Whitney K. Siehl

Ms. Siehl works tirelessly and has achieved millions of dollars in settlements for her clients. Her passion and empathy is unmatched.

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Current Role

  • Associate, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP
  • Ms. Siehl’s Plaintiffs’ litigation practice focuses on complex class-action and individual cases in the areas of sexual abuse, sexual harassment, and sports law.
  • Represents an actress and entertainment industry class against The Weinstein Company, Harvey Weinstein and related companies for racketeering and sexual assault
  • Represents students and alumnae of the University of Southern California in a class-action lawsuit against the university and Dr. George Tyndall for his alleged decades-long sexual abuse of patients
  • Represents a class of women patients against Sharp Grossmont Hospital for invasion of privacy for installing hidden cameras and secretly videotaping women in the operating rooms.

Recent Success

  • Ms. Siehl played a significant role in a $4 million settlement for a child who suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to the medical providers’ delay in recognizing a placental abruption.

Experience

  • Prior to joining Hagens Berman, Ms. Siehl was an associate in the Chicago office of a well-respected Plaintiffs’ firm representing families and children in birth injury and birth trauma litigation nationwide.
  • She worked previously at another Chicago firm where she gained experience in all aspects of civil litigation with a focus on medical malpractice and professional liability matters.

Pro Bono

  • In 2017, Ms. Siehl received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for her dedication to representing underserved individuals in employment discrimination matters.

Activities

  • Professional Board Member, PAWS Chicago – the Midwest’s largest no-kill animal shelter

Legal Activities

  • Board of Directors, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • American Association for Justice Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Member
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
    • ITLA Women’s Caucus, Member

Recognition

  • 2019 Rising Star, Super Lawyers Magazine for Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury
  • 2017 Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
  • 2013 Member of National Champion Team for Sutherland Cup National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
  • CALI Award for Highest Grade in Legislation Clinic, Dispute Systems Design, and Comparative Legal Professions
  • Named a Public Service Fellow with Dean’s Special Recognition

Notable Cases

  • Assisted in a $3.5 million settlement for a child with a hypoxic-ischemic brain injury that resulted from too much Pitocin and a physician's failure to recognize fetal distress.

Publications

  • #Us Too: Gender Inequality in the Legal Profession, American Association for Justice, Birth Trauma Litigation Group Newsletter, Lead Article, February 2018.

Personal Insight

Whitney is an avid golfer and chairs the annual golf outing for the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. At Northwestern, she was a member of the women’s golf team. She was previously a member of the Miami University cross country and track teams, where the cross country team was selected as NCAA Academic All-Americans. As a four-whitsport athlete, Whitney was recently inducted into the Port Clinton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

She enjoys epic feats of endurance and serves as a pace group leader for Chicago Marathon training. To date, she has completed 10 marathons, a half Iron distance triathlon, and numerous short course triathlons. Her next challenge is the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco.