A Special Man with a Huge Heart
Dr. Ernie W. Beutel, our partner and our friend, left us on November 8, 2019, for his Eternal Rest. A founding member of our firm, Ernie, as he was known by many, always considered our clients our patients, as he was guided by an unrelenting motivation to help people and to cure the infirm, as he had in his long and distinguished career as a physician and cardiothoracic surgeon, prior to his career in Law.Ernie had an encyclopedic knowledge of numerous subjects, including Medicine, Movies, Music, Language, Literature, the Opera and History, to name a few, and was the smartest man most of us will ever know. Always quick with a hearty laugh, a kind word, or a particularly relevant anecdote, Ernie had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was always learning and always experiencing life’s journey, as for him and his beloved wife, Paulie, “the journey was indeed the reward.”Ernie was loyal, generous with his time, calm and patient in his demeanor, and always happy to impart some of the wealth of knowledge and experience he had accumulated along his incredible journey. The son of a Chicago “cop,” who became a surgeon, who became a lawyer, he always proudly made it known that “we are cops’ kids,” and therefore we do things with integrity and purpose and in the service of others.Dr. Beutel enjoyed immense success and recognition in Medicine and then Law, being named a top surgeon in his first career as a physician, and a top lawyer in his second career in Law. Ernie helped countless people and families along his path, and was praying for other people until his last moments on earth. In addition to helping and caring for people, Ernie was most proud of his and Paulie’s two sons, Ernie and Andrew, as well as the time he spent in the United States Navy in service of his country.Ernie was a kind, caring and generous soul and was truly bigger than life. He always stated of the firm bearing his name that “we are a small firm with a big heart.” Well, E, you were a truly special man with a huge heart and we love you and will miss you dearly. You lived a magnificent and distinguished life in the service of others and we hope and pray now for your Eternal Peace.Ernie, I am proud to have known you and to have been your friend and partner. From the bottom of my heart, I will miss you my dear friend. Godspeed.Brian Hurst
Ernie W. Beutel, M.D., J.D. (1946 – 2019)
Brian Hurst is selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2019, an honor granted to less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States, for having successfully litigated a matter with more than $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake, in addition to his professional experience, legal achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and positive impact in his community.
Brian Hurst is recognized in the nation’s “Top One Percent” for 2019 by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. reached Emeritus member status of the American College of Cardiology.
Brian Hurst is selected to America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for 2018, an honor granted to less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States, for having successfully litigated a matter with more than $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake, in addition to his professional experience, legal achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and positive impact in his community.
Thomas Boleky participated in the 26th Annual Chicago River Day Rescue at the north branch of the Chicago River – one of 60 different cleanup sites along the river. Volunteers picked up trash, dug out invasive weed vegetation and planted native wild grasses along the river bank.
Thomas Boleky attends The Cyborgs are Coming! Ethical Concerns from Technology Disruptions Master Series seminar presented by the Illinois State Bar Association.
Tom Boleky joins the Glenview Chamber of Commerce.
Thomas F. Boleky is invited to DePaul University College of Law’s reception to honor members of its alumni community who were named to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyer list.
Thomas F. Boleky maintains the AV Preeminent™ Rating for 2018. This rating is based solely on peer review, considered the pinnacle of professional excellence for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards and is the highest possible qualification Martindale-Hubbell can bestow upon an attorney. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have been an integral part of Martindale-Hubbell’s services to the legal community since 1887.
Brian Hurst is among less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States honored as a 2017 Recipient among America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators®, for having successfully litigated a matter with more than $2,000,000 in alleged damages at stake, in addition to his professional experience, legal achievements, significant case results, peer reputation, and positive impact in his community.
Brian Hurst has been recognized among America’s Top 100 Attorneys® as one of the nation’s most exceptional attorneys, whose accomplishments and impact on the legal profession merit a Lifetime Achievement award.
Ernest W. Beutel attends the Heart Valve Summit on Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision-making, hosted by the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.
