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Thomas A. Demetrio of Corboy & Demetrio is a trial lawyer with an emphasis on medical negligence, product liability, airplane crash and commercial litigation on behalf of plaintiffs. He is Past President of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.
He is a fellow of:
- The American College of Trial Lawyers (top 1% of trial lawyers in U.S.);
- The International Academy of Trial Lawyers (top 500 trial lawyers worldwide); and
Tom has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 1987 and was named by Best Lawyers as the Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year for 2011. In 1990, Tom was named by the National Law Journal as one of the Nation's Top Ten Trial Lawyers. In 1999, Tom was listed first by the National Law Journal in its list of the top ten trial lawyers in Illinois. In 2014, the National Law Journal named Tom one of 50 litigation "Trailblazers and Pioneers."
- The Inner Circle of Advocates (top 100 plaintiff trial lawyers in U.S.).
Since 2003, Tom has been voted by his peers to be in the top ten of all lawyers in Illinois by the Leading Lawyers, and since 2007, he has been named to be in the top five of the state’s 90,000-plus lawyers by Leading Lawyers. In 2013, Tom was selected as one of the Top Ten Personal Injury Lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers, ranking second. He was also selected as one of the Top Ten Consumer Lawyers, ranking second, and as one of the Top Ten Leading Lawyers in all practice areas in the entire state, ranking third. Since 2010, Tom has been named one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers out of more than 90,000 in the state, ranking second in 2015.
Since its inception in 2005, Lawdragon has named Tom every year by as one of America's 500 leading attorneys in all fields and has described him as the "powerhouse" of aviation and medical negligence law. Lawdragon has said of Tom: "In the Windy City, he’s the name for everything from medical malpractice claims to aviation disasters. When tragedy strikes, the families of plane crash victims have no greater ally... Tom is Chicago’s top trial lawyer and stands alone atop the Chicago trial bar."
Tom has done extensive teaching and lecturing worldwide in the field of trial techniques and has authored numerous continuing legal education articles in the field of civil litigation.
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.
Tom has negotiated well over $1 billion in settlements and acquired the largest personal injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court. He has never lost an appeal.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Tom is a longtime member of the law school’s Board of Overseers and, since 2011, its current Chairman. He was named one of "125 Alumni of Distinction" by the law school in November of 2013. He also serves as a member of the Boards of Big Shoulders - Archdiocese of Chicago and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. He also serves on the Dispute Resolution Research Center Advisory Committee at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University.
Tom is a past member of the Board of Trustees of IIT and the Board of the University of Notre Dame’s Law School, St. Ignatius College Prep, Mundelein Seminary, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Center for Conflict Resolution and the Center for Disability & Elder Law.
Tom is one of the founders of the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth, and funds the Thomas A. Demetrio Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence annually, which is given to the most exemplary established Chicagoland area tutor/mentor program.
Notable Cases and Results:
Tom obtained a $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was seriously injured in the derailment of a Chicago Metra train. It is the largest verdict in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash.
The evidence at the two-week jury trial, presided over by Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas H. Hogan, revealed that on September 17, 2005, a double-decker five car Rock Island Metra train was traveling from Joliet toward downtown Chicago with 185 passengers on board. At about 8:30 a.m., the train encountered a track crossover with a maximum allowable speed of 10 miles per hour (mph). The train entered the crossover at 69 mph, causing it to violently derail.
The Metra train passenger, a 25 year-old woman and graduate of Lewis University, was traveling downtown on the Metra Rock Island Train Line from her home in Midlothian, Illinois, to her new job as an admissions counselor at Kaplan University. She was 13 weeks pregnant at the time. As a result of the derailment and crash, she suffered traumatic brain injury. She remained in a coma for several months. Her unborn child survived the wreck, and was born via emergency C-section in January, 2006.
Tom obtained a $20 million settlement in a medical negligence case after almost three weeks of trial. The child of a suburban couple was delivered at Evanston Hospital on June 8, 1998. During her delivery, she suffered permanent brachial plexus nerve injuries and a tear in her phrenic nerve resulting in paralysis of her right diaphragm.
During trial, Tom presented evidence that the baby was delivered vaginally in a frank breech presentation, meaning that her delivery was buttocks first followed by her arms, abdomen and lastly her head. Evidence established that the mother's cervix was not completely dilated, and the baby's head became entrapped in the cervix. Evidence also established that the maternal fetal medicine physician delivering the baby applied excessive traction or pulling during delivery resulting in the brachial plexus and phrenic nerve damage.
