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Stuart and Monfort Honored with Trial Lawyer Excellence Award


Cheri Stuart and Renee Monfort received a 2015 Jury Verdict Reporter Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for the Outstanding Defense Verdict in a Medical Malpractice Case on October 21.

The award was in recognition of a defense verdict that Stuart, as lead counsel, and Monfort obtained after a two-week medical malpractice trial in which the plaintiff asked the jury for $5 million. The case involved a 34-year-old patient with a history of lupus who died from septic shock while undergoing surgery for necrotizing fasciitis. Stuart and Monfort represented a surgeon who was accused of failing to appropriately communicate with the anesthesia team to ensure that additional lifesaving monitoring was provided during the surgery.

The award was presented by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a division of Law Bulletin Publishing Co. at the 6th Annual JVR Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence at the Harold Washington Library in downtown Chicago.

Stuart defends professionals and healthcare entities in medical malpractice litigation, hospital liability and long term care facility cases, and in proceedings before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she served as a registered nurse, nurse case manager and nurse-paralegal. Monfort has 25 years of experience defending healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She also provides general counsel to health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on a wide range of administrative, policy and risk management matters, and represents clients before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation and the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

Renee Monfort (left) and Cheri Stuart (right) with their JVR awards