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Ian M. Sherman Member

Areas of Practice


Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2000


Boston University, J.D., cum laude

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, A.B., cum laude

Ian M. Sherman is a trial lawyer and has handled the defense of cases involving medical malpractice, professional discipline, professional responsibility and ethical matters, HIPAA issues, social work & school litigation, commercial litigation, construction accidents, products liability, general torts, toxic torts, false arrest and imprisonment, defamation, employers liability, occupational diseases, as well as insurance coverage and declaratory judgment actions.

One of his important trial successes was described in Medical Economics, “Will Your HMO Pull You Into a Malpractice Suit?,” and two others appeared in OB/GYN Malpractice Prevention “Uterus and Bladder Rupture During VBAC” and “Were Residents or On-Call OB Liable for Fatal Dystocia?" Mr. Sherman was a guest on the Business Newsmakers television show on Channel 23 (WCIU) to discuss “Telemedicine Law”.

Since 1983, he has performed pro bono cases for the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Institute and has also done pro bono work for the American Jewish Congress (Midwest Region), now JUF Community Legal Services, since 1992.

Mr. Sherman is also an associate general counsel in Dykema's Office of General Counsel. He was previously Chairman, Associates Training Committee for 10 years at Rooks Pitts.

Mr. Sherman was an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School in 2016 and 2017.

  • Carus Chemical Co. v. Calciquest, Inc., 793 N.E.2d 931 (Ill. App. 3rd Dist. 2003). Violation of Trade Secrets Act claimed. Preliminary injunction reversed on appeal in favor of firm’s client. Case subsequently dismissed.
  • Daley/Ruff v. Dr. Smith, et al., No. 1-13-0225 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. (4/5/15). Jury verdict in favor of firm's client physician in medical malpractice death case affirmed on appeal.
  • Sullivan v. Wojick, No. 1-13-1333 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. (9/2/2014). Jury verdict in favor of firm's clients physician and hospital in medical malpractice stroke case affirmed on appeal.
  • Giannini v. Dr. S., No. 1-03-3709 (Ill. App. Ct. 1st Dist. (9/30/04). Summary judgment for firm's client physician in medical malpractice death case affirmed on appeal.
  • Western States Insurance Co. v. Wisconsin Wholesale Tire, Inc., 184 F.3d 699 (7th Cir. 1999). Declaratory judgment for insurer (firm’s client) affirmed. Insured’s alleged misappropriation of competitor’s customer lists neither “advertising” nor “slander” or “libel” within meaning of insurance policies.
  • Western States Insurance Co. v. Bobo, 268 Ill.App.3d 513, 644 N.E.2d 486 (5th Dist. 1995). Declaratory judgment for insurer (firm’s client), reversing lower court. No coverage under exclusion for intended bodily injury, regardless of insured’s subjective intent, where alleged insured committed sexual crimes against children.
  • Banes v. Western States Insurance Co., 616 N.E.2d 1021 (Ill.App. 2nd Dist. 1993). Declaratory judgment for insurer (firm’s client), reversing lower court. Insurer entitled to setoff of payment to insured by tortfeasor’s insurer, even though insured’s injuries exceeded limits of both tortfeasor’s policy and insured’s underinsured motorist coverage.

Memberships & Involvement

  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, Illinois
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Chicago Bar Association, Medical-Legal Relations Committee, Past Chairman, 2001-2002; Health Law, Tort Law and Professional Responsibility Committees, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Committee on Professional Conduct, Past Member; Tort and Health Law Sections, Past Member
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Past Member
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys, Past Member

Community/Civic Activities

  • Winnetka Park Board, Commissioner, 2001-2009; Vice President, 2002-2003 and 2007-2009
  • Winnetka Environmental & Forestry Commission Member, Ex-Officio, 2008-2009
  • Volunteer Center of Northwest Suburban Chicago, Board of Directors, 1987-1990; President, 1988-89
  • Winnetka, Illinois, Cub Scout Pack 18, Cubmaster, 1997-1998 & Den Leader, 1991-1995, 
  • Kenilworth-Winnetka Baseball Association, Volunteer coach, 1993-1999
  • Winnetka Park District and Winnetka Community House Youth Basketball Programs, Volunteer coach, 1991-2001
  • Youth Motivation Program in Chicago Public Schools, Participant, 1982

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Insurance Law, 2013-Present. Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

Recognized in Illinois Super Lawyers® for Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense, Health Care, Professional Liability: Defense, 2011-Present

Recognized in Law & Politics as an Illinois Super Lawyer for Medical Malpractice; Personal Injury Defense, 2005-2010

Named an Illinois Leading Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Defense Law and Insurance Law by the Leading Lawyers Network, 2005-2017. Law Bulletin Publishing Company

Recipient of an AV®  Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 1997-2018

Who's Who Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

Who's Who in American Law, 2001, 2005-2016

Who's Who in America, 2003-2015

Who's Who in the World, 2004, 2008-2018

Who's Who in the Midwest, 2009-2015

Madison Who's Who in the World, 2008-09

The National Registry of Who's Who, 2000

Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 1987

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Institute, Distinguished Service Award, 2018, 2003; Certificate of Appreciation, 1983

American Jewish Congress, Pro Bono Publico, 1982

JUF Community Legal Services 2018 Volunteer of the Year; Certificate of Appreciation; 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Kappa Phi