Edna McLain

McLain, Edna L. Partner

McLain, Edna L. Partner

Practice Focus

Edna L. McLain is a partner in the Chicago office of Tressler LLP where she focuses her litigation practice on the defense of hospitals, nursing homes, physicians, nurses and other medical personnel in medical negligence cases and the defense of corporate clients in toxic tort and general liability cases.  She has coordinated the discovery responses and corporate representative depositions of multiple clients, negotiated settlements, prepared and argued motions, and managed the trial preparation of hundreds of cases. She successfully argued an appeal before the Illinois Second District Appellate Court and tried multiple medical negligence cases to defense verdicts in Illinois.

Ms. McLain obtained her law degree from Saint Louis University School of Law after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, the Illinois Bar, the Wisconsin Bar, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society. 

Professional Background

Edna has represented hospitals, physicians, nurses and oral surgeons in Cook County, Kane County, and Winnebago County, Illinois and has tried several medical negligence cases to defense verdicts. Edna has successfully managed thousands of trial-set asbestos cases in several high-profile jurisdictions such as Madison County, Cook County and McLean County, Illinois, the City of St. Louis, Missouri, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin from filing, and when necessary, to verdict.  Edna has assisted corporate clients in preparing corporate representative witnesses for deposition, managed large-scale document productions, and coordinated discovery for cases pending in the States of Illinois, Missouri and Wisconsin in both state and federal court and negotiated several cases to favorable settlements. Her early years of practice included handling all aspects of workers’ compensation files in the State of Missouri, covering the dockets in the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and in Columbia, Missouri. Edna has been honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2011, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Most recently, she has been selected as a 2019 Illinois Leading Lawyer

Memberships & Affiliations

American Bar Association
    Section of Litigation

Missouri Bar Association

Wisconsin Bar Association

Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel

Chicago Hospital Risk Management Society


Recent Publications

Dina L. Torrisi & Edna L. McLain, The Scope of the “Sufficiently Close Relationship” Test: How Porter v. Decatur Is Changing the Landscape of Relation Back, 21 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly 44 (2011).

Dina L. Torrisi & Edna L. McLain, Silencing the Dead: Invoking and Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Dead Man’s Act, 23 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly 41 (2013).

Edna L. McLain & Zeke N. Katz, Clash of the Titans:  The Interaction of the Wrongful Death Act, Statute of Repose, Statute of Limitations and the Discovery Rule, 26 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly (2016).

 Edna L. McLain, Context is the Key:  Understanding When Incident Reports are Privileged Under the Long Term Care Peer Review and Quality Assessment and Assurance Protection Act, 27 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly (2017).

Edna L. McLain & Tammera E. Banasek, How to be Thankful When Settling a Wrongful Death Claim, 27 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly (2017).

Edna L. McLain, The Illinois Supreme Court Speaks: The Relation-Back Statute Applies to Wrongful Death Case After Statute of Repose Expires, 28 Ill. Assoc. of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly (2018).

Edna L. McLain & Andrea J. Davidson, The Utility of Medical Consent Forms in Apparent Agency Cases after Terry v. OSF Healthcare Systems, et. al., https://www.tresslerllp.com/thought-leadership/publications/publication-details/utility-medical-consent-forms (created Mar. 1, 2018).


Presentations & Events

Representative Experience

Recent Verdicts/Judgments:

Cook County Case No. 11 L 1054 (September 12, 2011) - defense verdict after retrial

Appellate Court of Illinois Second District, Case No. 2-11-0774 (May 31, 2012)

Kane County Case No. 09 L 541 (September 10, 2012) – defense verdict

Winnebago County Case No. 12 L 137 (September 29, 2014) – defense verdict

Cook County Case No.  09 L 7740 (March 31, 2015) – defense verdict