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Martha E. Drouet

Associate | mdrouet@smsm.com
Associate | Chicago, IL
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Martha Drouet is an associate attorney focusing her practice on toxic tort, product liability and complex commercial litigation. As a member of the national coordinating counsel team for a products manufacturer, Ms. Drouet monitors litigation in high-indemnity jurisdictions. She has extensive experience in managing hundreds of cases independently from pre-litigation through trial including cases in areas such as transportation, environmental regulation, premises liability, medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.

Prior to joining Segal McCambridge, she worked as a personal injury trial attorney at a plaintiffs' firm in Chicago where she drafted a winning appellate brief in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District regarding a plaintiff’s discovery violations and expert witness disclosures. She has also interned at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Ms. Drouet earned her J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law with a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law. While a student at Chicago-Kent, she was a competitor and coach for the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team and received a CALI award for the highest grade in Environmental Law Clinic. She also served as executive articles editor for the Journal for Environmental and Energy Law and as secretary for the Kent Justice Foundation. She holds a bachelor's degree in visual and critical studies from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a portfolio scholarship recipient. 

Ms. Drouet is a volunteer horticulturist at the Garfield Park Conservatory and volunteer coach for the Chicago-Kent Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She also appeared as a guest presenter on a 2013 episode of WTTW Chicago's Check Please!

Honors

  • Named an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers (The distinction of being named an “Emerging Lawyer” is reserved for the top 2% of Illinois lawyers who are 40 years old or younger and have been identified by their peers as proving themselves to be professional, ethical and experienced at an early point in their legal career.) (2017)
  • CALI Award for highest grade in Environmental Law Clinic (2012) 
  • Baum Fellow for contribution to public interest environmental law (2013-2014)
  • Semi-finalist: Charles Evans Hughes Moot Court Competition (Spring 2012)
  • Second Place Regional Champion: ABA Representation in Mediation Competition (Spring 2014)

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

"Corn for Ethanol: The Climate and Water Management," Journal of Environmental and Energy Law (2012)

"Exotic Pet Regulation: An Overview," Animal Legal & Historical Center, Michigan State University College of Law (2014)

"The Mall and the Megachurch: Ritualistic Shopping and Shopping for Ritual," John M. Flaxman Library (2011)

Education

Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. (2014)

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, B.A., Visual and Critical Studies (2011)

Admissions

  • Illinois, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois