Stephen D. Phillips – Managing Partner

Email address: Stephen D. Phillips
Phone: (312) 346-4262

Areas of practice

  • Personal injury
  • Tort law
  • Catastrophic injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Nursing home malpractice
  • Drug litigation
  • Automobile and truck accidents
  • Construction liability
  • Medical malpractice
  • Aviation
  • Products liability

Admitted to practice

  • Illinois, 1985
  • Northern District of Illinois, United States District Court, 1985

Awards

Education

Bar associations

Illinois State Bar Association

  • 1995–1997 Elected Governor (Cook County under Age 37)
  • 1999–2004 Assembly Member
  • 1985–1987 Member
  • 1993–Present Member
  • 1995–1996 Board Liaison, Young Lawyers Division
  • 1995–1997 Board Liaison, South Suburban Bar Association
  • 1995–1997 Board Liaison, Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • 1995–1997 Board Liaison, Admiralty & Maritime Section
  • 1996–1997 Board Liaison, Arab American Bar Association
  • 1996–1997 Board Liaison, Justinian Society of Du Page County
  • 1996–1997 Board Liaison, Tort Law Section Council
  • 1996–1997 Member – Ad Hoc Committee for Judicial Advisory Polls
  • 1995–1997 Assembly Member
  • 1995–1997 Elected Governor (Cook County under Age 37)
  • 1996–1997 Member, Standing Committee on ISBA Properties
  • 1997–1998 Member, Standing Committee on Legislation

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

  • 1984–1996 Member
  • 1991– ____ Chairman, Expert Testimony Exchange
  • 1992–1994 Sustaining Member
  • 1993– ____ Elected Manager, Board of Managers
  • 1993– ____ Member, Medical Negligence Committee
  • 1994–2003 Co-Chairman, Publications Committee
  • 1994–____ Contributing Member
  • 1995–1996 Parliamentarian
  • 1996–1997 Treasurer
  • 1996–1997 Member, Special Advisory Committee to the Constitutional Challenge Committee
  • 1996–____ Member, Legislative Committee
  • 1997–1998 Executive Committee
  • 1998–____ Editorial Board—ITLA Journal
  • 1999–2000 Treasurer
  • 2000 Nominating Committee for ITLA Officers
  • 2002–2004 Executive Committee
  • 2003–2009 Co-Chairman Medical Negligence Committee
  • 2004–2013 Co-Chairman Publications Committee
  • 2010 3rd Vice President
  • 2011 2nd Vice President
  • 2012 President Elect

American Trial Lawyers Association

American Bar Association

  • Member, 1985–1997

Other associations and honors

  • Fellow – Illinois Bar Foundation (1995)
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers – Mentor for Mentor Program
  • Justinian Society Scholarship Committee
  • John G. Phillips Scholarship Chairman
  • Loyola University – Presidents Club
  • University of Iowa Alumni Association – Lifetime Member
  • Elected to Consumer Guide Book – Leading Attorneys in Illinois 1995 –present (Determined by a state-wide survey of lawyers.) Published by American Research Corporation.
  • International Who’s Who of Professionals (1995), Published by Gilbralter Marketing
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who Registry (1999 -2000 Edition)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers (1999 to present)
  • Illinois Network of Leading American Attorneys (2000 to present)
  • Recognized in the Chicago Lawyer Magazine as resolving the most million dollar plus cases than any other lawyer in Illinois in 1999 survey.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Rating
    AV – Legal Ability Very High to preeminent.
    Ethical Standards – Very High.
    Highest Rating for Both
  • 2005 Illinois Trial Lawyers Association President’s Award
  • 2004 – 2009 Law and Leading Attorneys Statewide Survey Lawyers.
    Advisory Board – Top 5% of Lawyers in the State of Illinois
  • 2005 – 2013 Recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer in a statewide survey of lawyers.
  • 2006 – 2008 Loyola University School of Law – Adjunct Professor – Illinois Civil Litigation Prior to Trial
  • 2009 – 2013 Loyola University School of Law – Adjunct Professor – Illinois Personal Injury Law
  • 2007 – 2013 Highest rating for Personal Injury Lawyer in Illinois by Avvo.com Also highest ratings for Trucking Lawyer, Brain Injury Lawyer and Birth Trauma Lawyer.
  • 2008 – 2013 Voted Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois. American Trial Lawyers Association – Now National Trial Lawyers
  • 2010-2011 “Who’s Who in Collegiate Faculty” Montclair Publishing
  • April 2011 Inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers (Academy is limited to 500 lawyers worldwide.)
  • Included in 2012 Top Rated Lawyers Guide to Transportation Law; The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel Magazine
  • 2013 Reelected as Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association

