Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. Receives Distinguished Alumnus Award from DePaul Univ. College of Law

Corboy Honored for Dedication, Leadership & Contributions to Legal Community

Corboy & Demetrio partner Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. has received the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award from DePaul University College of Law.  Philip “Flip” Corboy, Jr. is a 1977 graduate of the law school.  Corboy was honored for his leadership roles in the legal community, his life-long charitable work and his 35 years of accomplishments as a trial lawyer.

“This is the highest distinction the College of Law can bestow. The award is to recognize alumni who have reached the pinnacle of their careers, maintaining a level of career excellence over their lifetime,” according to Gregory Mark, Dean of DePaul University College of Law. 

Flip Corboy is a past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a past President of the Board of Directors of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, the nation’s second largest legal aid agency.   In 2002, Flip was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the nation’s pre-eminent, invitation-only organization of trial lawyers who are considered the best in their state.

Receiving the 2012 Distinguished Alumnus Award is just one of many accolades Flip Corboy has received for his accomplishments as a trial lawyer.  Flip was named to Best Lawyers in America, 2012 Edition, in the area of personal injury litigation.  This was the seventh year in a row Corboy received such an honor.  His Chicago law firm, Corboy & Demetrio, was named to Best Law Firms in the Chicago metropolitan market by U.S. News, which publishes U.S. News & World Report.

Flip Corboy was given the elite designation of Illinois Super Lawyer for the eighth year in a row in 2012.  Corboy was also named to The Top 100 Lawyers in Illinois by Illinois Super Lawyers for the fourth straight year.   

In addition, Corboy has attained the prestigious designation of Leading Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network for nine consecutive years since the award’s inception.

Flip Corboy’s record of success is extensive. He has tried or settled more than 55 cases in which plaintiffs have recovered $1 million or more.  Those successes include a $22.5 million settlement in 2011 for the family of a Rockford, Illinois, woman who died in a train derailment; an $18 million settlement for a Mexican national killed by piece of falling glass in downtown Chicago; a record-setting $17 million jury verdict for a brain-damaged victim who was knocked down by a limousine;  an $11 million settlement for a Chicago dental student burned in an automobile fire; a record-setting $7 million settlement for a 78-year-old woman who was hurt when she was struck by an automatic door at Target; and a record-setting $4.5 million verdict for an Central Illinois couple who were passengers in a car that was hit by a pizza delivery car.

Throughout his career, Flip Corboy has demonstrated a strong commitment to public service.  Before becoming a nationally-recognized personal injury lawyer, Flip spent seven years as Assistant State’s Attorney in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office becoming a “first chair” prosecutor and prosecuting major felony cases.

Flip has also maintained a close relationship with the law school that educated him.  Corboy sits on Dean’s Council at the DePaul University College of Law and serves on the board of DePaul University’s President's Club.