Thomas A. Demetrio

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
Fax: 312-346-5562
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

A founding partner of the legendary law firm, Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Tom is a nationally renowned trial lawyer with an emphasis on medical negligence, airplane crash, product liability, and commercial litigation on behalf of plaintiffs.

In 1983, Tom acquired the first ever 8-figure compensatory verdict in Illinois.  He has acquired well over $1 billion in verdicts and settlements, including the largest single personal injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court.  All of his verdicts have been paid, and he has never lost an appeal. 

Tom has been included in every edition of Best Lawyers in America since 1987.  The National Law Journal, in 1990, named Tom one of the top 10 litigators in America.  In 2014, the National Law Journal named Tom as one of its inaugural 50 “Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers,” the only Illinois plaintiff’s trial lawyer receiving that distinction.

In 2015, the prestigious Lawdragon, which had previously anointed Tom “Dean of the Chicago Trial Bar,” announced that, since its inception in 2005, Tom was one of only 50 lawyers who had been named every year as one of its 500 leading lawyers in America, joining a select group that includes Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy. 

Since 2007, Tom has been voted by his peers to be in the top five of all lawyers in Illinois by the “Leading Lawyers Network,” and since 2010, Tom has been named one of the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers, ranking first in 2017 and in 2018.

As a leader of the bar, Tom has served as President of both the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the 22,000-member Chicago Bar Association.  He has been a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and the Inner Circle of Advocates for over 25 years.

He is a nationally recognized and sought after lecturer on trial techniques and advocacy skills and has authored more than 50 continuing legal education articles in the field of civil litigation.

Tom is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Advisors of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.  He has been honored by the law school by being named one of its 125 Alumni of Distinction, and he has been given its Alumni Merit Award, Professional Achievement Award, and Distinguished Service Award.  In addition, he serves on the boards of the Constitutional Rights Foundation; Center for Elder and Disability Law; and Big Shoulders - Archdiocese of Chicago.  He has also served on the boards of Illinois Institute of Technology, St. Ignatius College Prep and Mundelein Seminary, as well as the Notre Dame Law School’s Advisory Council and the Dispute Resolution Research Center of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University.

In 2015, Tom was given the Hellenic Bar Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2016, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association bestowed on Tom its highest honor, the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award.  Also in 2016, Tom received the Chicago Bar Association’s prestigious United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Award – from Justice Stevens himself.

While Tom served as president of the Chicago Bar Association, he wanted to impact the lives of Chicago’s underprivileged children who, he sensed, would greatly benefit from quality mentoring.  The Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence was thus created recognizing the efforts of exceptional tutor/mentoring programs in Chicago communities.  In 1995, with Tom’s inspiration, guidance, and support, the CBA and Chicago Bar Foundation created the Lawyers’ Lend-A-Hand to Youth program, which thrives to this very day.  In addition to the annual Demetrio Award, it has granted over $1.6 million to mentoring programs for underprivileged youths in the Chicago area.

 

 
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About Thomas Demetrio

Admitted: 1973, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-thomas-demetrio.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Top Ten List, Ranking First, IL Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, Fellow, 1993-Present
  • "50 Under 50," The National Law Journal, 1989
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1986-Present
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers, One of the Top Ten Lawyers in Illinois in All Areas of Law, Consumer Law and Personal Injury Plaintiff's Law
  • Life Fellow, Chicago Bar Foundation
  • Member, Illinois Handgun Committee on Violence, 1998 - Present
  • Lawdragon, Top 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2005 - Present
  • "Who's Who in Chicago Business," Crain's Chicago Business, 2006 - Present
  • 125 Alumni of Distinction Award - Tom was one of 125 alumni of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law in the long history of the school to receive the distinction., 125 Alumni of Distinction Award, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2016
  • America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers - The Trial Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America's National College of Advocacy, Dean, 1987
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2015
  • "Top 10 National Litigators," The National Law Journal, 1990
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Master of the Bench, American Inns of Court, Chicago Inn of Court
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Pattern Civil Jury Instructions, 1978 - 1997
  • Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2011
  • Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers, National Law Journal, 2014
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois, 2015
  • Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Top Ten List, Ranking First, IL Super Lawyers, 2017
  • AV Rated - Highest Level Awarded - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Alumni Merit Award, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1989
  • "Top 10 Illinois Litigators," The National Law Journal, 1999
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 1989-present
  • Life Fellow, Illinois Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1986-present
  • Presented with two awards from the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter / Law Bulletin Publishing Company for Trial Lawyer Excellence: One for the largest wrongful death settlement ever in Illinois ($25.25 million) and one for acquiring five or more verdicts in excess of $5 million since 1990, 2010
  • Chair, Illinois Intitute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law Board of Overseers, 2011-2015.
  • 50 Legends of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, Lawdragon, 2015
  • America's 50 Most Influential Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2016

