Donald Mcgarrah

Over the past 30-plus years, attorney Donald (Don) R. McGarrah has developed a wealth of experience and expertise in numerous legal arenas. In that time, he has served as Lead Trial Counsel in 38 different states in the preparation and trial of complex cases. His tireless efforts have helped victims in countless personal injury and catastrophic damage cases. He has been honored with awards for excellence in trial practice and has been Lead Trial Counsel in numerous multi-million dollar cases. He takes great pride in giving each client his undivided, personal attention.

Trial attorney Don McGarrah has been practicing law in the Chicagoland area for more than 30 years.

During that time, Don has developed a wealth of experience and expertise in several areas, including:

  • Handling matters as Lead Trial Counsel in 38 different states in both state and federal courts involving complex personal injury claims with catastrophic damages for both Plaintiffs and Defendants.

  • Has extensive experience in handling medical cases involving infants who have sustained neurological injuries, i.e. brain damage, during labor and delivery.

  • Has extensive experience serving as National Trial and Coordinating Counsel handling recurrent product liability matters.

  • Has extensive experience in handling high exposure property damage subrogation matters involving alleged product failures and product and premises fires.

  • Has extensive experience handling insurance coverage issues and disputes, including bad faith refusal to settle issues.

  • Has extensive experience in manufacturing related areas, including the design and content of product warnings and instructions; product design issues; issues involving recall and retrofit programs; punitive damages issues; and corporate governance issues.Don lives in Clarendon Hills with his wife, Mary and his beautiful daughters Megan, Maddie, and Melanie.

Don lives in Clarendon Hills with his wife, Mary and his beautiful daughters Megan, Maddie, and Melanie.

Bar Admissions
  • Illinois, 1979
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar - 1983
Education

St. Louis University School of Law

J.D. - 1978

Spring Hill College

B.A. - 1975

Classes & Seminars
  • Lecturer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in areas involving law.
  • Guest lecturer at The Law School at the University of Notre Dame in Trial Practice.
  • Created, administered and taught Wildman Harrold’s former in-house Trial Practice Clinic.
Honors & Awards
  • Recipient of the Everett J. Hullverson Award for Excellence in Trial Practice at St. Louis University.
Professional Associations & Memberships
  • Don currently serves as an elected Village Trustee for the Village of Clarendon Hills.
  • Former member of the Advisory Board for Heartland Christian Resources; the Illinois Board of Directors for USO Illinois; the Board of Directors of Prevent Child Abuse America; and former Sustaining Member of the Product Liability Advisory Council.
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$27

million

Product Liability - Family man paralyzed in a boating injury when he fell from the upper deck of a yacht. The offer by the insurance company for the defendant was only $3 million before trial and $25 million after three weeks of jury trial, offered after closing arguments.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$20

million

Construction Site Negligence - A man was demonstrating construction equipment known as a “man lift," and was elevated in the air. The lift collapsed, and the plaintiff suffered permanent injuries to his ankle and lower back. McNabola represented one of two seriously injured plaintiffs. Prior to trial, the offer was only $3 million.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$14

million

Medical Malpractice - Following induced labor, the unborn child suffered fetal distress, C-section delivery was delayed. The baby’s mother died from an amniotic fluid embolism during delivery and the baby suffered severe developmental delays.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$12

million

Medical Malpractice - A 52 year old man suffered an anoxic brain injury following routine bowel surgery when doctors and nurses at a suburban hospital failed to properly monitor and treat post-operative metabolic changes. This case concluded after evidentiary rulings at the time of jury selection. The offer before trial was only $3 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$10

million

Trucking Negligence - A grandmother who was rendered wheelchair dependent in a motor vehicle incident involving car versus truck. The offer for settlement prior to trial was only $2 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$9.2

million

Medical Malpractice - A young woman suffered amputations as a result of complications following surgery at a suburban hospital in a collar county of Chicago. The doctors and nurses failed to develop and implement an appropriate plan to manage blood thinning medications pre and post-operatively leading to severe clotting and tissue death. The case settled after evidentiary rulings at the time of jury selection. Offer before trial was only $2 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$8.8

million

Trucking Negligence - A young girl was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had previously collided with a bus that was traveling too fast for conditions. After a ten-day jury trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of the family. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, this is a record high verdict for the wrongful death of a minor in a motor vehicle accident. There was no offer for settlement by any defendant.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$7

million

Trucking Negligence - Cook County jury awarded $7 Million to a construction worker who lost his leg working on a City of Chicago site. As a result of the defendant’s failure to safely route traffic in the area the man was pinned against his truck by a driver. The defendant did not offer any money to settle the case.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$6

million

Motorcycle Negligence - A teenager and her father were injured in a motorcycle accident. The 15 y/o suffered a severe fracture of her right ankle and has required multiple surgeries

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$6.8

million

Construction Site Negligence - A young man injured on a construction site received blood thinning medication intended and prescribed for another patient at the defendant hospital. The case was tried to verdict with a jury award of $6.5 million and later settled for $6.8 million.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$7.8

million

Medical Negligence - After presenting to the emergency room on three out of four consecutive days with increasing and worsening symptoms, the plaintiff was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1.1

million

Medical Negligence - The plaintiff suffered a stillbirth despite having carried her baby to term through a healthy pregnancy as a result of the failure of the nurses and physicians to properly monitor and treat signs and symptoms of significant fetal distress. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$4.8

million

Car Negligence - The plaintiff, a front seat passenger, suffered multiple fractures and spinal cord injuries resulting in quadriplegia when the car she was riding in traveled through a construction zone and off the end of the roadway where the bridge had been removed, plunging into the construction pit, 25-40 feet below.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$5.8

million

Car Negligence -  Two teenage boys were killed when a tire and component parts of the wheel assembly dislodged from the axle of an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer traveling in the oncoming lane.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$3

million

Car Negligence - A young man suffered permanent disabling injuries after this care was hit by the defendant’s taxi.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$2.7

million

Car Negligence - A 41 year hold husband and father was killed instantly by a driver for a courier service who ran a red light and hit the plaintiff’s vehicle as it passed through the intersection.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$2.3

million

Car Negligence - A 51 year old mother was killed instantly when a backhoe on the defendant’s flatbed trailer hit an overpass on I-88 in Downers Grove toppling off of the flatbed and onto the top of her car as it travelled behind the flatbed.    

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1.2

million

A 20 year old college student sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over her face, neck, chest and arms when a bartender’s stunt involving flaming grain alcohol went bad. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1

million

The defendant landowner allowed an unnatural accumulation of ice and water to collect near the entrance to the loading dock receiving door at Navy Pier. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$3.6

million

Medical Malpractice - A 12 year old girl was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes during a routine surgical procedure.  Plaintiffs alleged the surgical residents mismanaged the young girl’s airway and negligently allowed her condition to deteriorate before attempting intubation at the bedside.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola