William T. Gibbs

William T. Gibbs

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: 2016 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2004
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

William T. Gibbs is a partner at the Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Corboy & Demetrio and concentrates his practice on cases arising from railroad negligence, automobile collisions, participation in sports, unsafe pharmaceuticals or medical devices, construction negligence, medical negligence, premises liability, product liability and aviation litigation.

For more than a decade at Corboy & Demetrio, Bill has obtained numerous record-setting and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  His list of representative clients demonstrates the diversity of his practice.

Bill secured a $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was brain damaged in the derailment of a speeding train in Chicago. The verdict is the largest in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash. In a Federal District Court case, he obtained a $6.6 million verdict for a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that Court. 

In another case, Bill secured a $6.75 million settlement for the family of Justyna Palka, who was a pedestrian killed by a tour bus in Chicago.

In his sports liability practice, Bill represented Hall-of-Fame White Sox player Frank Thomas in a medical malpractice action and the matter was "resolved amicably."  

Bill currently represents numerous retired NFL players and the Estate of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson against the NFL in litigation stemming from concussions and CTE suffered by Duerson.  

Bill was appointed to the Plaintiff's Executive Committee by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota, which is overseeing individual lawsuits against the National Hockey League.  In addition to this leadership role in the multi district litigation, Bill represents the Estate of Steve Montador, an NHL player who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions and the effects of CTE.

Bill has appeared on national and international television networks discussing sports and C.T.E., including CNN, FOX Business News, Al Jazeera and Canadian National TV.  He has been quoted numerous times by national and international media, including the New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

He is currently a regular contributor to the Sporting Judgment section of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin where he writes the column, Sports Torts.

Bill received a 2017 Trial Excellence Award from the Law Bulletin Publishing’s Jury Verdict Reporter for having the Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement in Jackson County.

In 2015, Bill was chosen for the highly-selective Illinois Super Lawyers and was selected to the prestigious Illinois Leading Lawyers.

In 2009, Bill was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which publishes the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, to its list of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," and from 2009-2014, he was designated an Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star.  

In 2013, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in the country, and in 2014, he was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  In 2017, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill to NTL's Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association Top 25.

In 2008, Bill authored an article, "A Quick Guide to the Illinois Dead Man’s Act," which was published in the Illinois Bar Journal, a publication of the Illinois State Bar Association. Bill is a frequent panelist and lecturer to local and state bar associations, CLE seminars and law schools throughout the country.

Active in many community organizations, Bill is a member of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board.

In 2018, Bill was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above, a new initiative created to provide tools, resources and support to patients living with symptoms of CTE.

Bill was formerly a high school teacher and varsity football, basketball, and baseball coach. While at the University of Notre Dame, he was a defensive back on the varsity football team.

About William Gibbs

Admitted: 2004, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.corboydemetrio.com/attorneys-william-gibbs.html

Honors/Awards:

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2016-Present; Illinois Super Lawyer-Rising Star, 2009-2015; Leading Lawyers, 2014-Present; Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014-Present; Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2013; 40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2009; CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Philosophy, 2004; CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Writing, 2002.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) formerly known as American Trial Lawyers Association (ATLA); Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA); Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Civil Practice Committee, Tort Litigation Committee; Notre Dame Law Association; Fenwick Bar Association, Treasurer, 2005-2008; Appointed to Plaintiff's Executive Committee in multidistrict litigation against the National Hockey League; National Trial Lawyers' Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Bill is co-chair of "St. Clement Dads," a group that volunteers throughout the community and provides activities for parents and their children. Through the St. Clement Legal Aid Clinic, Our Lady of Mercy Legal Clinic and Mercy Home for Boys he provides pro bono legal assistance to individuals who are unable to afford private counsel.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lectures - Presenter, "Jury Instructions- Dealing with Difficult Defense Counsel," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 2014; Presenter, "Trial Techniques for Every State of a Case," Chicago Bar Association CLE Seminar, 2014; Presenter, "Medical Records Law in Illinois," Lorman Education Services sponsored CLE Seminar, 2014; Co-Presenter, "Hot Topics in Sports Law," Valparaiso School of Law CLE Seminar, 2014; "Motion Practice," Update & Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008; "Illinois Evidence: The CSI Effect," Criminal and Civil Evidence Issues Seminar, 2008; Judge, National Collegiate Trial Advocacy Competition, Indiana, 2005, 2006; Judge, American Trial Lawyers Association Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2005."Motion Practice," Update & Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008; "Illinois Evidence: The CSI Effect," Criminal and Civil Evidence Issues Seminar, 2008; Judge, National Collegiate Trial Advocacy Competition, Indiana, 2005, 2006; Judge, American Trial Lawyers Association Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2005. 
  • Writings - Co-author, "NFL Brain Epidemic Continues," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin; "A Quick Guide to the Illinois Dead Man's Act," in 2014; Illinois Bar Journal, July 2008. 

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Bill has secured a number of record-setting and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients. He obtained a $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was seriously injured when a Metra train derailed in Chicago. It is the largest verdict in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash. In a Federal District Court case, he obtained a $6.6 million verdict for a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that Court. He secured a $1.25 million settlement for the family of a realtor who was killed by a drunk driver and a $1.5 million settlement where a health club member sustained an injury to his wrist when pushed to the ground by another member. Bill also settled a case for over a quarter of a million dollars when a young boy's face was cut while he played at an outdoor twirling tunnel at Chicago's Navy Pier. Recently, Bill secured a $6.75 million settlement for the family of Justyna Palka, a pedestrian killed by a tour bus in Chicago.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Appeared in New York Times sotry about death of Corboy & Demetrio client, former Blackhawk Steve Montador, and NHL litigation; Interviewed by numerous members of the Canadian press about plans to file lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of Steve Montador; Interviewed by numerous national and international publications about litigation involving the Estate of Derek Boogaard against the NHL; Apppeared in Chicago Tribune story and in numerous other media outlets about the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of former Chicago Blackhawk Steve Ludzik alleging head injuries caused his Parkinson's Disease.

Articles about William T. Gibbs appearing in Super Lawyers

Office Location for William T. Gibbs

33 North Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

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Last Updated: 9/10/2018

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