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chairman, Chicago Neurosurgical Center Leadership Committee, 1991 - 1995
  • Board of Directors, Center for Elder & Disability Law
  • President, Alumni Association, 1988 - 1989
  • President's Council, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Board of Directors, Center for Disability and Elder Law, 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on the Contingency Fee, 2003 - Present
  • Board of Advisors, Mundelein Seminary, 1992 - 1997
  • Board of Directors, Center for Disability and Elder Law, 1990 - Present
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Lend A Hand Advisory Board, 1994 - Present
  • Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992 - Present
  • Chair, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Downtown Center Campaign
  • President, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Editorial Board Member, American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • Silver Family Circle Charter Member, Legal Aid Society of Chicago/Metropolitan Family Services
  • National Trial Competition Committee, 2004 - Present
  • The Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Chicago Bar Foundation, 1994 - 1996
  • Advisory Council, University of Notre Dame Law School, 1987 - 2002
  • Dispute Resolution Research Center Advisory Committee, J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management Northwestern University, Chicago, 1993 - Present
  • President, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Alumni Association, 1988
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Board Member, Executive Committee, American Association for Justice, 2008 - Present
  • Leading Lawyers Network Advisory Board, 2003 - Present
  • Upstate Illinois State Committee, 1997 - Present
  • Board of Trustees, St. Ignatius College Prep, 1990 - 1995
  • President, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1988 - 1997

