Corboy & Demetrio

Putting our clients first has resulted in unparalleled success — Corboy & Demetrio has acquired more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements, of which more than 600 were $1 million or higher.

Year in and year out, our firm and our attorneys are uniformly judged the best of the best, garnering the highest honors in the legal profession:

Co-founder Thomas A. Demetrio was ranked the #1 Super Lawyer in Illinois in 2020 – the top attorney out of over 94,000 lawyers in the state. It’s the fourth year in a row Tom has been ranked top lawyer in the state by IL Super Lawyers, having already attained a number one ranking in 2017, 2018 and 2019. 

Partner Philip Corboy, Jr. was named to Top 100 Attorneys by Super Lawyers in 2020 for the ninth consecutive year.  Nine other Corboy & Demetrio attorneys, all partners, were also named Illinois Super Lawyers for 2020, which are limited to the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys.   

In 2019, Thomas Demetrio was ranked the top lawyer in the state for Aviation Accidents - Plaintiffs by Illinois Leading Lawyers and second in the state overall.

Partner Philip Corboy, Jr. was named to Top Ten Product Liability Attorneys-Plaintiff’s in Illinois by Leading Lawyers in 2019. Also, Partner Michael K. Demetrio was named to Top Ten Aviation Accidents Attorneys – Plaintiffs in Illinois by Leading Lawyers for 2019.

Thomas, Mike and the firm currently represent the families of passengers killed in the crashes of Ethiopian Airlines #302, Lion Air #610 and Aeroméxico #2431. In 2017, Thomas obtained a confidential settlement from United Airlines on behalf of passenger Dr. David Dao within just 18 days after the incident that went viral on the Internet. 

Corboy & Demetrio was named to “2020 Best Law Firms” by U.S. News & World Report for the tenth consecutive year in the areas of plaintiffs’ personal injury, plaintiffs’ medical malpractice and commercial litigation. 

A record eight Corboy & Demetrio attorneys were named to Best Lawyers in America, 2020 Edition. Thomas, who was named for the 33rd year, was joined by Corboy & Demetrio partners Chip Barry, Philip Corboy, Jr., Michael K. Demetrio, Daniel S. Kirschner, Michelle Kohut, Kenneth T. Lumb and Francis Patrick Murphy.

The National Law Journal selected Corboy & Demetrio to Elite Trial Lawyers in 2018 for its representation of Dr. Dao in the United Airlines settlement, and in 2015, for its achievements in the area of medical malpractice.

The National Law Journal also selected Thomas Demetrio to its inaugural “Top 50 Litigation Trailblazers and Pioneers” in 2014, noting that he, alone, has negotiated more than $1 billion in settlements and that Corboy & Demetrio, in its representation of victims of the Tylenol cyanide poisonings in 1982, was a “catalyst” for today’s tamperproof packaging of drugs. 

In 2019, for the third year in a row, the National Trial Lawyers selected Tom as one of the nation’s “50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers.” 

Twelve of our lawyers were given the prestigious designation of Illinois Leading Lawyer in 2019, which is more than any other personal injury firm in Illinois.  The peer-reviewed network recognizes only the top 5% of all lawyers in the state.  

In a 2019, Lawdragon hailed Tom Demetrio “one of the country’s most renowned lawyers” and “a rare courtroom giant” in the profile, Titan of the Trial Bar.  In 2015, Lawdragon named Tom to “50 Legends of the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America,” calling him “the dean of the Chicago trial bar.”  As a “Legend,” Tom was one of only 50 attorneys nationwide who earned a spot on the elite Lawdragon 500 every year since the award’s inception more than a decade ago, joining a select group that includes U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

In 2019, Partners David R. Barry, Jr., Philip Corboy, Jr., Michael K. Demetrio, Kenneth T. Lumb, Francis Patrick Murphy and Susan J. Schwartz were also selected to the prestigious Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. 

Throughout our history, we have fought against some of the largest and most powerful corporations, hospitals, manufacturers, insurance conglomerates, construction companies, national trucking firms and municipalities in the world. They include railroads, the National Football League, City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Hyatt Corporation, Amoco Oil, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the University of Chicago Hospitals, State Farm, Allstate, Turner Construction and Schneider National Trucking. And we have been successful in holding them accountable for the injuries and deaths that have occurred because of their actions.

Outside of the courtroom, our attorneys show extraordinary leadership in the legal community.  Corboy & Demetrio is the only law firm in Chicago to have had four former Chicago Bar Association Presidents.  We are also the only Illinois firm to have had four past Presidents of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, including our Co-founder Thomas Demetrio and Partner Philip Corboy, Jr.

We are and always have been dedicated to serving the community. Thomas A. Demetrio is the founder of the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth and funds the Thomas A. Demetrio Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence, which is given annually to the most exemplary established Chicagoland area tutor/mentor program. 

Philip Corboy, Jr., is a past President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, a not-for-profit agency that provides free civil legal services to low income and elderly people in Chicago and suburban Cook County. 

Since 1995, the Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy program at Loyola University Chicago School of Law has supported and trained law students to become trial lawyers. As a result of the program, hundreds Loyola law students have received scholarship assistance, in addition to advocacy training.

In 2009, Loyola University Chicago School of Law renamed its law school building the Philip H. Corboy Law Center after Philip H. Corboy and his wife Mary Dempsey made the largest single gift ever to the law school. 
Our firm is a Corporate Work Study Partner of Cristo Rey Jesuit high School, providing internships to students from low-income families, allowing the students to fund 70 percent of their tuition.  

In addition, our firm started its own pro bono program in 2006, which helps the indigent and with legal matters that affect their day-to-day quality of life.

To speak with one of our lawyers, call 312-346-3191.  We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To learn more about our firm, visit

Chicago, IL
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33 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602