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 - 2021
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 a personal injury trial attorney in a career marked by accolades and successes. He concentrates his legal practice in the area of plaintiff's personal injury law which includes motor vehicle and trucking accidents, medical and nursing home negligence, workplace injuries, construction negligence, dangerous and defective products, premises liability, railroad accidents and wrongful death claims. 

    Mr. Curcio enjoyed great success as a trial lawyer over the course of his career and is well known in the legal community as a fierce opponent and determined advocate on behalf of his clients.  Many of the verdicts he has obtained at trial and successfully defended on appeal continue to serve as precedent in Illinois today, including the landmark case of Simpson v. General Motors, which first recognized a plaintiff's comparative fault as merely a damage reducing element of a claim rather than serving as a total bar to recovery.

    Mr. Curcio has been a proud and active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association throughout his entire career and was awarded the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 2009. He is also an active member of many other local and national legal organizations and is especially proud to be recognized as a leader in the fight to protect consumers and fend off efforts by the insurance industry to impose tort reform in Illinois.



    Practice Areas
    • 60%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 30%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
    • 10%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
    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 - 2021

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    About Joseph Curcio

    Admitted: 1956, Illinois

    Professional Webpage:


    • AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Leading Lawyer in Plaintiff's Personal Injury, Leading Lawyers Network, 2012 – Present
    • Lambda Tau Fraternity
    • National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Lawyers, 2012 – Present
    • 3000 Leading Plaintiff's Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2006 – Present
    • Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs. 2015 - present
    • Leonard M. Ring, Lifetime Achievement Award, ITLA, 2009 – Present
    • Presidential Who's Who Among Business & Professional Achievers, 2010 – Present
    • Illinois SuperLawyers, 2009 – 2020

    Bar/Professional Activity:

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

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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


    • Negligence - Defendant apartment building failed to comply with the State Regulations governing fire safety resulting in Plaintiff's death. $3,700,000., 2016
    • Civil Rights - Plaintiff died of cardiac arrest while restrained in handcuffs in police station. $1,050,000., 2017
    • Head on auto collision by drunk driver - Defendant, drunk driver, crossed the center median on I-55 and hit a family of four head-on. Defendant had $75,000 insurance and the remainder was collected from UIM and Dram Shop Defendants. $1,050,000., 2019
    • Police Pursuit - Plaintiff was struck and killed by an driver fleeing Chicago police in pursuit. $2,000,000., 2018
    • Medical Malpractice - Failure to timely diagnose infection which resulted in sepsys and Plaintiff's death. $1,800,000., 2019
    • Trucking Collision - Truck driver failed to break and collided into stopped traffic killing several individuals. Settlement $8,000,000., 2019

    Educational Background:

    • DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois, Major: History and Political Science, 1952
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    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: 9/25/2020

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