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Mr. Rapoport is the founder of Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. A veteran trial lawyer, his practice is limited to personal injury and wrongful death cases representing victims and their families. He is also "of counsel" to the Chicago law firm of Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck, where he started practicing law in 1981. He has handled a wide range of cases, including airplane crashes, commercial truck crashes, medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, dangerous workplace liability, motor vehicle collisions and a variety of other circumstances.
Mr. Rapoport has obtained and collected record high jury verdicts as lead trial attorney on behalf of clients, including an $8.1 million verdict in the first damages case tried arising out of the crash of USAir flight 405, an Ohio record; a $3.1 million jury award in a breast cancer medical malpractice case, a Wisconsin record; a $3 million jury award in a plane crash case resulting in the death of a single woman survived by her mother and siblings; a $2.4 million jury award for two injured construction workers, a Vermilion County, Illinois record; a $2 million jury award in a personal watercraft collision case involving the death of a child, a Winnebago, Illinois record, and a $1.8 million Rockford, Illinois record for the wrongful death of an 83 year-old man. He has negotiated many out-of-court million and multimillion dollar settlements, collecting more than $150 million on behalf of his clients. Mr. Rapoport was the lead trial attorney in both of the last two contested commercial air disaster liability trials against airlines in the United States. In both cases the jury ruled against the airline.
Mr. Rapoport has successfully represented clients in airplane crash cases in venues across the country. For example, he was selected to act as the lead trial attorney in consolidated federal cases arising out of the crash of United Airlines flight 232, a DC-10 that crashed at Sioux City, Iowa on July 19, 1989 (where he represented crew members in their product liability cases) and USAir flight 1016, a DC-9 that crashed at Charlotte, North Carolina on July 2, 1994 (where he represented passengers in claims against the airline and air traffic controllers). He has been appointed by federal judges to serve on plaintiffs' steering committees and represented airline passengers and their families in cases arising out of the crashes of American Airlines flight 1420 (Little Rock, Arkansas), Egypt Air flight 990 (Nantucket Island, Massachusetts), Swissair flight 111 (Nova Scotia), American Eagle flight 3379 (Morrisville, North Carolina) and USAir flight 1016 (Charlotte, North Carolina). Mr. Rapoport has also represented passengers and their families in other air carrier cases involving the crashes of USAir flight 405 (LaGuardia Airport, New York), USAir flight 427 (Pennsylvania), United Express flight 5925 (Quincy, Illinois), an American Air Network on demand charter (Lexington, Kentucky), a Northern Illinois Flight Center on demand charter and Southwest Airlines flight 1248 (Chicago Midway Airport). In other air carrier cases, he successfully represented pilots, their families, and flight attendants in product liability cases including Air Midwest flight 5481 (Charlotte, North Carolina); American Airline flight 587 (Queens, New York); Propair flight 420 (Montreal, Canada); United flight 585 (Colorado Springs, Colorado); United flight 232 (Sioux City, Iowa); and Untied flight 811 (High Seas near Hawaii). In addition to his extensive air carrier case experience, Mr. Rapoport has also successfully handled many general aviation cases.
He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, a non-profit organization created to promote trial quality and standards within the legal profession, and serves as its Illinois state coordinator. He is a quoted authority on trial procedure and has been interviewed by television, radio, and newspaper reporters nationwide. For example, the television program 60 Minutes interviewed Mr. Rapoport for a segment entitled "Open and Shut Case?" on some of the unexpected issues airplane crash victims or their families may encounter in the aftermath of a disaster. In The Lost Art: An Advocate's Guide to Effective Closing Arguments, United States District Court Judge Joseph Anderson, who presided over the USAir flight 1016 trial, published an excerpt of Mr. Rapoport's closing argument to the jury in that case as an example of attacking an opponent's case "in the right way," discussing Mr. Rapoport's cross-examination and argument concerning USAir's two lead experts, retired Air Force General Charles Horner, and astronaut Pete Conrad.
Mr. Rapoport has been awarded the AV® rating, the highest rating possible from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the country's foremost legal directory. He has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer, a distinction awarded to the top five percent of the state's attorneys as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law and Politics.
*NBTA certification is not required to practice law in Illinois. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law.
Admitted pro hac vice, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington
United States Supreme Court, 2000
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1983
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1981, Trial Bar, 1983
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 1994
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2002
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000
United States District Court of the Western District of Wisconsin, 2006
Year of Birth: 1956
Law School: Chicago-Kent College of Law--Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., 1981
Law School Honors/Involvement: with high honors; Law Review; past-graduate trial advocacy training, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association College of Advocacy, 1983; Lawyers' Post Graduate Institute, 1982
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.S., finance, 1978
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement: Dean's List
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Aviation Litigation Committee
American Association for Justice
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Lawyer Pilots Bar Association
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
Roscoe Pound Foundation
Chicago-Kent Law School Alumni Association - Board of Directors, 2004 - 2006
Injury Prevention Works - Board of Directors
Published Legal Writing:
"Small Talk in the Cockpit is a Big Problem Requiring More Than Just Lip Service," CCH Incorporated. 2007
"Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois: Trial and Evidentiary Condsiderations in Wrongful Death Actions," chapter 6, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2007 edition
"Cockpit Image Recorders: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words," Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, published by CCH Incorporated, May 2005.
"Attention All International Airlines and Flight Crews: Choosing Inaction Over Action No Longer Flies," Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, published by CCH Incorporated, March 2004.
"Will Boeing's Recent Move to Chicago Mean That More Commercial Airliner Crash Cases Will be Litigated There?" Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, published by CCH Incorporated, April 2003.
"A 73-Year Odyssey: The Time Has Come For a New International Air Liability System," Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, published by CCH Incorporated, October 2002 (co-authored with Hans Ephraimson-Abt, who lost his daughter in the Korean Air Lines Soviet shoot down disaster).
"The Effect of Tort Litigation on the Airline Industry," DePaul Business Law Journal, Spring 2002.
"Trial and Evidentiary Issues in Wrongful Death Actions," Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000 and 2003 (supplement).
"Wrongful Death Trials," Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois, published by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1993, 1996 (supplement).
Guest lecturer, University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus School of Business 2006
Guest lecturer, Illinois Institute of Technology/Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1984-1998; 2005-present
Presenter, American Bar Association Litigation Section Meeting, New York, New York, 2004, "Punitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell: The First Year"
"The Effect of Tort Litigation on the Airline Industry," DePaul Business Law Journal Symposium on Terrorism, Security and Competition and The Future of the Airline Industry, February 2002
"Use of Demonstrative Evidence in the USAir Flight 1016 Trial," presented at the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 1997
Presenter, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Midwinter Convention, 1996
Moderator, "New Discovery Rules," presented for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1995
The attorneys at Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. represent individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from airplane crashes, semi-truck and motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice and hospital negligence, product liability, and premises and workplace safety negligence.
Parking: We suggest using the self-park parking lot located at Madison and Wells streets. The lot has entrances accessible from Madison, Wells and Washington Streets. Our downtown Chicago location is easily reached by the Metra and CTA trains, as well as by CTA bus. Contact our office, or refer to the public transportation website of your choice, for further details.