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Mr. Sutterfield is an advocate for good nursing home resident care. He is a member and contributor to the National Citizens Coalition for Nursing Home Reform, an advisor to two long-term care sub-state nursing home ombudsman programs, and a lecturer on the subject. The Illinois Department on Aging retained him to conduct state-wide training of the sub-state ombudsman on nursing home abuse and neglect issues. He has also conducted an education class for the state's Guardianship and Advocacy Commission on this subject and has lectured to the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association on deposition techniques for use in nursing home neglect and abuse litigation.
Mr. Sutterfield represents Social Security disability claimants before the Office of Hearings and Appeals, the Appeals Council, the United States District Court (Central and Southern District), and the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit. His winning percentage in disability cases is well in excess of 90%. On several occasions, he has won cases on appeal that other attorneys lost before the administrative law judges.
Mr. Sutterfield works closely with accident reconstruction experts and experts regarding trucking regulations to develop liability issues in motor vehicle cases. He also works closely with the clients' physicians and medical artists to create good demonstrative exhibits that accurately depict injuries and surgical procedures that injured victims have had to endure.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Sutterfield was legal counsel for the Social Security disability claimant in Sarchet v. Chater, 78 F.3d 305 (1996), the seminal case in which it was held for the first time in the nation that fibromyalgia is a disabling impairment. He has numerous large recoveries for his clients who have been injured as a consequence of nursing home neglect and abuse and auto/semi-truck accidents.
U.S. District Court
Southern District of Illinois, 1982
Central District of Illinois, 1983
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1990
Hourly Rate: $151-$200/hour
Retainer: Varies by case.
Year of Birth: 1955
Law School: University of Illinois College of Law, J.D., 1980
Representative Clients: Severely injured and disabled persons
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Illinois State Bar Association
Mr. Sutterfield is the board president of ARC Community Support Systems, a not-for-profit corporation that serves more than 1,000 developmentally disabled adults annually in the areas of housing, employment, and rights advocacy. He has served on ARC's board of directors for 13 years, 10 as board president. In that role, he initiated the "Board Buddy" program where each board member who did not have a disabled child or sibling served by the agency developed an ongoing social and personal relationship with a developmentally disabled adult.