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Chicago, IL



  • The John Marshall Law School, n/k/a UIC 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

  • “Going for Broke: The Impact of Bankruptcy in Litigation,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 29, No. 4 (2019). (Co-author with HeplerBroom associate Lauren F. Crissie). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Until Death Do Us Part … The Impact of a Plaintiff’s Death During Litigation,” IDC Quarterly, Vol 28, No. 3 (2018). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “How to be Thankful When Settling a Wrongful Death Claim,” Medical Malpractice Update, IDC Quarterly, Vol. 27, No.1 (2017). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “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

  • “COVID Wound – Not Your Facility Acquired Injury,” Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society webinar (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • “Nursing Licensing and Disciplinary Issues,” Ascension Living Lunch and Learn webinar (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • “Depositions: The Good, Bad, and Ugly,” Ascension Living Lunch and Learn webinar (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • “How [Documentation] Best Practices Impact Litigation,” Ascension Living Lunch and Learn webinar (2021). (Co-presenter)
  • Continuing education seminar on sexual harassment prevention in the dental practice, webinar presented for Armitage Oral Surgery (AOS) (May 2020).
  • “Forecasting Medical Liability Claims in the Age of COVID-19: How to Mitigate Risk and Reduce Payouts from Potential Negligence Claims,” Medical Liability Monitor Webinar (June 24, 2020)

For a complete list of Legal Lectures & Presentations, click here.

Representative/Recent Case Results

  • Obtained defense verdict in a two-week Cook County medical malpractice trial. Plaintiff had asked for $9.8 million.

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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