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Peter D. Hoste is an accomplished trial lawyer and the managing partner of the Chicago law firm Leahy Hoste Alkaraki. Pete has spent over two decades representing people and families in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and other personal injury cases in courts throughout the state of Illinois and in other states around the country. Using his extensive experience and expertise in the fields of medical malpractice, transportation (automobile, trucking and public transport) accidents, defective and dangerous products or premises, sexual abuse, and wrongful death litigation, Pete has successfully obtained over $150 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Most of Leahy & Hoste’s cases are referred by other attorneys, reflecting our experience handling complicated situations combined with an unparalleled record of achievement.
A graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Pete has regularly achieved multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts, and has been twice recognized by the National Law Journal as having achieved one of the largest jury verdicts in the United States. Pete serves on the Alumni Board of Governors for Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, is a Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation, and has served on the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and on the American Association for Justice’s Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division. Pete is a frequent guest lecturer for the University of Illinois Law School, and is a regular presenter for a variety of bar association continuing legal education seminars. In 2007, Pete was recognized by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch”. He has been recognized by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company as a “Leading Lawyer” (awarded to the top 5% of all lawyers) every year since 2003 to present, and has been selected as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” by the publishers of Law & Politics magazine and Thompson Reuters every year since 2009. In 2008, Tom Leahy and Peter Hoste established the Leahy & Hoste Scholarship at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law to help deserving law students pay for their legal education.
Some of Pete’s most noteworthy professional successes on behalf of his clients include the following results:
- Record setting $22,565,618 medical malpractice verdict for a man who suffered above the knee amputations of both of his legs after undergoing heart surgery.
- $15,000,000 medical malpractice settlement for a baby born with gastroschisis who was injured by surgical error.
- Confidential medical malpractice settlement for a child who suffered from trauma and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy at birth resulting in severe mental and physical impairment.
- $4,250,000 medical malpractice settlement for the family of a child born with gastroschisis who died as the result of surgical error. (In this State of Georgia case, Mr. Hoste was brought in by a local law firm that recognized his knowledge and experience with gastroschisis, necrotizing enterocolitis, birth defects and pediatric surgery issues.)
- $19,200,000 wrongful death verdict for the family of a man who was killed as a result of a truck driver’s drug impairment.
- $9,000,000 medical malpractice verdict for the family of a woman who died after suffering from an undiagnosed blood clot after being discharged from a hospital emergency department.
- $10,000,000 settlement for a woman who suffered severe injuries and multiple amputations after being discharged home from a hospital emergency department even though she was suffering from sepsis.
- Multiple confidential settlements for childhood and adult victims of sexual abuse
- $4,500,000 medical malpractice settlement for a woman who was mistakenly diagnosed with vertigo and discharged from a hospital emergency room. She was actually having a transient ischemic attack (TIA) and went on to suffer from a disabling stroke.
- $3,000,000 medical malpractice settlement for the family of a baby boy who died at home after undergoing a routine outpatient urological surgery procedure.
- $2,700,000 medical malpractice verdict for the family of a man who died after undergoing a heart transplant procedure. The donor heart was deemed to be unsuitable for transplant.
- $7,100,000 settlement for the family of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a semi-tractor on private property.
- $5,900,000 settlement for the family of a man who was killed after his vehicle was struck by a semi-tractor trailer on a rural Indiana highway.