Douglas L. Prochnow



Doug Prochnow is a trial lawyer who defends and prosecutes commercial and health care-related claims, financial disputes, indemnity actions, insurance and reinsurance disputes, professional negligence matters, toxic torts and product liability suits. He has tried 30 cases to jury verdict, argued more than 40 appeals nationally, and saved or recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients through discovery management and successful pretrial negotiations.
Doug is experienced in arbitration and has tried commercial matters under the American Arbitration Association or other industry-developed procedures. Doug also is skilled in the appeal process and has successfully reduced jury verdicts after joining a defense team following an adverse judgment.

Faculty Positions

  • Northwestern University School of Law — Adjunct Professor for Introduction to Trial Advocacy


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A. with high distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
J.D. Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology (editorial board)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association — Litigation Section; Health Law Section
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • American Association for Justice
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • City of Chicago — Special Assistant Corporation Counsel


  • Illinois Leading Lawyers — Commercial Litigation, Products Liability Defense Law, 2015-19
  • The National Trial Lawyers — 100 Best Trial Lawyers in America
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