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Corboy & Demetrio Partner William Gibbs Receives 2017 Trial Excellence Award

From left to right: Co-Counsel Mark D. Prince, JVR Editor John Kirkton and Attorney William T. Gibbs receiving the award on Oct. 26, 2017.

Corboy & Demetrio Partner William T. Gibbs 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.  A story about the settlement appeared in the Jury Verdict Reporter’s Annual Awards Issue, which was published on Jan. 16, 2018.

Bill received the award for a $4 million settlement for Ryan Williamson, a 33-year-old tree service worker who suffered a traumatic brain injury after he was struck in the head with a clevis when the tow strap it was attached to suddenly failed as Ryan was attempting to dislodge a tree stump from the ground.  

Williamson was using a Bobcat and two 30’ by 4” tow straps that were connected by a metal clevis on March 22, 2011 in Carbondale, IL. One of the straps failed, causing the 20-pound metal clevis to strike Williamson in the head.  The defective tow strap had been purchased in Illinois after being imported from a Chinese manufacturer.

Gibbs’ co-counsel on the case was Attorney Mark D. Prince of the Prince Law Firm in Marion, IL.

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