Thomas A. Demetrio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Corboy & Demetrio
 | 33 North Dearborn Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-346-3191
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%)
Attorney Profile

A founding partner of Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Tom is a nationally renown trial lawyer with an emphasis on airplane crash, medical negligence, product liability, and commercial litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.

In 1983, Tom acquired the first ever 8-figure compensatory verdict in Illinois.  He has also acquired the largest single personal injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court and has obtained over $130 million in jury verdictsBall of which have been paid.  He has acquired over $1 billion in settlements. 

He has never lost an appeal. 

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 2003, Tom has been voted by his peers to be in the top ten of all lawyers in Illinois by the "Leading Lawyers Network," and since 2007, he has been named to be in the top five. Since 2010, Tom has been named one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers, ranking second in 2015 and first in 2017.

As a leader of the bar, Tom, who served as President of both the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Chicago Bar Association, has long espoused the important role of continuing legal education.  He is a nationally recognized and sought after lecturer on trial techniques and advocacy skills and has authored more than 50 continuing legal education articles in the field of civil litigation.

Tom is currently the Co-chair of the Board of Overseers of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He has been honored by the law school by being named one of its 125 Alumni of Distinction, and he has been given its Alumni Merit Award, Professional Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award.  In addition, he serves on the boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation; Center for Elder and Disability Law; and Big Shoulders - Archdiocese of Chicago.  He also has served on the boards of St. Ignatius College Prep and Mundelein Seminary, as well as the Notre Dame Law School's Advisory Council and the Dispute Resolution Research Center of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

Tom 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 awarded the Hellenic Bar Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2016, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association awarded 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.

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Aviation and Aerospace (20%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - General: Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Aviation and Aerospace: Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2017

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About Thomas Demetrio

Admitted: 1973, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-thomas-demetrio.html

Honors and Awards:

  • America's 50 Most Influential Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2016
  • 50 Legends of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, 2015
  • Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers, National Law Journal, 2014
  • 125 Alumni of Distinction Award - Tom was one of 125 alumni of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the long history of the school to receive the distinction., 125 Alumni of Distinction Award, 2013
  • Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Member, Illinois Handgun Committee on Violence, 1998 - Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, 1978 - 1997
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989-present
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1986-present
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, One of the Top Ten Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law, Consumer Law and Personal Injury Plaintiff's Law
  • 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, 2010
  • Chair, Illinois Intitute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law Board of Overseers, 2011-2015.
  • "Top 10 Illinois Litigators," The National Law Journal, 1999
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, Fellow, 1993-Present
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1986-Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America's National College of Advocacy, Dean, 1987
  • "Who's Who in Chicago Business," Crain's Chicago Business, 2006 - Present
  • "Top 10 National Litigators," The National Law Journal, 1990
  • Alumni Merit Award, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1989
  • "50 Under 50," The National Law Journal, 1989
  • AV Rated - Highest Level Awarded - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Chicago Inn of Court
  • Lawdragon, Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2005 - Present
  • Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President's Council, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Chair, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Downtown Center Campaign
  • President, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Alumni Association, 1988
  • Board of Directors, Center for Elder & Disability Law
  • Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Advisory Council, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1987 - 2002
  • Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1988 - 1997
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • The Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Board of Trustees, St. Ignatius College Prep, 1990 - 1995
  • Board of Advisors, Mundelein Seminary, 1992 - 1997
  • Silver Family Circle Charter Member, Legal Aid Society of Chicago/Metropolitan Family Services
  • Leading Lawyers Network Advisory Board, 2003 - Present
  • President, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • President, Alumni Association, 1988 - 1989
  • Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992 - Present
  • Dispute Resolution Research Center Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University, Chicago, 1993 - Present
  • Chairman, Chicago Neurosurgical Center Leadership Committee, 1991 - 1995
  • Lend A Hand Advisory Board, 1994 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Foundation, 1994 - 1996
  • President, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • Board of Directors, Center for Disability and Elder Law, 1990 - Present
  • National Trial Competition Committee, 2004 - Present
  • Upstate Illinois State Committee, 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on the Contingency Fee, 2003 - Present
  • Editorial Board Member, American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • Board Member, Executive Committee, American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Center for Disability and Elder Law, 1990 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Illinois Handgun Committee on Violence, 1998 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 2009 - Present
  • "Proper Negotiation Techniques," Annual Program on Negotiations and Counseling, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1986
  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Patient Safety Forum, Committee Member, The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, 2002 - Present
  • Board of Directors, The Center for Conflict Resolution, 1990 - 1993
  • Supreme Court Historical Society, 2004 - Present
  • The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, 2002 - Present
  • Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Big Shoulders, Archdiocese of Chicago, 1993 - Present

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Co-author, "Lights, Camera, Scalpel" MedMal Matters Column, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Chicago Tribune - Sunday Op-Ed piece written by Tom about IL Gov. Bruce Rauner who criticized the IL Supreme Court as being "corrupt.", Voice of the People, 2015
  • "Brave New World: Computerized Medical Records Pose Pitfalls", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • "Difficult to Argue With", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • "Defensive Medicine or 'defensive' Medicine?" , Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • "Don't wander into the Minefield", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Should a Contract Trump the Constitution?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Social Networking in the Operating Room", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "When Rules are Written for Only One Side", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "NFL Brain Damage Epidemic Continues", Co-author, 2014
  • "Another High-Tech Tool for Plaintiff's Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "The Fragile Patient Safety Triad", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Follow the Money", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "When Silence is Not Golden", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Ethics and the NFL Physician", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Automated Surgery - A Good Idea?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Distracted Doctors", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "A Cheatin' Doctor", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Study Shows Doctors Make Missteps", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "The Founders Wouldn't Approve", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Remember Philip H. Corboy", Co-author, CBA Record, 2012
  • "Hospitals Send Patients to Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Coming Clean on Medical Practices", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Jury Deselection & Jury Management", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2010
  • "Trends in High Exposure and Complex Tort Litigation", Speaker, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Insurance Association, 2010
  • "The Professors: Cameras in Chicago", Speaker, WCCU-TV, 2010
  •  "How to Best Prepare Yourself as an Expert Witness", Speaker, Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2010
  • "Jury Selection Law and Technique - Jury Selection, or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2009
  • "Opening Statements: Strategies & Themes Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "Case Evaluation Conference, Managing the High Verdict Potential Case", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers: Cross-Examination and Its Impact on Credibility", Author, Law Bulletin Publishing, 2008
  • "Case Evaluation Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2008
  • "Case Evaluation: When To Take the Case - When to Settle", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2007
  • "Powerful Persuasion", Co-author, Trial Magazine, 2006
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "2005 Advocacy Showcase - A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Tort Reform Summit", Speaker, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2005
  • "Opening Statement and Final Argument: Is There Really a Difference?", Speaker, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida, 2005
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Motions In Limine: Why, When and How to Use Them", Author, CBA Record, 2004
  • "Tort Reform Wars: The Future of the Civil Jury System in a Litigious Nation", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • "Tort Reform: Its Economic Impact Nationally and in Illinois", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges - Masters At Trial", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2004
  • "Jury Persuasion", Speaker, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003
  • "2003 Advocacy Showcase ­ The Medical Negligence Case: A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "Electronics in the Courtroom", Speaker, Inner Circle of Advocates, 2003
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Speaker, 2002
  • "Trial Superstars ­ One Lawyer's Perspective", Speaker, John Marshall Law School, 2002
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Daubert: Its Early Years", Author, CBA Record, 2001
  • "Jury Selection Or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2001
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice- "Attorney-Client Privilege - Oh, Really?", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Offers of Proof, Why, When & How", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • "More Cases We Remember - A Lesson In Credibility", Author, 2000
  • "Loss of Consortium - A Continuing Evolution", Author, Trial Magazine, 2000
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Past Presidents Seminar, 2000
  • "Mentoring", Speaker, Professionalism Day, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2000
  • "Product Liability" - A Debate, Speaker, Federalist Society, 2000
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, Anatomy of a Trial Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, ATLA Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • "The Past, Present and Future of Product Liability", Author, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2000
  • "Views of a Trial Lawyer", Speaker, Rotary Club of Chicago, 2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Opening Statement: Some Initial Thoughts and Bullet Points", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Striving for Excellence", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Batson: A Black and White Issue - Or Is It?", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "Beyond the Thunder", Co-author, Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Look for the Silver Lining" - An Analysis of Weather-Related Air Crash Disasters, Author, Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "But Compared to What?" Comparative Fault, Contribution, and Joint and Several Liability in Illinois, Co-author, Illinois Bar Journal, 1998
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "The Key to Final Argument? - Persuasion", Author, CBA Record, 1998
  • "Proving Damages in Wrongful Death, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1998
