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Francis Patrick Murphy

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33 N. Dearborn Street
21st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602


Francis Patrick Murphy - Patrick Murphy - a Chicago personal injury lawyer, has been with the law firm of Corboy & Demetrio since 1983 and became a partner in 1991. He regularly handles complex personal injury and wrongful death cases involving porch and deck collapses, aviation negligence, construction negligence, product liability, premises liability and claims resulting from railroad, automobile, and other vehicular negligence.

Patrick is a highly sought after lawyer in porch and deck collapse cases due to his extensive experience and numerous successes.  Patrick represented several victims of the 2003 Lincoln Park porch collapse and was instrumental in brokering a global settlement of $16.6 million. He secured a record-setting $4 million settlement for a young woman who fell from a porch when a railing broke away. It is the highest settlement in Illinois for an injury resulting from a defective porch railing. In another case, Murphy was successful in securing $2.15 million for a couple who were injured when a deck railing gave way and they fell to the ground.   He also represented the surviving family of a young man killed when he fell through a porch railing at a New Year's Eve Party.  The decedent's Blood Alcohol Level was .345 when he fell.  Mr. Murphy settled the case for $2.7 million.  He also represented a McHenry County woman who fell one story as she stepped onto her deck from her kitchen, settling for $1 million.

Patrick has more than fifty settlements and verdicts of $1 million or more. Among his many accomplishments is a $7.5 million settlement that was secured on behalf of his client, a nationally renowned oboist from the Chicago Lyric Opera and Grant Park Symphony, whose musical career was ended when she was struck by a Chicago Transit Authority bus while crossing a Chicago street. Patrick also obtained a record-high settlement of $2.5 million for the death of an 88-year-old woman, who was killed when the car she was riding in was hit from behind by another car. In another case involving senior citizens, Patrick secured a $6.8 million settlement for a 69-year-old woman and her 71- year-old husband for injuries she sustained when she was hit by a bus.

Patrick was profiled in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Consumer Edition for 2011, in an article entitled, "Gentleman Lawyer for Injury Victims."  The article highlights Murphy's extensive experience and success in representing victims in porch collapse cases.  The media often reports on Patrick's outstanding record of success and his extensive experience. His verdict in a high-profile railroad case was chronicled on "Good Morning America," ABC's national television morning news show. He was highlighted on "Inside Edition" for his handling of one of the cases from the Chicago porch collapse tragedy of June 29, 2003.  In a show dedicated to child safety issues, Oprah featured Patrick’s wrongful death case of 12-year-old Catherine "Casey" Fish, who choked to death while playing a game of Chubby Bunny - stuffing marshmallows into one's mouth - in her grade school classroom. And recently, he was featured on Fox News for his representation of a woman seriously injured when her second story deck collapsed.

Patrick also served as a legal commentator for Fox News Chicago regarding a young man who fell to his death at a Chicago Bear's game at Solider Field.

Since 2020, Patrick has been named to The Best Lawyers in America. Recognized as an attorney in the top 5% of all Illinois lawyers by the Leading Lawyer Network, Patrick is an Illinois Super Lawyer and has an AV rating - the highest level awarded for professional excellence - from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. He is also a designated member of Lawdragon 500, a distinction awarded to only 500 of the 1.2 million lawyers in the United States legal profession, by Lawdragon, the nation's leading online legal media company. Since 2015, Patrick has been selected to the national Irish Legal 100, the top 100 attorneys and judges of Irish descent.

The author of numerous legal articles, Patrick is a frequent lecturer for various bar associations and is an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he has regularly taught since 1987.

Patrick was appointed to the Board of Directors of Lawyers' Assistance Program by the Illinois Supreme Court, serving as President from 2013-2015, Secretary from 2015-2016, Treasurer from 2017-2018, Vice-President from 2018-2019, and again serving as President in 2020.

In 2019, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago.

Mr. Murphy began his career as an Assistant Public Defender with the Cook County Public Defender's Office. Before becoming a lawyer, he worked for A.B. Dick Company in marketing and sales.


AV Rated - highest level awarded - Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

The Best Lawyers in America, 2020-present

Illinois Super Lawyer - Top 5% of all Illinois attorneys

Irish Legal 100 - Named one of the top 100 attorneys and judges of Irish descent

Lawyers' Assistance Program, President of Board of Directors, Present and 2013-2015;Vice-President from 2018-2019, Treasurer, 2016-2017; Secretary, 2015-2016

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

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America - Named one of the top 500 lawyers in the nation.

Lawdragon 500 Legend (for being named to Lawdragaon 500 for 10 years)

Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel - Nation's Top One Percent

Professional Affiliations

American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly known as Association of Trial Lawyers of American (ATLA)

American Bar Association (ABA)

Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago

Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Judicial Evaluation Committee

Hazelden Chicago, Board Member

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)

Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1987-Present

The National Association of Distinguished Counsel

The Society of Trial Lawyers



Practice Areas



Attorney-Authored Articles

  • Negligent Issuance of a Life Insurance Policy
    IICLE, Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Supp., 2005
  • Making the Independent Medical Examiner Your Expert Through the Use of a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet
    ATLA, 2004
  • Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case Using a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet
    Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Reference Publication, 2004
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
    Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Illinois Causes of Action, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • Packaging Forensics: Package Failure in the Courts - A Shattered Bottle...a Shattered Life
    Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2000
  • The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial: The Millennium and Beyond
    American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1998
  • Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories
    ITLA, 02.01.1996
  • Practical Approach for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
    Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1990
  • Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects
    Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • How to Direct Examine the Economist
    Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • The Art & Science of Jury Selection
    IICLE, 1988

Seminars & Speeches

  • "When to Settle - Considerations," Case Evaluation Seminar, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007
  • "When to Take a Case - Considerations," Case Evaluation Seminar, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2007
  • "Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case Using a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet," Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Massachusetts, 2004
  • "Demonstrative Evidence--The Millennium and Beyond," Price Waterhouse Coopers 1998 Legal Tech Conference, 1998
  •  "The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial," Masters in Trial, Honoring Leonard Ring Seminar, American Bar Association Seminar, 1998
  • "Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • "Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects," Chicago Bar Association, 1993
  • "Proving Injury - Pain & Suffering, Loss of Consortium," Chicago Bar Association, 1992
  • Judge, National Appellate Court Competition, Law Student Division, American Bar Association
  • "How to Direct Examine the Economist," Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • "Jury Selection Practice and Procedure," The Art and Science of Jury Selection Seminar, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
  • "Bill 1200 - Overview of Tort Reform Affecting Corporations," American Society of Corporate Secretaries, 1987
  • "Gun Control - Illinois Perspective," Criminal Justice Institute, 1983



IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1975

Northwestern University, B.S., 1970


Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1975
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