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • The Lawyers Club of Chicago
  • Member, Illinois Handgun Committee on Violence, 1998 - Present
  • The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, 2002 - Present
  • Patient Safety Forum, Committee Member, The Institute of Medicine of Chicago, 2002 - Present
  • Board of Directors, Big Shoulders, Archdiocese of Chicago, 1993 - Present
  • Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000 - Present
  • Board of Directors, The Center for Conflict Resolution, 1990 - 1993
  • "Proper Negotiation Techniques," Annual Program on Negotiations and Counseling, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1986
  • Board of Directors, Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago, 2009 - Present
  • Supreme Court Historical Society, 2004 - Present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Another High-Tech Tool for Plaintiff's Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "The Obligations of Lawyering in Today's World", Speaker, The Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Ohio, 1996
  • "Our Tort System Must be Preserved", Speaker, 21st Annual Meeting of the Congress of Organizations of the Physically Handicapped, 1986
  • "Jury Selection Law and Technique - Jury Selection, or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2009
  • "Wrongful Death - A Medical Tragedy"- Book Review, Author, Trial Magazine, 1995
  • "Winning with the Masters, Last Chance Seminar", Speaker, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1991
  • "The Fragile Patient Safety Triad", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Jury Selection in the Industrial Product Liability Case", Speaker, The 13th Annual Conference on Product Liability Law - National Practice Institute - Chicago, 1995
  • "Today's Civil System of Justice", Speaker, National Association of Independent Insurers, 1986
  • "Opening Statements: Strategies & Themes Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "Using Final Argument to Enhance Damages", Speaker, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association 38th Annual Mid-Winter Conference, 1990
  • "Do's and Don'ts of Direct Examination", Speaker, Trial Notebook Series, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "Automated Surgery - A Good Idea?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Direct and Re-Direct Examination -- Trial Demonstration", Speaker, ICLE's 46th Annual Advocacy Institute - The Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
  • "Persuasive Trial Techniques", Speaker, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, 1986
  • "Case Evaluation Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2008
  • "The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "Trial Symposium - Advocacy into the '90s", Speaker, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Thirty-Third Annual Convention, 1990
  • "Ethics and the NFL Physician", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "House Bill 20 - Redefining Tort Practice in Illinois", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1995
  • "Proper Evaluation of Product Liability Cases," Pick the Best, Decline the Rest, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1986
  • "Case Evaluation: When To Take the Case - When to Settle", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2007
  • "Finding and Using Experts", Author, ABA- Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1988
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "Address to the Professional Liability Committee of the American Bar Association", Speaker, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1990
  • "When Silence is Not Golden", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Litigation Management: Manage Dollars or Activities?", Speaker, Johnson Controls Annual Law Department Meeting, 1995
  • "Lawyers and Doctors: A Time for Harmony", Speaker, Illinois State Medical Society, 1986
  • "Opening Statement and Final Argument: Is There Really a Difference?", Speaker, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida, 2005
  • The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules, Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "How to Address Damages in the Opening Statement and Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • "Follow the Money", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • The Art of Persuasion, Demonstration: Plaintiff's Closing Argument", Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Trial Techniques Seminar, 1995
  • "Ethics and Attorneys Fees", Speaker, Northwestern University Law School, 1986
  • "Tort Reform Summit", Speaker, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2005
  • "Video Depositions: How and When to Use Them", Speaker, Chicago Board Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "Arguing Medical Negligence", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "Coming Clean on Medical Practices", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Annual American Law Institute, American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, South Carolina, 1995
  • "How to Present the Expert Economist", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
  • "2005 Advocacy Showcase - A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment Mandates that the Right to Trial by Jury, Guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment, be Preserved", Author, ABA- Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1985
  • "Arguing and Maximizing Damages", Speaker, Kansas Trial Lawyers' Association, 1990
  • "Hospitals Send Patients to Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Winning with the Masters", Speaker, Last Chance Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1995
  • "How to Prove Loss of Companionship in the Case of a Deceased Spouse, Parent or Child," Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Seminar, Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Should Juries Decide Complex Cases?", Author, Trial Magazine, 1985
  • "Proving and Disputing Liability in Tort Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • "Remember Philip H. Corboy", Co-author, CBA Record, 2012
  • "Product Liability Litigation - A Practical Approach", Speaker, Summation Strategies, Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, The Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, 1985
  • "Consulting the Appropriate Witness and Assessment of Damages", Speaker, The Thorough Representation of the Catastrophic-Injured, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1985
  • "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges - Masters At Trial", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2004
  • "Comparative Fault in Illinois: Its Past, Present and Future", Author, 1983
  • "The Persuasive Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "The Founders Wouldn't Approve", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Emerging Issues in Motor Vehicle Product Liability Litigation"- The debate over New Restatement 2nd of Torts 105, discussion about changing the burden of proof in product liability cases, Speaker, American Bar Association National Institute, Arizona, 1994
  • "Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Trial", Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, 1985
