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: 312-346-3191
Fax: 312-346-5562
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Aviation and Aerospace (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, 2018 and 2019.

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.

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

Aviation and Aerospace (20%): Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury, Aviation, Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2020

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About Thomas Demetrio

Admitted: 1973, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-thomas-demetrio.htm...

Honors/Awards:

  • Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas A. Demetrio has been ranked the top aviation accidents attorney for plaintiffs in Illinois by Leading Lawyers for 2019., Ranked #1 Plaintiff's Aviation Accident Attorney in Illinois, Leading Lawyers, 2019
  • Top Ten List, Ranking First, IL Super Lawyers, IL Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Top Ten List, Ranking First, IL Super Lawyers, 2018
  • Top Ten List, Ranking First, IL Super Lawyers, 2017
  • America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal and Trial Lawyer Magazine  , America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • The National Law Journal and ALM selected Corboy & Demetrio as a national winner of 2018 Elite Trial Lawyers for Thomas Demetrio's representation of airline passenger David Dao. Thomas obtained a confidential settlement with United Airlines just 18 days after the incident – and before a lawsuit was even filed. , Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal and ALM, 2018
  • Inner Circle of Advocates, Fellow, 1993-2019
  • "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
  • America's 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers - The Trial Lawyers Magazine, 2017
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2016
  • 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
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America's National College of Advocacy, Dean, 1987
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005-2016
  • "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
  • 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:

  • Chicago Bar Associaion, President, 1992
  • President, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Board of Overseers, Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1992 - present, Chairman, 2011-present; Alumni Association, President 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
  • Lend A Hand Advisory Board, 1994 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Task Force on the Contingency Fee, 2003 - Present
  • Board of Advisors, Mundelein Seminary, 1992 - 1997
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers
  • Chairman, Chicago Neurosurgical Center Leadership Committee, 1991 - 1995
  • Vatican Restoration Committee, 2000 - Present
  • 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:

