Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Corboy & Demetrio
 | 33 North Dearborn Street, 21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 872-225-2953
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner at Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. is dedicated to representing clients in Chicago, Cook County and throughout the state of Illinois. He commits his practice to personal injury cases that involve the following matters: construction litigation, medical and professional negligence, wrongful death, aviation litigation, claims brought under the Federal Employers Liability Act, product liability, premises liability, railroad negligence and vehicular accidents.

After earning a Bachelor of Science from Villanova University, Philip Corboy, Jr. went on to receive a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 1977.

With nearly 40 years of experience, Mr. Corboy aggressively pursues justice on behalf of clients who have suffered due to someone else's negligence. He has secured more than 60 awards or settlements of $1 million or more, including an $11 million settlement for a victim burned in an automobile accident and a $22.5 million settlement for a woman's family after she died from a train derailment accident.

Mr. Corboy has been named in The Best Lawyers in America* for more than 10 years; the American College of Trial Lawyers has inducted him as a member; Leading Lawyers has listed him in the top 5 percent of Illinois attorneys; and the DePaul University College of Law honored him as its Distinguished Alumnus in 2011. He has made several appearances on local and national media such as "Good Morning America" and MSNBC. Additionally, Mr. Corboy delivers lectures throughout the country and has served on several panels.

As past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Corboy remains active in the legal community, holding memberships with the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association. When not in the courtroom, Mr. Corboy devotes time to charitable organizations.

* The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (40%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Products (40%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Dental Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Informed Consent

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018

Certificates and Credentials

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About Philip Corboy, Jr.

Admitted: 1978, Illinois

Professional Webpage: www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-philip-harnett-corboy-jr.ht...

Honors and Awards:

  • DePaul University, Board of Trustees of President's Club, Member
  • Oxford’s “Who’s Who,” 1992-present
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2011-2012, DePaul University College of Law
  • Illinois Super Lawyers - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys, 2005-present; Top 100 Attorneys in IL - 2007-present
  • 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2015-present, Lawdragon
  • Irish Legal 100, 2015 to present
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • “The Best Lawyers in America” - Personal Injury Litigation, Plaintiff
  • Leading Lawyers Network, Advisory Board
  • Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
  • Equal Justice Illinois Campaign Blue-Ribbon Committee, 2009 - Present
  • DePaul University College of Law, Dean's Council
  • DePaul University College of Law, Capital Development Committee
  • Cook County Circuit Court Committee to Recommend Local Rules for Mandatory Arbitration, Appointment
  • "AV Preeminent" Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Martindale.com's highest rating.)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, by invitation
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Screening Committee for Federal Judges, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals for the Northern District of Illinois, 2009 - Present
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Board of Directors, President, 2008-2010
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2008 - 2009

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2008
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1978
  • Illinois Bar, 1978
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Executive Committee, 2002-2003, 2005-2010, 2014-2015, 2015-2016
  • Pro Hac Vice in Indiana, Arizona, Ohio, Colorado
  • Chicago Magazine's annual "Top 100 Attorneys in Illinois," 2009, 2010
  • Oxford's "Who's Who," 1992-present
  • Martindale-Hubble Law Directory, AV Rated - Highest Rating Possible
  • Leading Lawyers Network Advisory Board, 2007-present
  • Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of Illinois Attorneys
  • Illinois Super Lawyer - Named one of the top 100 Lawyers in Illinois
  • "Best Lawyers in America," Member
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Northern District Screening Committee for Federal District Court Judges, U.S. Attorneys and U.S. Marshals, Member
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers, 1997-present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Legislative Committee, 1997-present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Nominating Committee, 2000
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Leonard Ring Memorial Award, Nominating Committee, 2004
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Second Vice-President, 2005
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), First Vice-President, 2006
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), President-Elect, 2007
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), President, 2008
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Equal Justice Illinois Campaign Blue-Ribbon Committee Member
  • Cook County Circuit Court Committee to Recommend Local Rules for Court-Annexed Mandatory Arbitration, 1988
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Settlement Program, Mediator, 1988-1989
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Long Range Planning Committee, Chairman, 1999-2000
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), House Committee, Chairman, 1990-1991
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), General Chairman, 1989-1990
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Chairman, 1987-1990
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Vice-Chairman, 1984-1987
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1980-present
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Board of Managers, 1994-1996
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Board of Governors, 2003-2005
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Illinois Delegate, 2001-2003

