Jaime Padgett is an associate attorney focusing her practice on complex civil litigation. She has extensive experience as a lead trial attorney in all aspects of litigation, including written discovery, depositions, and motion practice as well as numerous jury trials as first chair attorney. Ms. Padgett also has experience with post-trial motions and appeals. Outside of the courtroom, she has negotiated millions of dollars in settlements in multiple Illinois jurisdictions. Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, Ms. Padgett worked as a plaintiff’s trial attorney in Chicago, and she brings this unique perspective and insight to her cases.
Ms. Padgett earned her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy. Ms. Padgett published "How Less Is More: The Unraveling of the Inextricable Intertwinement Doctrine under United States v. Gorman" while serving as Editor of The Seventh Circuit Review. Additionally, she was champion of the ABA Client Counseling Competition. Before law school, she worked as a research assistant at Harvard University’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, where she provided research for a Pulitzer Prize-winning book. Ms. Padgett holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in public policy from Dartmouth College, where she published a Medicaid report entitled New Hampshire and Vermont: Prescription Drug Cost Containment and was a member of the cheerleading squad.
Ms. Padgett is very involved in the legal community. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Young Professionals Board of the Legal Aid Foundation, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Chicago Bar Association.
- Selected for inclusion in the Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars list (no more than 2.5% of lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected), nominated and selected by peers in the legal community (2017)
Professional & Civic Involvement
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Vice Chair of Tort Law Committee and Member of Young Lawyer's Committee
- Legal Aid Foundation, Young Professionals Board Member and Pro Bono Attorney
- Chicago Bar Association
- Women's Bar Association of Illinois
- Anticipated, obtained and verified "smoking gun" forged documents influencing defendants’ decision to settle plaintiff's case for personal injuries for $1.5 million despite potential affirmative defense of contributory negligence arising because plaintiff's injuries were sustained while plaintiff was trespassing on defendant's property under the influence of crack cocaine.
- Sole associate in all stages of litigation for decade long legal battle involving multiple probate and civil lawsuits reframed to include negligent and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims for minor child in zone of danger resulting in $2.8 million+ to settlement.
- Won record jury verdict for Illinois for MCL injury.
- Researched, synthesized and wrote Response brief which caused defendants to withdraw their Motions to Dismiss in civil lawsuit for wrongful death due to willful and wanton conduct by village and its agents.
- Conceived of and executed reframing of petitioners underinsured motorist arbitration to include claims for psychological injuries in addition to his other personal injuries resulting in settlement in excess of previous handling attorney's initial demand.
- Negotiated privacy tort settlement for well-known local celebrity and media personality plaintiff for publication of personal vacation photo in maintenance room of private condo building.
Co-Author, 2016 Survey of Law Illinois Defense Counsel (IDC) (May 2017).
"How Less is More: The Unraveling of the Inextricable Intertwinement Doctrine Under United States v. Gorman," SEVENTH CIR. REV.196 (2011).
Jaime Padgett, et al. Medicaid Report: New Hampshire and Vermont: Prescription Drug Cost Containment. PRS POLICY BRIEF 0506-09, ROCKEFELLER CENTER AT DARTMOUTH COLLEGE (October 24, 2006).
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., cum laude (2011)
Dartmouth College, A.B., Philosophy, Minor in Public Policy (2007)
- Illinois, 2012
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2012
- Eastern District of Wisconsin Bankruptcy Court, 2016
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2016