Dr. Ernest Beutel is named an Emeritus Member of the American College of Cardiology. He already holds Emeritus status in the American College of Chest Physicians, Chicago Surgical Society, and the American College of Surgeons.
Thomas F. Boleky is among 7,000 walkers who participated in the 2017 ALS “Walk for Life”, at Soldier Field. The event raised nearly $700,000.00 for the Les Turner ALS Foundation which will go toward funding research and providing free care for ALS patients.
Ernest Beutel M.D., J.D. participates in a mock trial program as counsel for the plaintiff at the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants meeting, held at John Marshall Law School.
Brian Hurst (pictured, far left) participates in the Brain Injury Association of Illinois’s golf event to help support people with acquired brain injuries.
Thomas Boleky attends the 2nd Annual Swinging the Mitts for Awareness event put on by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Chicago) to “knock out the stigma of mental illness”.
Brian Hurst is recognized for his exemplary legal career and becomes a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. To learn more about the American Bar Foundation, watch the video below:
Thomas Boleky attends the 2017 Les Turner ALS Foundation Strike Out ALS 5k and 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll at Guaranteed Rate Field, which offers athletes of any skill level the opportunity to race through Sox Park and compete for those who can’t, while raising funds to support people with ALS.
Thomas Boleky (pictured, center) attends the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s “Hope & Help” event at Saint Xavier University to honor those in the South Suburban Community who have made outstanding contributions to ALS research and patient care.
Thomas Boleky participates in the Gary Griffith Golf Outing at Ruffled Feathers Golf Club which benefits the Les Turner ALS Foundation.
Thomas Boleky speaks on “Objections During Jury Selection and Opening Statement” at the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Evidence: Before, During and After Trial or After Settlement seminar.
Thomas Boleky (pictured below/above) helps raise awareness for ALS, as an Awareness Advocate for Glenview’s Tag Day.
Brian Hurst attends Illinois Trial Lawyers Assocaition (ITLA)’s seminar on “Ethics & Professionalism” at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Thomas Boleky settles case of CTA carpenter injured while on break in lunchroom for $350,000, at mediation. The lunchroom had just reopened after remodeling, however, the lunchroom table was not secured properly, causing the 61-year-old man to fall to the floor after sitting down and to suffer a complete tear in the rotator cuff of his right shoulder.
Thomas Boleky attends Judge Lynn Egan’s Lunchtime Seminar, “Sticks & Stones Won’t Break Your Bones, But Names May Land You Before the ARDC”, of her monthly series,held at the Thompson Center, in Chicago.
Brian Hurst attends Illinois Trial Lawyers Assocaition (ITLA)’s “Damages” seminar at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort, in Oak Brook, Illinois.
Partner, Thomas F. Boleky, and his wife attend the Les Turner ALS Foundation Hope Through Caring Award Gala. This event raised $650,000 to fund research and clinic care, provide services for patients and their families, and increase public awareness.
Brian Hurst presents “Effective Use and Cross Examination of Experts at Trial”, at the Chicago Bar Association’s Trial Practice Committee Meeting.
Brian Hurst attends Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)’s seminar on “Complex Litigation and Civil Liability for Non-Traditional Torts” at the Westin, in Chicago.
Thomas F. Boleky is given the 2017 AV Preeminent™ Rating. This rating, which is based solely on peer review, is considered the pinnacle of professional excellence for Legal Ability and Ethical Standards and is the highest possible qualification Martindale-Hubbell can bestow upon an attorney. The Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings have been an integral part of Martindale-Hubbell’s services to the legal community since 1887.
$8.7 million Medical Malpractice Verdict against Northwestern Memorial Hospital See The Trial Lawyer Magazine article: “$8.7M in damages for botched laparoscopy” here
Thomas F. Boleky participates in the 2016 ALS “Walk for Life”, at Soldier Field, which raised over $700,000.00 for the Les Turner ALS Foundation to fund research and provide free care for ALS patients.
