Phil Corboy Class of 42 and Alumni board member


Philip Corboy



CHICAGO (WLS) - Noted Chicago attorney Philip H. Corboy has died at the age of 87, his law firm said.

According to the website of the firm that Mr. Corboy co-founded, Corboy & Demetrio, Corboy practiced personal injury trial law for more than 50 years.

"Phil Corboy was an extraordinary lawyer but an even better human being," said Thomas A. Demetrio, a partner in the firm. "His accomplishments in the courtroom pale in comparison to his contributions to his fellow man. His life was long and filled with much love, happiness and success at all levels. While he'll be missed greatly, his spirit and legacy will live on for generations."

After graduating first in his class from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1949, Corboy worked for the city of Chicago as an assistant corporation counsel. Exactly one year after receiving his license, he successfully argued his first case before the Illinois Supreme Court.

Corboy represented plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death actions involving aviation, Federal Employers' Liability Act, general negligence, maritime, professional negligence, product liability and railroad law, the website said.

The National Law Journal listed Corboy as one of the top 100 most influential lawyers in the country since beginning its survey in 1985. One of only 13 lawyers nationwide to hold that distinction, Corboy also has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1987, the website said.

He was a former president of the Chicago Bar Association, former president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, former chairman of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association, and former chair of the American Bar Association's Special Committee on Medical Professional Liability.

Corboy served as general counsel for the Illinois Democratic Party and has served on the boards of directors of business, legal and charitable groups, and as a member of task forces for courts, judicial and medical-related entities, the website said.

Corboy is survived by his wife Mary Dempsey, three sons, Philip Harnett Corboy, Jr. (Peg), John R. Corboy (Alix), and Thomas M. Corboy, eight grandchildren, his brother and sister-in-law, niece, nephews, and in-laws. Corboy is predeceased by his only daughter, Judge Joan Marie Corboy, who died at age 45, and his youngest son, Robert J. Corboy, who died at age 12.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Name Cathedral.


Please keep Phil and his family in your prayers.


Phil Zera,

President Alumni Board