  • "Tort Reform: Its Economic Impact Nationally and in Illinois", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • "Brave New World: Computerized Medical Records Pose Pitfalls", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • "Ideas on Final Argument", Speaker, A Weekend with the Masters, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "Study Shows Doctors Make Missteps", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Effective Direct and Cross-Examination", Speaker, Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • "Tort Reform Wars: The Future of the Civil Jury System in a Litigious Nation", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • Co-author, Defensive Medicine or 'defensive' Medicine?, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • The 46th Annual Belli Seminar, Massachusetts, Speaker, 1989
  • "A Cheatin' Doctor", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Young Lawyers Section Trial Practice Course, Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "Jury Deselection", Speaker, Trial Superstars Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1985
  • "Electronics in the Courtroom", Speaker, Inner Circle of Advocates, 2003
  • Co-author, Difficult to Argue With, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: 'Lights, Camera, Scalpel, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • "Distracted Doctors", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Medical Experts: Effective Direct and Cross Examination - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, llinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1993
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Roscoe Pound Foundation Workshop, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1985
  • "2003 Advocacy Showcase ­ The Medical Negligence Case: A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "When Rules are Written for Only One Side", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • Plaintiff's co-counsel in two videotape series, "Training the Advocate", Speaker, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and The American Bar Association Consortium for Professional Education, 1983
  • "Beyond the Thunder", Co-author, Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Winning Closing Arguments", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar, 1993
  • "Practical Problems of Litigating with Foreign Defendants", Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Tort and Insurance Practice, Washington, D.C., 1993
  • "Evaluating, Proving and Arguing Damages," "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, California Continuing Legal Education, 1984
  • "Jury Persuasion", Speaker, Northwestern University School of Law, 2003
  • "Social Networking in the Operating Room", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Negotiations", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers: Cross-Examination and Its Impact on Credibility", Author, Law Bulletin Publishing, 2008
  • "Aspects of American Product Liability Law", Speaker, International Institute, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland, 1993
  • "Closing Argument -- The Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, The Practical Approach to Trial Advocacy Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1984
  • "Trial Superstars ­ One Lawyer's Perspective", Speaker, John Marshall Law School, 2002
  • "Should a Contract Trump the Constitution?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Finding and Using Experts in Crash Cases", Speaker, American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Massachusetts, 1988
  • "Powerful Persuasion", Co-author, Trial Magazine, 2006
  • "Aftermath of an Error", Speaker, The NBC/GM Truck-Safety Broadcast Controversy, Loyola University Chicago Communications Department, 1993
  • "Assessment of Damages", Speaker, Third Annual Symposium on Head Trauma, Spinal Cord and Amputation for the Litigator, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1984
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Speaker, 2002
  • "Don't wander into the Minefield", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Comparative Fault", Speaker, Indiana State Bar Association, 1988
  • "Medical Malpractice Discovery", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • "Principles of Illinois Discovery: An Overview", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • "Art of Summation", Speaker, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1992
  • "Trial Tactics in Governmental Liability Suits", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1984
  • "Jury Selection Or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2001
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "NFL Brain Damage Epidemic Continues", Co-author, 2014
  • "The Medical Malpractice Case", Speaker, The 39th Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1988
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Daubert: Its Early Years", Author, CBA Record, 2001
  • "Plaintiff's Perspective: Closing", Speaker, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Winter Program, Florida, 1992
  • "Deposition Strategy and Technique", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1983
  • "Views of a Trial Lawyer", Speaker, Rotary Club of Chicago, 2000
  • Co-Author, Med-Mal Matters Column: Bitter Pill, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, College of Advocacy, Speaker, 1988
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice- "Attorney-Client Privilege - Oh, Really?", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • "Bad Faith in the '90s -- How to Avoid It", Speaker, Rollins Burdick Hunter Co. National Leadership Conference, 1992
  • "Recent Developments in Evaluating and Proving Damages," "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, California Continuing Legal Education, 1983
  • "The Past, Present and Future of Product Liability", Author, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2000
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters : #ElderAbuse, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Seminar Chair, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National College of Advocacy, Specialized Courses, Colorado, Speaker, 1988
  • "Loss of Consortium - A Continuing Evolution", Author, Trial Magazine, 2000
  • "Discovery Practice in the '90s: A How-to Seminar Focusing on Competency, Efficiency & Civility" , Moderator, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument in a Comparative Negligence Case", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1983
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, ATLA Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • Co-author, Double checking hospitals’ double-booking, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2016
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "More Cases We Remember - A Lesson In Credibility", Author, 2000
  • "Opening Statement,"- Presentation of Plaintiff's Perspective in a Product Liability Case, Speaker, Federal Bar Association National Convention, Ohio, 1992
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Defense Counsel's Tactics Seminar, 1983
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, Anatomy of a Trial Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • Co-author, The Value of Informed Consent, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2016
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, South Carolina, 1988
