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William T. Gibbs

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

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William T. Gibbs is a partner at the Chicago personal injury and medical malpractice law firm of Corboy & Demetrio and concentrates his practice on cases arising from railroad negligence, automobile collisions, participation in sports, unsafe pharmaceuticals or medical devices, construction negligence, medical negligence, premises liability, product liability and aviation litigation.

For more than a decade at Corboy & Demetrio, Bill has obtained numerous record-setting and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients.  His list of representative clients demonstrates the diversity of his practice.

Bill secured a $29.6 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was brain damaged in the derailment of a speeding train in Chicago. The verdict is the largest in Illinois for an individual injured in a mass transit crash. In a Federal District Court case, he obtained a $6.6 million verdict for a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that Court. 

In another case, Bill secured a $6.75 million settlement for the family of Justyna Palka, who was a pedestrian killed by a tour bus in Chicago.

In his sports liability practice, Bill represented Hall-of-Fame White Sox player Frank Thomas in a medical malpractice action and the matter was "resolved amicably."  

Bill currently represents numerous retired NFL players and the Estate of former Chicago Bear Dave Duerson against the NFL in litigation stemming from concussions and CTE suffered by Duerson.  

Bill was appointed to the Plaintiff's Executive Committee by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota, which is overseeing individual lawsuits against the National Hockey League.  In addition to this leadership role in the multi district litigation, Bill represents the Estate of Steve Montador, an NHL player who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions and the effects of CTE.

Bill has appeared on national and international television networks discussing sports and C.T.E., including CNN, FOX Business News, Al Jazeera and Canadian National TV.  He has been quoted numerous times by national and international media, including the New York Times, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

He is currently a regular contributor to the Sporting Judgment section of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin where he writes the column, Sports Torts.

Bill received a 2017 Trial Excellence Award from the Law Bulletin Publishing’s Jury Verdict Reporter for having the Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement in Jackson County.

In 2015, Bill was chosen for the highly-selective Illinois Super Lawyers and was selected to the prestigious Illinois Leading Lawyers.

In October, 2009, Bill was named by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, which publishes the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer magazine, to its list of "40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," and from 2009-2014, he was designated an Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star.  

In 2013, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in the country, and in 2014, he was named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers.  In 2017, The National Trial Lawyers named Bill to NTL's Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association Top 25.

In 2008, Bill authored an article, "A Quick Guide to the Illinois Dead Man’s Act," which was published in the Illinois Bar Journal, a publication of the Illinois State Bar Association. Bill is a frequent panelist and lecturer to local and state bar associations, CLE seminars and law schools throughout the country.

Active in many community organizations, Bill is a member of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board.

In 2018, Bill was appointed to the Advisory Board of The Mike Adamle Project: Rise Above, a new initiative created to provide tools, resources and support to patients living with symptoms of CTE.

Bill was formerly a high school teacher and varsity football, basketball, and baseball coach. While at the University of Notre Dame, he was a defensive back on the varsity football team.

Honors

Trial Excellence Award from the Law Bulletin Publishing’s Jury Verdict Reporter for having the Highest Reported Verdict or Settlement in Jackson County, 2017

Leading Lawyers, 2014-2018

Illinois Super Lawyer 2015-2018

The National Trial Lawyers: Brain Injury Trial Lawyers Association Top 25, 2017

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2014-2018

The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, 2013

"40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch," Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2009

Illinois Super Lawyer, Rising Star, 2009-2014

CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Philosophy, 2004

CALI, Excellence for the Future Award, Legal Writing, 2002

Professional Affiliations

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

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers, 2017-2018

Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Civil Practice Committee, Tort Litigation Committee

National Trial Lawyers Association: Brain Injury Trial Lawyes Association 2017, 2018

Notre Dame Law Association

Fenwick Bar Association, Treasurer, 2005-2008

Community Involvement

Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Advisory Board Member

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls

The Mike Adamle Project Advisory Board

Our Lady of Mercy Legal Clinic

Oz Park Baseball Association Board Member

Ronald McDonald House

Successes

Practice Areas

News

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Seminars & Speeches

  • Criminal and Civil Evidence Issues Seminar, Illinois State Bar Association, “Illinois Evidence: The CSI Effect”, January 25, 2008 and February 8, 2008

  • “Motion Practice (615, 619, 1005)”, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Update & Review Seminar, October 13, 2008

  • Confidentiality for Special Medical Records and Electronic Medical Records”, Lorman Medical Records Law Seminar, February 2, 2010.

  • Nuts & Bolts Seminar – The Trial of a Negligence Case”, MCLE, March 25, 2011

  • Confidentiality for Special Medical Records and Electronic Medical Records”, Lorman Medical Records Law Seminar, August 2, 2011.

  • Guest Lecturer, John Marshall Law School, Elder Law, November 7, 2011.

  • How Attorneys Find Experts”, Forensic Witness Association - Practice Development Conference, November 12, 2011.

  • Topics on Litigation:  The Anatomy of a Civil Case” – IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, May 17, 2012

  • Speaker, CBA Sports Concussion Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, June 13, 2012

  • Legal Issues after Brain Injury” – Annual Educational Conference of The Brain Injury Association of Illinois, October 26, 2012

  • “Medical Records Law”, Lorman Education Services Seminar, June 20, 2013

  • Guest Lecturer, University of Notre Dame Law School, Torts I, November, 2013.

  • Guest Lecturer, Chicago-Kent College of Law, December, 2013.

  • Guest Lecturer, University of Chicago School of Law, Sports and Entertainment Law Society, January, 2014.

  • “Trial Techniques for Every Stage of a Case,” Chicago Bar Association, February 13, 2014.

  • “Use of Video for Settlement, Arbitration and Trial,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Settlements, Liens and Technology Seminar, April 5, 2014.

  • “Finding out About Jurors:  Voir dire and background checks,” Pincus Professional Education, Jury Selection:  Learn How to Improve Your Jury Selection Skills Seminar, April 25, 2014.

  • “NFL/NCAA Concussion Litigation,Hot Topics in Sports Law, Valparaiso University Law School Sports Law Symposium, November 21, 2014.

  • “Jury Instructions – Dealing with Difficult Defense Counsel,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Trials Seminar, March 28, 2015.

  • Guest Lecturer, University of Notre Dame Law School, National Football League and National Hockey League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, November 11, 2015.

  • “Discovery Tailored to the Case – Taxi cab, Uber, trucking, boating, CTA, Metra, etc…” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund, Nuts and Bolts of a Case Seminar, April 2, 2016.

  • “Litigating Brain Injury Cases,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update & Review Seminar, October 22, 2016.

  • “The Law of Sports Brian Injuries,” The Brain Injury Association of Illinois 2016 Annual Educational Conference, October 28, 2016

  • “Non-Economic Damages,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Education Fund Damages Seminar, March 31, 2017

  • “NHL Litigation and Settled NFL Litigation,” The Chicago Bar Association Municipal & Law Committee Meeting, May 18, 2017

  • “Sports Concussions and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” The Society of Trial Lawyers, May 1, 2018

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Education

Education

IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 2004

University of Portland, Portland, Oregon, M.A., 1999

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., 1997

Admissions

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court of Nebraska
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • Trial Bar for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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