  • Medical devices in the U.S. are regulated by the FDA..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Beyond Maude, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2019
  • The abrupt resignation of Dr. Jose..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Infernal Devices, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2019
  • Acute mental and emotional stress in the U.S...., Co-Author, MedMal Matters: No Scrubs, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Nursing Home Relapses, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • In our last column, we wrote about a troubling development in the nursing home industry..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Corporate Colonialism, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • It is an article of faith among insurers,, Co-author, MedMal Matters: Faith and C-Sections, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • On October fifth, the Department of Veterans Affairs..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Trial Lawyer Hero, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • Recent high-profile data breaches..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: Meet 'Pestilence', Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • In recent years, shoddy care and administrative lapses..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: What Veterans Deserve, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2018
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: 'Lights, Camera, Scalpel, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Imagine while sorting through your mail, you discover a glossy..., Co-author, Medmal Matters: Bait and Switch, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters : #ElderAbuse, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • 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
  • Co-author, Med-Mal Matters: "Surgery to Circus: Discipline after an unusual injury drew gawkers", Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • 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
  • Co-Author, Med-Mal Matters Column: Bitter Pill, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2017
  • Co-author, Double checking hospitals’ double-booking, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2016
  • Do-not-tell clauses in electronics records pose a real danger..., Co-author, MedMal Matters: I've Got a Secret, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2016
  • Co-author, The Value of Informed Consent, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2016
  • Defensive Medicine or 'Defensive' Medicine?, Co-author, MedMal Matters , Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • "Brave New World: Computerized Medical Records Pose Pitfalls", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2015
  • Co-author, Difficult to Argue With, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • "Another High-Tech Tool for Plaintiff's Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Should a Contract Trump the Constitution?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "When Rules are Written for Only One Side", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "The Fragile Patient Safety Triad", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Social Networking in the Operating Room", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "Don't wander into the Minefield", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2014
  • "When Silence is Not Golden", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Automated Surgery - A Good Idea?", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Follow the Money", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Ethics and the NFL Physician", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2013
  • "Coming Clean on Medical Practices", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "The Founders Wouldn't Approve", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "A Cheatin' Doctor", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Study Shows Doctors Make Missteps", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Distracted Doctors", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Hospitals Send Patients to Lawyers", Co-author, MedMal Matters, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2012
  • "Remember Philip H. Corboy", Co-author, CBA Record, 2012
  • "Jury Selection Law and Technique - Jury Selection, or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2009
  • "Opening Statements: Strategies & Themes Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "Case Evaluation Conference", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2008
  • "Case Evaluation: When To Take the Case - When to Settle", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2007
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Tort Reform Summit", Speaker, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2005
  • "Opening Statement and Final Argument: Is There Really a Difference?", Speaker, Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, Florida, 2005
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "The Obligations of Lawyering in Today's World", Speaker, The Annual Luncheon Meeting of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association, Ohio, 1996
  • "2005 Advocacy Showcase - A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Tort Reform Wars: The Future of the Civil Jury System in a Litigious Nation", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • "Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges - Masters At Trial", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2004
  • "Direct and Re-Direct Examination -- Trial Demonstration", Speaker, ICLE's 46th Annual Advocacy Institute - The Institute of Continuing Legal Education - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1995
  • "Wrongful Death - A Medical Tragedy"- Book Review, Author, Trial Magazine, 1995
  • "Litigation Management: Manage Dollars or Activities?", Speaker, Johnson Controls Annual Law Department Meeting, 1995
  • "Jury Selection in the Industrial Product Liability Case", Speaker, The 13th Annual Conference on Product Liability Law - National Practice Institute - Chicago, 1995
  • "House Bill 20 - Redefining Tort Practice in Illinois", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1995
  • The Art of Persuasion, Demonstration: Plaintiff's Closing Argument", Speaker, Defense Research Institute, Trial Techniques Seminar, 1995
  • "Winning with the Masters, Last Chance Seminar", Speaker, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1991
  • "Address to the Professional Liability Committee of the American Bar Association", Speaker, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, 1990
  • "How to Address Damages in the Opening Statement and Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • "Trial Symposium - Advocacy into the '90s", Speaker, Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers Thirty-Third Annual Convention, 1990
  • "Do's and Don'ts of Direct Examination", Speaker, Trial Notebook Series, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "Using Final Argument to Enhance Damages", Speaker, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association 38th Annual Mid-Winter Conference, 1990
  • "Arguing Medical Negligence", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1990
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Annual American Law Institute, American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education, South Carolina, 1995
  • "The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules, Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1989
  • "Finding and Using Experts", Author, ABA- Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1988
  • "Video Depositions: How and When to Use Them", Speaker, Chicago Board Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "Our Tort System Must be Preserved", Speaker, 21st Annual Meeting of the Congress of Organizations of the Physically Handicapped, 1986
  • "Opening Statement - Telling The Story", Speaker, Lessons From the Stars, D.C. Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Today's Civil System of Justice", Speaker, National Association of Independent Insurers, 1986
  • "Persuasive Trial Techniques", Speaker, Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Convention, 1986
  • "Proper Evaluation of Product Liability Cases," Pick the Best, Decline the Rest, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1986
  • "Lawyers and Doctors: A Time for Harmony", Speaker, Illinois State Medical Society, 1986
  • "Ethics and Attorneys Fees", Speaker, Northwestern University Law School, 1986
  • "How to Present the Expert Economist", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1985
  • "Tort Reform: Its Economic Impact Nationally and in Illinois", Speaker, The Economic Club of Chicago, 2004
  • "Electronics in the Courtroom", Speaker, Inner Circle of Advocates, 2003
  • "2003 Advocacy Showcase ­ The Medical Negligence Case: A One-Day Trial", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "Winning with the Masters", Speaker, Last Chance Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, 1995
  • "Arguing and Maximizing Damages", Speaker, Kansas Trial Lawyers' Association, 1990
  • "Proving and Disputing Liability in Tort Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Should Juries Decide Complex Cases?", Author, Trial Magazine, 1985
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Young Lawyers Section Trial Practice Course, Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "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
  • "Product Liability Litigation - A Practical Approach", Speaker, Summation Strategies, Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • "Effective Direct and Cross-Examination", Speaker, Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "Medical Experts: Effective Direct and Cross Examination - Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, llinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1993
  • The 46th Annual Belli Seminar, Massachusetts, Speaker, 1989
