Helaine Wachs Heydemann: Lawyer with Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP

Helaine Wachs Heydemann

Chicago,  IL  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Labor & Employment
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • Licensing
  • Collaborations
  • Joint Ventures & Strategic Alliances
  • Healthcare
University University of California at Berkeley, A.B.
Law SchoolStanford University Law School, J.D.; Harvard University, LL.M.
Admitted1973, California; 1975, Illinois; U.S. District Court, Central District of California; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (Trial Bar member)


American Bar Association
Stanford Law School Alumni Association
Legal Club of Chicago
National Task Force on Medical Malpractice
Harvard Law School Women's Alliance


Helaine Heydemann is a member of the Healthcare and Litigation practices at Edwards Wildman. She has extensive career experience litigating matters in state and federal court, and before administrative agencies, including a broad range of health care, tort, professional liability, products, insurance, and employment matters. Her practice includes advising clients on business practices to avoid litigation; she also counsels clients on employment issues, hospital and medical staff issues, medical ethics issues, risk management, compliance and contracts. Helaine represents a variety of health care entities, including medical practices, physicians, surgicenters, and hospitals in a variety of health care, regulatory, and business issues. She regularly represents licensed professionals at every stage of proceedings pending before the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Helaine was selected by a recent survey of her peers conducted by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as a “Leading Lawyer” in Health Law. She has an AV-Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell.
•Primary trial counsel responsible for defense of hundreds of professional liability lawsuits. In one unusual professional liability case, Helaine successfully represented a physician defendant in a matter involving 136 separate plaintiffs all claiming same type of alleged physician misconduct; defeated plaintiffs' motions for class certification and for joinder of claims. The case involved many unique strategic and evidentiary issues as the defendant had limited coverage; creative strategies for resolution and focused negotiation with multiple plaintiff counsels resulted in dismissal of all cases.

•Has successfully litigated administrative review cases in circuit court

•Extensive experience representing licensed professionals in disciplinary proceedings and investigations by State of Illinois administrative agencies including the Illinois Department of Public Aid, and the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. In over 100 matters, has successfully represented licensed professionals at all stages of departmental proceedings from investigation through hearing. These matters have involved physicians, podiatrists, pharmacies, dentists, oral surgeons, physicians' assistants, rehabilitation professionals' nurses, clinical social workers, licensed clinical psychologists, optometrists, opticians, professional engineers, and architects.

•Successfully prosecuted and defended a wide variety of tort claims involving individuals and corporations, including business torts, defamation, disability insurance claims, employment matters

Reported Decisions
Miceikis v. Field, 37 Ill.App. 3d 763, 347 N.E.2d 320; (1976) LEXIS 2251 (articulating definition of informed consent under Illinois law)

Besides Edwards Wildman

Helaine was an avid Girl Scout and competitive ice skater growing up in Long Beach, California. She maintains her interest in outdoor activities; she especially enjoys winter sports and bicycling with her husband and two daughters.

Medical Marijuana Second Round Applications, Investing, and Physician Requirements
November 12, 2014 event


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Helaine Wachs Heydemann

225 West Wacker Drive, Suite 3000
ChicagoIL 60606


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