William L. Barr, Jr.

William L. Barr, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

The Law Offices of William L. Barr, Ltd.
 | 55 West Wacker Drive, 14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-1799
Phone: 312-357-3400
Fax: 312-456-3838
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Workers' Compensation (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney William L. Barr is a dedicated litigator with more than 30 years of jury trial and appellate experience. Compassionate about the plight of his clients, Mr. Barr understands how overwhelming it can be to suffer an unexpected injury due to the negligence of another person. His commitment to clients is reflected in his extensive and successful plaintiff and defense litigation record. He has experience in a broad range of legal fields, including medical negligence, product liability, corporate, public utility, construction and municipal law.

Unlike other attorneys, Mr. Barr takes the time to completely understand the underlying issue of a case and explain the legal options to his client. Honest communication, realistic assessments, and diligent pursuit of every available option to ensure responsible parties are held accountable are just some of the benefits that differentiate Mr. Barr's practice from other personal injury firms. The Law Offices of William L. Barr, Ltd., is located in Chicago, Illinois, and represents people across the Chicago land area.

About William Barr, Jr.

Admitted: 1976, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.wlbarrlaw.com/Overview/AboutUs.aspx


  • For dedicated volunteer service and professional efforts on behalf of the Amicus Curiae Committee in preparing legal briefs before the Illinois Supreme and Appellate Courts., William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2013
  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 1993
  • for the tireless, dedicated and loyal service performed for the benefit of the public, bench, the bar and this Association as a valued member of Judicial Evaluation Committee, Certificate of Appreciation, Chicago Bar Association, 1987
  • Certificate of Appreciation , Chicago Bar Association, 1984

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice before the Seventh Circuit, 1990
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1989
  • Admitted to the trial bar of the United States District Court, 1982

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Chicago Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Judicial Evaluation Committee, Chicago Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Lake Forest Academy

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Continuing Legal Education Program, Chicago Bar Association


  • Crane tip-over on ADM construction site in Mt. Auburn, IL. Settled on behalf of two injured workers for a total amount of $6M + waiver of workers comp liens and agreement to pay future medical. Three defendants including ADM, general contractor, Grain-Flo and Crane lessor, J&J., 2012
  • Obtained a $585,000 verdict for a man whose doctor performed unconsented palate surgery on him
  • Obtained a $900,000 settlement for the family of an alcohol dependent man who suffered brain damage in a hospital ICU after he suffered cardio-respiratory arrest that went unnoticed for 8 minutes
  • Obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for the widow of colo-rectal cancer victim whose cancer diagnosis was negligently delayed
  • Obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a young boy who was left badly scarred when a plastic surgeon unsuccessfully attempted to correct a congenital ear deformity
  • Obtained a $1,000,000 settlement for a woman injured during back surgery
  • Obtained a $2.5M settlement for the estate of a woman who died from sepsis as the result of misdiagnosis
  • Obtained a $2.5M settlement for the estate of a woman who died from a hospital acquired infection
  • Obtained an $800,000 dollar settlement for a co-worker also injured in the same mishap
  • Obtained a $5.2 million dollar settlement for a 22 year old construction worker who was badly injured when crane his foreman was operating tipped over and knocked down the scaffold on which he was standing
  • Obtained a $4.1M dollar verdict (after a successful appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court), for a captain of a major Airline who suffered a career ending shoulder injury due to a hotel ceiling collapse
  • Obtained a $3.2M settlement for the injured crew members of an off shore race boat that exploded during a racing event
  • Obtained a $2.1M settlement for a factory worker who was severely injured due to a safety device failure
  • Obtained a $3.1M settlement for a minor who was severely injured when she contacted an electrical supply line
  • Obtained a $7M settlement for the estate of an apprentice electrical worker who was electrocuted while working near high voltage transmission lines

Educational Background:

  • John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1976, With Distinction
  • Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, 1970, A.B. in English
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Office Location for William L. Barr, Jr.

55 West Wacker Drive
14th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601-1799

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Last Updated: 9/13/2018

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