| Practice Description: |
Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1978 and worked in a small white-collar criminal defense firm before joining the criminal division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office that same year. At the time of his resignation from that public office in 1985, he was a "first-chair" prosecutor — responsible for trying such felonies as murder, rape, armed robbery and kidnapping — in one of the major courtrooms at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building at 26th and California in Chicago. He joined Corboy & Demetrio as an associate that same year and became a partner in 1991.
Mr. Corboy's practice centers on representing plaintiffs in aviation and construction litigation, medical and professional negligence, product and premises liability, claims brought under the Federal Employers' Liability Act, and vehicular accident law. He has settled or tried to verdict 60 cases in which plaintiffs have recovered $1 million or more. These include:
Mr. Corboy has tried cases in a number of states throughout the country and served as lead counsel in litigation on behalf of Cook County, Illinois, against the country's major tobacco companies to recoup public monies paid out for treatment of tobacco-related illnesses. He is a past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the American Association for Justice, where he served as an Illinois State delegate and on its National Board of Governors. A long-standing member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association, he is also a member of the Chicago Bar Association, where he served on its Board of Managers. In 2002, he was inducted into the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers, the country's pre-eminent organization of trial lawyers that limits its membership to those trial lawyers who are outstanding and considered the best in their state.
Mr. Corboy is widely recognized by his peers as one of the top attorneys in the state of Illinois. He has attained the designation of Super Lawyer for the thirteenth year in a row, which is awarded to fewer than 5% of lawyers in the state. Super Lawyers also named Corboy as one of the top 100 Illinois lawyers in 2018 for the seventh consecutive year. Also, for the tenth consecutive year, Mr. Corboy has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America for his work in representing victims of personal injury, and Corboy & Demetrio was named in Best Law Firms in America in the 2018 edition. In addition, the Leading Lawyers has named Mr. Corboy in the top 5 percent of all attorneys in Illinois. Since 2015, Mr. Corboy has been named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, which is an elite group of the best legal minds in our country, including five U.S. Supreme Court Justices. Also since 2015, he has been named to the prestigious Irish Legal 100, whose highly-selected members are 100 leading lawyers nationwide of Irish descent.
- $22.5 million settlement in October 2011 for the family of a woman who was killed as a result of the derailment of a train in Rockford, IL, which was carrying dozens of Canadian National Railway cars filled with ethanol.
- $18 million settlement for a Mexican national who was killed by a piece of falling glass from Chicago's CNA Tower.
- $11 million settlement for a Chicago dental student burned in an automobile fire.
- $8.5 million settlement for the family of an assistant fire chief killed when a fire erupted at a Neiman Marcus store.
- $8 million jury verdict for the estate of a Homewood wife and mother who was fatally struck by a truck after she stood on the shoulder of I-294 to investigate her flat tire.
- Record-setting settlement of $7 million for a 78-year-old woman who was injured when she was struck by a malfunctioning automatic door as she entered a Target store.
- $16.7 million verdict for a brain-damaged pedestrian involved in a collision with an automobile.
- $7.67 million verdict for an injured construction worker.
- $7.5 million settlement for the family of a construction worker killed in a balcony fall.
- $5.35 million verdict for a limousine driver who lost his leg in an automobile incident at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.
- $5.1 million settlement for a college student who was injured by a car that slid on ice from a broken water main that the City of Chicago failed to maintain.
- $4.5 million verdict for a 66-year-old man who was injured in an auto collision in central Illinois.
Mr. Corboy is the 2011-2012 recipient of the DePaul University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award, the highest distinction the College of Law can bestow.
He was recently re-appointed by U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to a screening committee to assist the Senator in selecting Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys, and U.S. Marshals for the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Corboy has also been appointed to the Equal Justice Illinois Campaign Blue-Ribbon Committee where he will work to increase state funding of civil legal aid so that all Illinois residents, regardless of income, have access to the justice system.
Mr. Corboy is a frequent panelist and lecturer to local, state and national bar associations and is quoted extensively in news stories on matters relating to law and government. He has been interviewed and quoted in every print and broadcast media outlet in Chicago and the greater Chicago land area, as well as making appearances and offering commentary on legal issues nationally on the Today Show, The Early Show with Bryant Gumbel, Good Morning America, Court-TV, MSNBC and Fox News' The Edge with Paula Zahn. He has also been quoted on legal topics in Time Magazine, Lawyer's Weekly U.S.A., Of Counsel, Chicago Magazine, Inside Litigation, Crain's Chicago Business, The ABA Journal, General Surgery News, and others.
