Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer
Some of Bob’s notable results include:
• $22.5 million settlement for the family of a Rockford woman killed in a train derailment.
• Lead plaintiff’s counsel for litigation stemming from the collision of a train and school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, which settled in excess of $25 million.
• One of the lead attorneys in a $10 million settlement stemming from a collision at a Union Pacific rail yard that resulted in the death of three men.
• Lead trial attorney in the litigation stemming from the Quantum Chemical explosion which settled for more than $20 million.
• $6.6 million verdict awarded to a family injured in an automobile collision.
• Railroad negligence case resulting in a $6.8 million verdict, the highest amount ever awarded at the time in Illinois to an individual for the loss of his leg.
• $18 million settlement for the family of a Mexican national who was killed by a piece of falling glass from Chicago’s CNA Tower.
• $4.5 million settlement for a young man burned at a chemical refinery.
• $3.9 million verdict for the family of a 10-year-old girl who drowned at a municipal water station.
In addition to his trial work, Bob is active in bar association work. He is a past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) and is now on its Board of Managers. He served as Chairman of ITLA’s Membership and Legal Education Committees and Co-Chairman of its Legislative Committee. By appointment of the Illinois Supreme Court, Bob has served from 2004-2014 on the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases. He is a past board member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee.
Bob has also been a faculty member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and a member of the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law Alumni Board.
He lectures extensively throughout the United States at bar association and interest group seminars and has published chapters and articles in legal books, periodicals and newspapers. He is frequently called upon by the media to comment on legal issues involving civil litigation and has appeared nationally and locally on television and radio news broadcasts and news talk programs.
Bob’s community involvement includes: Member of the Boston College Parent’s Council; Board of Trustees at Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School in Chicago; and Oblates of St. Francis de sales – Toledo-Detroit – Province Review Board.
A member of the Leading Lawyers Network, the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys, Bob is also an Illinois Super-Lawyer and has attained an AV rating – the highest level awarded for professional excellence – from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.
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