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Host, "Justice is Served," the Legal Assistance Foundation's Young Professionals Board's Annual Spring Benefit, 2014
  • Trustee of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Foundation, 2015-present
  • Democratic National Committee, Permanent Committee on Credentials, 1992, 2016
  • Variety Club Children's Charity, Tent No. 26, Vice President, 1987-1994
  • DePaul University, Board of Trustees, Presidents' Club, 1987-1997
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Vice-Chairman of the Board, 2002-2005
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Board of Directors, 2000-2005
  • DePaul University College of Law, Dean's Council, 1996-present
  • DePaul University College of Law, Capital Development Committee, 1992-present
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Member, 1997-present
  • Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Board of Directors, President, 2008-2010

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Ethics & Professionalism seminar, Presenter, "Professional Referral Relationships", 2018
  • Lectured at University of Chicago Law School litigation Lab , Lecturer, 2018
  • Presenter, "Punitive Damages", IL Trial Lawyer's Association Annual Damages Seminar, 2015
  • Presenter, "Representing the Undocumented Plaintiff", Kansas Association for Justice's 2014 Annual Meeting & CLE Seminar, 2014
  • John Marshall Law School, Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 1984
  • Kent College of Law, Student Intern Program, 1984 - 1985
  • "Torts and Insurance," American Bar Association, Annual Convention, New York City, 1986
  • Instructor, Chicago Bar Association Trial Practice Course, 1988
  • "Update," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • "Trial by Jury," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Judge, National Law School Trial Advocacy Competition, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1989
  • "Proof of Damages," Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • "Increasing Damages through Closing Arguments," Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, 1989
  • "Airline Accidents," NALI, 1989
  • "Demonstrative Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "Tort Litigation," Chicago Bar Association , 1990
  • Judge, Northwestern University School of Law Moot Court Competition, 1990
  • "Litigation Trends in the 1990's," Continuing Legal Education Satellite Network, Video Presentation, 1990
  • Judicial Evaluation," Chicago Cable Access Television, 1990
  • "Proving Injury", Chicago Bar Association , 1991
  • "Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1991
  • Judge, National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Program, John Marshall Moot Court and American Bar Association, 1992
  • "Emerging Issues in Automobile Product Liability Litigation," American Bar Association, 1992
  • "Summation in a Civil Case," Chicago Bar Association , 1992
  • "Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1992
  • "Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • "Personal Injury Litigation," Career Day Program, DePaul University, 1993
  • "Product Liability," Chicago Bar Association , 1993
  • "Taking the Defendant's Deposition," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • "The Art of Persuasion," De Paul University College of Law, 1996
  • "Enhancing Your Practice Through Public Speaking," Chicago Bar Association, 1996
  • "A Christian Perspective on Litigation in America," Business Executives for Economic Justice, 1996
  • "Collecting, Analyzing and Preserving the Evidence," DuPage County Bar Association, 1997
  • Judge, Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, John Marshall Law School and American Bar Association, 1998
  • "Motions-in-Limine," Illinois State Bar Association, 1998
  • "Forum Non Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1998
  • "AIDS/HIV Patient Records," Medical Educational Services, Inc, 1998
  • "Daubert & Kumho: A Review and Their Practical Application," Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Economic Damages," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Plaintiff Attorneys v. Defense Attorneys," Crittenden Medical Conference, Washington, DC, 2001
  • "Civil Liability for Injuries During a Sporting Event," Chicago Bar Association, 2001
  • "Severity of Verdict - Where Is It Going & How Do We Stop It?," Crittenden Medical Conference, Nevada, 2003
  • "Winning Strategies for Disability Jury Trials," American Conference Institute, 2003
  • "Update on Intrastate Forum Non Conveniens," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • "Recognizing & Preventing the $10 Million Verdict," Crittenden Medical Conference, 2005
  • "Medical Liability Point-Counterpoint: Malpractice as I See It," American Urological Association, 2005
  • "The Bottom Line - What the Jury Thinks," Crittenden Medical Conference, Arizona, 2006
  • "Hi-Tech Low Cost - Don't Be Afraid to Bring It In-House," Western Trial Lawyers Association, Maui, 2006
  • "Bariatric Surgery: What the Plaintiff's Lawyers Think, the Defense Lawyers, and Most Importantly the Jurors!," San Francisco, 2006
  • "What Makes the ‘Neurologically Damaged Baby Case’ so Different?," Crittenden Medical Conference, Boston, 2007
  • "Winning Strategies in Disability Trial Cases, " Western Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • "Closing Arguments, Plaintiff's Perspective," Litigation Skills III Conference, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2008
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution and Its Impact on the System," 20th Annual DePaul Law Review Symposium, DePaul University College of Law, 2010
  • "Trial Attorneys and the Political Process," Villanova University Lecture to the Political Science Department, 2010
  • "Social Media and Jury Selection," Western Trial Lawyers Association, Hawaii, 2010
  • "The Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective," 13th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium, Chicago, 2011
  • "Civil Practice and Procedure Update 2012 - Discovery," Illinois State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 2012
  • "The Plaintiff Attorney's Perspective-Deviation from the Standard of Care," 14th Annual Chicago Trauma Symposium, August 2012
  • Chicago Tribune: Make Work Safe
  • The President's Thoughts - Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Wall Street Journal: Illinois Tort Reform: Let's Meet A Malpractice Victim
  • Daily Herald: Limits are Unfair to Malpractice Victims
  • ChicagoTribune.com: Individuals' Rights Over Corporate Rights
  • The President's Thoughts - Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Crain's Chicago Business: Consider the Source: Report on 'Judicial Hellholes' all PR
  • The Madison County Record: For Abigaile LeBron
  • Chicago Tribune: Only Recourse
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Train Lawsuits End with Settlements Totaling $36.25M
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: New Group Will Screen Applicants
  • CBA Record: Remember Philip H. Corboy
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: "Jury Awards $8 Million for Accident that Killed Woman"
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: ITLA Renames HQ for Corboy
  • Leading Lawyers: Flip Corboy | Defining His Own Version of Reputable Name
  • Trial Journal: The Trial Attorney’s Guide to Representing Undocumented Clients
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: City OKs $5M for Lost Leg after Accident on Icy Street

