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Ruth Degnan


Legal Experience and Successes in Personal Injury Law

Closing in on a quarter-century in practice, Attorney Ruth Degnan has championed the cause of victims from all walks of life with a combination of inimitable skill and compassion. Her unwavering dedication and tireless efforts have secured numerous multi-million dollar results and earned her recognition for excellence as a trial lawyer. She has been recognized for having garnered the largest settlement in Illinois on behalf of a victim of psychiatric negligence.

Ruth Degnan's Career

A lawyer for nearly 30 years, Ruth M. Degnan has dedicated her professional career to the representation of personal injury victims and to the families and survivors of victims of wrongful death. Ms. Degnan has obtained verdicts and settlements in excess of a million dollars. She is a recipient of the JVR Award for Trial Lawyer Excellence as result of her involvement in a case which resulted in the largest settlement of a psychiatric malpractice case in Illinois. Ms. Degnan concentrates her practice the representation of clients injured through medical negligence, product liability, automobile negligence and other personal injuries.

Member of the Illinois Bar and Education

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    J.D. – 1993
  • University of Wisconsin-MadisonB.A. – 1990

Published Works and Media Recognition

  • Work-Life Balance? The Answer is . . . Options, Women in Law
  • Prior and Subsequent Injury and Aggravation of Pre-existing Injuries, ITLA Evidence Seminar
  • Proving Damages and Jury Instructions, ITLA Evidence Seminar
  • Open & Obvious — Or Have You Forgotten?, ISBA Tort Trends, Vol. 41, No. 1
  • Premises Liability, ISBA Annual Meeting, Tort Law Section
  • Premises Liability, ISBA Annual Meeting, Civil Practice Section
  • Hot Topics in Tort: Ethical Issues in Representing Minors or Incompetent Persons in Tort, ISBA
  • Evidence Update and Review, ITLA, September
  • Medical Malpractice Update and Review, ISBA
  • Tort Law Legislative Update, ISBA

Ruth Degnan's Professional Honors, and Associations

Professional Honors

  • Adjunct Professor, Robert Morris University, 2010 – 2011

Professional Associations

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 2005 – Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Associate, Member 2012- Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2020 – Present
  • Vice President, Christ the King Family & School Association, 2007 – 2009
  • President, Christ the King Family & School Association, 2009 – 2010
  • Christ the King School Improvement Process Steering Committee, 2009 – 2010
  • Coordinator and Instructor, Christ the King School Mock Trial Program, 2009 – 2020
  • Christ the King School Advisory Board, 2013-2016
  • President, Christ the King School Advisory Board 2015-2016