David R. Barry, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Corboy & Demetrio
 | 33 North Dearborn Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-346-3191
Fax: 312-346-5562
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
    Attorney Profile

    David R. Barry, Jr. has been a partner at Chicago-based Corboy & Demetrio since 2002. Representing clients throughout the area, he focuses his practice on complex personal injury and wrongful death law. Mr. Barry is admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, and he is also admitted to practice in Wisconsin, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.

    Mr. Barry has handled some notable cases during his career as a plaintiff's attorney, and he has been able to secure significant compensation on their behalf through both jury awards and negotiated settlements. In one record-setting verdict, he obtained $22 million for the surviving family members of a 34-year-old mother who died after childbirth due to the failure of medical staff to properly treat her acute high blood pressure. This is believed to have been the largest jury award in state history in a medical malpractice trial for the death of a woman. Other successful results that Mr. Barry has been able to obtain include a $19.5 million settlement for the failure of emergency room personnel to provide sufficient treatment for a stroke victim and $9 million for the estate of a woman who died during an outpatient procedure. His successful track record has resulted in his receipt of several honors, including being selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for several consecutive years. Mr. Barry also possesses an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

    After receiving a Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude from St. Norbert College in 1978, Mr. Barry pursued his legal education at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1981. He was a personal injury defense attorney for several years before joining Corboy & Demetrio. Mr. Barry's professional affiliations include The Chicago Bar Association.

     

    Chip's other successes include: 

    • $9.5 million settlement on behalf of a 40-year-old woman whose artery was mistakenly tied off during surgery for mitral valve replacement at an Illinois Hospital.
    • $5.25 million settlement in a medical malpractice case against an Illinois hospital where the plaintiff, 53-year-old man, underwent a lumbar puncture while he was on aspirin and Lovenox. The plaintiff developed a spinal hematoma and is a quadriplegic as a result.
    • $2.7 million settlement on behalf of a 37-year-old woman whose MRI was misread by a doctor at an Illinois hospital, and she ended up suffering a stroke.

     

    *AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 90%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent, Medical Devices, Pharmaceutical, Products Liability

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 16 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

    Certificates and Credentials

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    About David Barry, Jr.

    Admitted: 1981, Illinois

    Professional Webpage: https://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-david-barry-jr

    Honors/Awards:

    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2019
    • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, President, 1993-1994
    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2019
    • Leading Lawyers Network Member, Top 5% of Illinois Lawyers
    • AV Rated - Highest Level - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
    • Illinois Leading Lawyers
    • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Invitation Only
    • Illinois Super Lawyer
    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2019
    • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2019
    • Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2014
    • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, President, 1993-1994, 1993
    • The Society of Trial Lawyers, President, 2008-2009

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
    • Wisconsin
    • Illinois
    • Member of the American Bar Association (ABA); American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow; American Association of Justice, formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA); Chicago Bar Association (CBA); Federal Trial Bar; Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA); The Society of Trial Lawyers, (President, 2008); and Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, (President, 1993).

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Forbeck Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Board of Trustees, Former Chairman of the Board; Misericordia Home, Volunteer;Barrington Bandits Travel Softball Team, Coach; St. Anne Basketball Team, Coach; Carmel Catholic High School, Patron.

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Dealing with Common Defenses, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
    • Corboy & Demetrio attorney, David R. Barry, Jr., discusses medical malpractice caps and the Illinois law that places limits on the compensation available to victims of medical malpractice in "Missing the Mark," an article published in Modern Healthcare magazine., Author, Modern Healthcare: Missing the Mark, Modern Health Magazine, 2010
    • Missing the Mark, Author, Caps hamstring victims, fail to slow rising costs of care, malpractice insurance, Modern Healthcare Magazine, 2010
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Common Defenses in Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Screening the Case, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
    • Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Speaker, Common Defense Tactics, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005
    • GOS Annual Seminar, Speaker, Avoiding the Risks of Medical Malpractice, Georgia State Orthopedic Society, 2005
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Common Defenses, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
    • Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Speaker, Deposition Strategy, Chicago Bar Association, 2003
    • Medical Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Knowing When to Say No, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
    • Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice Seminar, Speaker, Neuroimaging: The Latest Developments in Determining the Etiology and Timing of the Events Leading To Irreversible Brain Damage, American Conference Institute, 2003
    • Comprehensive Guide for Illinois Attorneys in Personal Injury Cases, Author, Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1998
    • Guide to Deposing Medical Experts, Speaker, How to Depose a Medical Expert, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1998
    • Guide Covering Civil Discovery in Illinois, Speaker, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1998
    • Trial Journal, Speaker, Depositions, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
    • Guide for Personal Injury Lawyers, Speaker, Discovery Tools and Tactics for the Personal Injury Lawyer, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1990

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • Chip's successes include a jury awarded $22 million - the largest verdict ever in a medical malpractice case in Illinois for the death of a woman - to the family of a 34-year-old mother who died after childbirth. The Chicago doctor and nurse failed to properly treat her acute high blood pressure. He obtained a settlement of $19.5 million for a 41-year-old man who went to the emergency room at Evanston Hospital in Evanston, Illinois with symptoms of a stroke but was not treated with tissue plasminogen activator that can dissolve blood clots. Additionally, nurses didn't respond to repeated requests from the man's wife for a re-evaluation. His stroke wasn't diagnosed for 12 hours, resulting in permanent disability. When the hospital staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois failed to deliver an infant in a timely manner despite indications he was not tolerating labor, Chip obtained an $11.5 million settlement on behalf of the parents of the boy born brain-damaged and with cerebral palsy. When a 6 year-old boy was blinded in one eye after being treated at a Chicago hospital for a recurring bloody nose, Chip secured a $3.8 million settlement on behalf of the boy. When a woman died while undergoing an outpatient procedure at the University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago, Illinois due to improper care, Chip secured a $9 million settlement for the surviving husband and daughters. Chip and his trial partner Kenneth Lumb, also of Corboy & Demetrio, won a $10.5 million verdict and secured a $975,000 settlement, for a total recovery of $11.475 million, for the family of a woman who died after being improperly anesthetized for hip surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. A $5.5 million settlement was secured by Chip for a family of a woman who was not properly treated at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, while pregnant and about to deliver.  From June 2014 to June 2015, Chip's successes include a $9.5 million settlement on behalf of a 40-year-old woman whose artery was mistakenly tied off during surgery for mitral valve replacement at an Illinois Hospital; a $5.25 million settlement in a medical malpractice case against an Illinois hospital where the plaintiff, 53-year-old man developed a spinal hematoma after a lumbar puncture; and a $2.7 million settlement on behalf of a 37-year-old woman whose MRI was misread by a doctor at an Illinois hospital and ended up suffering a stroke.  A complete list of Chip's settlements and verdicts can be found at Corboy & Demetrio's website - www.corboydemetrio.com.   

    Educational Background:

    • St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, B.A. magna cum laude, 1978
    • Northwestern University School of Law, 1981
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    Office Location for David R. Barry, Jr.

    33 North Dearborn Street
    21st Floor
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Phone: 312-346-3191

    Fax: 312-346-5562

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