LaDonna L. Boeckman

312.236.5379, ext. 36

LaDonna L. Boeckman brings 10 years of experience representing doctors, dentists, and medical providers in professional malpractice actions. She also has many years’ experience representing manufacturers and employers in product liability actions, including toxic torts such as asbestos, benzene and diacetyl.

In 2012, LaDonna was one of the attorneys who defended the dentists accused of failing to diagnose oral cancer in an award-winning journalist. After a three week trial, and a demand in excess of $18 million, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the defendant doctors. The Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter recognized the result with a 2012 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award.

LaDonna completed the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy at Stanford University in 2008. The week-long program included lectures and practicum with critique of presentations of all phases of trial.

Prior to entering private practice, LaDonna practiced as in-house litigation counsel for a multi-line insurance company based in Des Moines, Iowa.

She realized her life’s calling as an attorney in junior high when she advocated for full credit for other students’ answers to exam questions full credit for answers that had been marked as “wrong.” Born and raised in Oklahoma, LaDonna moved to the Midwest for college and law school and found her home in Chicago.

LaDonna is the author of a Note explaining the “Individuals with Disabilities Education Act” published in the Drake Law Review.

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Negligence and Personal Injury Defense
  • Products Liability


  • Drake University Law School (J.D. with honors, 1998)
    • Drake University Law Review, Note Editor
    • Moot Court Board
    • Vice President, Drake Law Women
  • Drake University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1995)

Admissions, Legal Activities & Memberships

  • State Bar of Illinois , 2000
  • State Bar of Iowa, 1999 (inactive)
  • United States District Courts of Illinois, Northern, Central, and Southern Divisions