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Kelly Sabo Gaden


Kelly Sabo Gaden is a fierce advocate for victims of long term care abuse and neglect, medical malpractice, catastrophic trucking and auto accidents, birth injury, and various other personal injury matters. With more than 15 years of experience in handling personal injury matters, Kelly has secured more than $80 million in jury verdicts and settlements for people who have been seriously or fatally injured.

Kelly works hard to protect her clients’ interests and is dedicated to guiding them through every step along the way through litigation and settlement to ensure that they receive the compensation they deserve and the justice to which they are entitled.

Before joining Levin & Perconti, Kelly led the long-term care and medical malpractice group at another prominent Chicago personal injury law firm, where she obtained several record-setting verdicts on behalf of her clients. She continues to be a leader in long-term care at Levin & Perconti successfully prosecuting and resolving claims.

Kelly is dedicated to mentoring young lawyers, particularly women, to develop and maximize their talents. A board member of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Kelly helps organize events to provide networking opportunities for women lawyers to connect and learn from one another. She is also involved with the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, the American Association for Justice and its Nursing Home Litigation Group, and the Illinois State Bar Association.

While in law school, Kelly contributed to the article, “Kelo vs. City of New London: An Argument for Banning Economic Development Takings,” which was published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She also received the CALI Award for Property. Kelly is a graduate of Augustana College, where she had the honor of serving as the 144th Annual Commencement Student Speaker.

Originally from south suburban Orland Park, Kelly lives in Chicago with her husband, Brian and daughters, Charlotte (“Charlie”) and Amelia. A sports enthusiast, Kelly enjoys cheering for Chicago sports teams, particularly the Chicago Bears. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys experiencing different cultures through travel and cuisine.

Some of Kelly's notable achievements include:


settlement for a young woman who was admitted to a Chicagoland hospital psychiatric unit where due to an unknown trauma suffered a spinal cord injury with delayed diagnosis resulting in quadriplegia


settlement for a 29 year old who developed bedsores at a Chicagoland hospital that deteriorated and became infected at a local nursing home


settlement against an assisted living facility (ALF) settlement for a 93-year-old resident who died after being left outside unassisted for several hours in 90-degree heat


ettlement against a community integrated living arrangement (CILA) on behalf of the family of a 31-year-old who sustained traumatic brain injuries and died


settlement against a Coles County community integrated living arrangement (CILA) for a client who choked while the DSP failed to perform life-saving care and treatment


settlement against a supportive living facility (SLF) and a nursing home for the death of an 87-year-old who fell down a flight of stairs and died several months later from unrelated causes


in a record-setting verdict against a nursing home for a resident who fell during a transfer. This is the highest verdict ever awarded in Illinois for a hip fracture without a death.


jury verdict against a downstate nursing home and management company for the death of a 93 year old nursing home resident who fell resulting in a brain bleed and death


settlement against a nursing home facility for a resident who abscond from the facility and froze to death due to hypothermia


settlement against a medical group for failure to diagnose appendicitis leading to death


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J.D., Capital University Law School, 2007

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B.A., Augustana College, 2004

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
  • AAJ Nursing Home Litigation Group (NHLG)
    Elected Executive Committee Member at Large, 2020-2021
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer Association (ITLA)
    Board of Managers, 2020-2024
    Board of Advocates, 2019-2020
    Women’s Caucus, 2017-2024
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
    Board of Directors, 2022-2024
    Civil Litigation Co-Chair, 2018-2021, 2022-2023
    Judicial Reception Co-Chair, 2020-2021, 2022-2023
    Annual Dinner Co-Chair, 2020-2023
    TWILL Co-Chair, 2022-2023
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®: Medical Malpractice, 2023-2024
  • Illinois Super Lawyers®: Rising Stars, Medical Malpractice, 2016-2017, 2021-2022
  • Leading Lawyers: Leading Lawyer, 2020-2023
  • Leading Lawyers: Top Lawyer: Leading Women, 2021-2023
  • Leading Lawyers: Emerging Lawyer, 2018-2019
  • Chicago Law Bulletin Publishing Company: Top “40 Attorneys Under 40 to Watch” in Illinois, 2021
  • Chicago Lawyer: Top Women Lawyers, 2019, 2021-2023
  • Chicago Lawyer: Top Personal Injury Plaintiff’s Lawyers, 2019-2022
  • Chicago Daily Herald Business Ledger: Top Women Lawyers in Chicago, 2018-2019, 2021-2022
  • Chicago Daily Herald Business Ledger: Top Suburban Business Lawyers, 2020
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40: Civil Plaintiff, 2019
  • Jury Verdict Reporter: Top 100 Verdicts, 2016, 2018
  • Lawyers of Distinction: Medical Malpractice Law, 2019
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Ethics & Professionalism Seminar, “Attorney Professionalism,” March 2023
  • Breaking the Glass Gavel, WBAI Judicial Reception recognizing the Women of Illinois Supreme Court, 2023
  • Strafford Webinar, Nursing Home Depositions: Establishing Liability, June 2022
  • Presented at the Exigent Medical Litigation Summit on “Nursing Home Litigation,” February 2020
  • WBAI Judicial Reception 2021 – Interview with Judge Van Tine

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