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Margaret P. Battersby Black

Partner
mpb@levinperconti.com
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Phone: 312-332-2872

325 N La Salle Dr #450
Chicago, Illinois 60654

Meet Margaret—Leader, Mentor, Advocate for Families

Margaret Battersby Black is an award-winning attorney who has played a key role in a number of nursing home and medical malpractice cases at Levin & Perconti. Her commitment to her practice has achieved noteworthy results for clients in all types of personal injury, nursing home and malpractice matters. Margaret is also committed to the advancement of women in the legal profession and serves as a mentor to law students and younger lawyers. In 2015 Margaret was honored by Chicago-Kent Law School as Outstanding Young Alumna of the year. This award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to the law school and the legal community.

Margaret grew up in Beverly Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, in a large Irish Catholic family full of lawyers and judges. She watched her father, a Plaintiff’s lawyer, spend his career helping the underdogs and the good guys, and this made a lasting impression. From a young age, Margaret embraced leadership roles in school, sports, and within her own family as the oldest child. Later, her ambition and vision helped earn her an undergraduate degree from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, build a successful career as a financial analyst at JP Morgan Chase in Chicago, and go on to earn her law degree from Chicago-Kent Law School. Family has remained central to her life, and she lives in Chicago with her husband, Jeff, and children, Evelyn and William. Margaret joined Levin & Perconti as a law clerk in 2006, was promoted to associate attorney in 2008 and was named Partner in 2014.

A representative sample of my successful verdicts:

  • $17.7 million medical malpractice settlement
  • $9 million birth injury settlement
  • $7.5 million Illinois Record Jones Act Settlement
  • $7 million wrongful death jury verdict
  • $6 million medical negligence settlement
  • $4.1 million record-setting Illinois nursing home jury verdict on behalf of an 85-year-old woman injured in a nursing home when her medications were mismanaged.
  • $3.6 million medical malpractice settlement for the death of a 26-year-old
  • $3.3 million hospital fall case settlement
  • $3 million medical malpractice settlement
  • $1.55 million medical malpractice settlement
  • $1.335 million verdict in a medical negligence lawsuit
  • $1.175 million assisted living negligence settlement

Margaret is well known for her work on behalf of individuals and families in lawsuits involving nursing home abuse and negligence. She has secured many notable high six and seven-figure settlements in cases involving falls, pressure sores and medication errors.

Margaret is well regarded by her clients and peers alike, and was honored by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as one of the 2011 "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch." This award is given to 40 outstanding attorneys throughout the state for their achievements on behalf of their clients, their communities and the legal profession. To view Margaret's 40 Under Forty profile click here.

Margaret was a founding member and is the inaugural chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Women’s Caucus for the term that runs through 2018. She is active in the Women's Bar Association of Illinois, the American Constitution Society, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, and previously served as the ACS Chicago Chapter’s Law Firm Outreach Coordinator. She regularly judges law school moot court competitions and hosts students in externships.

Margaret P. Battersby Black Leading Lawyer

Education

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
Graduated with Honors
American Constitution Society
Chicago Kent Moot Court Honors Society

B.B.A., University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, 2002
Graduated with Honors

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Member, Executive Committee, 2019; Member, Board of Managers since 2016; Founding member and Chair, Women's Caucus, 2017 - 2018; Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Committee, 2018; Legislative Committee, 2018 - 2019

Women's Bar Association of Illinois
Co-Chair, Judicial Evaluation Committee 2018-2019; Nominating Committee, 2018; Co-Chair, Annual Dinner 2018; Sponsorship Co-Chair, Annual Dinner Committee, 2018-2019; Member, Co-Chair of the Judicial Reception 2017

Chicago-Kent Law School
Young Alumni Council since 2014, Senior Partner Council since 2016

The American Constitutional Society’s Chicago Chapter
Board of Directors-Director of Firm Outreach

American Association for Justice
Member

Illinois State Bar Association
Member

Chicago Bar Association
Member

National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
Member Illinois NAELA Chapter, Litigation Committee, 2018

