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I am a 54 year old husband, father, son, brother, friend and trial lawyer. My job is to obtain justice for people who have been harmed using their right to trial by jury, truth and the law.


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Practice areas


  1. Trucking Accident: 25%
    34 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    30 years
  3. Aviation: 25%
    26 years
  4. Personal Injury: 13%
    34 years
  5. Wrongful Death: 12%
    29 years



Contingent (20-45%), Free consultation (120 minutes)

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse David. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


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  • Stephen Patrick Rapp

    While David Rapoport's AVVO rating speaks for itself, one of the greatest honors of my legal career has been working with him on a number of cases. He is a skilled advocate for his injured clients. He has great empathy for the plight of those injured or tragically killed. He has the talent, proven ability and resources to handle the large complex cases that require detailed strategic litigation. He works very well with referring counsel and if you have a complex case, David brings everything to the table. Some attorneys may fail to associate themselves when the best course of action would be to always remember what talents David Rapoport can bring to help achieve a top result in any serious injury or death case.


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Contact info


WIGood Standing199503/23/2015
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198105/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV-Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbel Law Directory2011
Illinois Super LawyerThompson Reuters Illinois Super Lawyers2011
Illinois Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2011
Associate MemberAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2009
Board Certified Civil Trial AttorneyNational Board of Trial Advocacy1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerRapoport Law Offices, P.C.1995 - Present
PartnerBaizer & Rapoport1990 - 1995
Income partnerKatz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle1987 - 1990
AssociateKatz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle1981 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
National Board of Trial AdvocacyBoard of Directors; Illinois State CoordinatorN/A
Kentucky Justice AssociationMemberN/A
Wisconsin Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Lawyer Pilots Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Board of Trial AdvocatesAssociate MemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hebert v. Comair, Inc.$7.1 million jury verdict for the plaintiff
Hanson v. Unnamed Trucking Company$6.9 million settlement during deliberations, $4.8 million more than the defendant's best pre-trial offer to settle
Lindner et al v. Millis Transfer, Inc.$13 million settlement for the plaintiffs.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicyThe Pre-Abdullah Consensus That Federal Law Does Not Preempt the Field of Aviation Safety in Tort Cases Should Remain the Law2009
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal EducationTrial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Actions2007
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicySmall Talk in the Cockpit is a Big Problem Requiring More Than Just Lip Service2007
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicyCockpit Image Recorders: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words2005
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicyAttention All International Airlines and Flight Crews: Choosing Inaction Over Action No Longer Flies2004
American Bar Association Aviation Litigation Section MeetingPunitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell: The First Year2004
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicyWill Boeing's Recent Move to Chicago Mean That More Commercial Airliner Crash Cases Will be Litigated There?2003
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in IllinoisTrial and Evidentiary Issues in Wrongful Death Actions2003
Issues in Aviation Law and PolicyA 73-Year Odyssey: The Time Has Come For a New International Air Liability System2002
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in IllinoisTrial and Evidentiary Issues in Wrongful Death Actions2002
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in IllinoisWrongful Death Trials1996
Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in IllinoisWrongful Death Trials1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Northern Illinois UniversityFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
JUF Young Lawyers' Division MeetingAttorney Board Certification2010
Consortium on Trial: The Comair CaseLoss of Consortium2010
Trial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death ActionsWrongful Death2008
What Every Union Leader Needs to Know About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death CasesPersonal Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation2006
Legal System Truths and Urban LegendsThe Jury System2006
Litigation Section MeetingPunitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell: The First Year2004
DePaul Business Law Journal Symposium on Terrorism, Security and Competition and The Future of the Airline IndustryThe Effect of Tort Litigation on the Airline Industry2002
UnknownUse of Demonstrative Evidence in the USAir Flight 1016 Trial1997