Corboy & Demetrio PC
33 North Dearborn Street
Suite 2100 Chicago, IL 60602
THOMAS A. DEMETRIO
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.
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.