Thomas F. Boleky is made Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s new group, the Trial Practice Committee.
Thomas F. Boleky attends Illinois Trial Evidence seminar put on by Circuit Court Judge Lynn M. Egan.
Thomas F. Boleky attends the ALS Board & Staff Retreat at The Glen Club.
Thomas F. Boleky volunteers at the Life Fitness Hustle for ALS 5k at MB Financial Park.
Thomas F. Boleky volunteers at the ALS Les Turner Open Water Swim at Tower Road Beach.
Brian Hurst, in recognition of his generosity, commitment, and philanthropy to Eastern Illinois University, was honored with induction into the Cornerstone Society on April 10, 2015, during EIU’s Legacy Celebration.
Thomas F. Boleky attends Civil Rights Act dinner, hosted by the Chicago Bar Association, at The Standard Club.
Thomas F. Boleky attends ALS Hope Through Caring Award Dinner at Ritz Carlton Hotel.
Thomas F. Boleky attends 4th Annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS and NeuroRepair at the Lurie Medical Research Center.
Thomas F. Boleky volunteers at Fitness in Motion 8K event at MB Financial Park in Rosemont. All funds raised at this event go to Les Turner ALS Foundation.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends American College of Surgeons 2014 Meeting in San Francisco, California.
Thomas F. Boleky speaks on “Objections During Jury Selection and Opening Statements, including voir dire and use of exhibits”, at the Illinois State Bar Association seminar, Foundations, Evidence & Objections: Before Trial, During Trial, On Appeal and After a Settlement, at ISBA Chicago Regional Office.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends 2014 Heart Valve Summit regarding Medical, Surgical and Interventional Decision Making, hosted by American College of Cardiology, at Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
Thomas F. Boleky volunteers and walks as part of “Team Irene” at the ALS Walk4Life at Soldier Field.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. hosts Chicago Legal Nurse Consultants Meeting at John Barleycorn – River North.
Thomas Boleky is awarded the William White Award by Tim Eaton, President of the Chicago Bar Association. This distinguished award is given by the Chicago Bar Association to a member of its Judicial Evaluation Committee who has shown consistent dedication and commitment to serving on the committee and furthering its purpose of providing unbiased and objective evaluations of sitting judges and judicial candidates. Mr. Boleky has served on the Judicial Evaluation committee for over 12 years and was General Chair of the committee in 2012-2013.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D., J.D., attends the American College of Physician Executives Annual Meeting of the Members. Dr. Beutel will be honored in the May/June issue of the Physician Executive Journal as a dedicated ACPE member for 25 years.
Dr. Ernest Beutel attends the 2014 Thrombosis & Hemostasis Summit at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.
Ernest W. Beutel attends Youth Build Lake County’s 2014 Spring Benefit: Epic Magic, an organization that assists at-risk young adults in completing their education, learning skills to become gainfully employed, and building a hopeful future for themselves and their families.
Thomas Boleky is elected to serve of the Chicago Bar Association’s Board of Governors. The Chicago Bar Association (“CBA”) is one the largest and oldest of the bar associations in the United States. The Board of Managers sets policy and directs activities of the CBA as it carries out its mission of improving the quality of the bench, bar and entire legal profession. The Board of Managers position is a two-year term of office.
Thomas Boleky attended the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s 27th Annual Hope Through Caring Dinner at Ritz Carlton Hotel, where over $700,000.00 was raised to fund treatment and research for those afflicted with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis). Mr. Boleky is in service in his 4th year as a member of the foundation’s Board of Directors.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends Mayo Clinic College of Medicine’s Hawaii Heart 2014, a Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development course, in Kauai, Hawaii.
Ernest W. Beutel attends Medical Cannabis in Illinois presentation, hosted by Chicago Medical Society.
Thomas Boleky is awarded the 2014 designation of “Super Lawyer” within his specialties by SuperLawyers.com.