Tom argued that a Cesarean section should have been performed which would have totally prevented all of the injuries. He further argued that the parents were not properly informed of the risks to their baby from a vaginal delivery of a frank breech.
The child is in need of continuing physical, occupational and speech therapy, as well as attendant care. Her settlement will provide her the ability to maximize her capabilities and attend college.
Tom, as lead counsel, obtained, after two weeks of trial, a $17.5 million settlement on behalf of the plaintiff in a medical negligence case against the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The settlement was acquired the day before he was to deliver his final argument. The plaintiff, age 33 at the time of the occurrence, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on June 14, 1998, when a large aneurysm in one of the arteries in her brain ruptured. The catastrophic hemorrhage which followed caused extensive damage to the plaintiff's brain, leaving her with only limited movement of her left arm, and her memory and her cognitive abilities severely impaired. Plaintiff is currently a resident in a local nursing home. A former fashion model and manager for MAC Cosmetics at Marshall Field's, plaintiff now struggles to reclaim the most basic aspects of speech and the ability to navigate in her electric wheelchair on her own. Ten days prior to the catastrophic aneurysmal rupture and hemorrhage of June 14, 1998, plaintiff had presented to the Emergency Room at Northwestern Memorial Hospital with complaints of the "worst headache" of her life, nausea, vomiting and neck stiffness, all of which occurred suddenly that day. Trial testimony of two eminent neurosurgeons established that plaintiff had suffered a "warning leak" from the aneurysm on June 4, 1998. Tom established that this triad of symptoms (sudden onset of "worst headache," vomiting and neck stiffness) is considered highly suspicious for an aneurysmal leak (bleeding into the protective layers of the brain, known as "subarachnoid hemorrhage") and why the applicable standard of care required that the emergency room physician, an employee of Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, who saw plaintiff on June 4, 1998, should have ordered a CT scan and lumbar puncture which would have confirmed with 100% accuracy the diagnosis of the leaking aneurysm. This, according to expert testimony, would have allowed for timely surgical intervention which would have assured a greater than 90% likelihood of a full and complete recovery for the plaintiff. Even in the face of this testimony, the emergency room doctor continued to maintain at trial that his diagnosis of "acute neck sprain" was the only diagnosis he was required to make, after he had discharged the plaintifff on June 4, 1998 with Tylenol for her "neck sprain." Using a textbook authored by one of the defense experts and the electronic textbook published by the treating emergency room physician himself, Tom systematically extracted and occasionally hammered out testimony on cross-examination from the defendant's own witnesses in support of his argument that the failure to elicit a proper medical history regarding plaintiff's chief complaint of "worst headache" had lead to the mis-diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), a condition that even medical students and resident physicians are trained to recognize as a "medical emergency" on the
basis of plaintiff's presenting symptoms.
Settlements totaling more than $48 million were reached in four of the final five local cases stemming from the crash of Boeing-manufactured U.S. Air Flight #427 outside Pittsburgh on September 8, 1994. The cases were set to go to trial. One of the cases handled by Tom settled for $25.2 million, the highest amount ever negotiated in a wrongful death case involving commercial aviation. The victim was a CEO and chairman of a major manufacturing company who left behind a wife and three children.
In December, 1998, a Cook County jury returned a record verdict of $40 million on behalf of a woman seriously injured in a truck collision, and her husband. The family was represented at trial by Tom as the lead attorney. The plaintiff was driving her car on a ramp leading to the outbound lanes of the Stevenson Expressway at LaGrange Road. At the same time, a large overseas container loaded on a semi-tractor flatbed traveling in the opposite direction struck the LaGrange overpass, causing the container to drop onto the expressway. The truck continued on and crossed over to the opposite lanes and up the ramp, striking plaintiff's car. The plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury in the occurrence and has lived in numerous medical facilities since the occurrence. In assessing damages, the jury awarded plaintiff damages of $34 million. Her husband was awarded damages of $6 million for the loss of his wife's consortium. Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Leonard R. Grazian entered judgment on the verdicts, which were paid without an appeal.
Tom represented Chevron Chemical Company in a breach of contract case against General Electric Company which resulted in a confidential multi-million dollar settlement for Chevron. General Electric had supplied resin pellets to Chevron to be fashioned into plastic piping to carry flue/furnace gasses out of homes. However, the resin supplied by General Electric cracked and separated when it made contact with sulfuric acid, which is a natural by-product from venting gasses. The General Electric resin could no longer be used for vent pipes. Consequently, Chevron pursued its available remedies for breach of contract.
