Representative Matters

Tom Mulroy is a trial lawyer. He focuses his litigation practice in professional liability defense, products liability defense and medical device litigation. Mr. Mulroy litigates in federal and state courts and represents clients in the medical field, including physicians, group practices, hospitals and medical device manufacturers.

Professional Background

Before joining Hinshaw & Culbertson in June 1998, Mr. Mulroy worked for the Chicago law firm of McDermott, Will & Emery. During law school, he worked for the City of Chicago, Office of the Corporation Counsel, representing the City of Chicago in a variety of legal matters. He also served judicial clerkships for the Hon. Donald J. O'Brien and the Hon. William D. Maddux, the Presiding Judge of Cook County.

Professional Affiliations

  • YLS Chicago Bar Association Professional Responsibility and Ethics Committee, Chairman (2002–2003)

Honors & Awards

  • Selected by his peers and named by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer Magazine as one of the top "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," 2006
  • Selected for inclusion in "The Best Lawyers in America®" in the area of Commercial Litigation, since 2008
  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2008)

Representative Matters

Mr. Mulroy is the youngest attorney in the firm to have successfully first-chaired civil trials in the Cook County Courts. He has extensive experience trying cases before juries involving the representation of medical professionals, hospitals and corporations.

In 2010, Mr. Mulroy was named lead counsel in defense of several medical device liability cases, representing an international manufacturer of stereotactic radiosurgery devices.

He was also one of the lead defense attorneys in a 2008 case involving alleged software malfunctions in a hospital’s electronic medical records storage and retrieval system.

Mr. Mulroy has additional experience involving litigation on behalf of real estate and general business clients. He principally authored and argued a motion for summary judgment on behalf of real estate investment developer Catellus Development Corporation. The plaintiff’s attorney had spent several years preparing the catastrophic tort case, and had issued a global demand of $25 million. Based on Mr. Mulroy’s legal arguments, the case was dismissed against Catellus 29 days before the scheduled trial date.

In addition, Mr. Mulroy is the author of the brief filed in West Suburban Bank v. Attorneys' Title Insurance Fund, Inc., 326 Ill.App.3d 502 (2nd Dist. 2001), a successful appeal involving an issue of first impression under the Commercial Real Estate Broker Lien Act. His arguments were adopted by the Appellate Court, and now constitute the law of the State of Illinois on this issue.

Mr. Mulroy also has experience representing municipalities and public officials in connection with various matters. He successfully defended the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office in the case of Morrell v. Mock, 270 F.3d 1090 (7th Cir. 2001), a civil rights case involving intense media interest. Mr. Mulroy’s victory in that case was affirmed by the Seventh Circuit Federal Appellate Court in a published opinion.

In 2003, Mr. Mulroy defended Naperville School District 203 in a high-profile contract case involving multiple issues of contract law and school law.


Mr. Mulroy has given presentations on a number of issues involving the representation of physicians and hospitals to bar associations, physicians, and medical insurers.


J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1998

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1995