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Demetrio is one of the nation's premier law firms. We represent individuals and
their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and are
renowned for our achievements in the courtroom and contributions to the
The rights, concerns and interests of our clients are the core of our personal
injury and wrongful death practice.
Putting our clients first has resulted in
unparalleled and exceptional success - we have acquired more than $4 billion in
settlements and verdicts, of which nearly 700 were in excess of $1 million.
We are the only Chicago law firm to include four former Chicago Bar Association
Presidents. We are 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 Corboy and Thomas
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
Tom has been
included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 1987. The National Law Journal, in 1990, named Tom
one of the top 10 litigators in America.
In 2014, the National Law Journal named Tom as one of its inaugural 50
“Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers,” the only Illinois plaintiff’s trial
lawyer receiving that distinction.
In 2015, the
prestigious Lawdragon, which had previously anointed Tom “Dean of the Chicago
Trial Bar,” announced that, since its inception in 2005, Tom was one of only 50
lawyers who had been named every year as one of its 500 leading lawyers in
America, joining a select group that includes Supreme Court Chief Justice John
Roberts and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Tom has been voted by his peers to be in the top five of all lawyers in
Illinois by the “Leading Lawyers Network,” and since 2010, Tom has been named
one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers, ranking first in 2017 and in 2018.
As a leader
of the bar, Tom has served as President of both the Illinois Trial Lawyers
Association and the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association. He has been a Fellow of the American College
of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Inner
Circle of Advocates for over 25 years. In 2015, Tom
was given the Hellenic Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2016, the Illinois Trial Lawyers
Association bestowed on Tom its highest honor, the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime
Achievement Award. Also, in 2016, Tom
received the Chicago Bar Association’s prestigious United States Supreme Court
Justice John Paul Stevens Award – from Justice Stevens himself.
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 Corboy, Jr., like Tom and their partner, David “Chip” 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.
& Demetrio partners were selected for the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the
practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice
Law – Plaintiffs, and Commercial Litigation.
They include, Tom, Philip, Chip, Robert J. Bingle, Michael K. Demetrio,
Daniel S. Kirschner and Kenneth T. Lumb.
Tom, who was selected in the categories of Medical Malpractice
Law–Plaintiffs and Personal Injury-Plaintiffs, has earned the designation for
each of the last 32 years. In 2011, Tom was also named
by Best Lawyers as Chicago Medical
Malpractice Lawyer of the Year. In 2014, Chip was named Chicago Medical
Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.
Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review
evaluation, Lawyers are not required or
allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.
We are and
always have been committed and dedicated to serving the community. We
established and fund 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. We partner with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s
internship program, and in 2006, established a pro bono department, which helps
the indigent and elderly with legal matters that affect their day-to-day
quality of life.
To speak with an attorney at Corboy & Demetrio, call 312.346.3191. We are
available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.