  • "Computer Graphics and Animation", Speaker, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, 1998
  • "How to Value the Personal Injury Case: Negotiating Strategies & Settlement Techniques", Speaker, American Bar Association/Association of Trial Lawyers of America Satellite Seminar, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • "Trial Practice in the 90's: Jury Selection, Focus Groups and Computer Graphic Animation", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • "Lessons Learned at Trial - Trial Superstars", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1997
  • "Shaping the Jury's Verdict -- Winning in the Age of Tort Reform", Speaker, 48th Annual Advocacy Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan, 1997
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1996
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Ultimate Mentor Interactive Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "The Obligations of Lawyering in Today's World", Speaker, The Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Ohio, 1996
  • "Wrongful Death - A Medical Tragedy"- Book Review, Author, Trial Magazine, 1995
  • "Jury Selection in the Industrial Product Liability Case", Speaker, The 13th Annual Conference on Product Liability Law - National Practice Institute - Chicago, 1995
  • "Direct and Re-Direct Examination -- Trial Demonstration", Speaker, ICLE's 46th Annual Advocacy Institute - The Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
  • "House Bill 20 - Redefining Tort Practice in Illinois", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1995
  • "Litigation Management: Manage Dollars or Activities?", Speaker, Johnson Controls Annual Law Department Meeting, 1995
  • The Art of Persuasion, Demonstration: Plaintiff's Closing Argument", Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Trial Techniques Seminar, 1995
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Annual American Law Institute, American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, South Carolina, 1995
  • "Winning with the Masters", Speaker, Last Chance Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1995
  • "Product Liability Litigation - A Practical Approach", Speaker, Summation Strategies, Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • "Effective Direct and Cross-Examination", Speaker, Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Young Lawyers Section Trial Practice Course, Chicago Bar Association, 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, Speaker, American Bar Association National Institute, Arizona, 1994
  • "Medical Experts: Effective Direct and Cross Examination - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, llinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1993
  • "Winning Closing Arguments", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 1993
  • "Practical Problems of Litigating with Foreign Defendants", Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, Washington, D.C., 1993
  • "Aspects of American Product Liability Law", Speaker, International Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1993
  • "Aftermath of an Error", Speaker, The NBC/GM Truck-Safety Broadcast Controversy, Loyola University Chicago Communications Department, 1993
  • "Art of Summation", Speaker, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1992
  • "Plaintiff's Perspective: Closing", Speaker, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Winter Program, Florida, 1992
  • "Bad Faith in the '90s -- How to Avoid It", Speaker, Rollins Burdick Hunter Co. National Leadership Conference, 1992
  • "Discovery Practice in the '90s: A How-to Seminar Focusing on Competency, Efficiency & Civility" , Moderator, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • "Opening Statement,"- Presentation of Plaintiff's Perspective in a Product Liability Case, Speaker, Federal Bar Association National Convention, Ohio, 1992
  • "Is a Cap on Damages Socially Desirable?" - Plaintiff's Perspective, Speaker, Illinois Provider Trust Annual Risk Management Meeting, 1992
  • "Jury Selection: Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, California, 1992
  • "A Collection of Great Closing Arguments: Techniques and Demonstrations", Speaker, California Trial Lawyers Association 26th Annual Tahoe Seminar, 1991
  • "1991 Best Evidence Seminar", Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 1991
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1991
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, 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", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "Delivering a Knock-Out Punch in Opening Statement", Speaker, Third Annual Tort Masters Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia, 1991
  • "Delivering a Knock-Out Punch in Opening Statement", Speaker, Third Annual Tort Masters Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia, 1991
  • "Winning with the Masters, Last Chance Seminar", Speaker, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1991
  • "Using Final Argument to Enhance Damages", Speaker, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association 38th Annual Mid-Winter Conference, 1990
  • "Do's and Don'ts of Direct Examination", Speaker, Trial Notebook Series, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "Trial Symposium - Advocacy into the '90s", Speaker, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Thirty-Third Annual Convention, 1990
  • "Address to the Professional Liability Committee of the American Bar Association", Speaker, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1990
  • "How to Address Damages in the Opening Statement and Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • "Arguing Medical Negligence", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "Arguing and Maximizing Damages", Speaker, Kansas Trial Lawyers' Association, 1990
  • The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules, Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "Proving and Disputing Liability in Tort Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • "Ideas on Final Argument", Speaker, A Weekend with the Masters, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • The 46th Annual Belli Seminar, Massachusetts, Speaker, 1989
  • "The Persuasive Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "Finding and Using Experts", Author, ABA- Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1988