Professional Presentations and Speaking Engagements
  • "Two Partners Talk About Going from Student to Teacher," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 1, 2019. 
  • Presented at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Update and Review Seminar: "Nursing Home Trials following Grauer v. Clare Oaks."
  • Presented at the ITLA Women's Caucus about "Opening Statements" on 5/10/19.
  • Presented "Seven Hot Litigation Practice Areas: Information to Successfully Represent Clients" for ISBA's Law Ed Program on 3/29/19.
  • Presented on Survival and Wrongful Death Cases at the ITLA Damages Seminar on 2/18/19.
  • Featured in 9/24/18 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Column "Generation Esq." featuring newsworthy and interesting attorneys under 40.
  • Presented a “Medical Legal Update” on 9/21/18 at the Midwestern University College of Osteopathic Medicine to a group of physicians regarding how they can minimize the risks of medical malpractice in their own practice.
  • Deposing Nursing Home Staff and Corporate Representatives in Nursing Home Injury Cases, Strafford Publications Webinar,  6/12/18.
  • Michigan Association for Justice, Annual Convention: Trial Advocacy - Winning Direct Examinations, May 11, 2018.
  • On May 4, 2018, Margaret Battersby, founding member and chair of the ITLA Women's Caucus, organized and served as moderator of ITLA's first-ever Trial & Practice Tips Seminar held at Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort.
  • Deposing Nursing Home Employees and Owners in Neglect and Abuse Cases, Strafford Publications Webinar, April 11, 2018.
  • Presented at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Damages Seminar: "Effective Direct Examination of Witnesses" - February 2018
  • Hosted the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys webinar on "The Intersection Between Personal Injury and Elder Law.", 2017
  • Presented at the 13th Annual IICLE Elder Law Short Course on the topic of The Late Life Litigant: The Potential Value of Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Claims for Elderly Plaintiffs, 2017
  • Presented at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Medical Malpractice Seminar on the topic of Opening Statements, 2017
  • Nursing Home Injury Litigation: Common Claims, Medical Records, and Damages Assessment, Strafford Publications Webinar, December 20, 2017.
  • Chicago Bar Association's Tort Committee, "So You're Trying Your First Nursing Home Case?: Some Things You Should Know" - November 8, 2017.
  • ISBA Tort Law Ed Program Panel Discussion: Ethical Considerations Regarding the Submission of Evidence and Trial Tactics- May 2017
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) May 5, 2017, "Ex Parte Communication with Current and Former Employees of Defendant."
  • IICLE Elder Law Short Course, " Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect" - November 2016
  • ITLA Update and Review Seminar "Nursing Home Litigation" - September 2016
  • ITLA Medical Malpractice Seminar, "Affirmative Defenses of Contributory Negligence and Mitigation of Damages" - December 2015
  • IICLE Elder Law Short Course, " Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect" - October 2015
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213," Trial Seminar, March 28, 2015, Oak Brook, IL.
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, “Depositions - How to Take a Good Deposition and Expert Witnesses - When and How to Depose Them," Nursing Home & Assisted Living Facility Litigation Seminar, February 6, 2015, Chicago, IL.
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, “Nursing Home Litigation," Update and Review Seminar, October 13, 2014, Chicago, IL.
  • Chicago Bar Association's Elder Law Committee, Using Litigation to Protect Elderly Clients in Nursing Homes, May 21, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  • "How Changes to the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Will Affect Long-Term Care Abuse and Neglect Cases," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin - Law Day Edition, April 2013. 
  • AALNC Foum, An Overview of Brain Injury Lawsuits with Case Examination: Nissen v. Parcellano et al. April 5, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  • Illinois Disability Rights Consortium, Nursing Home Litigation, March 27, 2013. Chicago, IL.
  • Chicago-Kent Law School, Admitted Students Program, May 21, 2012. Chicago, IL.
  • Chicago Bar Association, 40 Under 40 Panel Discussion. April 2, 2012. Chicago, IL.
  • ITLA Liens and Settlement Seminar, Special Issues in Catastrophic Cases. February 20, 2012. Chicago, IL.
  • Illinois Department on Aging 2011 Elder Rights Conference, The Role of the Private Attorney in Enforcing Elder Rights through Litigation. July 7, 2011. Chicago, IL. 
  • On January 28, 2009, Margaret Battersby introduced Professor Steven Heyman at The American Constitutional Society Chicago Chapter’s discussion on his book, Free Speech and Human Dignity.  Margaret was a former student of Professor Heyman’s who teaches Constitutional Law and First Amendment classes at Chicago Kent College of Law.
Awards and Honors
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award
    Jury Verdict Reporter Awards Ceremony, 2019
  • Chicago Law Bulletin, "40 Under 40 Class of 2011: Where are They Now?"
  • Leading Lawyer, 2019
  • Women's Bar Association Service Award, 2019
  • Chicago's Notable Women Lawyers, Crain's Custom Media, 2018
  • ITLA President's Award, 2018
  • Top 10 Illinois Women Emerging Lawyer, 2017
  • Emerging Lawyer Leading Lawyers 2015 - 2017
  • Illinois Super Lawyers: Rising Stars 2012 - 2018
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award
    Jury Verdict Reporter Awards Ceremony, 2015
  • Outstanding Young Alumnae of the Year, 2015
    Chicago Kent College of Law
  • Emerging Leaders by Leading Lawyers 2015, 2016
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company's 40 Under 40, 2011
In The News
  • Recognized by the Jury Verdict Reporter as the lawyer who settled the most cases in 2019 over $500,000 with 24 total settlements above $500,000.
  • Featured in 9/24/18 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Column "Generation Esq." featuring newsworthy and interesting attorneys under 40.
  • Quoted in 3/16/18 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Article "ITLA Launches Women's Caucus to Foster Leaders"
    Testimonials
    ★★★★★
    Levin and Perconti was always there when we needed them and very quick to answer any questions. We are happy to say that Ashley Herschberger was very professional, informative, kind, and prompt when it came to our case. She was always there if we had a concern or a question. We would recommend Ashley and the law firm, Levin and Perconti, to anyone else. We would also come back with another case of our own if ever needed. The Gonzalez Family
    ★★★★★
    Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Peconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. My family and I will always be grateful for the compassion that they showed us. I want to thank you for what you did for my family, and for always being there for us. W.R., Medical Malpractice Client
    ★★★★★
    Our deepest appreciation to the law firm of Levin & Perconti, and in particular to Margaret Battersby Black, in the handling of the lawsuit we field n behalf of our sister who sustained life-threatening injuries as a nursing home resident. Margaret’s representation, guidance, and professionalism gave us the sense that we could put our trust in Levin & Perconti and the final outcome proved that to be true. D.G., Nursing Home Client
    ★★★★★
    I want to send my heartfelt thanks to John Perconti and the Levin & Perconti staff in taking our case. Not only were they so professional but also so caring and thoughtful. It was very difficult going over the facts in our mother's case but they were so compassionate and understanding and allowed us to be with them every step of the way. We were able to sit in on the depositions and we were really able to see how hard they worked on our behalf. M.R.Z., nursing home client
    ★★★★★
    Mr. Levin, Mr. Perconti, and the firm handled a medical malpractice suit for my family. During that time, my family and I suffered the loss of my mother. Mr. Levin and Mr. Perconti were more than just our lawyers. Words can’t really express our gratitude. W.R., medical malpractice client