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Robert J. Bingle

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

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Robert J. Bingle joined the Chicago law firm of Corboy & Demetrio in 1983, became a partner in 1991 and Managing Partner in 1995. Over the last 26 years, he has been involved in every type of personal injury and wrongful death case and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlement for his clients.

As a result of Bob's extensive legal experience, he has acquired leadership positions on mass tort litigation arising from railroad collisions, gas explosions and fires and other disasters. In 2011, Bob secured a $22.5 million settlement for the family of a Rockford woman killed in a train derailment.  He was lead plaintiffs' counsel for the litigation stemming from the collision of a train and school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, which settled in excess of $25 million and was 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 the three men.  He was also the lead trial attorney and directed the mass litigation stemming from the Quantum Chemical explosion which settled for more than $20 million.

Bob has secured a number of record-setting verdicts. In a Federal District Court lawsuit Bob tried a $6.6 million verdict was awarded to a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that Court. In a railroad negligence case, the jury returned a $6.8 million verdict, the highest amount ever awarded in Illinois to an individual for the loss of his leg.

A few of Bob's other notable cases include an $18 million settlement for the family of a Mexican national who was killed by a piece of falling glass from Chicago’s CNA Tower, a $4.5 million settlement for a young man burned at a chemical refinery and a $3.9 million verdict for the family of a 10-year-old girl who drowned at a municipal water station.

Bob is the Managing Partner at Corboy & Demetrio, and in addition to his trial work, is very 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 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 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:  the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Jobs Committee at Christ the King Jesuit Preparatory School in Chicago.  Bob was a previously a member of the Fenwick High School Board of Trustees; CARPLS Board of Trustees; Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Trustees and the St. Isaac Joques School Board.

In 2016, Bob was named to named to Best Lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report, for the second consecutive year in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation and Commercial Litigation.  In 2016, Bob was also named to the prestigious Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

A member of Leading Lawyers, 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.

Bob brings a unique background to the firm. Before joining Corboy & Demetrio, he was a sales and marketing director for Hilton Hotels Corporation.

Honors

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, President, 2002

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

Illinois Super Lawyer - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys

Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, Member

Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, First District (1993-2001)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Managers

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

Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2016

Professional Affiliations

Member, Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Jury Instructions in Civil Cases, 2004-2014

Executive Committee - Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2011-2012

President, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association ITLA, 2002-2003

Chicago Bar Association (CBA)

American Association for Justice (AAJ)

National Trial Lawyers Association

The Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America

American Bar Association (ABA) Section on Litigation

ITLA Long Range Planning Committee - Chairman 1999-2000, 2001

ITLA Legislative Committee, 1985-2002

ITLA Public Relations Committee, 1985-1987

ITLA Board of Managers, June, 1987-present

ITLA Chairman, Membership Committee, 1988-1990, 1992-1994

ITLA Co-Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1994-1996

ITLA Executive Committee, 1995-2003

ITLA Chairman, Legal Education Programs, 1995-1997

ITLA Journal, Editorial Board, 1999

Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness, First District, 1993-2001

Chairman, Chicago Bar Association (CBA) House Committee, 1992-1993, 1993-1994

Member, DuPage County Bar Association, 1990-2011

Member, Railroad Law Section of AAJ, 1991-2003

Member, Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Judicial Appointments, ISBA, 1994-1995

Community Involvement

Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory School - Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Jobs Committee

Former Member of Fenwick High School Board of Trustees;

CARPLS Board of Trustees

Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago Board of Trustees

St. Isaac Joques School Board

Successes

Successes

Practice Areas

News

News

Attorney-Authored Articles

Seminars & Speeches

  • "Trial Practice from Voir Dire through Post Trial - Setting the Stage for Success," Illinois State Bar Association, CLE for Illinois Lawyers, 2010
  • "Zealous Advocacy - What Does It Mean?,” Ethics & Professionalism in the Personal Injury Practice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2010
  • “Opening Statement,” Trial Preparation Seminar, Suisse Bancorp, 2010
  • “Caps on Medical Malpractice Awards Are Bad Policy,” Northwestern University Political Union, 2010

