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Michael K. Demetrio | Chicago Accident & Injury Lawyer | Illinois


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Michael K. Demetrio

Wrongful Death, Aviation Accident, Personal Injury

312-346-3191


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Michael K. Demetrio, a partner at the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, represents plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases, including aviation disasters, railroad cases, product liability, construction liability and motor vehicle liability.  Prior to becoming a successful and accomplished Chicago civil lawyer, Mr. Demetrio was a criminal prosecutor at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.  During his career, he has tried more than 100 cases to verdict.

Mr. Demetrio has represented victims in numerous high-profile aviation and train disaster cases across the United States, including the crash of a US Airways jet, which resulted in a settlement of $25.2 million, a commercial aviation record, for which Mr. Demetrio was recognized with an award by the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.   

Mr. Demetrio was the court-appointed Lead Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multi-district federal litigation stemming from the crash of American Eagle Flight 3379 near Morrisville, North Carolina in 1994.  He was also appointed plaintiffs' Lead Counsel by the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court for the more than 60 cases arising from the crash of an Amtrak train in Bourbonnais, Illinois in 1999.  Mr. Demetrio also handles all aspects of appellate cases before the Illinois Appellate and Federal Court.

Mr. Demetrio is an elected Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation only appointment given to the top 500 trial attorneys in the United States and a Fellow in The Society of Trial Lawyers.  For the fifth consecutive year, Mr. Demetrio has been selected for Best Lawyers in America, an elite designation because he was chosen by his peers as one of the top 5% of Illinois attorneys.  He has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer, which is also based on peer review, and he has received an AV rating - the highest possible for any attorney - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.   In addition, Mr. Demetrio is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

From 2003-2004, Mr. Demetrio was elected as President of the over 22,000 member Chicago Bar Association.

For eight years, Michael has been an appointed Adjunct Professor of Law at IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he teaches a course on Evidence. He is also a certified faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and a Certified Arbitrator for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program and the American Arbitration Association.

The author of numerous legal articles, Mr. Demetrio has also lectured extensively nationwide.
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School Degree Major Graduation
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of TechnologyJ.D. Law School1979  
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IL1979
  • -American Arbitration Association, Certified Arbitrator;
    -Panel of Neutral Arbitrator Member
    -American Bar Association, Litigation Section Member
    -American Association for Justice
    -Chicago Bar Association (CBA), President, 2003; Justice John Paul Stevens Award Selection Committee; 1st Vice-President, 2002; 2nd Vice-President, 2001; Treasurer, 1999; Board of Managers, 1996-1998; Finance Committee, 1998-2001, Chairman, 1999; The Albert, Moses, Henry and Bertha Wolf Fund, Chairman; Long-Range Planning Committee, Chair 1995; Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee, Co-Chair, 1993; Judicial Evaluation Committee, 1984-1990
    -Chicago Bar Foundation, Board of Directors, 1998-2002; Lend-A-Hand Annual Fundraising Event, Co-Chair, 1998-2001; Thomas A. Demetrio, Lend-A-Hand Foundation, Co-Founder and Member of Board of Directors
    -Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program, Certified Arbitrator
    -IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Adjunct Professor
    -Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers, 1990-present; Membership Committee, Co-Chair, 1996-present; Secretary, 1995-1996; Treasurer, 1994-1995; Parliamentarian, 1993-1994
    -National Institute of Trial Advocacy, National Faculty Member
    -The Society of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    -Lake County Bar Association
    -National Conference of Bar Presidents
    -Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois
  • -International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Fellow and Illinois Chair
    -Chicago Bar Association, President 2003 - 2004
    -American Assocation for Justice, Fellow
    -The Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury Litigation
    -The Society of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
    -United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Magistrate Retention Review Committee, Chair, 2003
    -United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, United States Magistrate Nominating Committee, Chair, 2004
    -United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, United States Magistrate Nominating Committee, Member, 2007
    -AV rating - Highest level awarded for professional excellence - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
    -Illinois Super Lawyers - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
    -Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys
    -Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Lifetime Member
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Have You Done Your Mitzvah This Law Day?
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Firm Looks into Failure at Facility
    Illinois Causes of Action - Tort Actions, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2007, 2008, 2011
    Trial Magazine: Beyond the Thunder
    Aviation Causes of Action, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002, 2008, 2011
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Chicago, IL 60602
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