Corboy & 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 community. 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 Supreme Court.”
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.
Since 2007, 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.
Seven Corboy & 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.
- Patriot Award - U.S. Department of Defense
- Chicago Lawyer Magazine Settlement Survey - Third Highest
- Best Law Firms - Medical Malpractice - Chicago
- Best Law Firms - Personal Injury - Chicago
- Best Law Firms - Commercial Litigation - National Tier 3
- Cook County JVR Trial Lawyer Excellence Award: Phil Corboy, Jr. & Edward G. Willer
Firm Practice Areas
- Aviation Litigation
- Commercial Litigation
- Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
- Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
- Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
- Sports Law
- Trucking Accidents
- Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants