malpractice Defense

Legal Malpractice Defense

Product Liability

Business and Commercial Litigation

Office Locations:

Peoria, IL

Phone: 309.676.0400

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News

Attorneys Author Articles in Latest Edition of IDC Quarterly - 08/28/2020

67 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2020 Leading Lawyers List - 07/30/2020

Mark Hansen Named Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America - 05/14/2020

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues COVID-19 Guidelines for Elective Surgeries - 05/01/2020

PREP Act Immunity for COVID-19 Activities - 04/06/2020

Illinois Governor Grants Certain Health Care Providers Civil Immunity in Latest Executive Order - 04/03/2020

14 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2020 - 02/29/2020

Heyl Royster Attorneys Recently Author Articles in Several Publications - 12/23/2019

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 09/30/2019

Linder and Hansen Co-Author Chapter for IICLE® - 09/16/2019

64 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top 2019 Leading Lawyers’ List - 06/28/2019

17 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2019 - 01/25/2019

Hansen Appointed Chair of IADC’s Medical Defense and Health Law Committee - 09/21/2018

Attorneys Author Chapters in IICLE Medical Malpractice Publication - 08/03/2018

Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 06/10/2018

79 Heyl Royster Attorneys Top Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 05/31/2018

Seven Heyl Royster Attorneys Author Articles for IDC Quarterly - 03/28/2018

23 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected by Illinois Super Lawyers in 2018 - 02/02/2018

Barron and Hansen Article Examines the Parameters of Illinois’ Medical Studies Act - 01/04/2018

Attorneys Author Articles for IDC Quarterly - 10/13/2017

Hansen Appointed Chair of IADC’s Medical Defense and Health Law Committee - 08/09/2017

Hansen and Pratt Author Article for IADC Defense Counsel Journal - 07/03/2017

60 Heyl Royster Attorneys on Leading Lawyers’ Latest List - 06/29/2017

Seven Heyl Royster Attorneys Author IDC Quarterly Articles - 03/31/2017

24 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers - 03/10/2017

Hansen and Mares Article on Non-Compete Agreements Published in IADC Business Litigation Newsletter - 01/30/2017

Eight Heyl Royster Attorneys Featured in Recent IDC Quarterly Publication - 06/06/2016

57 Heyl Royster Attorneys Recognized by Leading Lawyers - 04/22/2016

Hansen Joins Claims and Litigation Management Alliance - 02/19/2016

26 Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers - 02/05/2016

Hansen and Pratt published in IADC Medical Defense newsletter - 07/16/2015

Heyl Royster Attorneys Author Articles for IDC Quarterly - 12/16/2014

Linder and Hansen Author IICLE® Chapter on Products Liability - 12/15/2014

Attorneys Author Articles for 2014 IDC Quarterly Issue No. 3 - 09/04/2014

Heyl Royster Attorneys Author Articles for IDC Quarterly - 04/18/2014

Hansen Named to Advanced Medical Transport Board of Directors - 08/01/2013

Nine Additional Heyl Royster Attorneys Selected as Leading Lawyers - 07/26/2013

Education

  • Juris Doctor (cum laude), University of Illinois College of Law, 1994
  • Bachelor of Science - Finance (cum laude), Northern Illinois University, 1991

Year Joined Firm

1994

 

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Mark Hansen is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer who has extensive experience in complex litigation. He has more than 25 years of courtroom experience handling a wide range of litigation matters, with an emphasis in professional liability, business and commercial litigation, and product liability. Mark is currently chair of the firm’s Legal Malpractice Defense Practice and vice chair of the firm’s Professional Liability and Medical Malpractice Defense Practices. He is also chair of the firm’s Product Liability Practice.

Mark has earned Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV Preeminent® rating for ethical standards and legal ability. He has been designated an Illinois “Super Lawyer” - one of the top 5% lawyers in the state based on a survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer review by practice area. He has also been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in Illinois, which is also based on a peer review process conducted by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company and is a designation that is limited to the top 5% of lawyers in the state.

Throughout his career, Mark has been actively involved in professional organizations. He has served as chair of the IDC’s Spring Defense Tactics Seminar and Rookie Seminar and as an editor of the ISBA’s Trial Briefs newsletter. He has received recognition from the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Illinois State Bar Association for his service. Mark is also a frequent author and speaker on civil litigation and trial issues, including professional liability issues, evidentiary issues, damages, and litigation tactics.