  • "Case Evaluation Conference, Managing the High Verdict Potential Case," Law Bulletin Seminars, 2009
  • "Pro Bono Work," Current Issues in Professional Responsibility Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2008
  • "Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Illinois," Lorman Education Services, 2008
  • "Opening Statement - Storytelling with Emotion and the Use of Rhetorical Devices," Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • "Selecting and Influencing Your Jury," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • "Mastering Your Opening Statement in a Jury Trial," Chicago Bar Association, 2006
  • "Opening Statements," President’s Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • "Tort Reform Debate," Extension 720 Radio Show with Milt Rosenberg, WGN,  2005
  • "How Plaintiffs' Lawyers Perceive Insurance Companies," Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters Society, 2005
  • "Settlements - Problems and Solutions," President’s Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2004
  • "Successfully Navigating Civil Litigation: Update and Overview of Civil Practice and Procedure Practical and Legal Considerations," Illinois State Bar Association, 2004
  • "Point-Counterpoint," Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • "Direct Examination," Trial Practice - Law Update and Practice Tips, Illinois State Bar Association, 2002
  • "What's New in Government Tort Immunity," Central Illinois Civil Seminar Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2002
  • "Maximizing Damages in a Closed Head Injury Case," Point/Counterpoint Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2001
  • "Empty Chair Defense," Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2000 
  • Federalist Society Debate, 1999
  • Moderator and Program Planner, Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1999
  • "Trial Practice," Civil Practice Update Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 1999 
  • "Jury Selection," Bench/Bar Relations Committee Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1998
  • "How to Try a Personal Injury Case," Practicing Law Institute, 1998
  • ITLA Civil Practice Update and Review Seminar, September, 1998
  •  Moderator and Program Planner, Enhancing Your Law Practice Through Public Speaking Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1997
  • "Mentoring," Tort Law Section Council Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 1997
  • "Opening Statement," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • "Expert Witness Foundations for Expert Opinions," Office of the Illinois Attorney General, 1997
  • "The Plaintiff's Perspective on Mass Tort Litigation," Illinois Association of Defense Counsel, 1997
  • "Trial Techniques Demonstration," Loyola University Chicago School of Law Dublin Health Law Conference, 1997
  • "Negotiation and Mediation - A Systematic Approach," National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1997
  • "Trial Advocacy from Both Sides With Views From the Bench - Constructing and Presenting Plaintiff's Case-In-Chief," Point-Counterpoint Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • "Maximizing Results Through Settlement and Trial - Prosecuting the Negligence Case - Handling Coverage and Bad-Faith Issues to Maximize Settlement," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • Illinois Civil and Criminal Justice Inside Insights Panel Discussion, 1996
  • "The Art of Persuasion," Trial Practice Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "The Settlement Dilemma," Practice Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association,1996
  • DePaul University College of Law National Symposium on the Legal and Business Issues of Tort Reform, 1996
  • "Ten Reasons Why Lawyers are Hated - and Loved," Texas Trial Lawyers Association, 1994
  • Annual Convention Melvin Belli Seminar, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1994
  • "Evidence," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1993
  • "Final Argument," Ultimate Trial Seminar II , New Mexico Trial Lawyers Association,  1992
  • "Proof in Argument," Products Liability Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Products Liability," Law Education Series Civil Practice Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, 1992
  • "Proof & Argument in the Courtroom, Loss of Consortium and Society," Products Liability/Wrongful Death Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1992
  • "Proving Injury: Pain & Suffering, Loss of Consortium and Earnings," Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "Slip and Fall - A Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "Voir Dire," American Bar Association, 1991
  • "Negligence,"  Civil Practice Update Review and Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1991
  • Committee on Professional Responsibility , Young Lawyers Section, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "Comparative Negligence,"  Young Lawyers Section Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • "Negotiation," Aetna Insurance Company Claims Representatives Regional Conference, 1990
  • "Defending Auto Accident Cases - Proving One-Car Accident Cases," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
  • "Overcoming Governmental Tort Immunity - The Plaintiff's Perspective," Young Lawyers Section Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • "Personal Injury Litigation Practice in Illinois," National Business Institute Seminar, 1989
  • "Careful Habits, Reputation Evidence," Evidence Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1988
  • Judge, Loyola Moot Court Competition, 1987
  • Judge, Loyola Moot Court Competition, 1986
  • Loyola Appellate Advocacy, 1986
  • "Negotiations: A Systematic Approach," National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member, June 1996, June 1994, June 1993, June 1991, June 1990, June 1988, June 1987, December 1986, May 1986, December 1985

Education

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1981

University of Chicago, M.A., 1975

University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1973

Admissions

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado, 2005
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33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602