  • "Masters of Advocacy", Speaker, Tort Expo, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Offers of Proof, Why, When & How", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • "Is a Cap on Damages Socially Desirable?" - Plaintiff's Perspective, Speaker, Illinois Provider Trust Annual Risk Management Meeting, 1992
  • "How to Establish the Medical Opinion", Speaker, Second Annual Comprehensive Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • "Product Liability" - A Debate, Speaker, Federalist Society, 2000
  • Co-author, Putting Ice on a Black Eye, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • "Tort Reform or Deform?: A Public Debate", Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, 1988
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Striving for Excellence", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "Jury Selection: Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Effective Persuasion at Trial", Speaker, Second Annual Presidents Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • "Mentoring", Speaker, Professionalism Day, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2000
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: “Check Please: A safety tool borrowed from airlines is saving lives in surgery”, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: "Negligence with Consent? A New Jersey case gives guidance on informed consent", Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • "How Proof Relates to the Final Argument", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Mid-Winter Convention, Arizona, 1987
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Opening Statement: Some Initial Thoughts and Bullet Points", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "A Collection of Great Closing Arguments: Techniques and Demonstrations", Speaker, California Trial Lawyers Association 26th Annual Tahoe Seminar, 1991
  • "Training the Advocate: The Pretrial Stage", Speaker, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and The American Bar Association Consortium for Professional Education, 1985
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Past Presidents Seminar, 2000
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: “One Surgeon, Many Patients: A Civil War-era law helps fight double-booked surgeries, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • "Recent Trends in Evaluating, Proving and Arguing Damages,"- Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, Speaker, American Bar Association and California Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Motions In Limine: Why, When and How to Use Them", Author, CBA Record, 2004
  • "1991 Best Evidence Seminar", Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 1991
  • Federal Trial Bar Advocacy Program, Speaker, 1983
  • "Proving Damages in Wrongful Death, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1998
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: "Surgery to Circus: Discipline after an unusual injury drew gawkers", Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • "Assessment of Damages,"- The Thorough Representation of the Catastrophic-Injured: Causation, Expert Assessments of Damages and Long Term Care Issues, Speaker, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1987
  • Chicago Tribune - Sunday Op-Ed piece written by Tom about IL Gov. Bruce Rauner who criticized the IL Supreme Court as being "corrupt.", Voice of the People, 2015
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Batson: A Black and White Issue - Or Is It?", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1991
  • "Illinois Product Liability Practice", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1980
  • "Computer Graphics and Animation", Speaker, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, 1998
  • "How to Value the Personal Injury Case: Negotiating Strategies & Settlement Techniques", Speaker, American Bar Association/Association of Trial Lawyers of America Satellite Seminar, Washington, D.C., 1998
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: "Nursing Home Lapses: The dangers of deregulating elder care", Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Dean: Association of Trial Lawyers of America National College of Advocacy, Specialized College on Damages, Colorado, Speaker, 1987
  •  "How to Best Prepare Yourself as an Expert Witness", Speaker, Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2010
  • "Look for the Silver Lining" - An Analysis of Weather-Related Air Crash Disasters, Author, Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, California, 1992
  • "Product Liability", Instructor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1979
  • "Trial Practice in the 90's: Jury Selection, Focus Groups and Computer Graphic Animation", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: "Corporate Colonialism: Webs of shell corporations hurt nursing home care", Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • "Video Depositions - How and When to Use Them", Author, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "The Professors: Cameras in Chicago", Speaker, WCCU-TV, 2010
  • "But Compared to What?" Comparative Fault, Contribution, and Joint and Several Liability in Illinois, Co-author, Illinois Bar Journal, 1998
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, Joint Seminar of the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Bermuda, 1991
  • "The Expert Witness in the Courtroom", Speaker, American Society of Safety Engineers, 1979
  • "Determining and Proving Damages", Speaker, NYLJ, Colorado, 1978
  • "Lessons Learned at Trial - Trial Superstars", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1997
  • "The Art of Deposition Taking", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "Trends in High Exposure and Complex Tort Litigation", Speaker, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Insurance Association, 2010
  • "The Key to Final Argument? - Persuasion", Author, CBA Record, 1998
  • "Effective Trial Techniques - From Pre-Trial Proceedings Through Summation", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Regional, 1978; National, Speaker, 1983
  • "Shaping the Jury's Verdict -- Winning in the Age of Tort Reform", Speaker, 48th Annual Advocacy Institute, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Michigan, 1997
  • "How to Find and Use the Expert Recreational and Sports Witness", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • "Jury Deselection & Jury Management", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2010
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "Delivering a Knock-Out Punch in Opening Statement", Speaker, Third Annual Tort Masters Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia, 1991
  • "Cross Examination", Speaker, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, California, 1977
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Ultimate Mentor Interactive Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "Changes in Recovery Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1986
  • "Case Evaluation Conference, Managing the High Verdict Potential Case", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1996
  • "Delivering a Knock-Out Punch in Opening Statement", Speaker, Third Annual Tort Masters Seminar, sponsored by Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Georgia, 1991