Mark is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel. Founded in 1920, the IADC is the preeminent invitation-only global legal organization for attorneys who represent corporate and insurance interests. He served as chair of the IADC’s Medical Defense and Health Law Committee from 2017-2019, chair of the IADC’s Engagement and Retention Committee from 2015-2018, and chair of the IADC’s Midyear Meeting CLE Steering Committee from 2019-2020. Mark was recently appointed to serve as a member of the faculty for the 2021 IADC Trial Academy at Stanford Law School.

Significant Cases

  • Sawyer v. Hospital, Circuit Court of Tazewell County, Illinois Wrongful death action arising from the anesthesia staff’s alleged failure to diagnose internal bleeding during a robotic hysterectomy procedure. The decedent was a 36 year old mother of three minor children. The jury returned a not guilty verdict in favor of the CRNA. The verdict against the anesthesiologist was within our pretrial evaluation.
  • Stone v. MiTek Industries, Circuit Court of Tazewell County, Illinois Strict product liability case involving the manufacture and design of a roof truss press, a one hundred foot long machine comprised of work tables that a gantry rolled roof trusses on. The 19 year old plaintiff suffered catastrophic injuries, including an above-knee amputation of his left leg. The jury returned a verdict within our pretrial evaluation.
  • Nichols v. Hospital Medical malpractice action which arose from complications following surgical repair of a giant hernia. Plaintiff sustained catastrophic injuries, including blindness, removal of a hip due to persistent infection, and an ileostomy. During the course of the litigation, the parties disclosed a total of 24 expert witnesses across multiple disciplines. The case was settled favorably following a second mediation.
  • Likes v. GCH – Circuit Court of Knox County, Illinois - Medical malpractice action alleging failure to timely diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome. Obtained summary judgement for defendant hospital.
  • Platinum Jet Center BMI, LLC v. Bloomington Normal Airport Authority Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois - Breach of contract action brought by plaintiff FBO against defendant airport (our client) seeking $6 million in lost profits and other damages caused by delay in construction of a commercial FBO facility. Jury returned verdict of $8,500 against the defendant airport. No appeal was taken.
  • Marsh v. KCC – Circuit Court of Knox County, Illinois - Medical malpractice action alleging failure to timely diagnose and treat diabetes. Obtained summary judgement for defendant medical clinic and defendant hospital.
  • Rosewood Care Center, Inc. v. Caterpillar Inc. 226 Ill. 2d 559 (2007) - Explicit rejection by Illinois Supreme Court of "pre-existing debt rule" under the statute of frauds and adoption of the "main purpose" or "leading object" rule.
  • Maxwell v. White Consolidated Industries, Inc. Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois - Multi-party product liability case alleging death of plaintiff's decedent as a result of long-term exposure to chromium, nickel, and other chemicals. Obtained summary judgment for third-party defendant manufacturer on the eve of trial.
  • BCC Cattle Company, LLC v. Ray U.S.D.C., Central District of Illinois and Circuit Court of Knox County, Illinois - Breach of contract actions to recover plaintiffs' investment in a black angus cattle-breeding operation with facilities located across the Midwestern and Western United States. Obtained judgments for plaintiffs in state and federal court of more than $6 million.
  • Montejo v. OSF Circuit Court of Peoria County, Illinois - Wrongful death action against two trauma surgeons who failed to diagnose pulmonary embolism in 38-year-old mother of two. The jury returned a not guilty verdict. There was no appeal.
  • Peoria City/County Landfill v. Waste Management of Illinois - Represented municipal landfill in a contractual dispute with a national waste management company regarding most favored nation pricing, host fees, soil stockpiling, and a number of other issues. The case was settled favorably prior to mandatory arbitration.
  • Platinum Aviation, LLC v. Bloomington Normal Airport Authority Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois - Breach of contract action relating to the right of an FBO to conduct business operations on certain areas of the airfield and the interaction of the contracts at issue with the defendant airport's FAA Sponsor Assurances and other FAA regulations. Obtained summary judgment for the defendant airport.
  • HU Venture Fund, L.L.C. v. Community Merchant Services, Inc. Circuit Court of McLean County, Illinois - Breach of contract action to recover a significant investment in the development of technology for point-of-sale advertising at ATMs. Following mediation, the case was settled for the total amount of our client's investment plus interest.
  • BP Pipelines (North America) Inc. v. Mackey’s Tiling and Excavation Circuit Court of Warren County, Illinois - Action to recover expenses related to the replacement of a damaged section of pipeline and environmental remediation costs caused by the rupture of an underground crude oil pipeline which supplied crude oil to a gasoline refinery in the Chicago area. Case was settled favorably for the plaintiff (our client) before trial.
  • Romack v. R. Gingerich Co. 314 Ill. App. 3d 1065 (3d Dist. 2000) - Determination of whether partial waiver of workers' compensation lien is good faith settlement under Illinois Contribution Act.

