Diane Webster Included in Chicago Lawyer's "40 Under 40"

October 4, 2013

Chicago — Diane E. Webster, a Partner in the Chicago office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, was included in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer's "40 Under 40." The "40 Under 40" feature is the result of an annual survey where Illinois attorneys determine who they believe are the “up and comers” of law in Illinois.

According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Ms. Webster was recognized for her impressive representation on behalf of a number of clients, including Mercy Hospital and Medical Center where she was noted for her ability to handle complex, multimillion-dollar litigation on behalf of the hospital. In an interview with the publication, Sister Sheila Lyne, president and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center commented on Webster’s superb counsel and advice, “Diane is not afraid to provide us with bad news when warranted. She is responsive, cooperative and a pleasure to work with.”

Ms. Webster was also recognized for her contributions to the legal community and community at large. The publication particularly took note of her involvement with ALPFA Chicago, a nonprofit professional organization that is dedicated to enhancing opportunities for Latinos and building leadership and career skills. Webster currently serves as Chair of ALPFA Chicago’s first Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) where she seeks to provide long-term strategic guidance and wisdom to the board of directors. Within the 40 under 40 feature, Manny Espinoza, CEO of ALPFA acknowledged Webster for going above and beyond for the organization, “Diane’s leadership was instrumental in the success of the Chicago ALPFA Law Program. She previously served as the second VP of the program ensuring that it continued beyond the initial launch and worked to secure quality and relevant programming.”

Ms. Webster is a trial attorney who focuses her practice on civil defense litigation including medical and healthcare litigation, products liability, pharmaceutical liability, and medical/surgical device litigation. Her clients include hospitals and physicians, insurance companies, a medical/surgical device company, state and county governments, and a major league baseball organization. Her practice also includes premises liability, municipal law and government litigation.

She is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois and the Hispanic National Bar Association. She has volunteered at the Metro Achievement School for Girls, Step-Up Women’s Network, and Junior Achievement.

Ms. Webster serves on Hinshaw's hiring committee, and is an active member of the firm’s Hispanic Attorney Network. She also mentors younger leaders within the firm, the community, and law students through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a national law firm with approximately 500 attorneys providing coordinated legal services across the United States and in London. Hinshaw lawyers partner with businesses, governmental entities and individuals to help them effectively address legal challenges and seize opportunities. Founded in 1934, the firm represents clients in complex litigation and in regulatory and transactional matters.