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   3David C. WiseChicago(312) 580-2040dcw@wisemorrissey.comdcw@wisemorrissey.comWise Morrissey LLCwww.wmklawfirm.comwww.wmklawfirm.comwisedavid.jpgAviation LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeWrongful DeathPersonal InjuryProduct LiabilityAviation and Air CrashesConstruction Negligence
David C.
Wise Morrissey LLC
161 N Clark St Ste 3250
Chicago IL 60601-3330
Ph.(312) 580-2040 Fx.(312) 580-2041Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Aviation Law    Wrongful Death
Personal Injury Law: General    Personal Injury
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime     Product Liability
    Aviation and Air Crashes
    Construction Negligence
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Wise has tried and won over 15 multimillion dollar jury verdicts and has resolved over 70 cases in excess of $1 million each. His total verdicts and settlements now exceed $250 million. He specializes in product liability, construction site accidents, crane accidents, workplace accidents, plane crashes, gas explosions, railroad accidents, truck accidents, motor vehicle accidents, negligent road design cases, medical malpractice cases and general negligence.

Mr. Wise is listed as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is rated AV in the Martindale-Hubbell rating system which is the highest distinction available.

In 2001, Mr. Wise was recognized as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by Lawyer Bulletin Publishing Company. He was recognized when he was only 34 years old. The recognition is based upon review and recommendations of judges, bar leaders, and other lawyers. Mr. Wise has been selected as a Leading Lawyer and Super Lawyer since the recognitions were created.

Notable Cases and Results:  

Medical Malpractice
$35 million for a child injured at birth. A. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital

$2.25 million for wrongful death after brain surgery. C. v. Lichtenbaum

Plane Crashes
$24 million in verdicts and settlements for the families of four people killed and one injured on an American Eagle plane crash in North Carolina. P. v. American Airlines; P. v. American Airlines; L. v. American Airlines; S. v. American Airlines; and J. v. American Airlines

Train and Railroad Accidents
$4.25 million for a man who lost part of his leg in a train accident. A. v. Illinois Central Railroad

Construction Negligence
$8 million for a worker who fell five feet down an un-barricaded elevator shaft on a construction site. S. v. Thrush

$6.2 million verdict for a crane operator injured in a crane mishap on a construction site. H. v. Morrow Equipment

$5 million for an electrician injured on a fall from a ladder on a construction site. B. v. Gallant

$5 million for a roofer injured on a construction site. P. v. Foxgate

$4 million for a carpenter injured on a construction site. H. v. Midwest Access Services

$3.8 million with lien waiver for ironworker injured on bridge collapse. B. v. Dunnet Bay Construction

$3.28 million verdict for a boilermaker injured on a construction site. B. v. R.C. Wegman

$3.1 million with lien waiver for ironworker who slipped on ice on a construction site. D. v. Walsh Construction

$2.2 million with lien waiver for pipefitter injured when he slipped on a pneumatic canister on a construction site. U. v. Pepper Construction

Crane Operation Negligence
$5 million for a man electrocuted on a construction site. G. v. Commonwealth Edison

$2.25 million for an ironworker injured by a crane on a project. B. v. Stevenson Crane

Road Construction / Design Negligence
$5.6 million for a motorcyclist injured due to unsafe road construction work. N. v. Plote Construction

Truck Accidents
$5.5 million for a man hit by a truck. M. v. Mayfield

$3 million for pedestrian injured by turning truck. B. v. Liebovich Bros

Motor Vehicle Accidents
$4 million verdict for the death of a mother hit by a school district van. L. v. Wilmette School District 39

$2.5 million verdict ($2 million settlement) for siblings of man killed by limousine. A. v. Limos R Us

Product Liability

$11 million verdict for man injured from fall off ladder due to defective design. B. v. Cuprum

$5.2 million for family of man killed by bearing failure in railroad gantry crane collapse. K. v. CSX

$5 million (policy limit) for man paralyzed in fall from exercise equipment. T. v. STL

$3 million for the family of a child strangled in a defective crib/playpen. G. v. Kolcraft

Confidential Settlement for man paralyzed due to defective seatbelt in auto accident; $8,000,000 past and future medical bills. P. v. General Motors

Confidential Settlement for a woman paralyzed due to defectively designed roof in Nissan pick-up truck rollover. $14,000,000 past and future medical bills. K. v. Nissan

Workplace Accidents
$4.15 million for the family of a man electrocuted while installing wiring. M. v. Filip Metal

Gas explosions
$5 million for family of woman and son killed in natural gas leak and explosion in residential home. B. v. Nicor

Airport Accidents
$1.75 million verdict (reduced to $1.25 million for comparative negligence) for pilot who slipped on ice at O’Hare airport. R. v. United Air Lines

Confidential Settlement for woman airline passenger injured in slip at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris.

Negligent Security
$1.4 million for woman assaulted at Merchandise Mart. O. v. Merchandise Mart

Confidential Settlement for man shot three times at Housing Complex. A. v. Habitat

$4.5 million for the family of a man killed when he was hit by falling ice while walking on the sidewalk on Michigan Avenue. B. v. Nieman Marcus

$2.6 million verdict (reduced to $2.2 million for comparative fault) for concertgoer injured in slip and fall at Soldier Field. C. v. Chicago Park District

Bar Admissions:  
Illinois Supreme Court, 1993
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1993
Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1994

Year of Birth:  1967

Law School:  John Marshall Law School, J.D.

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.A.

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

Teaching Experience:
John Marshall Law School

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers Association
  • AV rated, Martindale-Hubbell (highest distinction available)
  • "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2001
  • Leading Lawyer in Aviation Law, Personal Injury Law: General, and Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime, 2003-present
  • Super Lawyer, 2005-present

Legal Lectures:  
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, "Taking Your First Doctor's Deposition," December 19, 2007

ISBA Ethics Seminar, "Practical Ethical Advice-From ARDC Complaints to Courtroom Dilemmas," August 17, 2007

ISBA Ethics Seminar, "Ethical and Courtroom Dilemmas for Plaintiff Practitioner," October 6, 2006

DePaul University College of Law Center for Law and Science, "Current Trends in Product Liability Discovery," March, 2006

CBA Seminar, "Preparation and Trial of Automobile Cases, Liability of Trucking Companies," 1995

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, "Speaking on Tort Reform," October, 1995

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Discovery," October, 1995

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Collinsville, "Speaking on Tort Reform," September, 1995

Firm Description:  
David Wise, along with Kevin Burke, is one of the two founding partners of Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny. Having started the firm in 2002 after a long career at another plaintiff's law firm, Mr. Wise and Mr. Burke have enjoyed substantial professional success and have expanded the firm from the original three members to the seven lawyer firm it now is.

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