Tom, along with his brother and partner, Michael, tried a case to verdict in which the jury found in favor of the plaintiff and assessed damages in the amount of $22 million. The plaintiff was a young woman rendered a quadriplegic when the car she was driving was hit from behind by a semi-tractor trailer truck in north suburban Chicago. In 1997, the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the verdict, and it remains the largest compensatory verdict for an individual ever upheld by the Court.
A verdict in the amount of $16 million was rendered in favor of the plaintiff in a case tried by Tom. After the case was settled, a hospital attempted to enforce its lien after accepting assignment from Medicare and Medicaid for payment of its bill. This case was appealed and argued, where it was established that a health care provider cannot collect money from a lawsuit pursued by an injured victim if that health care provider already collected monies from Medicare or Medicaid.
Tom assumed responsibility for a case following the death of the plaintiff's previous attorney. The case had laid dormant for 18 years. After defeating motions to dismiss based on the doctrine of laches (applied in circumstances where plaintiffs have sat on their rights to the prejudice of a defendant), Tom, as the lead trial lawyer, tried the case to verdict in favor of the plaintiffs, two brothers who had been burned in an industrial dust explosion) ($6.2 million). The appellate court affirmed the trial court's decision not to apply the doctrine of laches and upheld the verdicts in favor of plaintiffs.
In a case tried by Tom and Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., a verdict was reached in favor of the plaintiff, who was brain-damaged after being struck by the defendant's limousine driver, in the amount of almost $17 million. The issue of insurance coverage resulted in a post-trial action filed on behalf of plaintiff and defendant driver against the insurers. A Cook County Circuit Court judge found that there was, in fact, coverage for the defendant driver. The insurance company appealed the decision, and the appellate court upheld the trial court's finding that the insurance policy in question covered the defendant driver for his off-duty activities. The case subsequently settled, with the insurance company paying far in excess of the $6 million policy limits.
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals - 5th, 7th and 9th Circuits
Hourly Rate: Contingent Fee
Year of Birth: 1947
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law--Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D.
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Alumni Merit Award, 1989
Professional Achievement Award, 1990
Distinguished Service Award, 2000
Undergraduate School: University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana
Severely injured individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases.
Corboy & Demetrio, P.C. - Partner, 1982 - present
Philip H. Corboy & Associates - Associate, 1973 - 1982
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Executive Committee Board Member, 2008-present; Editorial Board Member, 2008-present
American Bar Association (ABA), Task Force on the Contingency Fee, 2003-present
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1989-present; Upstate Illinois State Committee, 1997-2002; 2010-present; National Trial Competition Committee, 2004-present
Chicago Bar Association (CBA), President, 1992
Chicago Bar Foundation, Life Fellow; Board of Directors, 1994-1996, Lend A Hand Advisory Board, 1994-present
Chicago Inn of Court, Master of the Bench
Chicago Neurosurgical Center Leadership Committee, Chairman, 1991-1995
Dispute Resolution Research Center Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University, Chicago, 1993-present
Illinois Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Board of Overseers, 1992-present, Alumni Association, President, 1988-1989
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, 1978-1997
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), President, 1988
International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 1986-present
Inner Circle of Advocates, Fellow, 1993-present
Lawdragon, Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2005-present
Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, 2003-present
Legal Aid Society of Chicago/Metropolitan Family Services, Silver Family Circle Charter Member
Mundelein Seminary, Board of Advisors, 1992-1997
St. Ignatius College Prep, Board of Trustees, 1990-1995
Supreme Court Historical Society, 2004-present
The Center for Conflict Resolution, Board of Directors, 1990-1993
The Lawyers Club of Chicago
The Seventh Circuit Bar Association
The Society of Trial Lawyers
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Board of Directors, 1988-1997
University of Notre Dame Law School, Advisory Council, 1987-2002
Big Shoulders - Archdiocese of Chicago, Board of Directors, 1993-present
Center for Disability and Elder Law, Board of Directors, 1990-present
Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, Board of Directors, 2009-present
Illinois Handgun Committee on Violence, Member, 1998-present
The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, Patient Safety Forum, Committee Member, 2002-present
Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000-present
Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, 1992
Published Legal Writing:
"Principles of Illinois Discovery: An Overview," Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, llinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) - 1983, Supp. 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2009