  • "Negotiations", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "Finding and Using Experts in Crash Cases", Speaker, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Massachusetts, 1988
  • "Comparative Fault", Speaker, Indiana State Bar Association, 1988
  • "The Medical Malpractice Case", Speaker, The 39th Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1988
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, College of Advocacy, Speaker, 1988
  • Seminar Chair, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National College of Advocacy, Specialized Courses, Colorado, Speaker, 1988
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, South Carolina, 1988
  • "Masters of Advocacy", Speaker, Tort Expo, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • "Tort Reform or Deform?: A Public Debate", Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, 1988
  • "Video Depositions: How and When to Use Them", Speaker, Chicago Board Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "How Proof Relates to the Final Argument", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Mid-Winter Convention, Arizona, 1987
  • "Recent Trends in Evaluating, Proving and Arguing Damages,"- Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, Speaker, American Bar Association and California Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • "Assessment of Damages,"- The Thorough Representation of the Catastrophic-Injured: Causation, Expert Assessments of Damages and Long Term Care Issues, Speaker, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1987
  • Dean: Association of Trial Lawyers of America National College of Advocacy, Specialized College on Damages, Colorado, Speaker, 1987
  • "Video Depositions - How and When to Use Them", Author, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "The Art of Deposition Taking", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "How to Find and Use the Expert Recreational and Sports Witness", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • "Changes in Recovery Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1986
  • "Our Tort System Must be Preserved", Speaker, 21st Annual Meeting of the Congress of Organizations of the Physically Handicapped, 1986
  • "Today's Civil System of Justice", Speaker, National Association of Independent Insurers, 1986
  • "Persuasive Trial Techniques", Speaker, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, 1986
  • "Proper Evaluation of Product Liability Cases," Pick the Best, Decline the Rest, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1986
  • "Lawyers and Doctors: A Time for Harmony", Speaker, Illinois State Medical Society, 1986
  • "Ethics and Attorneys Fees", Speaker, Northwestern University Law School, 1986
  • "Should Juries Decide Complex Cases?", Author, Trial Magazine, 1985
  • "The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment Mandates that the Right to Trial by Jury, Guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment, be Preserved", Author, ABA- Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1985
  • "Training the Advocate: The Pretrial Stage", Speaker, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and The American Bar Association Consortium for Professional Education, 1985
  • "How to Present the Expert Economist", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
  • "How to Prove Loss of Companionship in the Case of a Deceased Spouse, Parent or Child," Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Seminar, Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1985
  • "Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Trial", Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, 1985
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • "Jury Deselection", Speaker, Trial Superstars Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1985
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Roscoe Pound Foundation Workshop, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1985
  • "Consulting the Appropriate Witness and Assessment of Damages", Speaker, The Thorough Representation of the Catastrophic-Injured, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1985
  • "Trial Tactics in Governmental Liability Suits", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1984
  • "Assessment of Damages", Speaker, Third Annual Symposium on Head Trauma, Spinal Cord and Amputation for the Litigator, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1984
  • "Closing Argument -- The Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, The Practical Approach to Trial Advocacy Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1984
  • "Evaluating, Proving and Arguing Damages," "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, California Continuing Legal Education, 1984
  • "Comparative Fault in Illinois: Its Past, Present and Future", Author, 1983
  • "Medical Malpractice Discovery", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • "Principles of Illinois Discovery: An Overview", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Regional, 1978; National, Speaker, 1983
  • Plaintiff's co-counsel in two videotape series, "Training the Advocate", Speaker, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and The American Bar Association Consortium for Professional Education, 1983
  • "Deposition Strategy and Technique", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1983
  • Federal Trial Bar Advocacy Program, Speaker, 1983
  • "Effective Persuasion at Trial", Speaker, Second Annual Presidents Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • "How to Establish the Medical Opinion", Speaker, Second Annual Comprehensive Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Defense Counsel's Tactics Seminar, 1983
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument in a Comparative Negligence Case", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1983
  • "Recent Developments in Evaluating and Proving Damages," "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, California Continuing Legal Education, 1983
  • "Illinois Product Liability Practice", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1980
  • "The Expert Witness in the Courtroom", Speaker, American Society of Safety Engineers, 1979
  • "Product Liability", Instructor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1979
  • "Determining and Proving Damages", Speaker, NYLJ, Colorado, 1978
  • "Cross Examination", Speaker, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, California, 1977

