Representative Matters

Jerrod Barenbaum's litigation practice emphasizes the representation of healthcare professionals in medical malpractice litigation. He also provides guidance to healthcare institutions on issues involving risk management, HIPAA and record production.

Mr. Barenbaum has substantial trial experience before Northern Illinois juries. In addition to his practice at the federal court level, he appears in State Circuit Courts throughout Illinois, including Winnebago County. He has represented defendants, including healthcare institutions, as primary counsel, in jury trials in Whiteside County, Winnebago County, Boone County, DeKalb County and McHenry County.

Mr. Barenbaum also litigates cases before arbitration panels under Winnebago County's mandatory arbitration system.

Professional Background

Mr. Barenbaum joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in July 1994. He is an active member of the Winnebago County Bar Association, as has served as Chair of its Medical-Legal Committee, which acts as a liaison between the local bar and local physicians. Mr. Barenbaum's professional memberships also include the Defense Research Institute and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Mr. Barenbaum is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and has been selected by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the areas of Medical Malpractice Defense Law, and Personal Injury Defense Law: General.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine (2008, 2009)

Representative Matters

Medical Malpractice

  • Secured a defense verdict for a multispecialty clinic and its employed surgeons in a case alleging negligent post-operative care resulting in the death of a 57 year old female.

  • Secured a verdict for a Rockford hospital and its employed cardiologist in a case alleging a failure to diagnose an impending MI resulting in the death of a 67 year old male.

  • Secured a defense verdict on behalf of clients—a physician and large healthcare system. Plaintiff sought non-economic damages of $1.75 million, alleging Defendants failed to initiate appropriate DVT and PE prophylaxis after a skin graft operation and prematurely discharged him without such prophylaxis, resulting in Plaintiff's decedent, age 56, dying from a pulmonary embolism.

  • Secured a swift defense verdict in a medical malpractice trial that had formerly been appealed, reversed and remanded for a new trial. The claim against our client alleged failure to diagnose cancer and sought $1.25 million in damages.


  • "Documentation and Depositions 101," OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois, June 2015
  • "Medical Malpractice Crisis," Rockford Health System's Department of Medical Education's Scientific Session, Rockford, Illinois, February 2005
  • "Potential Liability for Improper Disclosures of Personal Health Information," Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois, February 2005
  • "Primer on the Litigation Process," Saint Anthony College of Nursing, Rockford, Illinois, 1999

J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1994

B.A., Lake Forest College, 1991