Cirignani Heller and Harman LLP

Cirignani Heller and Harman LLP

If medical negligence has affected your life or that of a loved one, you have legal rights you should discuss with our lawyers. You should not face the hardships of recovery alone, with limited resources.

Firm Overview

A Distinctive Legal Team For Your Unique Injury Claim
Our attorneys include experienced physicians who are also skilled lawyers:

***Dr. Stanley Heller is a board-certified cardiologist
***Dr. Stu Perlik is a board-certified neurologist.
***Attorney James Harman is a former registered respiratory therapist.

Our medically-trained lawyers can look at an X-ray or an MRI report and see key evidence that might otherwise go unnoticed. We know exactly how to examine a wide range of cases critically and create convincing arguments on behalf of our clients.

Every medical malpractice case requires expert testimony. With physicians as part of our Chicago-based legal team, your case benefits from in-house expertise and a deep network connecting our law firm to the most talented and knowledgeable medical experts in the world.

Main Office

Main Office
150 South Wacker Dr.
Suite 2600
Chicago IL 60606


(312) 346-8700

Stanley Heller

Cirignani Heller and Harman LLP

Prior to joining the firm in 1988, Dr. Heller was in private practice as an interventional cardiologist. He developed carpal tunnel syndrome in 1984 and was the litigant in the landmark disability insurance case of Heller v. The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 833 F.2d 1253 (7th Cir., 1987).

Dr. Heller, a licensed physician in Illinois, has held faculty appointments as Instructor in Internal Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Medicine; Associate Professor of Medicine at the Loyola-Stritch College of Medicine; and Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Northwestern University School of Medicine. Dr. Heller's practice areas include medical malpractice.

Dr. Heller is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. Dr. Heller is also a Fellow Emeritus of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Cardiology, the Council on Clinical Cardiology of the American Heart Association and is a Fellow of the American College of Legal Medicine.

Areas Of Practice
Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions: Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
Supreme Court of Georgia
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois

Northwestern University School of Law,
Chicago, Illinois J.D. 1988
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine - M.D. 1965
Johns Hopkins University - A.B. 1962

Representative Cases
Heller v. The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, 833 F.2d 1253 (7th Cir. 1987)

Honors And Awards
Fellow Emeritus, American College of Physicians
Fellow, American College of Legal Medicine
Fellow Emeritus, American College of Cardiology
Fellow Emeritus, American Heart Association, Council on Clinical Cardiology
Who's Who in the World
Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law

Professional Associations And Memberships
American Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member

William Cirignani

Cirignani Heller and Harman LLP

I have over 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, almost all of it spent exclusively handling medical malpractice cases.

After getting my law degree from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, in 1988, I moved to Arizona where I worked as a medical malpractice defense lawyer. I stayed there until 1994 when I returned to Chicago and worked briefly for Chicago's Seyfarth, Shaw doing general commercial litigation work. I quickly discovered that big, commercial case litigation as well as the large law firm life were not for me.

In 1995, I returned to my trial lawyer roots and joined Cirignani, Heller & Harman where I once again specialize in medical malpractice cases. Both of my law partners have medical backgrounds: Stan is a medical doctor, and Jim was once a respiratory therapist. When I say that I specialize in medical malpractice I mean that it is the only kind of work my firm and I do. We don't handle auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, truck accidents, plane and train accident cases-only medical malpractice.

Personally, I made the choice to focus my efforts on medical litigation alone because when I was a defense lawyer representing doctors and hospitals I saw first-hand how the experience and expertise of the plaintiff's lawyer mattered more than anything else to a successful outcome for victims of medical malpractice. My experience has also taught me that an important part of my job is to help my clients deal with the incredible stress and hardship that comes with suffering catastrophic injuries and bringing a law suit. In fact, I see it as my job to help clients not only win, but to move forward with their lives and cope with their future.

Since returning to medical litigation, I've successfully handled a wide variety of medical malpractice cases, including: birth injuries like cerebral palsy, operating room fires, brain injuries, hospital mistakes, medication mistakes, misdiagnoses, stroke injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis injuries, anesthesia injuries, and wrongful death. I've helped my clients get settlements or verdicts well in excess of a million dollars, several over $10 million dollars.

Areas Of Practice:
**Medical Malpractice
**Litigation Percentage
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
U.S. District Court District of Arizona
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit

Northwestern University School of Law,
Chicago, Illinois - J.D. 1988
Loyola University - B.A. 1984
Major: Marketing

Published Works:
"Jury Selection Basics," Chicago Bar Association
"Deposing Medical Experts," Illinois Bar Association
"Civility in Litigation," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
"High-Low Priority of Execution Agreements: An Ax to Break Settlement Log Jams in Medical Cases," Illinois Bar Journal
"Liability for Common Bile Duct Injuries: Measure twice, Cut Once," Tort Trends
"Missed Diagnosis: Routine is the Enemy of Good Medicine," Tort Trends
"Should I Sue My Doctor?" Blog
"The Case for Not Taking Defense Expert Depositions"

Honors And Awards:
Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyer
Leading Lawyers Network, top 5% of Illinois Lawyers, Medical Malpractice
Chicago Lawyer Magazine's Top Lawyer In Illinois
American Society of Legal Advocates Top 100 Lawyer
Best Lawyers in America
A Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
The National Trial Lawyers Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Member
Strathmore's Who's Who Among Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Marquis Who's Who in American Law
American Academy of Trial Lawyers
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Medical Malpractice Committee
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Torts Committee
American Association of Justice

Professional Associations And Memberships:
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Illinois State Bar Association, Member
American Bar Association, Member
The American Association for Justice, Member
State Bar of Georgia, Member
State Bar of Arizona, Member
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
Illinois Bar Tort (including Medical Malpractice) Law Section Council, Member

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