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Robert R. Duncan

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Duncan Law Group
161 North Clark Street, Suite 2550A
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-445-0567
Fax: 312-202-3284
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2002
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Chicago attorney Robert R. Duncan founded Duncan Law Group in 2010 with the goal of protecting the rights of victims of negligence in Illinois and throughout the Midwest. Today, ten years after his firm's establishment, he has a reputation as a dedicated client advocate who works diligently to help his clients pursue compensation in both state and federal courts in the aftermath of the following:

• Bicycle, bus, motorcycle, airplane and pedestrian accidents
• Motor vehicle accidents of all types, including rear-end accidents, rollover accidents and those caused by distracted or drunk drivers
• Catastrophic injuries
• Construction accidents
• Defective products
• Dog bites and animal attacks
• Injuries to children, including birth injuries
• Medical malpractice, including nursing home abuse and negligence
• Mesothelioma and asbestos-related injuries
• Premises liability

In addition to handling personal injury and medical malpractice cases, Mr. Duncan regularly pursues consumer and insurance-based class action cases.

Mr. Duncan began his career in 2002 after earning his law degree from University of Illinois College of Law and his approval to practice law in the state of Illinois. In addition, a number of U.S. District Courts in the Midwest, the U.S. Federal Claims Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit have all issued approvals for him to practice in their courtrooms.

Over the course of Mr. Duncan's nearly 20-year legal career, he has earned a number of honors thanks to his dedication to justice. He holds a "Superb" rating from Avvo, and The National Trial Lawyers has included him on its list of the Top 40 under 40 for three years in a row. In addition, American Registry listed him among the Top Lawyers for 2012.

In addition to Mr. Duncan's efforts on his clients' behalves, he is also an active member of the legal community, a regular guest speaker and a respected author on legal topics.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Class Actions

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
5 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2014

About Robert R. Duncan

First Admitted: 2002, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.duncanlawgroup.com/attorney-profiles/robert-r-du...

Pro bono/Community Service

  • McCormick Boys & Girls Club, College Bound Program
  • Young Professionals of Chicago, Professional Development Committee, 2004 - 2005
  • Illinois State Crime Commission, Board of Directors, 2006 - present
  • Co-Chairman, Veteran's Program, Roosevelt University, Police Athletic League of Illinois
  • McCormick Boys & Girls Club, 2004 - 2005
  • Young Professionals of Chicago, Board of Directors, 2004 - 2005
  • Illinois State Crime Commission, President, 2010 - present
  • Co-Chairman, Clothes for Kids Coat Drive, Police Athletic League of Illinois, 2009
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem
  • Young Professionals of Chicago, 2004 - 2005
  • Village of Glen Ellyn, Member, Ad Hoc Library Committee, 2010
  • Police Athletic League of Illinois, Board of Directors, 2006 - present
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, 2003 - present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Illinois State Bar Association, "Back to Basics: Tort Law, (Topic: Written Discovery/Oral Discovery), January 29, 2010
  • American Association for Justice Mock Trial Project, Judge, February 27, 2010, Chicago, IL
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, May 21, 2010 (Moline, IL)
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2011, April 14, 2011 (Chicago, IL)
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2005
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2011, May 20, 2011 (Collinsville, IL)
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2006
  • “Overcoming Juror Bias in Civil Litigation,” Handling Motor Vehicle Crashes From Occurrence to Trial: Plaintiff & Defense, IICLE February 3, 2012
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2007
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2012, May 6, 2012 (Bloomington, IL)
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2010
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2012, May 6, 2012 (Bloomington, IL)
  • Illinois Cause of Action: Tort Actions, Chapter 4: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, 2010
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2013, April 26, 2013 (Chicago, IL)
  • Illinois Cause of Action: Tort Actions, Chapter 25: Spoliation of Evidence, 2010
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2013, May 3, 2013 (Moline, IL)
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2011
  • Small Firm Practice Seminar, Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois College of Law (Chicago Program), March 7, 2013
  • Pleadings & Forum Non Conveniens, Illinois State Bar Association, Civil Procedure Update 2012, May 2, 2014 (Springfield, IL)
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2012
  • Small Firm Practice Seminar, Guest Lecturer, University of Illinois College of Law (Chicago Program), March 19, 2014
  • “Overcoming Juror Bias in Civil Litigation,” Handling Motor Vehicle Crashes From Occurrence to Trial: Plaintiff & Defense, IICLE 2012
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2013
  • Pleadings: The Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois Civil Practice and Procedure Handbook, 2014
  • Illinois Cause of Action: Tort Actions, Chapter 4: Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, 2014
  • Illinois Cause of Action: Tort Actions, Chapter 25: Spoliation of Evidence, 2014
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Alumni-Student Career Conference; January 21, 2005
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, April 28, 2005 (Chicago, IL)
  • Medical Malpractice: From a Plaintiff Attorney’s Perspective, Advanced Torts, University of Illinois College of Law, May 1, 2005
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Alumni-Student Career Conference; January 28, 2006
  • Depositions, Illinois Pretrial Procedure, DePaul University College of Law, March 2006
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, April 28, 2006 (Chicago, IL)
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, May 12, 2006 (Bloomington, IL)
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, November 17, 2006 (Collinsville, IL)
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, May 6, 2006 (Chicago, IL)
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, May 6, 2005 (Bloomington, IL)
  • Scoring Judge, Chicago Regional American Association For Justice (Formerly ATLA) Student Trial Advocacy Competition, March 2-3, 2007, Chicago, IL
  • Pleadings: A Roadmap Through Trial, Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Seminar, Annual Meeting, June 22, 2007 (Fontana, WI)
  • University of Illinois College of Law, Alumni-Student Career Conference; January 26, 2008
  • The John Marshall Law School, Guest Lecturer, Trial Advocacy, (Topic: Depositions), March 26, 2008
  • DePaul College of Law, Guest Lecturer, Illinois Pretrial Practice, (Topic: Written Discovery), April 1, 2008

