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J. Scott Myers

legal offices of Myers Carden & Sax, LLC in Chicago, IL

Suite 2200
30 North LaSalle
Chicago, IL 60602

(312) 345-7203 (Direct)
(312) 345-7251

Scott heads the firm's health care practice group. Scott has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict, ranging from medical malpractice matters to products liability to an array of transportation, negligence and construction cases. He has represented numerous nursing homes in a wide variety of litigation throughout the state of Illinois and is a contributing author to three books on nursing home litigation. These are considered the definitive texts in this area. He has also acted as national coordinating counsel for a seatbelt manufacturer.

Scott is a frequent lecturer in continuing legal education seminars. He has been elected to the Society of Trial Lawyers as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates. Both organizations are reserved for active trial lawyers who are nominated for their significant expertise, experience and results in civil litigation. He was named to the Illinois Health Care Association Legal Task Force in 2000, where he continues to serve.

Scott was asked to provide testimony on behalf of long term care facilities to the State Senate Judiciary Committee hearings held on medical malpractice reform in March, 2005.

Scott has been selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois since 2007.

Current Employment Position(s): 

Senior Partner

Areas of Practice: 

Nursing Home & Healthcare
Insurance Defense

Bar Admissions: 

State of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Federal Trial Bar


University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana, Illinois
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois
B.A. (History)

Classes/Seminars Taught: 

Defense Research Institute - 2010 Nursing Home/ALF Annual Litigation Seminar - "How to Use Under-Utilized Employees to Defend Your Claims," September 23, 2010

Guide One Conference - "The Elephant in the Room: State and Federal Regulations Applicable to Nursing Homes," September 9, 2009

Tips to Stay Out of Court - Life Services Network Foundation, Senior Living Conference, September 16, 2008

CCSS-PCRRG National Risk Management Fall Forum - Critical Event Management, October 18, 2007

Preparing the Case for Defense, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Negligence Seminar, January 17, 2007

Preparing the Case for Defense, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - Negligence Seminar, January 11, 2007

Senior Care Strategies: Regulations, Liability, Loss Prevention and Workers' Compensation, Assurance Educational Seminar, November 9, 2005

Testimony re: Legal aspects related to reform for nursing homes in Illinois, Before the State of Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee, Hearings on Medical Malpractice Reform, March 9, 2005

Conducting the Internal Investigation, AssureCare Members Seminar, 2004

Nursing Home Litigation: Facility and Physician Liability, Renaissance at South Shore Annual Physician's Dinner, 2004

The Witness Stand: Every Nurse's Nightmare, Illinois Counsel on Long Term Care, 2004

Nursing Home Litigation: Strategies for Minimizing a Nursing Home's Losses, Joint Presentation of the Long Term Care Alliance, LLC and the Assurance Agency, 2003

Legal Considerations in Nursing Home Litigation, Illinois CPA Foundation Annual Meeting, 2003

Nuts and Bolts: Defending the Nursing Home, Lawyers & Judges Publishing Co. Seminar, 2002

Overview of Federal Regulations and OBRA 87, Professional Education System Institute LLC (PESI) North Central Regional Conf., 2002

The Administrator and Nursing Home Liability Issues: The Defense Perspective, Lawyers & Judges Nursing Home Litigation Seminar, 2001

Nursing Home Malpractice in Illinois, National Business Institute, 2001

The Parent Corporation: The Alter Ego Theory and Punitive Damages-Defense Perspective, Andrews Publishing Company Seminar, 2000

Nursing Home Litigation, Illinios Counsel on Long Term Care, 2000

Statutory Rights and Nursing Home Litigation, Private Industry Forums, 2000

Preparing for the Defense: Preliminary Steps, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1999

Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases, Illinios Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990

Comparative Negligence, Contribution and Joint and Several Liability, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987

Professional Associations and Memberships: 

Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Society of Trial Lawyers
American Board of Trial Advocates
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Member, Board of Visitors, University of Illinois College of Law, 2002-2004
Member, Illinois Healthcare Association Legal Task Force, 2000 - present