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Tom has acquired over $130 million in jury verdicts, including the largest personal injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court, and over $1 billion in settlements.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Tom was profiled in the Chicago Tribune on April 28, 2017http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-demetrio-aviation-lawyer-0428-biz-20170427-story.html, 2017
  • Tom was profiled in the Wall Street Journal on April 16, 2017The Wall Street Journal: Lawyer Battling United Airlines Has Long History With Injury Cases , 2017
  • NBC News Profile- April 13, 2017   Tom was profiled by NBC News in a story entitled, "Thomas Demetrio: Who is the Lawyer Taking on Untiled Airlines" , 2017
  • Tom was interviewed by ABC News for the story, "Lawyer: Duerson Family to Appeal NFL Concussion Settlement", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by U.S. News & World Report for the story, "Duerson Family to Appeal NFL Concussion Deal; Bears Star had Brain Injury, Killed Himself", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by The Legal Intelligence for the story, "Appeals Filed in NFL Concussion Settlement", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by The Republic for the story, "Duerson Family to Appeal NFL Concussion Deal; Bears Star had Brain Injury, Killed Himself", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by The Washington Post for the story, "Study Estimates 30 Percent of Ex-NFL Players will Get Alzheimer's, Dementia or Other Cognitive Problems", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by USA Today for the story, "Judge Wants Changes Made to Proposed $765M NFL Concussion Settlement", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by Law360 for the story, "NFL Players, Families Look to Sack $800M Concussion Deal", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times for the story, "1 Billion NFL Concussion Deal Approval Appears Near, but Concerns Remain", 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by the New York Times on June 18, 2015 for the story, "Lawyer: Duerson Won't Appeal NFL Concussion Deal.", 2015
  • Profiled in "Tom Demetrio: Defender of Ex NFL Players," Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • Tom was interviewed by Sports on Earth for the story, "Show us Some Math", 2014
  • Tom was interviewed by USA Today for the story, "Duerson Estate Critical of Deal", 2014
  • Tom was interviewed by USA Today for the story, "Proposed NFL Concussion Settlement Faces Next Hurdle", 2014
  • Tom was interviewed by ESPN for the story, "3 in 10 Face Cognitive Woes," on Sept. 12, 2014., 2014
  • Tom was interviewed by the New York Times for, "Opponents of N.F.L. Concussion Settlement Make Case for Altering it," on Nov. 19, 2014., 2014
  • Tom appears in Los Angeles Times story, "Dave Duerson Lawyer Among Those Unhappy with Proposed NFL Concussion Settlement, on Oct. 15, 2014., 2014
  • Tom's case was featured in "Woman Diagnosed with HIV Kidney Transplant gets a New Trial," Crain's Chicago Business, 2014
  • Interviewed in "Too poor to Sue? Here's Help but Maybe not for Long," in Crain's Chicago Business., 2014
  • Profiled in "Who's Who in Chicago Business," Crain's Chicago Business, 2014
  • Profiled in "Memories of a Lost Friend and Mentor," Crain's Chicago Business, 2014

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Educational Background:

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1969
Office Location for Thomas A. Demetrio

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-346-3191

 

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