April A. Otterberg is a co-chair of the Professional Responsibility Practice, with nearly fifteen years of experience litigating and counseling lawyer and law firm clients in complex professional liability disputes.
Recognized repeatedly as a “Rising Star” by Illinois Super Lawyers in the area of professional liability defense, Ms. Otterberg defends lawyers, law firms, and other types of professionals in pending or threatened malpractice and related claims. In recent years, her practice has centered on defending professionals against claims arising from Ponzi or other fraudulent schemes, including claims against professionals for aiding and abetting or fraud. She has substantial experience investigating professional liability claims and developing and mounting effective and practical defense and resolution strategies, whether pre-complaint or through the litigation process. Ms. Otterberg also represents clients in a range of complex business litigation matters, concentrating on breach of fiduciary duty and related claims under ERISA and cases involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants.
Ms. Otterberg maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on criminal defense matters on behalf of indigent clients. Among other matters, she has represented a client on federal death row for virtually her entire career, first in his appeal and now in his ongoing post-conviction proceedings.
Ms. Otterberg also lends her experience in professional liability matters to the bar and legal community, as she is the current Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Conduct and a past member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. She regularly speaks and writes on professional liability topics. She is a co-author of the Illinois portion of the American Bar Association’s The Law of Lawyers’ Liability and of the Firm’s outline of trade secrets law in Illinois and under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act. She has taught legal writing to the Firm’s associates and summer associates for nearly a decade and is a longtime participant in the Firm’s associate mentoring program and its Women’s Forum affinity group.