Greg Snyder is the leader of the Medical Litigation Group at Hinshaw. He has been representing physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers in medical legal matters for more than 25 years. He regularly defends physicians, surgeons, and nurses involved in medical malpractice lawsuits at deposition and trials in state and federal courts throughout Illinois.
Greg provides medical risk management advice and leads a team of attorneys who conduct internal investigations at in response to complaints at hospitals, religious organizations and physician groups to identify potential civil exposure. Greg has successfully defended religious institutions involved in sensitive litigation.
Greg joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP as an associate in August 1993 after graduating from DePaul University Law School. He was a summer associate with the firm in 1992.
Greg is an enthusiastic legal teacher. He coordinates and teaches ongoing continuing legal education and trial advocacy classes for the Medical Litigation Group throughout the year. Since 2005, he has taught "Illinois Civil Procedure," an annual seminar that covers local rules of Illinois' 17th, 19th, and 22nd judicial circuits, as part of Hinshaw University, the firm's nationwide attorney training and education program.
- Defense Research Institute
- Illinois Association of Defense Counsel
- Illinois Association of Health Care Attorneys
- Illinois State Bar Association
Honors & Awards
- Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability
- Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants, 2018 – 2021
A selection of Greg's representative cases includes:
- The defense of a general surgeon in McHenry County, Illinois at jury trial in a case where the surgeon was accused of medical negligence in connection with a laparoscopic cholecystectomy procedure that resulted in a severed common bile duct. Verdict for the defense.
- The defense of an internal medicine physician in McHenry County, Illinois at jury trial in a case where the physician was accused of failing to diagnose and respond to the patient's hyperthyroidism which resulted in death. Dismissal during trial with no settlement payment.
- The defense of a psychiatrist in Will County, Illinois in a case where the plaintiff alleged the prescription of psychiatric medications depressed the patient's central nervous system, resulting in death. Dismissed with no settlement payment.
- The defense of a family medicine physician in Cook County Circuit Court in a case where the plaintiff alleged the physician had failed in his role as the attending physician to timely call in and coordinate consulting physicians in response to the patient's severe community-acquired pneumonia. Dismissed with no settlement payment.
- The defense of an emergency medicine physician in Winnebago County, Illinois in a case that arose from allegations of a failure to diagnose a patient's brain abscess, resulting in death. Dismissed with no settlement payment.
- The defense of a psychiatrist in Will County, Illinois at jury trial in a case where a patient took his own life after a short inpatient admission to psychiatric ward. Plaintiff claimed defendant failed to properly evaluate the patient's potential for suicide. Verdict for defense.
- The defense of a pediatrician in Winnebago County, Illinois in a case that arose from a surgical procedure performed by defendant that resulted in burns to a child's right index finger and dorsum of her dominant hand. Prevailed at jury trial of this matter by convincing the jury that this unwanted outcome was a recognized complication of the procedure being performed and that the results occurred in the absence of any wrongdoing or negligence on the part of the physician. Verdict for defense.
- The defense of an internal medicine physician in U.S. District Court in Rockford, Illinois, in a case that arose out of bleeding complications experienced by plaintiff following a Roux-en-Y gastric bypass bariatric procedure for weight loss. After several years of litigation, Greg's client was dismissed with prejudice from the case just prior to the trial without any settlement payment.
- The defense of a plastic surgeon in Winnebago County, Illinois against allegations of improper surgical technique in the performance of a breast reconstruction surgery. Verdict for defense.
Greg has given presentations to local businesses on the legal advantages of various forms of business entities, and the development of document retention and destruction programs. He has also spoken to county bar associations on changes to the Illinois Supreme Court rules.
- "Medical Malpractice Case Law Update - Relevant Cases to a Medical Litigation Practice," CLE presentation, Chicago, Illinois. January 2016
- "Local Practice in the Circuit Courts Throughout Northern Illinois," Illinois Attorney General's Office CLE presentation, Chicago, Illinois, November 2015
- "Medical Malpractice Case Law Update - Relevant Cases to a Medical Litigation Practice," CLE presentation, Chicago, Illinois, May 2015
- "Illinois Open Meetings Act - What You Need to Know," Rockford, Illinois, February 2015
- "Medical Malpractice Case Law Update - Recent Appellate Court Cases Affecting Your Practice," CLE presentation, Chicago, Illinois July 2014
- "Medical Malpractice Case Law Update - Relevant Cases to a Medical Litigation Practice," CLE presentation, Chicago, Illinois, November 2013
- "Expert Disclosure Requirements Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Hinshaw Medical Litigation Practice Group CLE, Chicago, Illinois, March 2010
- "Limiting Exposure for Apparent Agency Liability," Illinois Risk Managers, Rockford, Illinois, February 2010
- "Preparing for and Surviving an Office Assessment of Risk Management," Elgin, Illinois, February 2010
- Sixty-Five Hinshaw Lawyers Recognized in 2021 Editions of Best Lawyers and Best Lawyers: Ones to WatchAugust 20, 2020Three Lawyers Honored as "Lawyer of the Year"
- August 15, 2019
- August 15, 2018
- August 15, 2017
- September 18, 2018
- December 21, 2016
- April 7, 2015
- March 19, 2012
- July 22, 2011
- February 25, 2011Medical Litigation Alert
Greg is an avid runner and cyclist. He has completed several Marathons including Chicago in 2009, 2010, 2014 as well as New York and Berlin in 2014. He is a member of Team Imerman Angels running group. Greg has ridden the Register's Great Annual Bike Ride Across Iowa (RAGBRAI) in 1997, 2005, and 2009.
Member of the board of directors and serves as General Counsel of the Molly D. Burns Foundation for Children, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.