Pliura Medical Law is located in LeRoy, a small community in the heart of Illinois.  Our Firm handles cases that span the entire state representing highly delicate Medical Malpractice suits.  Our track record includes getting our clients cases in front of the Supreme Court. The unique strategy of having a physician as your attorney is what separates Pliura Medical Law from the competition. The expertise is unmatched and gives a stronger presence and attention to detail, making us the experts in Medical Malpractice Law. Whether your case is high-profile or hometown, our practice is your solution.



 thomas pliura m.d., j.d.


Dr. Tom Pliura practices as a physician and attorney in the state of Illinois, serving patients and clients with over 30 years of experience. He earned his B.S. degree from Southern Illinois University and received his J.D. and M.D. from the University of Illinois. Over the course of his career, he has represented hundreds of clients – both defendants and plaintiffs – in wrongful death and medical malpractice suits, obtaining millions of dollars in settlement and judgments for plaintiffs in meritorious claims, and obtaining defense verdicts for physicians in non-meritorious claims.  Capitalizing on his unique experience as a physician and attorney, most of his practice is related to healthcare in one form or another, including complex healthcare antitrust litigation and physician contracting and professional licensure disputes.  Additionally, he has been personally requested by Federal District Court Judges to represent indigent prison inmates in claims of violation of their constitutional rights related to inadequate healthcare.

As a physician, Tom has worked in emergency rooms across the state and regularly works as an urgent care physician at a clinic he owns and operates near the campus of the University of Illinois.  In addition, he owns and/or manages surgery centers, urgent care facilities and a diagnostic imaging center, alongside his wife, Pam.

His legal professional memberships include the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, McLean County Bar Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Missouri as well as all Federal Courts in Illinois and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.   His medical professional memberships include the American Medical Association, Illinois State Medical Society, and the McLean County Medical Society. He is licensed to practice medicine in Illinois and Missouri. Through the McLean County Medical Society, Tom launched the first human cadaver lab in central Illinois for high school students interested in medicine.

Tom currently resides in his hometown of LeRoy, IL. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and studying Native American history.


Kathleen Chmielewski, JD

                Kathleen graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013. Since graduating, Kathleen spent time working at the local Public Defenders office before joining the Pliura Medical Law Firm over four years ago. She works diligently alongside Tom and associates focusing on Medical Malpractice Law.  


Frank Madden, JD

                Frank graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2013. Upon graduating, Frank spent time working at a Chicago firm as a practicing attorney before moving downstate and joining Pliura Medical Law nearly four years ago. He has worked closely with Tom and his fellow associates ever since focusing on Medical Malpractice Suits.

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Scott Hendren-Legal Assistant

                Scott received his B.A. from Western Illinois University and a Graduate Paralegal Certificate from Roosevelt University. He is Director of Operations for both Dr. Pliura’s medical practice and healthcare facilities. Since 2002 Scott has worked alongside Dr. Pliura assisting in complex medical malpractice, health care business and administrative cases.


Pam Barnes- Legal Secretary

                Pam received her B.A. in Criminal Justice from SIU, Carbondale. Before joining Pliura Medical Law, she worked as a probation officer for over a decade in addition to her years spent as the Dewitt County Circuit Clerk. Pam handles all strategic operations at the firm, ensuring attorneys can stay diligently focused on their cases.

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