  • "Ideas on Final Argument", Speaker, A Weekend with the Masters, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "The Persuasive Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1989
  • "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
  • "Anatomy of an Automobile Accident Trial", Speaker, Practicing Law Institute, 1985
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, 1985
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Roscoe Pound Foundation Workshop, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1985
  • "Jury Deselection", Speaker, Trial Superstars Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1985
  • "Comparative Fault in Illinois: Its Past, Present and Future", Author, 1983
  • 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
  • "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
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin "NFL Brain Damage Epidemic Continues", Co-author, 2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • Co-author, Putting Ice on a Black Eye, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, Medical Malpractice, 2015
  • 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
  •  "How to Best Prepare Yourself as an Expert Witness", Speaker, Forensic Expert Witness Association, 2010
  • "Trends in High Exposure and Complex Tort Litigation", Speaker, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Insurance Association, 2010
  • "The Professors: Cameras in Chicago", Speaker, WCCU-TV, 2010
  • "Jury Deselection & Jury Management", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2010
  • "Case Evaluation Conference, Managing the High Verdict Potential Case", Speaker, Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Motions In Limine: Why, When and How to Use Them", Author, CBA Record, 2004
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, Canada, Speaker, 2002
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Daubert: Its Early Years", Author, CBA Record, 2001
  • "Jury Selection Or Is It?", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 2001
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice- "Attorney-Client Privilege - Oh, Really?", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • "The Past, Present and Future of Product Liability", Author, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, 2000
  • "Views of a Trial Lawyer", Speaker, Rotary Club of Chicago, 2000
  • "Loss of Consortium - A Continuing Evolution", Author, Trial Magazine, 2000
  • "Art of Summation", Speaker, New York State Trial Lawyers Institute, 1992
  • "Comparative Fault", Speaker, Indiana State Bar Association, 1988
  • "Assessment of Damages", Speaker, Third Annual Symposium on Head Trauma, Spinal Cord and Amputation for the Litigator, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, 1984
  • "Medical Malpractice Discovery", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • "More Cases We Remember - A Lesson In Credibility", Author, 2000
  • "Product Liability" - A Debate, Speaker, Federalist Society, 2000
  • "Mentoring", Speaker, Professionalism Day, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2000
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, Anatomy of a Trial Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, ATLA Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Offers of Proof, Why, When & How", Author, CBA Record, 2000
  • "Plaintiff's Perspective: Closing", Speaker, Federation of Insurance & Corporate Counsel Winter Program, Florida, 1992
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, College of Advocacy, Speaker, 1988
  • "The Medical Malpractice Case", Speaker, The 39th Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1988
  • "Trial Tactics in Governmental Liability Suits", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1984
  • "Bad Faith in the '90s -- How to Avoid It", Speaker, Rollins Burdick Hunter Co. National Leadership Conference, 1992
  • "Principles of Illinois Discovery: An Overview", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1983
  • "Opening Statement,"- Presentation of Plaintiff's Perspective in a Product Liability Case, Speaker, Federal Bar Association National Convention, Ohio, 1992
  • "Is a Cap on Damages Socially Desirable?" - Plaintiff's Perspective, Speaker, Illinois Provider Trust Annual Risk Management Meeting, 1992
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Striving for Excellence", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Opening Statement: Some Initial Thoughts and Bullet Points", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "Discovery Practice in the '90s: A How-to Seminar Focusing on Competency, Efficiency & Civility" , Moderator, Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • "Closing Argument", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "Masters of Advocacy", Speaker, Tort Expo, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • "Rebuttal Argument", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Past Presidents Seminar, 2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - "Batson: A Black and White Issue - Or Is It?", Author, CBA Record, 1999
  • "Jury Selection: Plaintiff's Perspective", Speaker, Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, South Carolina, 1988
  • "How Proof Relates to the Final Argument", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Mid-Winter Convention, Arizona, 1987
  • "Tort Reform or Deform?: A Public Debate", Speaker, Illinois State Bar Association, 1988
  • "Deposition Strategy and Technique", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1983
  • Seminar Chair, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, National College of Advocacy, Specialized Courses, Colorado, Speaker, 1988
  • "Proving Damages in Wrongful Death, Brain Injury and Spinal Cord Injury Cases", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1998
  • "A Collection of Great Closing Arguments: Techniques and Demonstrations", Speaker, California Trial Lawyers Association 26th Annual Tahoe Seminar, 1991
  • "1991 Best Evidence Seminar", Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 1991
  • "Training the Advocate: The Pretrial Stage", Speaker, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and The American Bar Association Consortium for Professional Education, 1985
  • "Recent Developments in Evaluating and Proving Damages," "Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims", Speaker, American Bar Association, California Continuing Legal Education, 1983
  • "Trial Practice in the 90's: Jury Selection, Focus Groups and Computer Graphic Animation", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • "Look for the Silver Lining" - An Analysis of Weather-Related Air Crash Disasters, Author, Trial Magazine, 1998
  • "Recent Trends in Evaluating, Proving and Arguing Damages,"- Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims, Speaker, American Bar Association and California Continuing Legal Education, 1987
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument", Speaker, Illinois Defense Counsel's Tactics Seminar, 1983
  • "Plaintiff's Final Argument in a Comparative Negligence Case", Speaker, Association of Trial Lawyers of Iowa, 1983
  • "Computer Graphics and Animation", Speaker, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Annual Convention, 1998
  • "But Compared to What?" Comparative Fault, Contribution, and Joint and Several Liability in Illinois, Co-author, Illinois Bar Journal, 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
  • "Effective Persuasion at Trial", Speaker, Second Annual Presidents Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • "The Key to Final Argument? - Persuasion", Author, CBA Record, 1998
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, California, 1992
  • "How to Establish the Medical Opinion", Speaker, Second Annual Comprehensive Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1983
  • Federal Trial Bar Advocacy Program, Speaker, 1983
  • "Developing and Defending Employment Discrimination Cases", Speaker, 42nd Annual Advocacy Institute, Michigan, 1991
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1998
  • "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
  • "Lessons Learned at Trial - Trial Superstars", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1997
  • "Closing Arguments", Speaker, Ultimate Mentor Interactive Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "Video Depositions - How and When to Use Them", Author, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • Dean: Association of Trial Lawyers of America National College of Advocacy, Specialized College on Damages, Colorado, Speaker, 1987
  • "Illinois Product Liability Practice", Speaker, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1980
  • "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
  • "A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation", Author, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1996
  • "Final Argument", Speaker, Joint Seminar of the Association of Florida Trial Lawyers and Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Bermuda, 1991
  • "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
  • "Effective Trial Techniques - From Pre-Trial Proceedings Through Summation", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "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
  • "How to Find and Use the Expert Recreational and Sports Witness", Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1987
  • "Product Liability", Instructor, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1979
  • "The Art of Deposition Taking", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • "Changes in Recovery Under the Illinois Wrongful Death Act", Speaker, Chicago Bar Association Tort Litigation Committee, 1986
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Regional, 1978; National, Speaker, 1983
  • "The Expert Witness in the Courtroom", Speaker, American Society of Safety Engineers, 1979
  • "Determining and Proving Damages", Speaker, NYLJ, Colorado, 1978
  • "Cross Examination", Speaker, American Bar Association, Litigation Section, California, 1977

