Print This Page      Email to a Friend

   3Francis Patrick MurphyChicago(312) 346-3191FPM@corboydemetrio.comFPM@corboydemetrio.comCorboy & Demetrio PCwww.corboydemetrio.comwww.corboydemetrio.commurphyfrancisp.jpgAviation LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeTransportation, Railroad & AutomobileProfessional MalpracticePremises Liability
Francis Patrick
Corboy & Demetrio PC
33 N Dearborn St 21st FL
Chicago IL 60602
Ph.(312) 346-3191 Fx.(312) 346-5562Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Aviation Law    Transportation, Railroad & Automobile
Personal Injury Law: General    Professional Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime     Premises Liability
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Francis Patrick Murphy - Patrick Murphy - a Chicago personal injury lawyer, has been with the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio since 1983 and became a partner in 1991. He regularly handles complex personal injury and wrongful death cases involving porch and deck collapses, aviation negligence, construction negligence, product liability, premises liability and claims resulting from railroad, automobile, and other vehicular negligence.

Patrick is a highly sought after lawyer in porch and deck collapse cases due to his extensive experience and numerous successes. Patrick represented several victims of the 2003 Lincoln Park porch collapse and was instrumental in brokering a global settlement of $16.6 million. He secured a record-setting $4 million settlement for a young woman who fell from a porch when a railing broke away. It is the highest settlement in Illinois for an injury resulting from a defective porch railing. In another case, Murphy was successful in securing $2.15 million for a couple who were injured when a deck railing gave way and they fell to the ground. He also represented the surviving family of a young man killed when he fell through a porch railing at a New Year's Eve Party. The decedent's Blood Alcohol Level was .345 when he fell. Mr. Murphy settled the case for $2.7 million. He also represented a McHenry County woman who fell one story as she stepped onto her deck from her kitchen, settling for $1 million.

Patrick has more than fifty settlements and verdicts of $1 million or more. Among his many accomplishments is a $7.5 million settlement that was secured on behalf of his client, a nationally renowned oboist from the Chicago Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony, whose musical career was ended when she was struck by a Chicago Transit Authority bus while crossing a Chicago street. Patrick also obtained a record-high settlement of $2.5 million for the death of an 88-year-old woman, who was killed when the car she was riding in was hit from behind by another car. In another case involving senior citizens, Patrick secured a $6.8 million settlement for a 69-year-old woman and her 71- year-old husband for injuries she sustained when she was hit by a bus.

Murphy was profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Consumer Edition for 2011, in an article entitled, "Gentleman Lawyer for Injury Victims." The article highlights Murphy's extensive experience and success in representing victims in porch collapse cases. The media often reports on Patrick's outstanding record of success and his extensive experience. His verdict in a high-profile railroad case was chronicled on "Good Morning America," ABC's national television morning news show. He was highlighted on "Inside Edition" for his handling of one of the cases from the Chicago porch collapse tragedy of June 29, 2003. In a show dedicated to child safety issues, Oprah featured Patrick’s wrongful death case of 12-year-old Catherine "Casey" Fish, who choked to death while playing a game of Chubby Bunny - stuffing marshmallows into one's mouth - in her grade school classroom. And recently, he was featured on Fox News for his representation of a woman seriously injured when her second story deck collapsed. Patrick also served as a legal commentator for Fox News Chicago regarding a young man who fell to his death at a Chicago Bear's game at Soldier Field.

Recognized as an attorney in the top 5% of all Illinois lawyers by Leading Lawyers, Patrick is an Illinois Super Lawyer and has an AV rating - the highest level awarded for professional excellence - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is also a designated member of Lawdragon 500, a distinction awarded to only 500 of the 1.2 million lawyers in the United States legal profession, by Lawdragon, the nation's leading online legal media company. In 2015, Patrick was selected to the national Irish Legal 100, the top 100 attorneys and judges of Irish descent in America.

The author of numerous legal articles, Patrick is a frequent lecturer for various bar associations and is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he has regularly taught since 1987. Patrick was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Lawyer's Assistance Program by the Illinois Supreme Court, serving as President from 2013-15 and currently serving as Secretary.

Mr. Murphy began his career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Cook County Public Defender's Office. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for A.B. Dick Company in marketing and sales.

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

Hourly Rate:  Contingent Fee

Retainer:  Not Applicable

Year of Birth:  1948

Law School:  Chicago-Kent College of Law--Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1975
Undergraduate School:  Northwestern University, B.S.B.A., 1970

Representative Clients:  Severely injured individuals and their families in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Employment History:  
A.B. Dick Company, Chicago, Illinois, 1970-1975
Assistant Public Defender, Cook County Public Defender's Office, Chicago, Illinois 1975-1978
Law Offices of Philip E. Howard, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, 1978-1983
Corboy & Demetrio, P.C., Chicago, Illinois, 1983-Present

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Member, Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Judicial Evaluation Committee
Member, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Member, American Bar Association (ABA)
Member, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
Member, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
Member, Society of Trial Lawyers

Published Legal Writing:  
"Practical Approach for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims," Professional Education Systems, Inc.

"Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects," Chicago Bar Association

"Jury Selection Practice and Procedure," The Art & Science of Jury Selection, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, August, 1988

"How to Direct Examine the Economist," Chicago Bar Association, May, 1989

"Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories," Illinois Trial Lawyers of America - February 19, 1996

"The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial: The Millennium and Beyond," American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, April 24, 1998

"Packaging Forensics: Package Failure in the Courts

"A Shattered Bottle . . . a Shattered Life." Stern, Murphy, Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2000

Legal Lectures:  
"Gun Control - Illinois Perspective," Criminal Justice Institute, 1983

"Bill 1200 - Overview of Tort Reform Affecting Corporations," American Society of Corporate Secretaries, March 11, 1987

"Proving Injury - Pain & Suffering, Loss of Consortium and Earnings," Chicago Bar Association, November 9, 1992

"Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects," Chicago Bar Association, February 11, 1993

"Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories," - Illinois Trial Lawyers of America, February 19, 1996

"Masters in Trial," American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, April 24, 1998

"Demonstrative Evidence - The Millennium and Beyond," PriceWaterhouseCoopers 1998 Legal Tech Conference, October 20, 1998

"Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case Using a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Massachusetts, 2004

"When to Take a Case - Considerations," Case Evaluation Seminar, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007

"When to Settle - Considerations," Case Evaluation Seminar, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007

Mr. Murphy is an adjunct professor of Law at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

Firm Description:  
Corboy & Demetrio is one of the nation's premier law firms. The firm represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases and is renowned for achievements in the courtroom and contributions to the community.

The rights, concerns and interests of the firm's clients are the core of its personal injury and wrongful death practice. Putting clients first has resulted in unparalleled and exceptional success - with the firm having acquired more than $3 billion in settlements and verdicts, of which nearly 600 were in excess of $1 million.

Among the firm's many other accomplishments, it has ranked first in the Chicago Lawyer Settlement Survey for the highest settlements in Illinois eight out of the past seventeen years, leading all other firms, and has ranked in the top four positions for all seventeen years. Thirteen attorneys- the largest number of attorneys for any Illinois personal injury law firm- are members of Leading Lawyers, a peer reviewed selection which recognizes only the top 5% of all Illinois lawyers. In addition, eleven partners have been selected by peer review to the Illinois Super Lawyers list and four of the firm's young attorneys are Illinois Super Lawyer Rising Stars.

Corboy & Demetrio is the only Chicago law firm to include four former Chicago Bar Association Presidents, and is also the only law firm to include four attorneys who have served as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

The firm was founded by nationally acclaimed Chicago trial lawyers Philip H. Corboy and Thomas A. Demetrio. Tom is hailed by the prestigious Lawdragon as the powerhouse of aviation and medical negligence law. In the windy city, he's the name for everything from medical malpractice claims to aviation disasters. He is Chicago's top trial lawyer who stands alone atop the Chicago trial bar for 100 million reasons, including the biggest injury verdict ever upheld by the Illinois Supreme Court. In 2010, Tom was presented with two awards from the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter/Law Bulletin Publishing Company for Trial Lawyer Excellence: one for the largest wrongful death settlement ever in Illinois ($25.25 million) and one for acquiring five or more verdicts in excess of $5 million since 1990.

Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr., like Tom and partner David R. Barry, Jr., is a member of the invitation-only American College of Trial Lawyers, the country's pre-eminent organization of trial lawyers that limits its membership to the top 1% of all trial lawyers. Phil and Tom are also profiled in the invitation-only, peer selected list in the book, The Best Lawyers in America. In 2011, Tom was named by Best Lawyers in America as the Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year.

Corboy & Demetrio is and always has been committed and dedicated to serving the community. The firm establishes and funds scholarships, fellowships and endowments at local and national mentoring programs, high schools, and universities, including all six Chicago law schools. Partners, associates and office staff serve on Boards, raise funds, tutor, and lend a hand wherever needed for a variety of charities and nonprofit organizations. Partnering with Cristo Rey Jesuit High School's internship program, in 2006 the firm established a pro bono department, which helps the indigent and elderly with legal matters that affect their day-to-day quality of life.

Practice Group Description:  
Plaintiff's Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, with an emphasis on Commercial and General Aviation, Medical Malpractice, Professional and Hospital Negligence, FELA, Product Liability, Premises Liability, Construction Accidents, Vehicular Accidents, Railroad Bus, Train and Truck Accidents, Class Action, Toxic Torts, Commercial Litigation

Theatre Self-Park on Dearborn Street between Randolph and Lake Streets. Parking garage can be accessed from either Dearborn or Lake Streets.

Map to Office:   Click here to view map

  • Back To Search Results