Mr. Monroe has over 30 years of experience as a trial lawyer, and has managed and tried cases throughout Northern Illinois. In the healthcare malpractice area, he has handled cases involving various specialties, including neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, family practice, pediatrics, infectious disease, obstetrics, gynecology, oncology, general surgery, vascular surgery, anesthesiology, pain management, plastic surgery, cardiology, gastroenterology, endocrinology, psychiatry, oral surgery, radiology, nursing home, and chiropractic. He has also tried catastrophic injury cases involving trucking, construction and premises liability, as well as contract cases. One of his trials was a premises liability case in Kane County, Illinois, that had been reported on “Dateline” and received national exposure, involving a booby trap that electrocuted a burglar.

Mr. Monroe was the contemnor in one of the leading appellate court cases in Illinois interpreting the Medical Studies Act, Toth v. Jensen, 272 Ill. App. 3d 382, 649 N.E.2d 484 (1st Dist. 1995), and the trial attorney in one of the leading Illinois Good Samaritan Act cases, Villamil v. Benages, 257 Ill. App. 3d 81, 628 N.E.2d 568, appeal denied, 155 Ill. 2d 577 (1st Dist. 1993). His other significant appellate court decisions include Northern Trust Co. v. Upjohn Co., 213 Ill. App. 3d 390, 572 N.E.2d 1030, appeal denied 141 Ill. 2d 545, cert. denied 112 U.S. 109 (1st Dist. 1991)(trial attorney); Roberts v. Sisters of St. Francis Health Services, 198 Ill. App. 3d 891, 556 N.E.2d 662 (1st Dist. 1990)(appellate attorney); and, Lowney v. Arciom, 232 Ill. App. 3d 715, 597 N.E.2d 817 (3d Dist. 1992)(trial attorney).

Mr. Monroe was inducted into the prestigious Society of Trial Lawyers and the American Law Society.  He has been named as a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media, a distinction that is bestowed upon less than five percent of all lawyers licensed in Illinois, and is peer selected, in the following categories:  Medical Malpractice Defense Law; Personal Injury Defense Law: General; Products Liability Defense Law; and, Professional Malpractice Defense Law: Including Legal/Technical/Financial.  He also has acted as a guest judge for the Northwestern University School of Law trial advocacy program.


  • Valparaiso University – B.A. With Distinction – 1981
  • University of Illinois – J.D. – 1984
  • Editor, Illinois Bar Journal, Recent Decisions Section – 1983-84
  • Who’s Who Among American Law Students – 3d. Edition 1984


  • Admitted to Illinois Bar – 1984
  • Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois – 1984


  • Casenote, Wrongful Death/Damages, 72 Illinois Bar Journal 36 (Sept. 1983)
  • “Rule 220 and the Treating Physician,” 26 Tort Trends 4 (Jan. 1991)
  • “Limitations on Medical Malpractice Actions: The Continuous Course of Treatment Doctrine,” 28 Tort Trends 5 (Dec. 1992)
  • Co-author: “An Overview: Illinois Tort Reform Legislation of 1995,” distributed at National Risk Retention Association 7th Annual Conference (Mar. 19, 1995)
  • Webcast, “The Malpractice Suit: What to Expect,” (recorded Aug. 31, 2015)
  • Webcast, “Minimizing the Risk of a Malpractice Suit,” ChiroSecure Risk Management App (Aug. 24, 2016)
  • Co-author: Case Study, “Experts Bolster Defense in Patient Burn Case,” published by Risk Management Division at (May 29, 2020).