Denean K. Sturino


Office: Chicago

Direct: 312-422-6129

Fax: 312-422-6110

  • Professional Overview

    After spending many years as an associate and partner at a large firm, Denean packed her bag of clients and joined the O’Hagan Meyer team. Her vast experience in the product litigation arena made her a perfect fit, but more importantly, O’Hagan Meyer was the perfect fit for her clients who loved the big firm lawyers with small firm service.

    Whether large or small, fast or slow, there is no product Denean cannot defend. With her keen sense of engineering concepts, Denean has the amazing ability to translate those concepts to jurors. Denean’s passion for her client and her client’s cause sets her apart from most and breeds a belief in her case that no juror can ignore, as exemplified by the numerous favorable jury verdicts. Denean’s experience in product liability litigation, has touched upon almost every aspect that could potentially involve her client or her client’s product, including product liability, breach of warranty, consumer fraud, deceptive trade practices, premises liability, contribution and indemnification, trademark infringement, trade dress infringement, invasion of privacy (right to publicity) and patent infringement, to name a few. Denean’s vast “in-the-trenches” litigation and trial experience has made her the go-to partner on other types of complex cases, including directors and officers, employment, breach of fiduciary duty and commercial litigation cases. Occasionally, Denean is even called in to monitor difficult defense cases of which O’Hagan Meyer monitors and oversees strategy.

  • Practice Areas
  • Education and Admissions


    After graduating magna cum laude from University of Wisconsin (Parkside campus), Denean Sturino continued the academic excellence when she graduated magna cum laude from John Marshall Law School in January 1996.  While at John Marshall, she was the recipient of an academic scholarship, an editor of the Law Review, and an award winning Moot Court member.


    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States 7th Circuit Court of Appeals
    • United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
    • Western and Eastern Districts of Wisconsin
    • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

    States Licensed

    • Illinois
    • Missouri
    • Ohio
    • Wisconsin
  • Professional Organization Memberships
    • Member, Chicago Bar Association
    • Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program
    • United States District for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • News, Honors, Publications & Speeches
    Representative Cases
    • Argued Razor v. Hyundai Motor America before the Illinois Supreme Court
    • Presented several cases for opinion before the Illinois Appellate Court
    • Defense verdict in Evans v. Hyundai Motor America
    • Defense verdict in Phelps v. American Isuzu
    • Defense verdict in Kral v. Hyundai Motor America
    • Defense verdict in Alverez v. American Isuzu, successfully upheld on appeal
    • Zero dollar settlement for research and development company accused of misrepresentations and fraud in the sale of private offering shares
    • Brokered nuisance value of $25,000 settlement in a directors and officers case where the demand was $3.5 million
    • Tried patent infringement case to a successful verdict