Hornewer Law Firm, LLCExperienced and Passionate Trial Counsel for your medical malpractice or personal injury claim

70 W. Madison St. Suite 3970
Chicago, IL 60602
312 281-3856

Areas of Practice

Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Professional Liability, Nursing Home Negligence, Transportation Negligence, General Personal Injury


Charles Hornewer has more than thirty years of trial experience in medical malpractice, product liability and other cases involving death or catastrophic injuries. He has also represented sporting event producers and athletes. In 1999, Mr. Hornewer was elected to the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates and is also a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and Illinois State Bar Association.
A 1981 graduate of DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, Mr. Hornewer is currently licensed to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana and before state courts in Illinois. Formerly a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson’s Chicago Office, he has handled medical malpractice cases and other cases from the perspective of both the plaintiff and the defendant. He has lectured around the country on medical malpractice, trial practice and trial advocacy, and has also published extensively on these topics. Martindale-Hubbell has awarded him an "AV" rating, its highest rating for legal ability and ethics. He has also been recognized as an Illinois “Super Lawyer” as published in Chicago Magazine, and as an Illinois Leading Lawyer in the areas of Nursing Home Negligence and General Personal Injury Law. Medical Malpractice.org has recognized him as Top 1% Trial Counsel.


Expanding Theories of Hospital Liability, Mary Thompson Hospital Board of Trustees Retreat, Lincolnshire, Illinois, September 1987
Loss of Consortium in Illinois
, Hinshaw & Culbertson InHouse CLE Program, November 1987
Life After Residency Medical Malpractice Overview
, University of Illinois Pediatric Program in conjunction with Ross Laboratories, November 1988
Actions Under the Wrongful Death, Survival and Family Expense Acts
, CNA Insurance Company, Downers Grove, Illinois, July 1989
Day In The Life Videos The Defense Perspective, 25th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, October 1990
How to Work for Your Own Defense, 14th Annual Vail Emergency Medicine Conference, February 1992
Legal Trends in the Emergency Department: C.O.B.R.A., 14th Annual Vail Emergency Medicine Conference, February 1992
Risk Management of Head and Spine Cases, 14th Annual Vail Emergency Medicine Conference, February 1992
Direct Examination, Instructor, YLS Federal Trial Bar Training Course, Chicago Bar Association, October 1994
Closed Head Injuries, Defense Perspective, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Point/Counterpoint Damages Seminar, May 1998
Managed Care Update: Developments and Trends, Defense Research Institute Medical Liability Seminar, September 1998
Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Medical Witnesses, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Trial Techniques Seminar, October 1999
Legal Trends in Emergency Medicine “Emergency Medicine in Jackson Hole” Jackson Hole, Wyoming, August 2000.

Direct and Cross Examination of Witnesses, Hinshaw & Culbertson Trial Practice Program, 2002
Prior Injuries/Subsequent Injuries/Aggravation of Pre-existing Injuries, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association “Tort Law Trends” Seminar, February 2005
Developments in Jurisdiction, Forum non Conveniens and Choice of Law, Illinois State Bar Association “Tort Law Update” Seminar June 2007
Jury Instructions, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association “Update and Review” Seminar, October 2009.
Common Defenses in Auto and Premises Cases and How to Defeat Them, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Nuts and Bolts Seminar: “Trial of a Negligence Case”, March 2010


Comment, Loss of Consortium: Still All in the Family, Comment, Hinshaw Reports: Torts, Vol.3 No.1 (1986), Hinshaw & Culbertson, 1986
Guest Editorial, Prepare Your Own Defense, Illinois Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 10 (May, 1990), 1990
Note, Elimination of Municipal Good Faith as a Defense Under Section 1983: A New Hope of Recovery for Strip Search Victims Owen v. City of Independence, Missouri, 30 DePaul Law Review, DePaul University, 1981

Professional Activities

American Association for Justice 2003-present

American Board of Trial Advocates, 1999-Present

American Bar Association, 1983-1997Tort and Insurance Practice SectionEntertainment and Sports Industries CommitteeLitigation Section

American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, 1986-1994

Chicago Bar Association
Trial Techniques Committee, 1981-1999

Defense Research Institute, 1990-2002

Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1983-2002

Illinois State Bar Association 1981 to present
Tort Law Section
Civil Practice and Procedure Section
Insurance Law Section

Society of Trial Lawyers, 1994-Present

Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, 1984-1999


B.A., DePaul University, 1978
J.D., DePaul University, 1981
DePaul Law Review
DePaul Moot Court Society

Admitted to Practice

State of Illinois, 1981
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1982
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1982
United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2001
70 W. Madison St. Suite 3400 Chicago, IL 60602 • 312-281-3856