Beutel Hurst Boleky LLC settles case for $1,850,000.00 the day before trial was scheduled to begin for woman with advanced lung cancer after her radiologist failed to report a detectable mass in her lung CT scan resulting in an 11 month delay in diagnosis.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends American College of Surgeons’ 99th Annual Clinical Congress on Bedside Procedures in the Surgical ICU: What, Why, and How, in Washington, D.C.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attending the American Association for Thoracic Surgery’s 2013 Heart Valve Summit, in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas Boleky forms a walk team, “Team Irene”, for the Les Turner ALS Foundation’s Annual Walk-4-Life fundraiser. The walk takes place along Chicago’s lakefront and culminates at Soldiers Field with a ceremony to honor those afflicted and courageously fighting the disease. With the support of Mr. Boleky’s walk team and many others, the event set a record for the foundation and raised over $900,000.00.
Thomas F. Boleky is a featured speaker at a seminar on “The Anatomy of a Motor Vehicle Crash Case”, sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Mr. Boleky’s presentation was on the topics of Pleadings and Formal Discovery.
Ernest W. Beutel attends Lung Cancer CME Meeting on Synergistic Perspectives in NSCLC Management.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends National Association of Managed Care Physicians’ Improving Outcomes in Advanced Non Small-Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Closer Look at the Role of Molecular Biomarkers and Tumor Histology webinar.
Thomas F. Boleky and Brian Hurst participate in the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition, held March 7 – 10, in Chicago. Mr. Boleky and Mr. Hurst served as judges, and graded and reviewed law school student teams during a mock trial presentation.
Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, and Brian Hurst are interviewed on the Chicago Bar Association’s “Justice and the Law Weekly.” The interview focuses on important issues related to the law and healthcare. The show originally aired on Channel 20, WYCC, Chicago, on February 17, 2013, at 12:30 pm, and can be seen on YouTube by following this link: Justice and the Law Weekly 510 – Managing Your Health Care
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D., attends The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons’ Euro-American Multi-Specialty Summit VI: Laparoscopy and Minimally Invasive Surgery, in Orlando, Florida.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a settlement of $650,000.00, during trial in a Wrongful Death case of a 67-year-old male bicycle rider who struck a drop gate (i.e., a short metal post) on a local municipality’s bicycle path near his home. The drop gate had been placed in the middle of the bike path to prevent motor vehicles from travelling down the path but, it was alleged, created a hazardous condition on the bicycle path. This incident is nearly identical to another case Thomas Boleky handled in 2005, which resulted in a settlement of $2.5 million, involving a 42-year-old woman who sustained severe neurological injuries after the bike she was riding struck a similarly designed drop gate on a bicycle path a nearby suburb.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC opens their new offices at 350 North LaSalle, Suite 810. The new offices are conveniently located just north of the Chicago River near the historic Merchandise Mart.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $2.5 million settlement during trial in a medical malpractice case filed against Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation’s Dermatology Department and Dr. Murad Alam for facial scarring that resulted to a 47-year-old woman following a cosmetic laser resurfacing procedure performed by Dr. Alam utilizing a CO2 laser.
Thomas Boleky is interviewed on the Chicago Bar Association’s “Justice and the Law Weekly.” The interview focuses on important issues related to the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee which Mr. Boleky serves as Chair for 2012-2013. The show originally aired on Channel 20, WYCC, Chicago, and can be seen on YouTube by following this link: Justice and the Law Weekly 509 – How to Select the Most Qualified Judge
Brian Hurst is invited to serve on the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Director’s Advisory Group. Mr. Hurst had previously been appointed to serve on Eastern Illinois University’s College of Sciences Advisory Board
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains $200,000.00 settlement during trial in a medical malpractice case filed against a Chicago-area cosmetic dermatologist on behalf of a 55-year-old male who underwent a cosmetic skin rejuvenation procedure to his face and neck. The procedure was alleged to have resulted in scarring and hypopigmentation to his neck and around his eyes and ears.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends the 2012 Heart Valve Summit: Special Interest in Aortic Insufficiency, in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas Boleky joins the Northern Illinois University College of Law 2012-2013 “1L Mentor Program.” This program matches first year law students with experienced, real-world practitioners and is intended to provide support, advice and guidance to the 1L student as he or she starts on their path in the legal profession.
