Practice Areas

Education

  • Northwestern School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 1981
  • St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, B.A. magna cum laude, 1978

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
David R. "Chip" Barry, Jr.
Partner
DRB@CorboyDemetrio.com
33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
P: 312.346.3191

David R. "Chip" Barry, a Chicago personal injury lawyer and medical malpractice attorney, joined the firm of Corboy & Demetrio as a partner in April 2002. He practices in the area of medical negligence, where he has focused his efforts since graduating from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois, in 1981. Prior to 2002, he represented defendants in personal injury cases. Whether representing plaintiffs or defendants, Barry has earned the respect of the judiciary and the trial bar for his ability, professionalism, good nature, and success.

Top Verdicts and Settlements

Over the past six years, Chip has obtained over $156 million on behalf of his clients. In one of his recent record-setting cases, a jury awarded $22 million - the largest verdict ever for a Chicago personal injury lawyer in a medical malpractice case in Illinois for the death of a woman - to the family of a 34 year-old mother who died after childbirth. The doctor and nurse failed to properly treat her acute high blood pressure. In another case of medical malpractice, Chip obtained a settlement of $19.5 million for a 41 year-old man who was not immediately treated for a stroke at an Illinois hospital. When a hospital staff failed to deliver an infant in a timely manner despite indications he was not tolerating labor, Chip obtained an $11.5 million settlement on behalf of the parents of the boy born brain damaged and with cerebral palsy. And when a 6 year-old boy was blinded in one eye after being treated at a Chicago hospital for a recurring bloody nose, Chip secured a $3.8 million settlement on behalf of the boy.

Professional Service

Chip was recently inducted into the prestigious, invitation-only, American College of Trial Lawyers and is the immediate past President of  The Society of Trial Lawyers. He has served as President of the Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the American Association for Justice.

Selected by his peers for membership in the Leading Lawyers Network, an organization of the top 5% of lawyers in Illinois, Chip also has an AV rating - the highest level awarded for professional excellence - by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is an Illinois Super lawyer.

He frequently lectures for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on discovery tactics and trial practice and has taught medical-legal seminars across the country.

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Publications

Honors

  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, President, 2008-2009
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, Invitation Only
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, President, 1993-1994
  • Leading Lawyers Network Member, Top 5% of Illinois Lawyers
  • Illinois Super Lawyer, Top 5% of Illinois Lawyers
  • AV Rated - Highest Level - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow
  • American Association of Justice, formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • Federal Trial Bar
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • The Society of Trial Lawyers, President, 2008-2009
  • Trial Lawyers Club of Chicago, President, 1993-1994

Community Involvement

  • Forbeck Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, Board of Trustees, Former Chairman of the Board
  • Misericordia Home, Volunteer
  • Barrington Bandits Travel Softball Team, Coach
  • St. Anne Basketball Team, Coach
  • Carmel Catholic High School, Patron

Seminars & Speeches

  • "Dealing with Common Defenses," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • "Damages in Medical Malpractice Cases," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2009
  • "Common Defenses in Medical Malpractice Cases," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • "Screening the Case," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Common Defense Tactics," Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005
  • "Avoiding the Risks of Medical Malpractice," Georgia State Orthopedic Society, 2005
  • "Common Defenses," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • "Deposition Strategy," Taking and Defending Depositions in State and Federal Court Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 2003
  • "Knowing When To Say No," Medical Malpractice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "Neuroimaging: The Latest Developments in Determining the Etiology and Timing of the Events Leading To Irreversible Brain Damage," Reducing the Risk of Obstetric Malpractice Seminar, American Conference Institute, 2003
  • "How to Depose a Medical Expert," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998
  • Mock Malpractice Trial for Medical Students, University of Illinois, 1993
  • "Depositions," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Discovery Tools and Tactics for the Personal Injury Lawyer," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
  • "Illinois Civil Discovery Practice," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1998