Jill Eckhaus defends hospitals, physicians and physician groups in medical negligence and catastrophic injury proceedings, including actions for wrongful death. She has represented corporate and individual insureds in medical malpractice defense claims, professional negligence, products liability and premise liability matters in both state and federal courts.

Throughout the litigation process, Jill zealously advocates for her clients—a trait founded in her days as a public defender—ensuring they are prepared for depositions and trial.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw, Jill practiced at several Chicago-based firms including a multi-national defense litigation firm and a mid-size litigation defense law firm. Before embarking on her private practice, Jill was a senior public defender in the Felony Division of the DuPage County Public Defender's Office. During her tenure, she successfully served as first chair trial counsel in the defense of multiple felony and misdemeanor jury trials, including seeing 54 trials to verdict.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2008–2009, 2013–2015, 2018–Present
    • Young Lawyers Section, Health & Hospital Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2018
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2017Present 
  • Chicago Healthcare Risk Management Society, Member, 2015–Present
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Member, 2015–Present
  • Wisconsin State Bar Association, Member, 2015–Present
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 20112013
  • DuPage Association of Women's Lawyers, Member, 20082013
  • DuPage County Bar Associate, Member, 20082013

Community/Civic Activities

  • John Marshall Law School, Former Mentor
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago, Former Volunteer Big Sister


J.D., The John Marshall Law School, 2008

B.A., Communications, The University of Illinois at Chicago, 2001