"Medical Malpractice Discovery", Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, IICLE, 1983, Supp. 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 2002, 2009
"Comparative Fault in Illinois: Its Past, Present and Future," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Vol. 6, No. l, Fall-Winter, 1983
"The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment Mandates that the Right to Trial by Jury, Guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment be Preserved," ABA - Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1985, Trial Magazine, August 1985
"Should Juries Decide Complex Cases?: The Seventh Amendment v. The Phantom 'Complexity' Exception," Trial Magazine, August 1985
"Video Depositions: How and When to Use Them," CBA - Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
"The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules," Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, IICLE, 1987, Supp. 1989
"A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, IICLE, 1987, 1996; Supp. 1989, 1998
"Finding and Using Experts," ABA - Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1988
"The Key to Final Argument? - Persuasion," The CBA Record, March, 1998
"But Compared to What?: Comparative Fault, Contribution, and Joint and Several Liability in Illinois", By Thomas A. Demetrio and Michael T. Reagan, Illinois Bar Journal, April, 1998
"Look for the Silver Lining: An Analysis of Weather-Related Air Crash Disasters," Trial Magazine, August 1998
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Batson: A Black and White Issue - Or Is It?," CBA Record, June/July 1999
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Motions In Limine: Why, When and How to Use Them," CBA Record, October 1999
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Opening Statement: Some Initial Thoughts and Bullet Points," CBA Record, November 1999
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Striving for Excellence", CBA Record,
"More Cases We Remember: A Lesson In Credibility", Trial Magazine, April 2000
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Offers of Proof, Why, When & How," CBA Record, June/July 2000
"Loss of Consortium: A Continuing Evolution," Trial Magazine, September 2000
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Attorney-Client Privilege - Oh, Really?" CBA Record, October 2000
Demetrio on Trial Practice, "Daubert: Its Early Years," CBA Record, April 2001
Closing Arguments: Child Injury/Child Wrongful Death
Closing Argument: Rickerson v. Jeffries ($12 million verdict), 2004
"Cross-Examination and Its Impact on Credibility," Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers, Law Bulletin Publishing, April 2008
"How to Best Prepare Yourself as an Expert Witness," Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2010
"The Professors: Cameras in Chicago," WCCU-TV, 2010
"Trends in High Exposure and Complex Tort Litigation," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Insurance Association, 2010
"Jury Deselection & Jury Management," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2010
"Case Evaluation Conference, Managing the High Verdict Potential Case," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
"Jury Selection Law and Technique - Jury Selection, or Is It?" Chicago Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2009
"Opening Statements: Strategies & Themes Conference," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
"Case Evaluation Conference," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2008
"Case Evaluation: When To Take the Case - When to Settle," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2007
"Opening Statement and Final Argument: Is There Really a Difference?" Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida, 2005
"Tort Reform Summit," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2005
"2005 Advocacy Showcase - A One-Day Trial," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
"Opening Statement - Telling The Story," Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
"Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges - Masters At Trial," Chicago Bar Association, 2004
"Tort Reform: Its Economic Impact Nationally and in Illinois," The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
"Tort Reform Wars: The Future of the Civil Jury System in a Litigious Nation," The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
"Electronics in the Courtroom," Inner Circle of Advocates, 2003
"2003 Advocacy Showcase - The Medical Negligence Case: A One-Day Trial," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
"Jury Persuasion," Northwestern University School of Law, 2003
"Trial Superstars - One Lawyer's Perspective," John Marshall Law School, 2002
American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, 2002
"Jury Selection Or Is It?", Chicago Bar Association, 2001
"Views of a Trial Lawyer," Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, 2000
"How to Value the Personal Injury Case: Negotiating Strategies & Settlement Techniques," American Bar Association, Washington, DC, 1998
"Trial Practice in the '90s: Jury Selection, Focus Groups and Computer Graphics Animation," IICLE, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Computer Graphics and Animation, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
"Proving Damages in Wrongful Death, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Cases," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
"Lessons Learned at Trial," CBA/YLS Seminar, Trial Superstars, CBA, Chicago, Illinois, 1997
"Shaping the Jury's Verdict -- Winning in the Age of Tort Reform," ICLE's 48th Annual Advocacy Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1997
"Closing Arguments," Ultimate Mentor Interactive Seminar, ITLA, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
