It hasn't taken Marta Davidson long to notch several multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements in her personal injury and wrongful death practice. Though Davidson might be just 25, this legal pro with Clifford Law Offices has already established herself as a go-to attorney for clients seeking financial justice.
For example, Davidson second-chaired a trial in Winnebago County with partner Bradley Cosgrove involving the negligent placement of an Unna Boot on a 65-year-old man that resulted in the amputation of his left leg. The jury returned with a verdict of $3.57 million, a record for this type of injury in Winnebago County.
Davidson tried another case involving a 68-year-old man who died two days after knee replacement surgery. This case earned a verdict of $8.25 million for the family.
Davidson has also played a key role in several negotiations resulting in multi-million-dollar settlements. This includes a $10.7 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered permanent brain injury from a ruptured aortic aneurysm and a $5.4 million settlement on behalf of a family whose husband and father died as a result of a failure to timely treat a bowel perforation.
Davidson also played a key role in a $3.75 million settlement in DeKalb County on behalf of the family of a 45-year-old man who died from a pulmonary embolus. And these victories are obviously just the start of her successes in what promises to become a long career.
Margaret Battersby Black, with Chicago law firm Levin & Perconti, said that Davidson's future looks especially bright, with this young attorney having achieved so much so fast.
"Marta has the ability to be a great trial partner to the many lawyers she has worked with at Clifford's office," Black said. "She has repeatedly shown exceptional results in cases where verdicts or settlements have reached the substantial million-dollar mark, something not often done in medical malpractice cases."
William Rogers, with Chicago's Swanson, Martin & Bell, also had high praise for Davidson. As he says, every building needs a strong foundation, whether a two-story home or the soaring Willis Tower. By the same reasoning, every lawsuit needs a strong foundation, Rogers added, while every personal injury trial needs a skilled second chair/co-counsel.
Davidson, Rogers said, has been providing both that strong foundation and stabilizing presence as a second chair and co-counsel during her career.
"Marta has performed the investigation, pleading and discovery foundation work that is necessary before a case goes to trial," Rogers said. "At trial, she has been an active co-counsel and second chair."
Rogers said that Davidson's success doesn't surprise him. She built a strong foundation for her legal work, he said, graduating cum laude from the University of Illinois School of Law.
Davidson is fluent in Polish and proficient in Spanish, having studied in Barcelona when an undergraduate at the University of Illinois.