Francis Patrick Murphy

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
Fax: 312-346-5562
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1975
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Attorney Francis Patrick Murphy is a partner at Corboy & Demetrio in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Murphy has more than 40 years of experience representing Chicago-area plaintiffs in personal injury cases. He handles matters involving aviation accidents, construction accidents, deck accidents, premises liability, products liability, railroad accidents, automobile accidents and vehicular negligence.

Mr. Murphy has secured numerous multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years. He has been involved in high-profile cases featured on national media networks and has served as a legal commentator for Fox 32 Chicago.

Mr. Murphy has earned an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating with Martindale-Hubbell and the distinction of being named one of the “nation’s top one percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. He was also named one of the “top 500 lawyers in the nation” by Lawdragon.

Mr. Murphy has been selected to Illinois Super Lawyers for 16 years in a row.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Murphy has spoken to various bar associations and has authored many articles. He has served as an adjunct professor at Loyola University School of Law since 1987.

Active in his legal community, Mr. Murphy is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Society of Trial Lawyers. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. In 2019, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

Mr. Murphy received a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and earned his law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is admitted to practice in all Illinois state courts and before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

*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
  • 100%Personal Injury - General
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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About Francis Murphy

Admitted: 1975, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-francis-patrick-mur...

Honors/Awards:

  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top One Percent
  • AV Rated - highest level awarded - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory Illinois Super Lawyer - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys Irish Legal 100 - Named one of the top 100 attorneys and judges of Irish descent Lawyers' Assistance Program, Treasurer, 2016-2017; President of Board of Directors, 2013-2015; Secretary, 2015-2016; Vice President, 2017-2018 Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys Lawdragon 500 - Named one of the top 500 lawyers in the nation The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top One Percent
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America - Named one of the top 500 lawyers in the nation
  • Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
  • Irish Legal 100 - Named one of the top 100 attorneys and judges of Irish descent

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Perecent, 2015-2018
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of American (ATLA)
  • Hazelden Chicago, Board Member
  • Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP)
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Nation's Top One Perecent, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Illinois, 1975
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Patrick was appointed to the Board of Directors of Lawyers' Assistance Program by the Illinois Supreme Court, serving as President from 2013-2015, Secretary from 2015-2016, Treasurer from 2017-2018 and currently serving as Vice-President.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Case Evaluation Seminar, Speaker, When to Settle - Considerations, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007
  • Case Evaluation Seminar, Speaker, When to Take a Case - Considerations, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007
  • Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Author, Negligent Issuance of a Life Insurance Policy, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • Annual Convention, Speaker, Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case Using a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004
  • Reference Publication, Author, Making the Independent Medical Examiner Your Expert Through the Use of a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2004
  • Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Author, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • A Shattered Bottle...a Shattered Life, Author, Packaging Forensics: Package Failure in the Courts, Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2000
  • The Millennium and Beyond, Author, The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1998
  • Legal Tech Conference, Speaker, Demonstrative Evidence - The Millennium and Beyond, Price Waterhouse Coopers, 1998
  • The Art and Science of Jury Selection Seminar, Speaker, Jury Selection Practice and Procedure, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • Masters in Trial, Honoring Leonard Ring Seminar, Speaker, The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial, American Bar Association Seminar, 1998
  • Those Precious Few Interrogatories, Author, Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Those Precious Few Interrogatories, Speaker, Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Procedural Aspects, Speaker, Wrongful Death Cases, Chicago Bar Association, 1993
  • Pain & Suffering, Loss of Consortium, Speaker, Proving Injury, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • Practical Approach for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims, Author, Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1990
  • Wrongful Death Cases, Author, Procedural Aspects, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • How to Direct Examine the Economist, Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • How to Direct Examine the Economist, Author, Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • The Art & Science of Jury Selection, Author, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Obtained a $2.7 million settlement for the family of a 26-year-old man who died from injuries he sustained when he fell three stories as a result of defective metal deck railings.
  • Obtained a $2.15 settlement for a couple against the owners of an apartment building for the injuries they sustained when they fell four stories after a porch railing collapsed. The couple were standing on the outside back porch of an apartment building leaning against the wooden guard rail when the rail pulled away from the porch frame and they fell to the ground. 
  • Obtained a $2.5 million settlement for a 49-year-old Palos Heights woman, on the third day of trial, for negligent maintenance of a bike path.  While she was riding on a bicycle path, her pedal hit a stop block in the middle of the path and she landed on her head, breaking her neck.
  • Obtained a record-high settlement of $2.5 million for the death of an 88-year-old woman was reached in pre-trial mediated conferences. While riding as a passenger in her daughter-in-law’s car, Sallie Lenn suffered a fractured neck when the car was hit from behind by another car.
  • Obtained a $4 million record-setting settlement for a young adult woman who was injured when she fell two stories after a wood railing broke away on an outside porch in Chicago, Illinois.
  • A global settlement of $16.6 million has been obtained for the victims of the Lincoln Park porch collapse. Corboy & Demetrio partner Francis Patrick Murphy represented 14 of the victims or victim’s family - the largest number of victims represented by one law firm.
  • Obtained a settlement of $5.75 million for the surviving family in the death of a 41 year-old wife and mother of four caused by a Cook County Sheriff’s deputy. The woman was killed when the deputy drove in excess of 70 mph and through a red light, broadsiding her car. Although the deputy claimed to be responding as back up to a domestic disturbance, official records secured by Murphy proved the call was only for an unwanted suspect, which is a low priority call.
  • Obtained a $6.8 million settlement on behalf of a 69-year-old woman and her 71-year-old husband, for the injuries suffered by the woman who was struck by a PACE bus on Good Friday.  The woman was crossing Lake Street in Oak Park, Illinois, when the bus made an unscheduled turn. She fell to the ground, striking her head on the pavement. She sustained serious brain damage and is was confined to a nursing home, as a result.
  • Obtained a record-setting settlement of $25 million for the family of a businessman killed in the United Airlines Flight 232 crash landing at Sioux City, Iowa. The DC-10 plane left Chicago and was flying toward Philadelphia when it lost power in one of its engines and was forced to make an emergency landing at the Sioux City, Iowa, airport. One hundred and twenty one passengers died and many were injured. 

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Loyola University School of Law, 1997 to Present.

Educational Background:

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1975, 1975
  • Northwestern University, B.S., 1970
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Office Location for Francis Patrick Murphy

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-346-3191

Fax: 312-346-5562

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Last Updated: 2/12/2020

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