Rita L. Gitchell Associate

Phone: (630) 262-3913
Fax: (630) 262-1144
Assistant Name: Cathy Myzia
Assistant Phone: (630) -26-2-39
Rita L. Gitchell is a defense litigator recognized by Leading Lawyers in the area of malpractice defense for her work with hospitals, doctors, dentists, nurses and therapists. As a former speech language pathologist with training in neurodevelopmental therapy, Rita has practical insight regarding how injury to the brain and body affects activities of daily living for all age groups. Rita's background is an asset in providing advice to clients in cases involving brain damage and other personal injuries.

Rita is also a court approved mediator and arbitrator in DuPage County and was selected as being in the top 10 for Illinois Women who serve as a neutral arbitrator by Leading Lawyers. Rita has found herself being requested to serve as a neutral arbitrator or mediator by plaintiff and defense counsel looking for a problem solver to resolve a case. She has also been asked by divorce attorneys to serve as a mediator for their clients for disputes over shared parenting time. Rita has also served clients dealing with personally sensitive matters such as sexual abuse allegations, and human embryo fate disputes.

Rita has published various issues affecting medical providers and other topics in law reviews and professional journals. Rita has co-authored several appellate briefs and a United States Supreme Court brief, with results in favor of the client. Recently, Rita, along with partner, Bill Porter, has received an Appellate Ruling that a self-represented litigant is obliged to honor the attorney-client privilege and not communicate directly with a represented party, but to communicate with the attorney.

Rita received her B.S. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Illinois State University and her M.A. in Speech and Hearing Science from the University of Illinois. Rita graduated with honors from Chicago Kent Law School, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Leading Lawyers Awards

Rita L.
Peer Selected 2024

Practice Areas

Appellate & Legal Issues, General Negligence, Insurance Coverage, Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • State of Illinois
  • State of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court

Professional Affiliations

  • Court Appointed Arbitrator and Mediator, DuPage County, IL

Honors & Awards

  • Leading Lawyers since 2012
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