Lectures and presentations

  • 05/02/92 – ITLA – Young Lawyers Seminar – “Obtaining and Presenting Expert Witnesses”
  • 09/12/92 – ITLA – Civil Practice “Update and Review Seminar” – Moderator
  • 09/11/93 – ITLA – Civil Practice “Update and Review Seminar”– “Settlement/Kotecki Update/Confidentiality Order”
  • 02/20/95 – ITLA – “The Nuts and Bolts of Handling Automobile Accident Cases”– “Preparing Your Case For Trial”
  • 12/02/95 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Combating Defense Tactics”
  • 03/13/96 – CBA – Countdown to Trial – “Preparing Your Case For Trial”
  • 09/07/96 – ITLA – Update and Review Seminar –”Structural Work Act and Construction Negligence”
  • 11/11/96 – SBA – Trial Techniques Seminar – Getting a Case Ready; Getting A Verdict – “Opening Statements”
  • 2/07/96 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Presenting the Plaintiff’s Expert for Deposition”
  • 2/17/97 – ITLA – Maximizing results through settlement and TRIAL – “Prosecuting the Negligence Case”– Opening Statement and Closing Argument
  • 5/3/97 – ITLA – Shot Gun Seminar – “Subsequent Remedial Measures”
  • 9/6/97 – ITLA – Issues, Answers, and Legal Trends. “Liens” 1/29/98 – Valparaiso Law School – Litigation – Plaintiff vs. Defense Practice
  • 2/16/98 – ITLA – Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases – “Initial Settlement Considerations”
  • 8/14/98 – Ross and Hardies Litigation Group Lectures – “Preparing a Case for Trial”
  • 10/19/98 – John Marshall Law School – Preparation and Trial of a Product Liability Case – Plaintiff’s Perspective
  • 12/5/98 – ITLA – “Under the Microscope: The Anatomy of a Malpractice Trial” – Jury Instructions
  • 4/6/99 – IICLE – Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation – “Standard of Care”
  • 10/11/99 – ITLA – Trial Techniques Seminar – Moderator
  • 10/9/00 – ITLA – Anatomy of a Trial Seminar – Handling the Defense Experts
  • 12/9/00 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – Investigating the Defense Witnesses
  • 11/29/01– IICLE – How to Depose a Doctor – Moderator
  • 12/8/01 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Cardiac Cases”
  • 1/19/02 – ITLA – Tort Litigation: “From Intake to Verdict Seminar” – Moderator
  • 5/21/02 – Ross and Hardies Litigation Group Lectures – “Preparing a Case for Trial”
  • 1/18/03 – ITLA – Overcoming Juror Bias Seminar – Trial Story –”Presenting the Case”
  • 3/14/03 – American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Occupational Medicine: “Where Medicine Meets the Workplace” – How to Prepare to Testify
  • 5/22/03 – Wilmette Rotary Club, Wilmette, “Illinois Tort Reform – What it Means”
  • 12/6/03 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – Obstetrics and Gynecology Malpractice.
  • 3/11/05 – The American Association of Critical Care Nurses, Greater Miami Chapter, Miami Teaching Institute – How to Avoid the Deposition Jitters
  • 4/7/05 – Tort Reform Debate Participant – Hellenic Bar Association
  • 5/7/05 – ITLA – Advocacy Showcase: The Art of Advocacy – A one day Trial. Cross Examination of Plaintiff’s Damage Exert Witness.
  • 12/2/06 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – “Crunch Time 120 Days to Trial”
  • 6/27/08 – IICLE – Personal Injury Practice Update – “Top developments in motor vehicle cases, premises liability, product liability, governmental immunity, insurance coverage, etc.”
  • 12/6/08 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar. “Deposing and Cross Examining Defendants and Defense Experts”
  • 2/27/09 – ISBA – Law Education Series – “Sharpen Your Trial Skills – Opening Statement”
  • 3/28/09 – ITLA – Insurance, Liens & Settlements Seminar – “Maximizing Settlement”
  • 4/7/10 – University of Notre Dame – “Depositions of Defendants in Automobile Cases and Medical Malpractice Cases”
  • 5/7/10 – ITLA – Ethics and Professionalism in Personal Injury Practice Seminar – “Client Relationship Issues”
  • 6/23/10 – IICLE – Personal Injury Practice Update – “Emerging Issues for 2010, Jury Instruction Update”
  • 9/10 – Minnesota Lawyers Mutual – 2010 Update: Preventing Legal Malpractice Claims and Ethics Complaints in Your Law Practice-Panelist
  • 2/16/11 –ITLA –Webinar on Medical Literature
  • 2/18/11 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar Opening Statement
  • 4/6/11 –University of Notre Dame Law School (South Bend, Indiana): Deposition and Cross-examination of Defendants and Defense Experts.
  • 3/5/12 – ISBA – Foundations, Evidence, and Objections Seminar – Jury Selection
  • 3/23/12 – IICLE – Pretrial Preparation in Civil Practice Seminar – How to Chose your Case
  • 3/23/12 – IICLE – Pretrial Preparation in Civil Practice Seminar – Developing a Prosecution or Defense Plan.
  • 4/20/12 – Day in the life videos – a case study. 2012 Spring Symposium – The Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Illinois Insurance Association
  • 4/23/12 – IICLE – Illinois Civil Practice: Opening the Case
  • 10/8/12 – ITLA – Update and Review Seminar – Evidence and Procedure
  • 12/8/12 – ITLA – Medical Malpractice Seminar – Case selection

