Attorney Deborah A. Ostvig

Deborah A. Ostvig


Practice Areas


  • Loyola University Chicago Law School. J.D., 2005
  • Brigham Young University, Provo, B.A. (cum laude), 1998

Bar Admissions & Licenses

  • Illinois Bar, November 2005
  • Western District of Wisconsin, September 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, December 2008
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, August 2009
  • Seventh Circuit, May 2011
  • Central District of Illinois, May 2015

Deborah Ostvig is a trial attorney whose area of practice concentrates on civil litigation defense of school districts, park districts, municipalities, and housing authorities. Deborah has successfully tried cases in both federal and state court. Deborah also won an appeal in the Illinois Supreme Court in the matter Barr v. Cunningham (District 211).

Deborah was formerly a law clerk for the Honorable Judge Stuart E. Palmer when he served as a Chancery Judge for Circuit Court of Cook County.

Deborah co-authored “Declaratory Judgments Before Exhausting Administrative Remedies” published in Northern Illinois University Law Review, Fall 2012 and was a contributing author for the IDC Quarterly, Featured Monograph, Tort Immunity Act, Summer 2014. Deborah was also a contributing author of “Survey of Municipal Law Cases” published by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel in 2013 and 2014.

Deborah serves as a moot court coach for one of Loyola University of Chicago’s moot court teams.

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel
  • Barr v. Cunningham 2017 IL 120751 (Ill. 2017)
  • Honigsblum v. Next Door and Window, Cook County Case No. 2014 L 009844 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Haskell v. Housing Authority of Cook County 11 CV 7727 (Ill. Cir. Ct.)
  • Won several Motions for Summary Judgments
  • Co-authored, “Declaratory Judgments Before Exhausting Administrative Remedies,” Northern Illinois University Law Review (2012)
  • Contributing author, IDC Quarterly, Featured Monograph, Tort Immunity Act (2014)
  • Contributing author, “Survey of Municipal Law Cases,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2013 and 2014)
  • Adjunct Professor (Moot Court), Loyola University Chicago School of Law