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $30 Million Obtained in Two Settlements in USAir #427 Plane Crash, Including a Record-Setting $25 Million for Family of One Victim, 1999
  • $7.75 Million for Failure to Properly Treat Infant'sElevated Bilirubin
  • $9.6 Million Obtained for Family of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Killed in Suburban Police Chase, 2017
  • $6.8 Million for Worker in Highway Construction Project
  • $25 Million for Victims of Fox River Grove School Bus-Train Crash, 2000
  • $5.1 Million Settlement for Bus Passenger Injured in 2010 Megabus Crash
  • $100 Million Settlement in American Eagle Crash, 1997
  • $16.5 Record-Setting Verdict in Birth Negligence Case, 1997
  • $3 Million Settlement in Death of Child from Portable Crib
  • $75 Million Global Settlement for Injured and Killed Victims of Hancock Scaffolding Collapse, 2006
  • $16 Million for Brain-Damaged Pedestrian Hit by Limousine in Record-Setting Verdict, 1988
  • $12.25 Million Settlement in Obstetric Negligence , 1998
  • $40 Million Record-Setting Verdict in Car-Truck Collision, 2000
  • $7.9 Million Record-Setting Verdict for Child Blinded by Doctor's Negligence
  • $7.5 Million for Family of Construction Worker Killed in Balcony Fall, 2017
  • $7.4 Million Settlement for Gold Coast Nanny Struck by Sanitation Truck, 2014
  • $7.75 Million for Failure to Properly Treat Infant's Elevated Bilirubin, 2008
  • $6.2 Million Verdict for Brothers Severely Burned in Explosion
  • Confidential Settlement with United Airlines on behalf of Dr. David Dao, 2017
  • $20 Million Settlement for Birth Trauma, 2004
  • $4.5 Million Settlement for Family of Pedestrian Killed by Falling Ice
  • $17.5 Million Settlement for Young Woman who Suffered Hemorrhagic Stroke When Large Aneurysm Ruptured After Emergency Room Physician Failed to Diagnose "Warning Leak" , 2002
  • $14 Million for Negligent Intubation of a Baby, 2015
  • $7.1 for Child Injured During Birth
  • $44 Million Secured for Victims of Metra Train Derailment, 2009
  • $8.5 Million Settlement ofr Baby Born with Cerebral Palsy
  • Confidential Settlement in Sperm Cryogenics Tank Mishap, 2018
  • $7.6 Million in Chemical Plant Blast
  • $10.6 Million Settlement for Toll Worker Killed by Truck, 2017
  • $6.75 Million Settlement for German Pedestrian Kled by Charter Bus, 2013
  • $22 Million Record-Setting verdict for Injuries in Car-Truck Crash
  • $5 Million Wrongful Death Settlement in LaSalle County
  • $16 Million Jury Verdict in Roofing Injury, 2010
  • $16 Million Settlement in Death of College Football Player During Practice, 2007
  • $7.4 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for 19-year-old Paraplegic
  • $74 Million in Record-Setting Settlements in Crash of United #232, 1995
  • $14.6 Million Settlement for Student Injured on School Trampoline, 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Videos:

  • In a high-profile panel that included Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio discussed the NFL, CTE and concussions as part of the City Club of Chicago panel, “Concussions in the NFL: Whose Bell Was Really Rung” on Sept. 12, 2016., Concussions in the NFL: Whose Bell was Really Rung, Concussions, CTE, Law, Lawyers, Medicine, Sports, 2016
  • In a high-profile panel that included Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio discussed the NFL, CTE and concussions as part of the City Club of Chicago panel, “Concussions in the NFL: Whose Bell Was Really Rung” on Sept. 12, 2016., Concussions in the NFL: Whose Bell was Really Rung, Concussions, CTE, Law, Lawyers, Medicine, Sports, 2016
  • Thomas Demetrio, Co-Counsel Stephen L. Golan and the family of Dr. David Dao held a news conference in 2017 in Chicago, which was broadcast live and streamed all over the world for one hour., Dr. Dao News Conference, 2017

Educational Background:

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1969
Office Location for Thomas A. Demetrio

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 872-225-2953

Fax: 312-346-5562

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Last Updated: 12/7/2018

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