BHB IN THE NEWS


January 2017

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.

November 2016

$8.7 million Medical Malpractice Verdict against Northwestern Memorial Hospital

See Chicago Daily Law Bulletin Story here

September 2016

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.

January 2016

Thomas F. Boleky attends the ALS Board & Staff Retreat at The Glen Club.

October 2015

Thomas F. Boleky volunteers at the Life Fitness Hustle for ALS 5k at MB Financial Park.

August 2015

Thomas F. Boleky volunteers at the ALS Les Turner Open Water Swim at Tower Road Beach.

April 2015

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.

March 2015

Thomas F. Boleky attends ALS Hope Through Caring Award Dinner at Ritz Carlton Hotel.

December 2014

Thomas F. Boleky attends 4th Annual Les Turner Symposium on ALS and NeuroRepair at the Lurie Medical Research Center.

November 2014

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.

October 2014

Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. attends American College of Surgeons 2014 Meeting in San Francisco, California.

September 2014

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.

June 2014

Ernest W. Beutel, M.D. hosts Chicago Legal Nurse Consultants Meeting at John Barleycorn – River North.

June 2014

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.

April, 2014

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.

March, 2014

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.

February, 2014

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.

January, 2014

Thomas Boleky is awarded the 2014 designation of “Super Lawyer” within his specialties by SuperLawyers.com.

November, 2013

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.

October, 2013

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.

September, 2013

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.

June, 2013

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.

March, 2013

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.

February, 2013

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

February, 2013

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.

January, 2013

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.


Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, Brian Hurst and Thomas Boleky are again recognized as "Top Illinois Lawyers" for 2013 by the Superlawyers.com.

November, 2012

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

October, 2012

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.

September, 2012

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.

June, 2012

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.

February, 2012

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.

January, 2012

Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, Brian Hurst and Thomas Boleky are again recognized as "Top Illinois Lawyers" for 2012 by the Superlawyers.com.

October, 2011

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.

September, 2011

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.

March, 2011

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."

January, 2011

Ernest Beutel, MD, JD, Brian Hurst and Thomas Boleky are again recognized as "Top Illinois Lawyers" for 2011 by the Superlawyers.com.

April, 2010

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.

February, 2010

Brian Hurst is a guest speaker at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's "Settlement, Liens, & Insurance Seminar."