Publications

  • “Insurer Compelled to Comply with HIPAA Privacy Rule Requirements,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2020)
  • "Illinois Appellate Court Deems Mental Health Record Privileged in Neurological Brain Injury Case," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2020) - Download Article
  • “The Statute of Frauds,” chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2019)
  • “Battery Claim Arising From Use of New Medical Device Dismissed,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2019)
  • “First District Holds Expert Redesignated as Consultant Is Entitled to Consultant’s Privilege Against Disclosure,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2019)
  • "Defenses to Products Liability," chapter in Illinois Product Liability Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2014, 2019)
  • "Expert Discovery," chapter in Medical Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2018) - Read Excerpt
  • “Appellate Court Addresses Standard for Proximate cause Opinion Testimony and Plaintiff’s Use of Voluntary Dismissal as a Tool to Disclose Additional Experts,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2018) - Download Article
  • “Recent Appellate Decision Emphasizes Need for Caution in Drafting Special Interrogatories,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2018) - Download Article
  • “The Illinois Medical Studies Act Privilege After Grosshuesch and Eid,” IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • “Isn’t Every Party Entitled to be Represented by its Own Attorney? Take Note of Gapinski v. Gujrati,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2017) - Download Article
  • “Follow the Audit Trail: The Impact of Metadata in Litigation,” IADC’s Defense Counsel Journal (2017) - Download Article
  • "What You Should Know About the New Illinois Limited Liability Company Act," International Association of Defense Counsel Business Litigation Committee Newsletter (2017) - Download Article
  • “Hospitals Beware: Apparent Agency Claims May Arise From Treatment Rendered at Offsite, Independent Clinics,” Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2017) - Download Article
  • "Consideration and Non-Compete Agreements: The State of the Law in Illinois," International Association of Defense Counsel Business Litigation Committee Newsletter (2017) - Download Article
  • "Appellate Court Addresses Issue of First Impression Concerning Apparent Agency, Consent Forms and a Non-English Speaking Patient," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2016) - Download Article
  • "The Statute of Frauds," chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2016)
  • "Illinois Supreme Court Addresses Various Privilege Claims in the Case of a Negligent Credentialing Claim in Klaine v. Southern Illinois Hospital Services," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2016) - Download Article 
  • "Illinois Court Considers Physician Lawsuit Seeking Information Used by Hospital in Assessing Potential Employment," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2015) - Download Article
  • "Illinois Court Extends Affidavit and Health-Professional’s Report Requirements to Medical Battery Claims," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2015)
  • "Recovery of Future Medical Expenses for Novel Treatment," Defense Counsel Journal (2015)
  • "Health Law Update: The Fifth District Provides Guidance on Claims of Privilege," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014) – Download Article
  • "Recovery of Extraordinary Expenses Permitted in Wrongful Pregnancy Action," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2014)
  • "Illinois Court Issues Harsh Reminder that Physicians Must Supplement Prior Deposition Testimony with Any New Opinions Before Trial," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2014)
  • "Illinois Appellate Court Discusses Whether Application for Medical Staff Privileges are Privileged from Production in Discovery," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2014)
  • "Illinois Supreme Court Rules Against Emergency Room Physicians in Resolving Split Among Appellate Districts Regarding Interpretation of Good Samaritan Act," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2014)
  • "Drafting a Consent to Treatment Form? Defending an Apparent Agency Claims? Consider the Appellate Court Third District's Decision in Steele v. Provena Hospitals," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2014) – Download Article
  • "Illinois Court Addresses Proximate Cause Defense in Case of Third-Party Intervening Physician," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2013)
  • "The Statute of Frauds" chapter in Contract Law, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2013)
  • "Spoliation of Evidence in Illinois: The Duty to Preserve Evidence and the Impact of Martin v. Keeley & Sons, Inc.," International Association of Defense Counsel Product Liability Committee Newsletter (2013)
  • "Illinois Court Narrows Application of Good Samaritan Act Immunity for Physicians," International Association of Defense Counsel Medical Defense and Health Law Committee Newsletter (2013)
  • "Appellate Courts Recognize Standard for Obtaining Relief Under Supreme Court Rule 224," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2012) - Download Article
  • "Supreme Court Issues Decision Regarding Recoverable Damages for Wrongful-Birth in Clark v. Children's Memorial Hospital," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2011) - Download Article
  • "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About the Illinois Supreme Court's Rejection of Damage Caps," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2010) - Download Article
  • "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About Current Medicare Issues," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2010) - Download Article
  • "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About the HITECH Breach Notification Rules," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2010) - Download Article
  • "What Every Litigator Needs to Know About the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act of 2009," Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly (2009) - Download Article

