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Francis 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 died 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.

Murphy 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.  

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. 

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. Recently, he was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Lawyer's Assistance Program by the Illinois Supreme Court.


Practice areas


  1. Slip and Fall: 20%
  2. Trucking Accident: 20%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Car Accident: 20%
  5. Aviation: 20%

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33 North Dearborn St., 21st Floor
Chicago, IL, 60602-3192


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197505/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 500 Leading Lawyers in AmericaLawdragon2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Nation's Top One PercentNational Association of Distinguished Counsel2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerCorboy & Demetrio1983 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeMemberN/A
The Society of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips"Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress"2002
Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc."Packaging Forensics: Package FAilure in the Courts - A Shattered Bottle...a Shattered Life"2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of TechnologyLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Northwestern UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science and BA1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Law Bulletin Case Evaluation Seminar"When to Settle - Considerations"2007
Law Bulletin Case Evaluation Seminar""When to Take a Case - Considerations"2007
ATLA 2004 Annual Convention"Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case USing a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet"2004
Legal Tech Conference"Demonstrative Evidence - The Millennium and Beyond"1998
American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section"Masters in Trial"1998
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association"Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories"1996
Chicago Bar Association"Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects"1993
Chicago Bar Association"Proving Injury - Pain & Suffering, Loss of Consortium and Earnings""1992
American Society of Corporate Secretaries"Bill 1200 - Overview of Tort Reform Affecting Corporations"1987
Criminal Justice Institute"Gun Control - Illinois Perspective"1983