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   3Jerry A. LatherowChicago(312) 372-0052jal@latherowlaw.comjal@latherowlaw.comLatherow & Duignanwww.latherowandduignanlaw.comwww.latherowandduignanlaw.comlatherowjerry.jpgAviation LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Professional MalpracticePersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
Jerry A.
Latherow & Duignan
321 N Clark St Ste 1050
Chicago IL 60654
Ph.(312) 372-0052 Fx.(312) 372-8043Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:
Aviation Law
Personal Injury Law: General
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Latherow, president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, has been chosen by his peers three times, including for the year 2011, as one of the top 100 attorneys in Illinois by Illinois Super Lawyers®. He has also been chosen by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois in 2010 and 2011. Mr. Latherow's firm receives the vast majority of its cases by referral from clients, former clients, and also attorneys who know of the firm's reputation for attaining outstanding results while treating clients with the utmost respect. National Law Journal cited Mr. Latherow as having won one of the top verdicts in U.S.A. He is rated AV® by Martindale-Hubbell, "a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence."

Notable Cases and Results:  
  • National Law Journal cited him for obtaining one of the top verdicts in the U.S.A.
  • $21 million jury verdict (reduced to $18.9 million due to the co-pilot's comparative negligence) for the family of a Gulfstream G-IV jet co-pilot killed as a result of a crash at Palwaukee Municipal Airport in Wheeling, Illinois.The offer to settle from the insurance company was $1.4 million.The judgment was ultimately satisfied by payment of $23.7 million, the $18.9 million verdict plus over $4.7 million in interest and court costs.The case was appealed to the Illinois Supreme Court by the defense.The verdict established an Illinois record for loss of society damage.
  • $5.975 million jury verdict for the family of a man who bled to death in the recovery room after surgery to remove a 1.5-centimeter spot on his lung. $1 million was offered by doctor's insurance company.
  • $5.1 million jury verdict for parents of a 6-week-old baby who died resulting from doctor's negligence to monitor and treat significant heart defects. No offer to settle was made by the doctor or his insurance company
  • $4.5 million settlement for brain injury victim.
  • $4.5 million settlement for an electrician who suffered serious electrical burn injuries.
  • $4.2 million jury verdict for an 18-year-old female passenger who suffered a brain injury as a result of being in a car that turned in front of a truck. No offer to settle was made by the truck driver's insurance carrier.
  • $3.35 million verdict (reduced to $1.6 million due to decedent's negligence) for the estate of the driver of a car that collided with the rear end of a Chicago Transit Authority bus. No offer to settle was made by the CTA.
  • $1.65 million settlement for a young male who committed suicide following psychological personnel's failure to properly assess and monitor him.
  • $1.5 million record settlement for the parents of a two-month-old baby who died from dehydration as a result of an improperly inserted intravenous tube.
  • $1.3 million jury verdict for the family of a man who died as a result of being given a blood transfusion with the wrong blood type. $1 million was offered immediately prior to opening statements by the hospital.
  • $1 million settlement for injuries to a construction worker who fell off a roof resulting from lack of fall protection.
  • $970,000 settlement for worker who suffered soft tissue injuries when the extension ladder he was descending broke, causing him to fall 20 feet into sewage treatment facility sludge pit.
  • $900,000 settlement for teenager who suffered burns at a church bonfire.
  • $850,000 settlement for a chauffer who was rear-ended by a student driver, consequently sustaining herniations leading to surgery.
  • $520,000 settlement for an electrician who suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee when he drove his high-lift over an open floor penetration.
  • Confidential settlement against a major Chicago hospital when five surgical sponges were left inside the patient.
  • Confidential settlement in electrical burn injury case.
  • Confidential settlements with the Chicago Archdiocese/Catholic Bishop of Chicago in cases involving sexual abuse of minors by priests.
  • Confidential settlements in sexual abuse of a minor by Chicago Board of Education teachers.
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a minor who was sexually abused while babysitting for a neighbor.

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1976
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1976

Year of Birth:  1951

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1976

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Loyola Law School Leadership and Service Award, 1976; St. Robert Bellarmine Award for Distinguished Service to Legal Profession, 1986; president, Loyola Law School Student Bar Association, 1975-1976

Undergraduate School:  Illinois State University, B.S., 1973

Representative Clients:  
Families and victims in personal injury and wrongful death matters involving:
    medical malpractice
    sexual abuse
    products liability
    construction cases

Employment History:  
  • Latherow & Duignan, 1985-present, principal
  • Corboy & Demetrio, 1982-1985, trial attorney associate
  • Cook County Assistant State's Attorney, 1976-1982; Criminal Division, 1976-1981
  • Prosecutor in Felony Trial Court, 1978-1982; Repeat Offender Felony Trial Court, 1979-1981; Civil Division, 1981-1982

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
    • President, 2011-2012
    • Executive Committee, 2002-2003, 2004-present
    • Board of Managers, 1988-present
  • Chicago Bar Association
    • Board of Managers, 2005-2007
    • Aviation Law Committee, 2001-present
      • Chair, 2003-2004
    • Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1983-1988
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Assembly, elected 6 terms
    • ISBA Political Action Committee, 1993-1999
      • Chair, 1998-1999
  • American Association of Justice, formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Aviation Law Committee
  • Society of Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyers of Public Justice
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Foundation
  • Loyola University of Chicago Law Alumni Association
    • President, 1984-1985
    • Board of Governors, 1975-1985

Community Involvement:  
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago
    • Former deacon
    • Trustees and Elder
    • Personnel Committee
  • Financial contributor to:
      United Negro College Fund
      Sierra Club
      Farmworker-Landscaper Advocacy Project
      Chicago Community and Workers' Rights and other groups

Published Legal Writing:  
  • Publications accompanying lectures given on personal injury, general trial practice, and litigation for the following organizations:
      Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
      Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
      Lorman Education Services
      Chicago Bar Association
      Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Legal Lectures:  
  • Lectures on personal injury, general trial practice, and litigation given for the following organizations:
      Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
      Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
      Lorman Education Services
      Chicago Bar Association
      Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Firm Description:  
Based in Chicago, Latherow & Duignan represents individuals and the families of those who have been injured or have died as a result of someone else's negligence. We take on cases involving wrongful death, personal injury, medical malpractice, construction site injuries, and aviation. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients in trials and negotiating settlements. We get results both in and out of the courtroom.

We consider it a privilege to represent our clients, communicating honestly and regularly with them about the strengths and weaknesses of their cases. Not only are our clients pleased by the way we treat them, but they are also well satisfied with the settlements and verdicts we obtain on their behalf, as shown by the fact that our clients' referrals to their friends and families have been a major source of new clients.

There is no fee to speak with one of our attorneys, so we encourage you to contact us at 312-372-0052 to confidentially discuss your case.

Parking is located on the northeast corner of Kinzie and Clark Streets, approximately 1/2-block north of the office located at 321 N. Clark Street.

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