"The Obligations of Lawyering in Today's World," Featured Speaker at the Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Columbus, Ohio, 1996
"Jury Selection in the Industrial Product Liability Case," The 13th Annual Conference on Product Liability Law - National Practice Institute, Chicago, Illinois 1995
"Direct and Re-Direct Examination -- Trial Demonstration," ICLE's 46th Annual Advocacy Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
"House Bill 20 - Redefining Tort Practice in Illinois," CBA, 1995
"Litigation Management: Manage Dollars or Activities?," Johnson Controls Annual Law Department Meeting, Chicago, Illinois 1995
Defense Research Institute, Trial Techniques Seminar, "The Art of Persuasion," Demonstration: Plaintiff's Closing Argument, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Annual American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims - Plaintiff's Perspective," Charleston, South Carolina, 1995
"Winning with the Masters," Last Chance Seminar - Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1995
"Product Liability Litigation - A Practical Approach," Summation Strategies, Plaintiff's Perspective, ITLA, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
"Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation," The debate over New Restatement 2nd of Torts 105 -- discussion about changing the burden of proof in product liability cases. ABA National Institute, Phoenix, Arizona, 1994
"Effective Direct and Cross-Examination," Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, CBA, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
"Closing Arguments," Young Lawyers Section Trial Practice Course, CBA, Chicago, Illinois 1994
"Jury Selection: Plaintiff's Perspective," Point/Counterpoint Seminar, ITLA, Chicago, Illinois, 1992 and 1993
"Medical Experts: Effective Direct and Cross Examination - Plaintiff's Perspective," Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1993
"Winning Closing Arguments," ITLA Annual Seminar, 1993
"Aspects of American Product Liability Law," International Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1993
"Art of Summation," New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, New York, 1992
"Plaintiff's Perspective: Closing," Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Winter Program - Boca Raton, Florida,1992
"Bad Faith in the '90s -- How to Avoid It," Rollins Burdick Hunter Co. National Leadership Conference, Chicago, Illinois, 1992
"Discovery Practice in the 90's: -A How-to Seminar Focusing on Competency, Efficiency & Civility," (Moderator) CBA, Chicago,Illinois, 1992
Presentation of Plaintiff's Perspective in a Product Liability Case (Opening Statement,) Federal Bar Association, 1992 National Convention, Cleveland, Ohio, 1992
"Is a Cap on Damages Socially Desirable?," Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Provider Trust Annual Risk Management Meeting, Bloomington, Illinois, 1992
"A Collection of Great Closing Arguments: -Techniques and Demonstrations," California Trial Lawyers Association 26th Annual Tahoe Seminar, 1991
"1991 Best Evidence Seminar," ABA, Section of Litigation, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
"Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases," 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1991, San Francisco, 1992
"Final Argument," Joint Seminar of the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Bermuda, 1991
"Effective Trial Techniques - From Pre-Trial Proceedings Through Summation," CBA Seminar - Chicago, 1991
"Delivering a Knock-Out Punch in Opening Statement," Third Annual Tort Masters Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta, 1991
"Winning with the Masters," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association "Last Chance Seminar," New Orleans, 1991
"Using Final Argument to Enhance Damages," Alabama Trial Lawyers Association 38th Annual Mid-Winter Conference, 1990
"Dos and Don'ts of Direct Examination," Trial Notebook Series, ITLA, 1990
"Trial Symposium - Advocacy into the '90's," Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Thirty-Third Annual Convention, 1990
Address to the Professional Liability Committee of the ABA, ABA Annual Meeting, Chicago, 1990
"How to Address Damages in the Opening Statement and Closing Argument," CBA, 1990
"Arguing Medical Negligence," ITLA, 1990
"Arguing and Maximizing Damages," Kansas Trial Lawyers' Association, 1990
"Proving and Disputing Liability in Tort Cases," CBA-YLS, 1989
"The Persuasive Final Argument," ITLA, 1989
"Ideas on Final Argument," A Weekend with the Masters, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
The 46th Annual Belli Seminar, Boston, 1989
"Negotiations," CBA-YLS, 1988
"Finding and Using Experts in Crash Cases," ABA-TIPS, Massachusetts, 1988
"Comparative Fault," Indiana State Bar Association, 1988
"The Medical Malpractice Case," The 39th Annual Advocacy Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1988
"ITLA College of Advocacy," 1988
Seminar Chair: ATLA's National College of Advocacy, Specialized Courses, Colorado, 1988
"Closing Argument," CBA-YLS, 1988
"Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims," ALI-ABA, South Carolina CLE, 1988
Tort Expo "Masters of Advocacy," Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
"Tort Reform or Deform?: A Public Debate," ISBA, 1988
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 seventeen years, leading all other firms, and has ranked in the top four positions for all seventeen 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% 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% 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.
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