Publications

  • 1993 – Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases
  • 1993 – Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Chapter 1 — Physical Injuries – Plaintiff’s Perspective
  • 1993 – Illinois Structural Work Act Practice 1993 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Chapter 5 — Trial Practice – Plaintiff
  • 1995 – Illinois Politics December 1995 – Viewpoint “Why We Don’t Need a Law Prohibiting Jury Selection Consultants”
  • 1996 – Illinois State Bar Association Bar News Volume 36, No. 14, February 1, 1996 – Jury Selection Consultants Are Needed
  • 1996 – Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases 1996; Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Chapter I – Supplement for Physical Injuries – Plaintiff’s Perspective
  • 1996 – Letter to the Editor, “Unethical Conduct–Allstate Insurance”. Crain’s Chicago Business, June 3 – 9, 1996, pg. 23, Vol. 19
  • 1996 – Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, 1996 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Chapter 2. “Limitations on Discovery”
  • 1996 – Illinois State Bar Association Bar News Volume 37, No. 12, January 3, 1997 – Tort Reform Uninformed
  • 1997 – ITLA Edition of the Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook - Learned Medical Treatises
  • 1998 – Letter to the Editor, Response to “Publishers’ Prerogative” on Tort Reform. Illinois Legal Times. Vol.12, No.131. March 1998
  • 1998 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook — Learned Medical Treatises Supplement
  • 1998 – IICLE – Modern Medical Malpractice Litigation — “Standard of Care”
  • 1998 – ITLA Trial Journal — Lost Pension Benefits in a Wrongful Death Action – A Wrong without a Remedy
  • 1998 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook Supplement
  • 1999 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook – Learned Medical Treatises
  • 2000 – ITLA Trial Journal — The Use and Abuse of Medical Literature, Volume 2, Number 1, Winter 2000
  • 2000 – IICLE Practice Handbook — Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases, 2000 Edition
  • 2002 – Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education “Development of the Case on Fact and Law”
  • 2003 – Chicago Tribune – Voice of the People Letter to the Editor 2/17/03. Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums
  • 2003 – Chicago Sun Times – Letter to the Editor 7-10-03 “Medical Malpractice Premiums, Legal Malpractice Premiums and Boat Insurance Premiums.”
  • 2004 – Present Justinian Society Newsletter “From a Plaintiff’s Lawyer’s Desk” – Quarterly Columnist
  • 2006 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook Supplement
  • 2007 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook Supplement
  • 2008 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook Supplement
  • 2008 – IICLE – Illinois Civil Practice Vol. 1, Chapter 2, Development of the Case on Facts and Law
  • 2011 – ITLA Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook: Learned Medial Treatises and Assistant Editor
  • 2011 – Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association: Winter 2011 – Practice Tips: Cross Examination of the Expert Witness: Rutherford et al vs Kochell et al.
  • 2012 – IICLE – 2012 Edition, Illinois Civil Practice: Opening the Case

