Thushan Sabaratnam is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago office, where he handles all facets of complex litigation. Mr. Sabaratnam’s practice focuses on general liability, where he defends clients on matters of catastrophic personal injury and death, construction defects and accidents, transportation litigation, and commercial liability.
Mr. Sabaratnam has valuable legal experience, including representing individuals and businesses in state courts throughout Illinois. He finds novel legal strategies and cost-effective approaches to be successful in positioning cases for dispositive motions, settlement negotiations, and favorable resolutions for his clients.
Mr. Sabaratnam obtained his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2019, where he served on the Law Review Editorial Board and Moot Court Executive Honors Board. After his legal Comment was published, he was granted the distinction National Order of Scribes for Legal Writing and was awarded the Best Brief in the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition. He obtained his B.A. in Criminology from the University of Windsor in 2015 and graduated with honors.
Mr. Sabaratnam is fluent in Tamil and is a member of the South Asian Bar Association. In his spare time, Mr. Sabaratnam enjoys exploring the great outdoors with his Toronto and Chicago family, creating music, and engaging in extreme sports.
Parties to litigation are always looking for novel strategies to get any advantages during discovery and before trial. A recent decision by The Supreme Court of Illinois allows for parties to change their disclosed 213(f) retained experts to consultants, giving counsels a way to shield the expert’s created reports from discovery. Redesignating experts from a discovery standpoint is burdensome to the adverse parties, as the work prepared by the disclosed expert will no longer be discoverable. The new decision offers parties more strategies and techniques to sequester experts as well as their prepared reports which may be detrimental to their case, or even worse, it supports the other side with their arguments to win at trial. The Illinois case setting the precedent is Dameron v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center et al., wherein Chief Justice Anne M. Burke and Justices Kilbride, Karmeier, Theis, and Michael J. Burke concurred in the judgement and opinion.