Dawn Sallerson’s practice is devoted to the defense and litigation of professional liability, legal and medical malpractice, class actions, products liability, municipal liability, insurance coverage, toxic and mass torts, construction-related litigation, and personal lines and commercial general liability lawsuits.

Ms. Sallerson has tried numerous cases to verdict in the state and federal courts.

Professional Background

Ms. Sallerson joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in September 1986. She is the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Belleville, Illinois and Edwardsville, Illinois offices, and also serves on the firm’s Attorney Life Committee and its Associate Hiring and Interview Committee. She is also serving on an eight member Appellate Court Selection Panel for a vacancy on the 5th District Appellate Court via appointment from Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier.

Ms. Sallerson serves as Chair and Investigating Member of Hinshaw’s Sexual and Unlawful Harassment Committee. She was also appointed to the firm’s Attorney Evaluation Committee. Ms. Sallerson is the Midwest Region, Belleville office Mentor Coordinator, and also serves as the Belleville office’s chair of continuing legal education programs.

Ms. Sallerson has received substantial recognition for her academic achievements. She is listed in “Who’s Who Among American Law Students,”  “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities,” and the “National Register of Outstanding College Graduates.” During her undergraduate studies she was Senior Class President, International Affairs Association President, United Nations Team President, College Council Secretary, Junior Class Treasurer, a member of the Artist Lecture Series Committee and a member of the Publications Advisory Board.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • St. Clair County Bar Association, Member
    • Board Member
  • Memorial Law Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Selected by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois to serve on the U.S. District Court Local Rules Committee
  • Chosen by the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois to serve on the Magistrate Selection Panel

Honors & Awards

  • Named as one of the “Top Ten Women Lawyers Downstate,” by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, 2009
  • Named one of the “Top 50 Women Downstate Lawyers” by Leading Lawyers Network Magazine
  • Recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the category of Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance Law and also in the category of Personal Injury Defense in the areas of General, Professional Malpractice and Products Liability
  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability
  • Leading Lawyers, Problem Solvers Award for Insurance/Insurance Coverage/Reinsurance Law; Medical Malpractice Defense; Personal Injury Defense: General; Products Liability List


  • Editor and contributing author of Hinshaw’s Medical Malpractice Newsletter.

She has spoken before numerous groups on topics related to litigation. The subject matters of her presentations and publications have included:

  • “Loss of Chance: The Illinois Perspective,” 2009
  • “Illinois Civil Procedure: Local Court Practices,” 2007
  • “Defense Issues in Avoiding Breast and Reproductive Cancer Diagnoses Failures,” 2006
  • “Civil Defense Practices,” 2006
  • “Managing Litigation,” 2006
  • “Considerations in Third Party Actions,” 2006.
  • “Responsive Pleadings,” 2005
  • "Spoliation of Evidence: Issues for the Defense," 2004
  • "Pleading Issues in Tort Defense," 2002
  • "Pleadings: A Practitioner’s View," 2002
  • "Settlement/Release Protection," 2002
  • "Discovery and Investigation in Tort Actions," 2000
  • "Petrillo Violations," 1998
  • "Municipal Immunities," 1998
  • "The Future of Tort Reform," 1997
  • "Impact of Unconstitutionality of the Tort Reform Act," 1997
  • "Significant Recent Decisions Impacting the Tort Immunity Act," 1997
  • "Jury Instructions, Their Use and Effect, Under the Tort Reform Act," 1997
  • "Major Provisions and Immunities in the Illinois Tort Immunity Act," 1996
  • "Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, New Provisions, and the Impact Upon Claim Handling," 1996
  • "Illinois Tort Reform Act, The Practical Effects," 1995
  • "Illinois Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Provisions," 1995
  • "Limitation of Actions in Medical Malpractice Claims," 1995
  • "Your Deposition, Preparation and Examination: Defense of Company Procedures," 1994


J.D., cum laude, Saint Louis University School of Law, 1986

B.A., summa cum laude, St. Mary-of-the-Woods College, 1983