Pamela Davis Gorcowski

Of Counsel

Ms. Gorcowski concentrates in civil appeals.  She has handled over seventy-five appeals, including in the areas of medical and other professional negligence, constitutional law, product liability, commercial litigation, and premises liability.  She has over thirty-five published decisions, including four in the Supreme Court of Illinois.

She is a member of the Supreme Court of the United States and is admitted to practice in Illinois as well as in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  She has represented clients and has argued cases before the Supreme Court of Illinois and in the First, Second, Third, and Fourth District Appellate Courts of Illinois.

Professional Organizations:

  • Will County Bar Association

Working closely with trial counsel, Ms. Gorcowski briefed the following leading Illinois cases:

Supreme Court of Illinois:

  • Thornton v. Garcini, 237 Ill. 2d 100 (2009) (medical negligence)
  • Weather-Tite v. University of St. Francis, 233 Ill. 2d 385 (2009) (Mechanic’s Lien Act)
  • Calles v. Scripto-Tokai, 224 Ill. 2d 247 (2007) (product liability)
  • Swisher v. Duffy, 117 Ill. 2d 376 (1987) (medical negligence)

Appellate Court:

  • In re Marriage of Sadovsky, 2019 IL App (3d) 180204 (family law / maintenance)
  • Beyer v. City of Joliet, 2014 IL App (3d) 120710 (liability under Domestic Violence Act)
  • In re Estate of H.B., 2012 IL App (3d) 120475 (guardianship of minor)
  • Rafferty-Plunkett v. Plunkett, 392 Ill. App. 3d 100 (3d. Dist. 2009) (enforcement of pension rights awarded in dissolution of marriage)
  • Dunn v. Patterson, 395 Ill. App. 3d 914 (3d Dist. 2009) (validity of trust documents)
  • In Re Estate of Talty, 376 Ill. App. 3d 1082 (3d Dist. 2007) (breach of executor’s duties)
  • Knauerhaze v. Allen, 361 Ill. App. 3d 538 (1st Dist. 2007) (medical negligence; constitutionality of section 2-1008 of Code of Civil Procedure)
  • Carus Chemical v. Calciquest, 341 Ill. App. 3d 1082 (3d Dist. 2003) (injunction relating to non-disclosure of confidential information clause)
  • Mann v. Rowland, 342 Ill. App. 3d 827 (1st Dist. 2003) (legal negligence)
  • Matuszak v. Cerniak, 346 Ill. App. 3d 766 (3d Dist. 1999) (medical negligence)
  • Hill v. Charlie Club, 279 Ill. App. 3d 754 (1st Dist. 1996) (premises liability)
  • Doe v. Surgicare, 268 Ill. App. 3d 793 (3d Dist. 1994) (medical negligence)


  • University of Illinois College of Law
  • MacMurray College
  • Lockport Central High School


  • Leading Lawyers in Civil Appellate Law, 2014-present
  • One of the Top Leading Women Lawyers in Illinois – Civil Appellate Law, 2015-present
  • Super Lawyer in Appellate Practice, 2016-present

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