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Edward G. Willer

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33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
EGW@CorboyDemetrio.com

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Edward G. Willer is a Chicago personal injury lawyer and represents individuals and their families in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in the areas of construction negligence, product liability, premises liability, and vehicular negligence.

As a Partner at the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio, Mr. Willer has obtained numerous multi-million settlements and verdicts. His many accomplishments include a $7.6 million verdict, after a fourteen day jury trial, awarded to his client for injuries he suffered as a result of a construction site accident. In a case that he successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts, Mr. Willer secured a $6 million settlement for the death of a worker in an oil refinery explosion. Mr. Willer obtained a $4.5 million construction site wrongful death settlement for the family of a union laborer who was killed when crushed by a backhoe truck. In a strict product liability action, a Morris maintenance technician received a $5 million settlement for injuries he suffered on the job when he was caught between an automated guided vehicle and a stationary rack. In a vehicular action, Mr. Willer obtained a $4.75 million settlement on behalf of a young woman who was seriously injured when her car was broadsided by an ambulance as she drove home from work. At the time of the collision, the ambulance driver was inappropriately using the siren and ambulance lights for a non-emergency patient.

Mr. Willer has traveled the world investigating and preparing his cases. In Japan, he investigated and conducted discovery depositions of design engineers for a lawsuit involving the manufacturer of an all-purpose lighter by a Japanese company. In order to fully research another case, he traveled to Germany to investigate the design and manufacturing process of a strapping machine and conveyor system. 

Mr. Willer joined the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 1994 after having practiced with the preeminent law firm of Leonard M. Ring & Associates. He graduated in 1973 from DePaul University College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and the International Moot Court Team.

Recognized as one of the top 5% of all Illinois attorneys by the Leading Lawyers Network, he also has an AV rating - the highest possible rating for any lawyer - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

A member of many legal and civic organizations, Ed has served eighteen years on the Circuit Court Committee of the Chicago Bar Association and is also a member on the Product Liability Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Honors

AV rated - Highest level awarded for professional excellence - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Leading Lawyers Network Member - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys

Knights of Columbus, Illinois State Medallion Recipient, 1992

Knights of Columbus, Master's Medallion Recipient, 1986

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA), Stalwarts Committee, 1999-present; Hall of Fame Committee, 2000-present

American Bar Association (ABA)

Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Circuit Court Committee, 1990-present; Civil Practice Committee, 1991-present

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Committee on Product General Liability and Consumer Law, Vice Chair; Section on Tort and Insurance Practice, 1989-1990

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Product Liability Committee, 1998-present

Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, Commissioner, 2012-present

Society of Trial Lawyers, 2013-present

Community Involvement

Knights of Columbus Youth Fund Drive, Legal Counsel

Leonard Ring Legal Foundation, Legal Counsel

St. Catherine Laboure Church, Religious Education Program Instructor

Successes

Successes

Practice Areas

News

News

Seminars & Speeches

  • "High Impact, Low Cost - The Effective Use of In-House Technology to Prepare and Present Your Case: The Use of Standard, Off the Shelf Products to Impress Jurors and Win Cases," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2005
  • "The Effective Use of Technology," Kansas Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • "Product Liability Update," Illinois State Bar Association, 2002
  • "Product Liability," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000

Education

Education

DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1973

DePaul University, B.A., 1970

Admissions

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1973
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1992
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Corboy & Demetrio
33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602