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Confidential settlement in a sperm cryogenics tank mishap, which was the first of more than 55 Corboy & Demetrio cases pending in Cook County Circuit Court involving the destruction of stored sperm.  The case settled after Thomas Demetrio rested the plaintiff's case.  After arguing over 50 motions in limine, jury selection, opening statements, and the presetation of plaintiffs' case in chief, the case resolved for, at the request of the defendant, a confidential amount., 2018
  • $4.5 Million for failure to diagnose and treat a ruptured brain aneurysm , 2019
  • $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
  • Confidential Settlement with United Airlines on behalf of Dr. David Dao, 2017
  • $10.6 Million Settlement for Toll Worker Killed by Truck, 2017
  • $9.6 Million Obtained for Family of Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Killed in Suburban Police Chase, 2017
  • $7.5 Million for Family of Construction Worker Killed in Balcony Fall, 2017
  • $6.8 Million for Worker in Highway Construction Project
  • $14 Million for Negligent Intubation of a Baby, 2015
  • $7.4 Million Settlement for Gold Coast Nanny Struck by Sanitation Truck, 2014
  • $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
  • $40 Million Record-Setting Verdict in Car-Truck Collision, 2000
  • $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
  • $14.6 Million Settlement for Student Injured on School Trampoline, 2010
  • $7.9 Million Record-Setting Verdict for Child Blinded by Doctor's Negligence
  • $7.75 Million for Failure to Properly Treat Infant's Elevated Bilirubin, 2008
  • $6.2 Million Verdict for Brothers Severely Burned in Explosion
  • $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
  • $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
  • $7.6 Million in Chemical Plant Blast
  • $6.75 Million Settlement for German Pedestrian Killed 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

Other Outstanding Achievements:

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Educational Background:

  • IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1973
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1969
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