David E. Rapoport is the founding and managing partner of Rapoport Law Offices. In more than 34 years as a full time trial attorney, he has won numerous multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements in personal injury and wrongful death cases for people who have been injured and the families of people who have been killed. David served recently as the lead trial attorney or lead managing attorney in record high jury verdicts and settlements including a $3.65 million settlement in a medical malpractice case in 2015, a $2.25 million settlement of a product liability case in 2015, a $4.3 million jury verdict in a medical malpractice case tried in Sycamore, Illinois in 2014; a $3.4 million jury verdict in a collision case tried in Chicago in 2014; a $4.16 million jury verdict in a suburban Chicago construction case tried in 2012; a $3.09 million jury verdict in a central Illinois explosion case tried in 2011; a $3.38 million jury verdict in a Chicago product liability case tried in 2010; a $2.25 million bench verdict in a Southern Illinois collision case tried in 2010; a $7.1 million jury verdict in a Kentucky airplane crash case tried in 2009; a $6.9 million settlement (while the jury was deliberating) in a semi-tractor-trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin in 2009; a $1.942 million jury verdict in another semi-tractor trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin in 2009, a $13 million settlement in a semi-tractor trailer truck crash that happened in Indiana but was litigated in Chicago in 2008; and a $9.85 million jury verdict in a Chicago medical malpractice case tried in 2008.
In his career, David has served as the lead or managing attorney in cases resulting jury verdicts or settlements substantially exceeding $200 million. More details about David's results can be seen on http://www.rapoportlaw.com/Verdicts-and-Settlements/.
David represents people who have been harmed by commercial and general aviation airplane and helicopter crashes, semi-truck and motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, product liability, recreational and commercial boating accidents, admiralty and maritime cases, premises liability, work injuries 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 responsible, David helps make the community safer.
David provides customized services to every client he represents, offering the compassion and skill they need to get results and remain comfortable with the process.
David Rapoport 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."
For over 20 years the prominent legal publisher Martindale-Hubbell, through its Peer Review RatingsTM program, has consistently ranked David Rapoport as AV® PreeminentTM, its highest professional rating. This is a testament to Mr. Rapoport's abilities as an attorney and commitment to maintaining the highest ethical standards. Mr. Rapoport has also been selected by Thompson Reuters, another prominent legal publisher, as an Illinois "Super Lawyer" every year since the inception of the Super Lawyer program. Super Lawyer designation is limited to the top 5 percent of lawyers in a state in any given year.
Since 1990, David Rapoport has been Board Certified* in Civil Trial Advocacy 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 ability in their field through specialized 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 Rapoport is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA) who is Board Certified* by the ABPLA in Medical Malpractice. David is the only plaintiff's medical malpractice lawyer in Illinois who currently has this qualification and the ABPLA is the only Board accredited by the ABA to issue Board Certifications for attorneys in Medical Malpractice.
David Rapoport has served as a leader of the movement to encourage board certification for trial lawyers for more than twenty years. Currently, he is the President of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and has recently been appointed as a founding board member of NBTA's new aviation law board certification development program. He recently explained: "In this era of Wild West style minimally regulated lawyer advertising, it has never been more important for the public to have easy and reliable means of identifying members of the small fraction of practicing attorneys who truly have substantial experience trying cases. Board certification programs help consumers of legal services make more informed choices. Too many lawyers are out there claiming to have substantial trial experience when in truth they have never tried a case. Board certified trial lawyers have proven their substantial trial experience in ways the public can trust."
Mr. Rapoport is a member of the President's Club and Leader's Forum of the American Association for Justice and the state trial lawyer associations in Illinois, Wisconsin and Kentucky. He is also a member of 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.
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