Mr. Corboy devotes much of his time to charitable and not-for-profit endeavors.
In 2015, he was named a Trustee of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation by the U.S. Olympic Committee and will help generate critical financial resources that will enable the USOC to make investments in areas promoting excellence and innovation for Team USA.
Mr. Corboy is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Illinois’ largest legal aid program for low-income people. He served on the Board of Illinois Variety Club's International Children's Charity for a number of years and was Vice-President of The Chicago Lighthouse, one of the country's oldest organizations for people who are blind or visually impaired. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the President's Club of DePaul University and a member of the Dean's Council of DePaul's law school.
Notable Cases and Results:
Mr. Corboy has settled or tried to verdict more than 60 cases in which plaintiffs have recovered $1 million or more.
U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994
Pro Hac Vice: Indiana, Iowa, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado, Florida
Year of Birth: 1950
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1977
Undergraduate School: Villanova University, B.S., 1973
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
Fellow (by invitation)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
President's Executive Committee, 2015-2016, 2014-2015
Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
Board of Managers, 1994-1996
Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1980-present
General Chairman, 1989-1990
Long Range Planning Committee
Cook County Circuit Court Committee to Recommend Local Rules for Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration, 1988
Equal Justice Illinois Campaign Blue-Ribbon Committee, 2009-present
Illinois Bar Foundation
Honorary Gala Co-Chair
Illinois State Bar Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
First Vice-President, 2006
Second Vice-President, 2005
Leonard Ring Memorial Award Nominating Committee, 2004
Executive Committee, 2002-2003, 2005-2010
Nominating Committee, 2000
Legislative Committee, 1997-present
Board of Managers, 1997-present
The Society of Trial Lawyers
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Northern District Screening Committee for Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- "Best Lawyers in America," Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff
- Illinois Super Lawyers' Top 100 Illinois Lawyers
- Leading Lawyers (top 5 percent of Illinois attorneys)
- Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, 2007-present
- Martindale-Hubble AV Rated (highest possible)
- Oxford's "Who's Who," 1992-present
- Chicago Magazine's Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois, 2009-present
- DePaul College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2012
United States Olympic and Paralympic Foundation
Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, 1997-present
Board of Directors
DePaul University College of Law
Capital Development Committee, 1992-present
Dean's Council, 1996-present
The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind
Board of Directors, 2000-2005
Vice-Chairman of the Board, 2002-2005
Democratic National Committee
Permanent Committee on Credentials, 2016 and 1992
Board of Trustees
Presidents' Club, 1987-1997
Variety Club Children's Charity, Tent No. 26
Vice President, 1987-1994
"Social Media and Jury Selection," Western Trial Lawyers Association, Hawaii, 2010
"Trial Attorneys and the Political Process," Villanova University Lecture to the Political Science Department, 2010
"Alternative Dispute Resolution and Its Impact on the System," 20th Annual DePaul Law Review Symposium, DePaul University College of Law, 2010
"Closing Arguments, Plaintiff's Perspective," Litigation Skills III Conference, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2008
"Winning Strategies in Disability Trial Cases, " Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
"What Makes the `Neurologically Damaged Baby Case' so Different?" Crittenden Medical Conference, Boston, 2007
"Bariatric Surgery: What the Plaintiff's Lawyers Think, the Defense Lawyers, and Most Importantly the Jurors!," San Francisco, 2006
"Hi-Tech Low Cost - Don't Be Afraid to Bring It In-House," Western Trial Lawyers Association, Maui, 2006
"The Bottom Line - What the Jury Thinks," Crittenden Medical Conference, Arizona, 2006
"Medical Liability Point-Counterpoint: Malpractice as I See It," American Urological Association, 2005
"Recognizing & Preventing the $10 Million Verdict," Crittenden Medical Conference, 2005
"Update on Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
"Winning Strategies for Disability Jury Trials," American Conference Institute, 2003
"Severity of Verdict - Where Is It Going & How Do We Stop It?," Crittenden Medical Conference, Nevada, 2003
"Civil Liability for Injuries During a Sporting Event," Chicago Bar Association, 2001
"Plaintiff Attorneys v. Defense Attorneys," Crittenden Medical Conference, Washington, DC, 2001
"Economic Damages," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
"Daubert & Kumho: A Review and Their Practical Application," Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
"AIDS/HIV Patient Records," Medical Educational Services, Inc, 1998
"Forum Non Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
"Motions-in-Limine," Illinois State Bar Association, 1998
Judge, Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, John Marshall Law School and American Bar Association 1998
"Collecting, Analyzing and Preserving the Evidence," DuPage County Bar Association, 1997
"A Christian Perspective on Litigation in America," Business Executives for Economic Justice, 1996
"Enhancing Your Practice Through Public Speaking," Chicago Bar Association, 1996