Ernest W. Beutel, M.D., attends American College of Surgeons’ 98th Annual Clinical Congress, covering topics: High-Risk Breast Cancer Management, Intervention to Treat Venous Thromboembolism, and Identification and Management of Patients at High Risk for Breast Cancer, in Chicago, Illinois.
Thomas Boleky heads a team and participates in the Les Turner Foundation’s 11th annual Walk4Life at Soldier Field to raise money for ALS research and treatment. The event raised over $853,000.00. ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) is a motor neuron disease resulting in progressive muscle weakness, atrophy, and often spasticity. ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig ‘s disease, is almost always ultimately fatal. Thomas Boleky has been a member of the Les Turner Foundation’s Board of Directors since 2009 and continues to be actively involved in the organization.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $1.2 million settlement on behalf of a young man who suffered mild traumatic brain injury and orthopedic fractures to his pelvis, cervical spine and ribs, after he lost control of his vehicle on an area expressway trying to avoid a tire tread that had separated from a tire on one of the defendant’s trucks and partially obstructed the roadway.
Thomas Boleky is nominated to serve as Chair of The Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. The Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) of the CBA is a committee that has over 200 lawyer-volunteers who conduct investigations and evaluations of candidates for judicial offices and sitting judges seeking retention within Cook County. As a service to the public, the CBA reports the findings of the JEC for all elections through local media outlets as well as on the CBA’s website. The evaluations are designed to inform the public and the courts of the qualifications, independence and integrity of judicial candidates.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $1.15 million settlement in a medical malpractice case filed on behalf of a 62-year-old woman who sustained a first degree burn injury to her buttocks and exacerbation of her pre-surgical neurological deficits following a decompressive lumbar laminectomy surgery performed at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Thomas Boleky presents at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) continuing legal education seminar, “Handling Motor Vehicle Crashes From the Occurrence Up to Trial.” Mr. Boleky is a faculty member of IICLE and spoke on the topic of Maximizing Damages in the Soft Tissue Injury Case.
Ernest W. Beutel attends Trans-catheter Conference, hosted by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons.
Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, Brian Hurst and Thomas Boleky are again recognized as “Top Illinois Lawyers” for 2012 by the Superlawyers.com.
Ernest W. Beutel attends Tribune Media Group’s Pink Tie Gala, an acknowledgment of Komen Chicago’s inaugural class of Pink Tie Guys. All fundraising money raised at the event goes to Susan G. Komen for the Cure Chicago.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $1,000,000.00 settlement during trial in a medical malpractice case filed on behalf of a 49-year-old woman who suffered gynecological injuries following the performance of a Transobturator Tape (“TOT”) procedure performed for stress urinary incontinence.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $1,000,000.00 settlement (the full extent of liability insurance) for medical malpractice related to untreated pericardial effusion resulting in the wrongful death of 67-year-old male patient of the defendant cardiologist who practices locally in Chicago.
Thomas Boleky is a guest speaker at the Illinois State Bar Association’s “Foundations, Evidence & Objections Seminar.”
Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, Brian Hurst and Thomas Boleky are again recognized as “Top Illinois Lawyers” for 2011 by the Superlawyers.com.
BEUTEL HURST BOLKEY LLC obtains a $1.6 million settlement for medical malpractice resulting from treatment for a fractured leg which resulted in multiple infections, subsequent surgeries and eventual amputation of the patient’s leg.
Brian Hurst is a guest speaker at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s “Settlement, Liens, & Insurance Seminar.”