David R. Barry, Jr.

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. "Chip" Barry, Jr., is a highly successful and experienced medical malpractice attorney at the legendary personal injury law firm of Corboy & Demetrio. After graduating from Northwestern University School of Law in 1981, Chip focused his efforts in the area of medical negligence. For many years he represented defendants in personal injury cases. Since joining Corboy & Demetrio in 2001, he has been very successful representing plaintiffs, obtaining over $230 million on behalf of his clients. In one of his most recent record-setting cases, 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. In another case, Chip obtained a settlement of $19.5 million for a man who was not immediately treated for a stroke at Evanston hospital. In the last 12 months alone, 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, underwent a lumbar puncture while he was on aspirin and Lovenox. The plaintiff developed a spinal hematoma and is a quadriplegic as a result; 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 she ended up suffering a stroke. Chip is Past President of The Society of Trial Lawyers and was recently inducted into the prestigious, invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers. In 2013, Chip was selected Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers.  Also, selected by his peers for membership in the Leading Lawyers Network, an organization of the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois, Chip also has an AV rating - the highest awarded for professional excellence - by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.                                                                                                                   

Certificates and Credentials

About David Barry, Jr.

Admitted: 1981, Illinois

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

Honors/Awards:

  • 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 , 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 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:

  • "Dealing with Common Defenses," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2014; "Common Defenses in Medical Malpractice Cases," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008; "Screening the Case," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005;"Common Defense Tactics," Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005; "Avoiding the Risks of Medical Malpractice," Georgia State Orthopedic Society, 2005; "Common Defenses," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004; "Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2003; "Knowing When To Say No," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003; "Neuroimaging: The Latest Developments in Determining the Etiology and Timing of the Events Leading To Irreversible Brain Damage," Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice Seminar, American Conference Institute, 2003; "How to Depose a Medical Expert," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998; Mock Malpractice Trial for Medical Students, University of Illinois, 1993; "Depositions," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992; "Discovery Tools and Tactics for the Personal Injury Lawyer," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990; "Illinois Civil Discovery Practice," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1988.

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 plasminogenactivator 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 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

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Last Updated: 9/16/2019

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