Representative cases

  • ___ v. McCalla, M.D., Associated Surgical Group, and Methodist Medical Center, Case number 06 L 117. Medical malpractice. $17.5 million settlement.
  • ___ v. Price Waterhouse Coopers, Case No. 03 L 11042, recovery of $10.0 million
  • ___ v. Suburban Lung Associates, et. al., Court No. 02 L 04984, recovery of $7.4 million
  • ___ v. Loyola University Hospitals, Court No. 96 L 04665, recovery of $7 million
  • ___ v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, et al., Court No. 90 L 6080, recovery of $5.6 million
  • ___ v. Watts, et. al., Court No. 93 L 04210, recovery of $5.1 million
  • ___ v. Frezza, M.D., et. al., Court No. 02 L 008907, recovery of $5 million
  • ___ v. St. Francis Hospital of Evanston, et al., Court No. 86 L 11283, recovery of $4.25 million
  • ___ v. FSC Paper Corp., et. al., Court No. 00 L 6154, recovery of $4.032 million
  • ___ v. Confidential Defendant. No suit filed, recovery of $4.1 million
  • ___ v. Confidential Hospital, Court No. 09L14479, recovery of $4.0 million
  • ___ v. Rush Trucking and Gary Turner et al., Court No. 97 L 5791, recovery of $4 million
  • ___ v. Pace Suburban Bus Co., et al., Court No. 96 L 2566, recovery of $3.5 million
  • ___ v. Metrick,Court No. 84 M4 273126, recovery of $3.45 million
  • ___ v. Little Company of Mary Hospital, et al., Court No. 85 L 18457, recovery of $3.4 million
  • ___ v. Confidential Defendant, Court No. 05 L 855, recovery of $3.25 million
  • ___ v. Stephen Behnke, M.D., et al., Court No. 02 L 002309, recovery of $3,052,283
  • ___ v. Columbia Michael Reese Hospital, et al., Court No. 99 L 03453, recovery of $2.8 million
  • ___ v. Circle W Tractor & Equipment, et al., Court No. 91 L 2014, recovery of $2.7 million
  • ___ v. ABK Construction, Court No. 04 L 14157 recovery of $2.7 million
  • ___ v. Pace, Court No. 01 L 012443, recovery of $2.7 million
  • ___ v. Children’s Memorial Hospital, et, al., Court No. 04 L 008717, recovery of $2.5 million
  • ___ v. Holy Cross Hospital, et. al., Court No. 96 L 13007, recovery of $2.5 million
  • ___ v. Shipley Co., Court No. 87 L 22709, recovery of $2.5 million
  • ___ v. Zadeh, et. al., Court No. 95 L 00840, recovery of $2,425,000.00
  • ___v. Confidential Hospital, Court No. 08 L 009157, recovery of $2,400,000.00
  • ___ v. Harrison, et.al., Court No. 91 L 2014, recovery of $2,000,000.00
  • ___ v. Hunter, et.al., Court No. 02 L 16138, recovery of $1,950,000.00
  • ___ v. Loyola, et al., recovery of $1,875,000.00
  • ___ v. Moore, et al., Court No. 86 L 02240, recovery of $1.8 million
  • ___ v. St. Francis, et al., Court No. 81 L 28974, Court No. 96 L 12855, recovery of $1.575 million
  • ___ v. Double D Express, et al., Court No. 09 L 53, recovery of $1,500,000
  • ___ v. Multack, et al., Court No. 08 L 004117, recovery of $1,210,000
  • ___ v. Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Court No. 93 L 02134, recovery of $1.35 million
  • ___ v. Abrams, et al., Court No. 01 L 05374, recovery of $1.3 million
  • ___ v. Miczuga, et al., Court No. 84 L 25597, recovery of $1.25 million
  • ___ v. Gardner, et. al., Court #99 l 141251, recovery of $1.125 million
  • ___ v. Rosi, et al., Court No. 90 L 10323, recovery of $1,085,000.00
  • ___ v.Cohen, M.D., Court No. 81 L 3025, recovery of $1.1 million
  • ___ v. Werner Troesken, et al., Court No. 91 L 2014, recovery of $1,090,000.00
  • ___ v. Roseland, et al., Court No. 01 L 14480, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Ahmadian, Court No. 93 L 9802, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Todd, et. al., Court No. 94 L 14442, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. St. Joseph’s Hospital, Court No. 95 L 05838, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Clark Court, No. 98 L 02047, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Subramanian, Court No. 97 L 02951, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Deerbrook Medical Associates, Court #00 L 44, recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. BlueSky Taxi, et al., recovery of $1 million
  • ___ v. Wilson, et al., Court No. 08 L 010107, recovery of $1 million

Community service

  • Volunteer baseball coach
  • Volunteer AYSO soccer coach

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