October 14, 2020 Advisory Committee

Sulema Medrano-Novak

Sulema Medrano Novak is an accomplished and award-winning trial lawyer with extensive experience leading trial teams to verdict, particularly in cases related to commercial disputes and insurance claims. Sulema honed her courtroom skills as an Illinois state prosecutor, and she is known for defending insurance companies in complex disputes related to long-term care, life, property and casualty, and automobile coverage. In addition to representing clients in insurance and commercial litigation, she is an active advocate for women and diverse members of the legal community.

Sulema is sought after by insurance companies for her experience and judgment in defending complex coverage disputes, individual litigation, regulatory compliance and bad-faith claims. She has successfully defended wrongful-death claims, arbitrated large-scale first-party claims and obtained scores of dismissals for her clients in federal and state courts. Sulema helps clients avoid the cost of litigation through successful mediation, such as when she helped resolve wrongful-death cases for less than 10 percent of the initial demands.

Sulema defends property owners, securities firms and construction, transportation, health care and manufacturing clients against claims of consumer fraud and bad faith, breach of contract, products liability, professional liability, information privacy, personal injury and other commercial disputes. She has successfully mediated multimillion-dollar claims and has achieved favorable settlements and dismissals for clients.