Honors/Awards

  • Super Lawyers: 2012 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Recipient, Bishop Sheil Award, Police Athletic League of Illinois, 2008
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • Top Lawyers, American Registry, 2012
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 Illinois Rising Stars
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 Illinois Rising Stars

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, New Lawyers Division (NLD) Board of Governors, 2004 - 2007
  • Chair, Alumni Services Committee, University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board, 2011-2012
  • Federal Court of Claims, 2007
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, (Trial Bar), July 13, 2010
  • Past Member, Board of Governors, Young Lawyers Division, American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002 – present
  • Associate Member, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, 2004 - 2005
  • University of Illinois College of Law Alumni Board, Board of Directors, 2011 - 2012
  • University of Illinois College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board, 2014 - present
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2009
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska, 2012
  • American Association For Justice (Formerly ATLA), 2002 – present
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division Section Council, 2006 - 2008
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2012 - present
  • Illinois State Bar, 2002
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2008
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, April 1, 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2002 – present

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Yoder v. Roundy's, et al. 02 L 3004 (Cook County, IL), Co-counsel, six week trial, multiple plaintiffs, commercial vehicle collision, Mixed verdict, Plaintiffs awarded total of $38,300,000.00
  • Henriksen v. U.S.A., 09 cv 2938 (ND Ill.), Federal Tort Claims Act claim before Hon. Robert Dow, Verdict: $2,030,000.00, 2012
  • Alam v. Boyd, 07 L 10310 (Cook County, IL), Lead counsel, Auto collision, Plaintiff's verdict: $73,036.20 (Last offer: $0)
  • Brassil v. Conversa, 02 L 8014 (Cook County, IL), Co-counsel, one week trial, auto collision
  • Ladewig v. Ty-Walk, Inc., 01 L 300 (Will County, IL), Co-counsel, two week trial, wrongful death case, commercial vehicle collision

Educational Background

  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A., Political Science, Concentration: Political Theory & Constitutional Law, 1999
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Office Location for Robert R. Duncan

161 North Clark Street
Suite 2550A
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-445-0567

Fax: 312-202-3284

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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