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $7.5 million settlement on behalf on behalf of family of construction worker killed in balcony fall, 2017
  • $22.5 million settlement for the family of a woman who was killed as a result of the derailment of a train in Rockford, IL, which was carrying dozens of Canadian National Railway cars filled with ethanol., 2011
  • $18 million settlement for a Mexican national who was killed by a piece of falling glass from Chicago's CNA Tower, 2002
  • Record-setting settlement of $7 million for a 78-year-old woman who was injured when she was struck by a malfunctioning automatic door as she entered a Target store
  • $5.1 million settlement for a college student who was injured by a car that slid on ice from a broken water main that the City of Chicago failed to maintain
  • $4.5 million verdict for a 66-year-old man who was injured in an auto collision in central Illinois
  • $5.35 million verdict for a limousine driver who lost his leg in an automobile incident at Chicago's O'Hare Airport
  • $7.67 million verdict for an injured construction worker
  • $16.7 million verdict for a brain-damaged pedestrian involved in a collision with an automobile
  • $8 million jury verdict for the estate of a Homewood wife and mother who was fatally struck by a truck after she stood on the shoulder of I-294 to investigate her flat tire
  • $8.5 million settlement for the family of an assistant fire chief killed when a fire erupted at a Neiman Marcus store
  • $11 million settlement for a Chicago dental student burned in an automobile fire