Public Speaking

  • “Social Media Pitfalls for Lawyers”
    Internal Presentation for National Insurance Carrier 2018
  • “Preparing a Corporate Witness for Deposition - Perspectives from a Corporate Witness and from Defense Counsel”
    International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting 2018
  • “The Impact of Electronic Medical Records and Metadata on Litigation”
    International Association of Defense Counsel Midyear Meeting 2017
  • “How to Use the Affordable Care Act to Challenge Damages”
    International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting 2016
  • “More Attorney Media Horror Stories”
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Annual Ethics Conference 2016
  • “Legal Update: The Last Year in Medical Defense and Health Law”
    Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management Annual Meeting 2015
  • “Legal Update: The Last Year in Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Defense”
    Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management Annual Meeting 2014
  • “How to Handle the Midnight Call: A Panel Discussion”
    Heyl Royster Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “The Building Blocks of an Effective Defense: A Panel Discussion”
    Heyl Royster Claims Handling Seminar 2014
  • “Proactive Defense Strategies: The Benefits of Effective Deposition Preparation and Training of Defense Witnesses”
    Heyl Royster Claims Handling Seminar 2012
  • “Legal Issues and Nursing”
    Methodist Medical Center 2010
  • “Emerging Issues in Medical Malpractice Defense”
    Illinois Society of Healthcare Risk Management Annual Meeting 2009
  • “What You Need to Know About Illinois Liens and the Common Fund Doctrine”
    Heyl Royster Claims Handling Seminar 2009
  • “New Rules of Professional Conduct”
    Caterpillar Inc. 2009
  • “Tort Law Update”
    Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Fall Seminar 2008
  • “Trends in Settlement Values”
    Greater Peoria Claims Association Fall Seminar 2007

Professional Recognition

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Named to the Illinois Super Lawyers list (2016-2020). The Super Lawyers selection process is based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of the lawyers in each state earn this designation.
  • Selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois in areas of Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Defense Law; Products Liability Defense Law; and Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named as Leading Lawyers.
  • Newsletter Editor Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association (2009)
  • President’s Commendation, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2006)
  • President’s Commendation, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2005)
  • Newsletter Editor Service Award, Illinois State Bar Association (2004)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Participant, 2004 Allerton House Conference on "The Quest for Justice: Cost, Efficiency, Fairness"
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Participant, 2000 Allerton House Conference on "The Future of the Legal Profession?: Multidisciplinary Practice"
  • Recently mentioned in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin for successful resolution of hospital catastrophic injury case and for trial of significant product liability case.

Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel (Medical Defense and Health Law Committee, Chair, 2017-2019; Engagement and Retention Committee, Chair, 2015-2018; Midyear Meeting CLE Steering Committee, Chair, 2019-2020; Trial Academy, Faculty, 2021)
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Defense Federation
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • Trial Law Institute
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association

Court Admissions

  • State Courts of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit 
  • United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Central Illinois Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Board of Directors, Advanced Medical Transport, Inc.
  • Pillars Society, Heart of Illinois United Way
  • President’s Society, Unity Point Health Foundation
  • President’s Circle of Fellows, The Foundation of the International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Active supporter of many local charities and nonprofit groups