David E. Rapoport is the founding and managing partner of Rapoport Law Offices. In 35 years as a full time trial attorney, he has consistently won multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for people who have been wrongfully injured and the families of people who have been wrongfully killed. Recently, as the lead trial attorney, David obtained record high jury verdicts and settlements for his clients, including a $ 6.4 million medical malpractice case in 2017; a $3 million landmark jury verdict against a pharmaceutical company in a drug induced suicide wrongful death case in federal court in Chicago in 2017; a $4.3 million jury verdict in an Illinois medical malpractice case that was affirmed on appeal in 2016; a $3.4 million jury verdict in a truck/pedestrian collision case tried in Chicago; a $7.1 million jury verdict in a Kentucky airplane crash wrongful death case; a $6.9 million settlement (while the jury was deliberating) in a semi-tractor-trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin; a $1.942 million jury verdict in another semi-tractor trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin; and a $13 million settlement in a semi-tractor trailer truck crash case litigated in Chicago. David has served as the lead or managing trial attorney in cases resulting in jury verdicts and settlements exceeding $225 million. Click here to read more about David's record in court. http://www.rapoportlaw.com/Verdicts-and-Settlements/.
David represents people harmed in air crashes, semi-truck and motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, product liability accidents, recreational and commercial boating accidents, premises liability accidents, work injury and construction accidents. He has been appointed by federal judges to serve on plaintiffs' steering committees in airline disaster cases, and he is known nationally for his work representing injured victims and the families of those killed in air disasters.
By helping people and holding the at fault parties accountable, David helps make the community safer. David provides customized services to every client he represents, offering the compassion and skill they need to get just results, while staying as comfortable as possible with the process.
As an aviation attorney, David has served on several court appointed plaintiffs' steering committees in major air disaster cases, where he has represented passengers, their families, crew members and their families. He is currently lead counsel representing injured passengers in a lawsuit involving the crash of USAirways flight 1702. David also represents passengers and pilots in general aviation cases. He is the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Aviation Law Committee.
David is a member of the invitation only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an association of premier trial attorneys who are dedicated to preserving the right to trial by jury. ABOTA's general mission is "to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation."
Since 1990, David Rapoport has been Board Certified* in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA"), the oldest and largest not-for-profit American Bar Association ("ABA") accredited trial attorney certification program. Attorneys with NBTA certification have proven specialized abilities through written examinations and meeting rigorous criteria for trial experience and ethical ratings. Mr. Rapoport has proven his currency and substantial trial experience through NBTA recertification in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015.
David is a leader of the movement to encourage board certification for trial lawyers. From August of 2013 to August of 2016, he was the President of the NBTA. In addition to being the Immediate Past President of this non-profit more than 2,000 member organization, he is a Director, a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Communications Committee. David recently explained: "In this era of Wild West style lawyer advertising, it has never been more important for the public to have an easy to use and reliable means of identifying the small fraction of practicing attorneys who truly have substantial experience trying lawsuits. Board certification programs help consumers of legal services make more informed choices. Too many lawyers are out there claiming they have substantial trial experience, when the truth is they have never or hardly ever tried a case. Board certified trial lawyers have proven their substantial trial experience in ways the public can trust."
David is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA). He is Board Certified* by the ABPLA in in Medical Malpractice and is the only plaintiffs' attorney in Illinois with dual board certification* in Civil Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice. Like the NBTA, the ABPLA is a non-profit organization accredited by the ABA to issue attorney board certifications.
Best Lawyers has named David as one of the Best Lawyers in America and Martindale Hubbell has rated David "AV Preeminent", their highest professional rating. Moreover, David has been an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the Super Lawyer program; and Avvo rates David "10.0 Superb", their highest attorney rating. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers has awarded David the distinction of being one the the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois.
David is a member of the President's Club and Leader's Forum of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the state trial lawyer associations in Illinois and Wisconsin. David is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, and he is one of a handful of trial attorneys selected for membership in the Economic Club of Chicago.
* Board certification is not required to practice law in Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize specialties in the practice of law.
Areas of Practice:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Litigation & Appeals
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
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