Kathleen Pine has been an attorney at Sandberg Phoenix since 1984 and a shareholder since 1989. She has over thirty-five years of experience representing hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases in Illinois and Missouri.
In 2003, Kathy opened Sandberg Phoenix’s first branch office in Carbondale, Illinois. This office serves central and southern Illinois law by offering legal advice and defense to businesses, hospitals and physicians.
Cummings v. Passavant Hospital. Kathy represented Passavant Hospital in this medical malpractice case where plaintiffs alleged failure to timely diagnose and treat incompetent cervix resulting in the premature delivery and death of a newborn. Directed verdict in favor of Passavant Hospital at the close of plaintiffs’ case.
Bettorf v. Group Health Plan. Kathy represented Group Health Plan (GHP) in this case where plaintiff claimed a GHP physician failed to provide appropriate weight-lifting instructions post-injury causing plaintiff’s dismissal from his union job. The U.S. District Court granted a directed verdict in favor of GHP at the close of plaintiff’s case.
Unverferth v. Barnes Hospital. Kathy represented Barnes Hospital against plaintiff’s allegation of failure to perform carotid endarterectomy to prevent stroke. The case was tried to a defense verdict.
Daum v. Group Health Plan. Kathy represented GHP and its employed physician against charges that they failed to diagnose throat cancer. The jury returned a defense verdict.
McNew v. Barnes Hospital. The family of a police officer sued a security guard employed by Barnes Hospital claiming the guard could have done more to stop a hospital visitor from killing the police officer. Kathy represented the security guard and the hospital in this case which resulted in a defense verdict.
Neighbors v. Group Health Plan. Kathy and Ken Bean represented Group Health Plan and an obstetrician sued for negligently proceeding with a VBAC procedure that resulted in a ruptured uterus and severe neurological injuries to the baby. The result was a defense verdict after three weeks of trial.
Holder v. Passavant Hospital. A defense verdict was received after a two-week trial in this wrongful death/obstetrical malpractice case where Kathy represented Passavant Hospital.
Bolen v. BJC Corporate Health Services. Kathy represented BJC Corporate Health Services and two of its physicians where plaintiff alleged failure to diagnose and timely repair a severed tendon. The jury returned a defense verdict.
Managing Partner of Sandberg Phoenix’s Southern Illinois office in Carbondale
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Jackson County Bar Association
Missouri Bar Association
Sandberg Phoenix Diversity Committee
Various Federal Bar Associations
Kathy is an active member and past President of the Southern Illinois Inn of Court. The Inn of Court is dedicated to the promotion of professionalism amongst judges and lawyers and the mentoring of new attorneys and law students.
J.D., Southern Illinois University School of Law, cum laude
B.A., Illinois State University, with honors
Vice President, Carbondale Community Arts which cultivates, nurtures and celebrates the creativity of the southern Illinois community through the arts.
Community Member, The Women’s Center Inc.’s Rape Crisis Services and Finance Committees serving multiple southern Illinois counties.
Southern Illinois University’s School of Art & Design’s Art and Advisory Board assisting to raise money for the school of Art and Design through their annual art auction.
Kathy enjoys a close relationship with her alma mater, SIU School of Law, and makes frequent appearances a “judge” in moot court competitions including the renowned annual National Health Law Moot Court competition.