"The Art of Persuasion," De Paul University College of Law, 1996
"Taking the Defendant's Deposition," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
"Product Liability," Chicago Bar Association , 1993
"Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1993
"Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
"Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1992
"Summation in a Civil Case," Chicago Bar Association , 1992
"Emerging Issues in Automobile Product Liability Litigation," American Bar Association, 1992
Judge, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Program, John Marshall Moot Court and American Bar Association, 1992
"Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1991
"Proving Injury", Chicago Bar Association , 1991
Judicial Evaluation," Chicago Cable Access Television, 1990
"Litigation Trends in the 1990's," Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network, Video Presentation, 1990
Judge, Northwestern University School of Law Moot Court Competition, 1990
"Tort Litigation," Chicago Bar Association, 1990
"Demonstrative Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
"Airline Accidents," NALI, 1989
"Increasing Damages through Closing Arguments," Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 1989
"Proof of Damages," Chicago Bar Association, 1989
Judge, National Law School Trial Advocacy Competition, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1989
"Trial by Jury," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
"Update," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
Instructor, Chicago Bar Association Trial Practice Course, 1988
"Torts and Insurance," American Bar Association, Annual Convention, New York City, 1986
Kent College of Law, Student Intern Program, 1984 - 1985
John Marshall Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 1984
Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation's premier law firms. The firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for achievements in the courtroom and contributions to the community.
The rights, concerns and interests of the firm's clients are the core of its personal injury and wrongful death practice. Putting clients first has resulted in unparalleled and exceptional success — with the firm having acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, of which nearly 600 were in excess of $1 million.
Among the firm's many other accomplishments, it has ranked first in the Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey for the highest settlements in Illinois eight out of the past 17 years, leading all other firms, and has ranked in the top four positions for all 17 years. Thirteen attorneys — the largest number of attorneys for any Illinois personal injury law firm — are members of Leading Lawyers, a peer-reviewed selection which recognizes only the top 5 percent of all Illinois lawyers. In addition, eleven partners have been selected by peer review to the Illinois Super Lawyers list and four of the firm's young attorneys are Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Stars.
Corboy & Demetrio is the only Chicago law firm to include four former Chicago Bar Association presidents, and is also the only law firm to include four attorneys who have served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
The firm was founded by nationally acclaimed Chicago trial lawyers Philip H. Corboy and Thomas A. Demetrio. Tom is hailed by the prestigious Lawdragon as the powerhouse of aviation and medical negligence law. In the windy city, he's the name for everything from medical malpractice claims to aviation disasters. He is Chicago's top trial lawyer who stands alone atop the Chicago trial bar for 100 million reasons, including the biggest injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court. In 2010, Tom was presented with two awards from the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter/Law Bulletin Publishing Company for Trial Lawyer Excellence: one for the largest wrongful death settlement ever in Illinois ($25.25 million) and one for acquiring five or more verdicts in excess of $5 million since 1990.
Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., like Tom and partner David R. Barry, Jr., is a member of the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers, the country's pre-eminent organization of trial lawyers that limits its membership to the top 1 percent of all trial lawyers. Phil and Tom are also profiled in the invitation-only, peer-selected list in the book, The Best Lawyers in America. In 2011, Tom was named by Best Lawyers in America as the Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.
Corboy & Demetrio is and always has been committed and dedicated to serving the community. The firm establishes and funds scholarships, fellowships and endowments at local and national mentoring programs, high schools, and universities, including all six Chicago law schools. Partners, associates and office staff serve on Boards, raise funds, tutor, and lend a hand wherever needed for a variety of charities and nonprofit organizations. Partnering with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's internship program, in 2006 the firm established a pro bono department, which helps the indigent and elderly with legal matters that affect their day-to-day quality of life.
Practice Group Description:
Plaintiff's Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, with an emphasis on Commercial and General Aviation, Medical Malpractice, Professional and Hospital Negligence, FELA, Product Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Accidents, Vehicular Accidents, Railroad Bus, Train and Truck Accidents, Class Action, Toxic Torts, Commercial Litigation
Theatre Self-Park on Dearborn Street between Randolph and Lake streets. The parking garage can be accessed from either Dearborn or Lake streets.