Michael K. Demetrio

Michael K. Demetrio

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: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile
Michael Demetrio represents individuals in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including product liability, construction liability and motor vehicle liability. His principle focus is the preparation and trial of aviation and all forms of transportation cases. Prior to becoming a successful and accomplished Chicago personal injury lawyer, he was a criminal prosecutor at the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. During his career, he has tried over 100 cases to verdict. Michael has prosecuted numerous aviation and train disaster cases across the United States. Among them is the crash of a US Airway's jet where he settled the final case in that crash for $25.2 million, a commercial aviation record. Michael was the court-appointed Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Multi-District Federal litigation stemming from the crash of American Eagle Flight #3379 near Morrisville, North Carolina. He was also appointed plaintiffs' Lead Counsel by the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court for the over 60 cases arising from the crash of an Amtrak train in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Mr. Demetrio also handles all aspects of appellate cases before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts. He is a member of the Board of Managers for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and from 2003 - 2004, Michael served as President of the 22,000 members of the Chicago Bar Association. He is an appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches a course on Evidence. He is also a certified faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and a Certified Arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and the American Arbitration Association.

Certificates and Credentials

About Michael Demetrio

Admitted: 1979, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-michael-demetrio.ht...


  • Chicago Bar Association, President 2003 - 2004;American Trial Lawyers Association, Fellow;International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Illinois Chair; The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation; The Society of Trial Lawyers, Fellow; United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Magistrate Retention Review Committee, Chair, 2003; United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, United States Magistrate Nominating Committee, Chair, 2004; United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, United States Magistrate Nominating Committee, Member, 2007; AV rating - Highest level awarded for professional excellence - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory; Illinois Super Lawyers - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys; Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
  • Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, Certified Arbitrator
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers, 1990-present; Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 1996-present; Secretary, 1995-1996; Treasurer, 1994-1995; Parliamentarian, 1993-1994
  • American Bar Association
  • Panel of Neutral Arbitrator Member
  • American Arbitration Association, Certified Arbitrator;
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), President, 2003; Justice John Paul Stevens Award Selection Committee; 1st Vice-President, 2002; 2nd Vice-President, 2001; Treasurer, 1999; Board of Managers, 1996-1998; Finance Committee, 1998-2001, Chairman, 1999; The Albert, Moses, Henry and Bertha Wolf Fund, Chairman; Long-Range Planning Committee, Chair 1995; Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-Chair, 1993; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1984-1990

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Loyola Academy Scholarship Committee, Chairman; University of Notre Dame President's Circle; Chicago Bar Foundation, Lend-A-Hand Program.
  • University of Notre Dame President's Circle
  • "Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild: A Call to Action," Dinner Host Committee

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • LECTURES - "Plaintiff's Personal Injury from Start to Finish," The National Business Institute, 2014;  "Closing Arguments in Aviation Litigation Cases," American Bar Association, 2008; "Trial Preparation," Litigation Skills Conference II, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2008; "Presentation of Scientific Evidence and Expert Testimony," The Federalist Society, 2007; "Hurdles Along the Way: Plaintiff and Defense Counsel Deal with Various Ethical Issues Arising in a Hypothetical Aviation Case," American Bar Association, 2007; "Using the Government to Prepare Your Case," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2007; "Presenting and Defending Damages on Personal Injury Cases," North Suburban Bar Association, 2006; Judge, Law Student Division, American Bar Association, 2004; "Great Trials Panel: Lessons Learned by the Experts," American Bar Association, 2003; "Construction Accidents - What's New in Tort & Trial," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003; "Identification of the Anchor and Reference Points," Identifying and Overcoming Jury Bias Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003; "Trial Strategy," Past President's Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2002; "Handling the Commercial Airline Crash Case," Association of Trial Lawyers of America Annual Convention, 2001; "Trial Techniques," Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2001; "Deposition Strategy," Chicago Bar Association, 2000 "Successful Automobile Trials," Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 2000; "Evaluating and Handling Spinal Cord Injuries, Brain Injuries and Wrongful Death Cases," Chicago Bar Association, 1998; "Trial Practice in the '90s: Jury Selection, Focus Groups and Computer Graphics & Animation - New Wave Demonstrative Evidence: Computer Graphics & Animation," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998; "Spoliation of Evidence," Inner Circle of Advocates, 1997; "Venue - Form Non-Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996; "Joint and Several Liability and Contribution: Pre and Post P.A. 89-7," Chicago Bar Association, 1996; "The Trial of Automobile Collision Cases," Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1991-96; "Spoliation," Product Liability Litigation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1995; "Handling Complex/Multiparty Personal Injury Cases," Presidential Face-Off Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1993; "The Problems and Procedures of Jury Selection," Chicago Bar Association, 1991; "Art of Cross Examination," Chicago Bar Association, 1991; "Trial Evidence and Hearsay," Illinois Trial Lawyers, 1991; "Vehicular Design Liability Litigation," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1986; "Proof of Defect in a Product Liability Case," National Law Journal Seminar, 1986; Superstar Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1986; "Motion Practice in the Law Division Circuit Court of Cook County," Chicago Bar Association, 1986. WRITINGS- Author, "Aviation Litigation", Illinois Causes of Action: Tort Actions, 2014 
  • WRITINGS - Mike authored the chapter, Aviation Litigation, in the 2014 Illinois Causes of Action: Tort Actions textbook.  In 2013, Mike authored, "Have You Done Your Mitzvah This Law Day," which was published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's special Law Day edition.  , Author, Aviation Litigation - Chapter, IL Causes of Action: Tort Actions, 2014


  • Many of Michael's settlements and verdicts can be found at Corboy & Demetrio's website - www.corboydemetrio.com.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Representing more than 50 men whose frozen sperm was destroyed in mishap in cryogenics chamber at facility owned by Northwestern University Hospital; Filed a negligence lawsuit against United Parcel Service on behalf of an Evanston mother who was struck by a UPS truck as she crossed the street an was crushed under its full weight for 30 minutes until freed by firegfighters.

Educational Background:

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1979, 1979
  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1976, 1976
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Office Location for Michael K. Demetrio

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

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