Pamela Gellen


Pamela Gellen

Sr. Counsel | 312-456-8735 |

Ms. Gellen is one of the founding partners of the firm and has been a member of the bar since 1976. She has a wealth of experience in litigation in state and federal courts including a number of jury trials. She has participated in multi-district litigation, class actions and other mass tort litigation. She has argued appeals in state and federal court. She concentrates in the defense of medical practice and medical products cases, as well as other tort matters and has also handled commercial and employment litigation.

In 2015 Ms. Gellen was named as one of the Top 10 Illinois Women Civil Defense Lawyers, based on a survey of Illinois lawyers. She received a 2015 Jury Verdict Reporter award for trial lawyer excellence. Chicago Lawyer magazine has named Ms. Gellen one of Chicago’s Top Twenty Tort Defense Lawyers, and she has been selected each year as an Illinois Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer.

Professional Activities

Ms. Gellen has lectured widely on legal matters and has participated in panel discussions. She has been a guest lecturer in Fred Lane’s Trial Advocacy course, and at Kent Law School. She has been a faculty member of the Illinois Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy College. Her lectures have included topics of interest to the Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys, and the Association of Law and Medicine. She has given surgical and medical Grand Rounds at several Chicago area hospitals.  She is a Cook County recognized mediator and has participated in in Alternative Resolution proceedings as a mediator, arbitrator and advocate.


Albany Law School, Union University JD 1976
Last year of law school completed at the University of Michigan
Vassar College A.B. 1972 with honors


Michigan 1976
Illinois 1978
New York 2008
Federal Trial Bar
U.S. District Court, Northern District Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District, Illinois
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Illinois

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Practice Areas

‣ Alternative Dispute Resolution
‣ Appellate Practice
‣ Commercial Litigation
‣ Employment & Labor Law
‣ General Liability Practice
‣ Medical Device Litigation
‣ Medical Malpractice Defense
‣ Pharmaceutical Device Litigation

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