ABA Statement Re: The Death of Trial Lawyer Philip H. Corboy
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 14, 2012 — We would like to offer our condolences—and those of the American Bar Association—to the family and friends of Philip H. Corboy, a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer and a pioneer in personal-injury law who died June 12 at his home in Chicago. Philip’s passion for the law and for people was infectious. It is hard to imagine a lawyer in Chicago who is untouched by his legacy.
Philip leaves a proud legacy as a champion of the injured and an enthusiastic ABA leader. He was founding partner of Corboy & Demetrio, in Chicago, and served as chair of the ABA Section of Litigation and chair of the ABA’s Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability. Philip was an ABA member since 1955. He also was a former president of the Chicago Bar Association.
Philip was as generous as he was accomplished. He represented thousands of clients over 60 years and was always proud and honored to serve people who placed their destinies in his hands. He once said, “Having an opportunity to do the right thing for each client is why I remained a trial lawyer.”
When asked about his legacy, Philip said, “Personal injury trial lawyers are in the rare position of being able to level the playing field to help people in the war against organized money.”
Indeed, Philip leaves an indelible mark on the legal profession through his efforts to give back to the field, through activities such as his mentoring and training of countless lawyers who practiced under his guidance. His passion and determination will live on through his efforts. He will be sorely missed.
- On behalf of ABA President Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III
and ABA President-Elect Laurel G. Bellows.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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