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine, "Flip Corboy - Defining His Own Version of Reputable", 2013
  • C&D Again Atop Chicago Lawyer Magazine Settlement Survey
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Featured in "America's Top Plaintiffs' Lawyers Name Their Future Litigation Targets"
  • Lawsuits Filed by Corboy & Demetrio in Wrigleyville Fire Tragedy
  • All Twelve Partners at Corboy & Demetrio Recognized as 2008 Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Interviewed on WGN Radio about Legality of Recording Telephone Call
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Speaker at Beazley Institute Seminar
  • Construction Safety Act Defended by Philip H. Corboy, Jr.
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Installed as President of Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • "Plaintiff Lawyers Put Corboy to Work as President of Their Association"
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Installed as President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Featured on WLS Radio Discussing Medical Malpractice Limits
  • Corboy & Demetrio Named One of Chicago's Top Law Firms
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., Featured on WBBM Newsradio 780's "At Issue"
  • $3.75 Million Settlement for Motorcyclist Injured in Crash
  • Response by Philip H. Corboy, Jr., to editorial on limiting malpractice awards appears in Wall Street Journal
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Responds to "judicial hellhole" Report
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., Featured in News Articles on "judicial hellhole" Report
  • Philip H. Corboy, Jr.'s Response to Gingrich on Medical Malpractice Caps Featured in Chicago Tribune
  • Corboy & Demetrio Chicago Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Lawyers Named to Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Named One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr.'s Letter Featured in Crain's Chicago Business
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr.'s Letter to the Editor Appears in Chicago Tribune
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Appointed to the Equal Justice Illinois Campaign Blue-Ribbon Committee
  • U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Appoints Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. to Screening Committee
  • $7 Million Record-Setting Settlement for Senior Injured at Target
  • Corboy & Demetrio - Leaders in Bridge and Structural Collapse and Defect Litigation
  • New Blog Posting - Privacy Rights vs. Free Speech; U.S. Supreme Court's New Term
  • Corboy Reappointed to Senator Durbin’s Judicial Committee
  • 11 Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Named to 2011 Super Lawyers List
  • Corboy & Demetrio Files Suit on Behalf of Worker Crushed to Death at Blue Island Plant
  • 13 Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Selected as Illinois Leading Lawyers
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., a Featured Speaker at Illinois Trial Lawyers Association's Seminar
  • Train Crash Victims Represented by Corboy & Demetrio
  • Corboy & Demetrio's Record of Success Representing Brain Damaged Personal Injury Victims
  • Corboy & Demetrio Secures $1 Million Verdict for Woman Sexually Assaulted In Apartment Building While Lobby Attendant Watched TV
  • Thirteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected Leading Lawyers in Illinois
  • Corboy & Demetrio Secures $2 Million for Chicago Pedestrian Struck by Garbage Truck
  • Eleven Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Named to 2012 Super Lawyers List
  • Five Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition
  • Philip H. Corboy, Jr. to Speak at Continuing Legal Education Conference
  • Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from DePaul Univ. College of Law
  • Corboy & Demetrio Secures $2 Million for Man Backed Over by Forklift Truck
  • Five Corboy & Demetrio Partners Selected for Best Lawyers in America 2013
  • Corboy & Demetrio Recognized with National Ranking in Best Law Firms 2013 by U.S. News
  • Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
  • Corboy & Demetrio - The Leader in Aviation Litigation
  • Corboy & Demetrio Recognized in 2013 Top Ranked Law Firms in Fortune Magazine
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Assn. Renames Headquarters after Corboy & Demetrio Co-Founder
  • C&D $22.5M Settlement Mentioned by Media Covering Canadian Train Derailment & Explosion
  • Five Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Named to Best Lawyers in America - 2014 Edition
  • Corboy & Demetrio Leader in Illinois in Leading Lawyers for 2013
  • Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Named Leading Lawyers for 2014
  • Corboy & Demetrio Named to 2014 ‘Best Law Firms’ by U.S. News & Best Lawyers
  • Fourteen Corboy & Demetrio Lawyers Selected 2014 IL Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
  • Fallen Tree Lawsuit Filed by Corboy & Demetrio
  • Corboy & Demetrio Obtains $5M for Chicago Man Injured Due to Ice from City Water Main Break
  • Corboy & Demetrio Obtains $8 Million Verdict for Family of Woman Killed on Shoulder of I-294
  • Corboy & Demetrio Secures $22.5 Million for Victim of Rockford Train Derailment & Explosion
  • Six Corboy & Demetrio Attorneys Selected for 2015 Best Lawyers in America
  • Corboy & Demetrio Uniformly Judged to be the Best of the Best
  • “Civil Excellence: DePaul Personal Injury Litigators,” Dialogue, The Magazine of DePaul College of Law, Winter, 2000
  • "Alumni Spotlight," Dialogue, Winter 2009

Educational Background:

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Boulder, Colorado, 1980
  • Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania, B.S., 1973
Office Location for Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr.

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 872-225-2953

 

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Last Updated: 6/7/2018

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