Victoria Shoemaker is a senior associate in the firm's Chicago office and serves as a member of the Hiring Committee and Women’s Leadership Committee. She focuses her practice on civil litigation, including medical malpractice defense, products and premises liability defense and healthcare matters. Victoria has extensive experience representing various corporations and health care providers, such as hospitals, medical groups, physicians and home health agencies in all phases of complex litigation both in state and federal courts. She has successfully defended clients to non-guilty verdict at trial as well as obtained favorable settlements. Victoria has also prepared and successfully argued motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions on behalf of her clients.
While in law school, Victoria worked at a prominent civil defense firm where she gained valuable knowledge and experience in various areas of tort litigation, including insurance defense, construction defect litigation and professional negligence as well as appellate practice. In addition, she served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Blanche Manning of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Victoria is involved in several professional organizations, including the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and the Decalogue Society of Lawyers. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian.
- Loyola University Chicago, J.D., magna cum laude
- Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine, M.A., with honors
- Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine, B.A., with honors
- Supreme Court of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- Michael Cucco and Victoria Shoemaker Obtain Not Guilty Verdict for Neurologist
- Michael Cucco and Victoria Shoemaker Obtain Not Guilty Verdict for Interventional Cardiologist and Intensivist
- Victoria Shoemaker Wins Summary Judgment in a Construction Liability Case
- Michael Cucco and Victoria Shoemaker Obtain Verdict in Favor of Defendant Clinic in a Medical Malpractice Case
- Yarbrough v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital: The Illinois Supreme Court Curtails Imposition of the Apparent Agency Doctrine on the Hospitals
In reversing the holding of Illinois First District Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court in Yarbrough v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2017 IL 121367 (Dec. 29, 2017), limited the application of the doctrine of apparent agency for the first time since Gilbert v. Sycamore Hospital. The closely divided Illinois Supreme Court held that a hospital cannot be held vicariously liable under the doctrine of apparent agency for the negligence of the employees of an unrelated, independent family practice clinic that was not party to the litigation. Id.
- Long Term Care Litigation: Preserving Privilege Over Investigation Reports
Long-term care litigation is a rapidly growing area of healthcare litigation. To avoid pitfalls during litigation discovery, a proactive strategy of defense for long-term care facilities is necessary. This strategy should include pre-suit safeguarding of privilege...
- Settling Wrongful Death Actions: The Illinois Supreme Court Expands the Rights of Intended Beneficiaries
In re Powell v. Wunsch, the Illinois Supreme Court held that an attorney who brings a wrongful death action owes a legal duty to the decedent's beneficiaries at the distribution of funds phase of that action. Nos. 115997, 116009, 2014 IL 115997, at *¶20 (Ill. Sup. Ct. June 19, 2014). A...
- The Illinois Appellate Court's Decision Curtails the Ability of Defendants to Invoke the Forum Non Conveniens Doctrine in Product Liability Cases
In legal theory, the doctrine of forum non conveniens refers to the discretionary power of the court to dismiss or transfer a case even though jurisdiction and venue are proper when it would serve the convenience of the parties and the ends of justice. First Nat. Bank v. Guerine,...
- The Amendment to the Illinois Health Care Services Lien Act: To Lien or Not to Lien
House Bill 5823 ("HB5823") became law on January 1, 2013. This amendment to the Illinois Health Care Services Lien Act ("Act"), 770 ILCS 23/1 et seq., made significant changes to the Act. It established a new process for medical providers who are lien holders on personal injury judgments....