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Chicago, IL


Areas of Practice

  • Medical & Dental Malpractice
  • Nursing Home
  • Professional Liability


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1993
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A. in Communication Studies, 1985


  • Illinois
  • Illinois Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Practice Description

Tammera E. Banasek focuses her practice on the litigation of professional and general liability cases, with an emphasis on the defense of complex medical, dental, and nursing home issues. She regularly speaks and publishes in the areas of medical and dental malpractice.

Before joining HeplerBroom, Ms. Banasek was a senior associate with the Chicago firm of Hay & Oldenburg LLC (formerly known as Alholm, Monahan, Klauke, Hay & Oldenburg, LLC). Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Banasek had eight years of experience as a senior litigation paralegal.

Bar/Professional Associations

  • American Society for Healthcare Risk Management
  • Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys

Awards, Honors & Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent® Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence 2012 Award, Jury Verdict Reporter
    • Outstanding Defense Verdict – Dental Malpractice (2012)

Law School Honors/Involvement

  • Moot Court Team

Published Legal Writing

  • “Until Death Do Us Part … The Impact of a Plaintiff’s Death During Litigation,” IDC Quarterly, Vol 28, No. 3 (2018). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate Matthew H. Brandabur)
  • “How to be Thankful When Settling a Wrongful Death Claim,” Medical Malpractice Update, IDC Quarterly, Vol. 27, No.1 (2017). (Co-author)
  • “Failure to Diagnose and Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer: Medicolegal Issues,” The Journal of the American Dental Association (2009). (Co-author with HB Partner Linda J. Hay)
  • Regular columnist, “Legalities,” Woman Dentist Journal (2006 to 2009).

Legal Lectures & Presentations

  • “Standards in Preventative Skin Care and Legal Trends in Wound Care Litigation,” CHRMS Webinar (Chicago IL, 2019).
  • “Social Media and the Impact on Claims,” Illinois MGMA/ICAHN/ Southern IL HFMA Physician Management Summit (O’Fallon IL, 2019).
  • “Social Media and the Internet,” HB CPCU Joint Seminar (Chicago IL, 2018).
  • “Running from the Law,” Infinity Healthcare Management, Saint Bernard Hospital Nursing Documentation seminars (Chicago IL, 2016-2018).
  • “Write is Might,” Infinity Healthcare Management, Saint Bernard Hospital Nursing Documentation seminars (Chicago IL, 2016-2018).
  • “Providing Testimony and the Duty to Warn,” Saint Joseph Medical Center (Chicago IL, 2006).
  • “Running from Risk: Behavioral Health Concerns,” Westlake Medical Center (Maywood IL, 2006).
  • “Informed Consent: Understanding the Risks,” Holy Family Medical Center staff (Des Plaines IL, 2005).