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   3Kevin G. BurkeOak Park(708) 358-8080Coplan & Crane Ltdwww.coplancrane.comwww.coplancrane.comburkekevin.jpgPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticeMedical MalpracticeAviation LiabilityAutomobile LiabilityProduct Liability
Kevin G. Burke
Coplan & Crane Ltd
1111 Westgate St
Oak Park IL 60301
Ph.(708) 358-8080 Fx.(708) 358-8181
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice    Medical Malpractice
    Aviation Liability
    Automobile Liability
    Product Liability
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Burke has long been recognized for the extraordinary results he has delivered to clients, including a recent listing in Chicago Lawyer magazine's annual settlement survey as the highest-ranking attorney in Illinois. In the last 13 years, he has secured 56 settlements of more than $1 million each, for a total of $349 million. His work in complex medical malpractice cases includes record-setting verdicts in Cook County, DuPage County and DeKalb County and the highest settlement in Champaign County.

In October 2004, he won a $32 million verdict for a boy severely injured at birth (Campbell v. St. Francis Hospital.) In October 2003, he won a $19.4 million verdict for a woman who had a stroke, developed a flesh-eating infection and lost fingers and toes following complications from outpatient surgery. (Phillips v. Evanston Saleh, et al.) In April 2003, he obtained a $3.2 million jury verdict for the family of a 69-year-old mother of four who was struck and killed by a Wilmette School District van. (Lecat v. Wilmette School District No. 39.) This is the highest known verdict for a wrongful death case involving a person over age 65 in Cook County. In December 2002, he achieved a $20 million verdict for the family of a boy born severely brain damaged as a result of medical malpractice at birth. (Townsend v. Little Company of Mary Hospital.) In 2004, Mr. Burke obtained a record settlement of $35 million for a young boy who suffered significant brain damage at birth.

Before teaming up with Michael Mahoney and David Wise, Mr. Burke had been a successful trial lawyer for more than 10 years at Corboy & Demetrio, where he represented plaintiffs in complex negligence cases.

In addition to his courtroom successes, Mr. Burke strives to educate others in the field of medical negligence and trial techniques. Hehas lectured extensively on the subject of trial techniques. His lectures include "Communication in the Courtroom," Northern Illinois University School of Law, May, 1993; "Blueprint for Building a Successful Medical Malpractice Case," Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, April, 1994; "Obtaining and Preserving Quality Plaintiff's Experts and Opinions," December, 1995; "A Plaintiff's Attorney Looks at Medical Errors," October, 2000; Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association Annual Meeting, "Closing Argument," October, 2001; ATLA Seminar, "Life in the Courtroom, Proving Your Case, and Preparations for Trial - the Medicine," October, 2001; "Closing the Circle: The Summation," ATLA Seminar - Medical Negligence: Litigation Tactics of ATLA All Stars, April, 2002.

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • A $6 million settlement for a woman who sustained injuries in a surgical room fire. Osberger v. The University of Chicago Hospitals, et al.

  • A $16.5 million verdict for the family of a child who suffered brain damage at birth. Bellino v. Raju

  • A $10 million verdict for a 28 year-old man who was left a quadriplegic in a medical negligence case in 1996. This was the largest jury verdict in Cook County at that time. Daubach v. Lutheran General

  • A $7.9 million verdict for an 8-year-old boy who was rendered blind due to the negligence of his pediatrician. Carroll v. Barrows

  • A $7.1 million verdict for a brain damaged boy as a result of medical malpractice at birth. Brown v. Luedtke

  • A $7 million settlement for the family of a woman who died after a missed diagnosis of cervical cancer. O'Kane v. Olympia Fields

  • One of the first attorneys to successfully represent a family in a wrongful death case against a tire manufacturer. The case settled for more than $12 million and was the subject of a national award-winning investigative series in the Chicago Sun-Times.

  • Bar Admissions:  
    Illinois, 1979
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1979
    7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1980

    Year of Birth:  1954

    Law School:  Illinois Institute of Technology--Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1979
    Undergraduate School:  Marquette University, B.A., 1976

    Employment History:  
    After law school, Mr. Burke served as a law clerk to Justice Francis S. Lorenz of the Illinois Appellate Court. From 1982 to 1990, he was a trial attorney for an insurance defense firm in Chicago. His practice there concentrated on the defense of medical negligence cases and product liability actions.

    Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
    Illinois Bar Association
    Chicago Bar Association
    American Bar Association
    Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

    Published Legal Writing:  
    "Closing Argument: The Lawyer's Crowning Achievement," Trial, Vol. 34, No. 4, p. 70 (1998)

    "My Scariest Moment in Court," Trial, Vol. 35, No. 2, p. 72 (1999)

    "Defeating the Eight-Hour Rule in Anesthesia Cases," Trial, Vol. 36, No. 5, p. 48 (2000)

    Legal Lectures:  
    ATLA Seminar - Medical Negligence - The Missed Diagnosis, Surgery and Trial Techniques - Demonstration of a Closing Argument in a Medical Negligence Case - June, 2004

    EEG - Expert Exchange Group Seminar Annual Meeting - April, 2004

    ATLA Seminar - Trial Advocacy College Essentials of Civil Litigation - June, 2003

    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Showcase Presentation Seminar - May, 2003

    ATLA Seminar - Medical Negligence - Failure to Diagnose Ruptured Aneurysms in the Emergency Department - April, 2003

    ATLA Seminar - Medical Negligence: Litigation Tactics of ATLA All Stars Closing the Circle: The Summation - April, 2002

    ATLA Seminar - Medical Negligence: Life in the Courtroom, Proving Your Case, and Preparations for Trial - the Medicine - Closing Arguments - October, 2001

    VHA Partnership Symposium 2001: Patient Safety - Stories of Success - Panelist dealing with issues regarding healthcare organizations accountability - October, 2001

    Illinois Hospital & Health Systems Association Annual Meeting - A Plaintiff's Attorney Looks at Medical Errors - October, 2000

    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association - Setting the Standard: Use of Fetal Heart Tracings, Biophysical Profiles, Non-Stress Tests - December, 1999

    American Trial Lawyers Association - Trial Strategy in Medical Negligence Cases - October, 1999

    Chicago Area Radiation Therapists - Legalities Surrounding Health - April, 1999

    Chicago Bar Association - Civil Practice and Procedure: Effective Use of Experts - January, 1999

    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association - Medical Malpractice - Under The Microscope - The Anatomy of a Malpractice Seminar - Cross Examination of the Defense Nursing Expert, December, 1998

    Association of Trial Lawyers of America Symposium - When the Rules Change - October, 1998

    Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association - Winning With The Masters Seminar - Proving Damages in the Catastrophically Injured Case - December, 1997

    ITLA Seminar - Damages: Opinion & Lay Witnesses - December, 1997

    Loyola University Chicago Health System Seminar - Current Legal Issues in Nursing Practice - November, 1997

    Illinois State Society of Radiologic Technologists - The Changing Environment in the Field of Medical Negligence - October, 1997

    CBA Young Lawyers Section Seminar - Deposing Defendant Physicians in Medical Malpractice Cases - December, 1996

    ISBA - Tort Section Counsel Continuing Education Seminar - Trial Techniques - Getting a Case Ready; Getting a Verdict - November, 1996

    ITLA Seminar - Trial Techniques - October, 1996

    American Law Institute - ABA Seminar - Litigating Medical Malpractice Claims - October, 1996

    ITLA Seminar - Obtaining and Preserving Quality Plaintiff's Experts and Opinions - December, 1995

    Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Seminar - Direct Examination - September, 1995

    CBA Trial Advocacy Course - Cross-Examination Skills and Methods - February, 1995

    ITLA Seminar - Blueprint for Building a Successful Medical Malpractice Case - April, 1994

    ITLA Seminar - Legal Trends - Jury Instructions - September, 1993 Northern Illinois University School of Law Seminar - Communication in the Courtroom - May, 1993

    ABA Litigation Section Seminar - Direct Examination - December, 1992

    ITLA Seminar - Expert Witnesses - February, 1992

    CBA Young Lawyers Section Seminar - Successful Automobile Trials - January, 1991

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