Joseph R. Curcio

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Curcio Law Offices
 | 161 North Clark Street, Suite 2240
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-321-1111
Fax: 312-321-3637
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1956
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Joseph R. Curcio, the founder and owner of the Curcio Law Offices, has nearly 60 years of experience working as an attorney in a career marked by accolades and successes. Mr. Curcio represents his clients in Chicago, Illinois, and throughout the state. He concentrates his legal practice in the area of plaintiff's personal injury law, with cases including such things as motor vehicle accidents, medical and nursing home negligence, workplace injuries, dangerous and defective products, premises liability, railroad accidents and wrongful death claims.

Before law school, Mr. Curcio first completed his Bachelor of Arts at DePaul University with a double major in history and political science. He then attended The John Marshall Law School, graduating with his Juris Doctor in 1955 and becoming licensed to practice law in 1956.

Mr. Curcio's exceptional career has included many cases that later established new precedents in Illinois law. His work in a case against General Motors led to the state's recognition of comparative fault in a landmark ruling. Through his many years of practice, he has recovered millions of dollars for his clients. Mr. Curcio is well-respected by his peers and the judiciary, and he is rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating an attorney can earn. In 2009, he was awarded the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He has also been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100.

A dedicated professional, Mr. Curcio is a member of many legal organizations, including several that are by invitation-only. Among them, he is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an organization in which membership is limited to those attorneys who have won verdicts or settlements of seven figures or more.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (10%): Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis


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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2019

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About Joseph Curcio

Admitted: 1956, Illinois

Professional Webpage:


  • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. 2015 - present
  • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Lambda Tau Fraternity
  • 3000 Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006 – Present
  • Leading Lawyer in Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012 – Present
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2012 – Present
  • Illinois SuperLawyers, 2009 – 2013
  • Presidential Who's Who Among Business & Professional Achievers, 2010 – Present
  • Leonard M. Ring, Lifetime Achievement Award, ITLA, 2009 – Present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Life Member
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, Member
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Pattern Jury Instruction, Member Appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, 1998 – 2006
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers, 1985 – 2008
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member and Chairman of Rules Committee, 1992 – 1995
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice(formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association), Sustaining Member, 1973 – Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, Member, 1992 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1957
  • Illinois, 1956
  • Chicago Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Pretrial Motions Workshop – Speaker, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2000 – Present
  • Evidence Seminar: “Recurring Evidence In Wrongful Death Cases”, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, May 7, 1994 – Present
  • Illinois Motions in Limine – Contributor, Litigation One, 2006
  • Paid Bills, Trial Lawyers Guide


  • Simpson v. General Motors, 108 Ill.2d 146 (Illinois Supreme Court 1985)
  • Pekelder v. Edgewater Automotive, 68 Ill.2d 136, 368 N.E.2d 900 (Illinois Supreme Court 1977)
  • Kalalinick v. Knoll, 97 Ill.App.3d 660, 422 N.E.2d 1011 (Illinois Appellate Court 1981)
  • Ryan v. E.A.I. Construction Corp. , 158 Ill.App.3d 449, 511 N.E. 1244 (Illinois Appellate Court 1987)
  • Leone v. City of Chicago, 156 Ill.2d 33, 619 N.E.2d 119 (Illinois Supreme Court 1993)
  • Lang v. Lake Shore Exhibits, 305 Ill App.3d 283, 711 N.E.2d 1124 (Illinois Appellate Court 1999)
  • Santiago v. E.W. Bliss, 2012 IL 111792 (Illinois Supreme Court 2012)

Educational Background:

  • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, Major: History and Political Science, 1952
Office Location for Joseph R. Curcio

161 North Clark Street
Suite 2240
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-321-1111

Fax: 312-321-3637

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Last Updated: 10/19/2018

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