Barker, Castro & Steinback, LLC. New Name. Same Commitment.

Barker, Castro & Steinback, LLC is the new name of the Chicago litigation firm formerly known as Barker, Castro, Kuban & Steinback, LLC. In tandem with this change, the firm is pleased to announce a new class of equity partners and welcome two new associates.

“As we usher in 2022, we are excited for the future of the firm and our newly elevated partners Scott Irvin and Jennifer Suttle, as well as our new associates Nick McTarnaghan and Thomas Placzek,” said founding partner Patricia Barker. “This transition follows the departure of Anne Kuban, whom we wish well.”

Partner Scott E. Irvin concentrates his practice on the defense of hospitals and medical practice groups while proudly defending physicians, nurses, therapists and healthcare providers in assisted living and home healthcare. He handles a variety of personal injury and premises liability cases and has many years of experience in all phases of complex litigation. As a skilled trial attorney, Scott frequently takes on prominent plaintiff’s attorneys in the defense of his clients and also employs effective mediation and arbitration strategies when alternative dispute resolution is advantageous. He has been with the firm for 15 years.

Partner Jennifer M. Suttle focuses her practice on medical malpractice and long-term care litigation. She is an experienced trial attorney and regularly handles premises liability, personal injury defense and catastrophic injury cases. Jennifer regularly defends long-term care facilities, assisted living facilities and community integrated living arrangements in litigation throughout the country. She also works with local counsel, arbitrators and mediators throughout the country to facilitate strategies for successful defense and alternative dispute resolution for national clients. Jennifer has been with the firm for more than 15 years.

Associate Nick McTarnaghan represents physicians, hospitals, nurses and other healthcare providers against claims of medical negligence. His medical malpractice defense work involves pre-litigation investigation and counseling, as well as guidance and recommendations to clients in various risk management strategies.

Associate Thomas Placzek handles medical malpractice and long-term care litigation matters for hospitals, physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers. He has experience in pre-litigation investigations and counseling and provides valuable risk management strategies and practical legal guidance to clients.

Barker, Castro & Steinback, LLC is a leading Chicago-based litigation firm with a team of trusted attorneys representing clients in various industries. The firm strives to meet the unique needs of each client, working with them to create a tailored defense strategy geared toward the best and most cost-efficient outcome. More at