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Samantha N. LaFata







Samantha N. LaFata is a Partner at Wise Morrissey.  She concentrates her practice on medical practice, wrongful death and personal injury cases.  

Ms. LaFata’s experience is distinctive.  Prior to joining the firm, she was a Partner at a preeminent defense firm in Chicago where she represented physicians, nurses, and hospitals for almost 14 years.  Her litigation experience is impressive, with a near perfect trial record involving cases with catastrophic injuries.  There is no question this background gives Ms. LaFata a competitive edge to anticipate the other party’s strategy, and maximize our clients’ results.  

Ms. LaFata’s accomplishments continue to be recognized.  In 2018, Ms. LaFata was chosen to the elite “40 Under 40” Top Attorneys to Watch in Illinois by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Last year, she was picked by her peers as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice work, an honor she also received in 2018, 2016 and 2015. In 2017, she was chosen as a “Rising Star” attorney by Thompson Reuters.   In addition, Ms. LaFata is regularly asked to speak in the Chicago area on litigation topics, including as a panelist at the Chicago Bar Association’s “Trial Tips” panel in September 2019.

In law school, Ms. LaFata interned at the Chief State Solicitor’s Office of the Attorney General in Dublin, Ireland.  Prior to moving abroad, she won and placed at national mock trial competitions for John Marshall Law School’s national mock trial team.  

Separate from legal pursuits, Ms. LaFata enjoys spending time with her young daughter and rescue dog.  She also coached Loyola University School of Law’s national mock trial team. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • University College Dublin, Chief State Solicitor’s Office, Dublin, Ireland, 2006-2007
    • Loyola University Chicago

    Honors and Awards

    • "40 under 40” Top Attorney to Watch in Illinois 2018 by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
    • Rising Star Super [email protected], by Thompson Reuters
    • Emerging [email protected], by Leading Lawyers Magazine for Medical Malpractice, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015

    Professional Associations and Memberships

    • Chicago Bar Association
    • The Society of Trial Lawyers
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Women's Bar Association of Illinois