For more than 30 years, Sara Gourley has championed women and diversity with same the unflagging passion that has made her a national expert in products liability law. She leads a 34-lawyer group that includes 23 women, up from 12 in 2002 largely due to her efforts. Gourley, who specializes in drug and medical-device defense, is lead counsel for Takeda Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. in multidistrict federal and related state court litigation regarding the diabetes drug Actos. She is national counsel for a producer of blood products in AIDS and hepatitis C litigation. A member of the firm's executive committee, she has served in its enhanced mentoring program for diverse associates. Outside work, she is in her sixth term as board chairwoman of Family Focus, a nonprofit that works to strengthen low-income families in the Chicago area.
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