Corboy & Demetrio client Mike Adamle, who is a former NBC Chicago sportscaster and six-year NFL player, will receive the Courage Award from the Concussion Legacy Foundation at its 2017 Chicago Honors on June 22, 2017.
Mike is being represented by attorneys William T. Gibbs and Thomas A. Demetrio in concussion litigation against the NFL. Adamle is one of more than 100 retired professional athletes and families of deceased players represented by Corboy & Demetrio.
Bill Gibbs is serving on the Committee of CLF’s 2017 Chicago Honors, and tickets to the event may be purchased here.
About Concussion Legacy Foundation
The CLF was founded by Chris Nowinski and Dr. Robert Cantu. After seeking help from Dr. Cantu for his own post-concussion symptoms, Chris' view about concussions was completely changed. He discovered he had never been taught the signs and symptoms of a concussion, so he didn’t report them or even know he had them while playing football at Harvard. He wasn’t told the value of resting after a concussion, nor was he warned of the long-term effects. Chris decided to bring the information Dr. Cantu provided him into the public eye, and set a goal to change how concussions were understood and handled in sports.
Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Bill Gibbs will speak about the ongoing NHL concussion litigation and recently settled NFL concussion litigation at a CLE event hosted by the Chicago Bar Association’s Municipal and Law Division Committee on May 18th at the Daley Center.
In NFL litigation, Bill and Thomas Demetrio represent hundreds of former players, including former Chicago Bear and Sportscaster Mike Adamle, and the families of deceased players, including the late Chicago Bears Dave Duerson and Forrest Blue, in the class-action settlement and in litigation against Riddell.
In NHL litigation, Bill and Thomas Demetrio were appointed to the Plaintiff's Executive Committee by U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richard Nelson in Minnesota, which is overseeing individual lawsuits against the National Hockey League relating to head injuries.
In addition to their leadership role in the multi district litigation, Bill and Tom represent the Estate of former New York Rangers hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard in litigation against the NHL alleging the league failed to monitor the prescription of drugs by team doctors that led to Boogaard's death.
Bill and Tom also represent the Estate of Steve Montador, the NHL player who died at the age of 35 after suffering multiple concussions and the effects of CTE. In addition, Corboy & Demetrio represents Steve Ludzik, who played for the Chicago Blackhawks for eight seasons and coached the Tampa Bay Lightning, claiming repeated concussive injuries resulted in Parkinson’s disease.
Corboy & Demetrio was a proud Cum Laude Sponsor of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School’s 2017 Viva! fundraiser, which took place on Thursday, May 10th in Chicago. Our firm is a longtime Partner in Cristo Rey’s Work Study Program, employing students of the high school who earn 65% of their tuition.
Oscar Blas, pictured on the far right, was one of our Cristo Rey interns who now works at Corboy & Demetrio full-time.
The annual Viva! Fundraiser was a huge success, raising more than $650,000 in one night, which will impact the lives of 563 students.
For more than a decade, Corboy & Demetrio Managing Partner Robert J. Bingle has led our law firm’s team, collecting donations for Misericordia on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Misericordia is an extraordinary place -- recognized as one of the nation’s leading communities for children and adults with developmental disabilities, distinguished by its network of services.
It first began serving children with mental disabilities in 1954, and it currently supports more than 600 children and adults from diverse racial, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds, with disabilities ranging from mild or moderate to severe and profound.
Misericordia’s programs include residential options, job training and placement, an array of therapies, fitness and health guidance, social and recreational activities, and opportunities for spiritual growth. They are each designed to help its residents achieve and maintain the highest level of independence possible.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud and longtime supporter of Misericordia and Candy Days 2017.
Corboy & Demetrio Partner Daniel S. Kirschner will serve as Co-Chair of the Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center’s 30th Anniversary Benefit to be held on April 27, 2017.
The 6th installment of The Robert H. Kirschner Award for Global Activism, which will be presented at the event, was created in memorial to Dan Kirschner’s late father to honor his human rights work both domestically and abroad. Dr. Kirschner was an internationally recognized forensic pathologist and well-regarded authority on child abuse, torture, police brutality, and the death penalty.
“The Kovler Center always had a special place in my dad’s heart,” said Dan Kirschner. “He was always adamant that international human rights work started at home, whether it was shining an early light on police torture under Chicago Police Commander Burge or helping foreign torture victims who found their way to Chicago and the Kovler Center,” explained Dan.
Dr. Kirschner's human rights work took him to more than a dozen foreign countries where torture, extra-judicial executions and mass killings occurred. Through the Kovler Center, Dr. Kirschner trained pro bono health providers to conduct forensic evaluations of torture survivors, provided ongoing consultation to Kovler Center staff and volunteers, and assisted Kovler Center client’s in the asylum-seeking process.
Dr. M. Zaher Sahloul will receive the 2017 Robert H. Kirschner Award at the benefit.
Corboy & Demetrio Attorney Bill Gibbs spoke to victims of brain injury and stroke at Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse on March 16, 2017 in Chicago. Bill gave the presentation, "Law of Sports Brain Injuries" to Clubhouse members.
The Clubhouse provides life-long rehabilitative services, support and mentoring to brain injury and stroke victims, serving as a community-based day program for those who need continued development after their initial therapy has completed or has been reduced.
Corboy & Demetrio currently represents more than 100 athletes who suffered brain injury, including concussions and CTE, as a result of repeated hits from playing professional football and hockey. The firm also represents the families of deceased players including the late Dave Duerson and Derek Boogaard.
In addition, Bill and Thomas Demetrio represented Renea Poppel, a passenger who suffered brain injury after a Metra railroad derailment in 2005. The result was a record-setting jury verdict of $29.6 million after a two-week trial. Renea is a member of the Clubhouse and attended Bill’s presentation.
The Clubhouse empowers those afflicted by brain injury and stroke through active engagement, work and purpose. It believes that through these efforts, further steps towards self-sufficiency and dignity following brain injury can be achieved. The Clubhouse also promotes fellowship as it unites with families, survivors and our community to work together toward the common goal of independence.
March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
More information about the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse can be found on its website, mbiclubhouse.org.
Corboy & Demetrio is proud to be a Bronze Sponsor of The Center for Conflict Resolution’s 16th Annual Gala, celebrating CCR’s continued service to more than 5000 clients each year. The Gala, “Cirque du CCR: Performing the Art of Mediation,” will be held on March 30, 2017 in Chicago.
Since forming in 1979, CCR has accomplished the mission of working with individuals, communities, courts and other institutions to manage and resolve conflict by offering pro bono mediation services and conflict management training to Chicago area institutions, organizations and businesses.
CCR was started in 1979, when the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association supported the creation of a not-for-profit corporation to aid the Chicago community in effectively handling disputes.
Originally known as the Neighborhood Justice of Chicago, the Center for Conflict Resolution opened in a storefront in Chicago's Uptown Neighborhood to help people resolve their conflicts through mediation. CCR began accepting a significant number of case referrals from the Circuit Court of Cook County in the early 1980s. To reach the community more effectively and to enhance their new services, CCR moved its offices to Chicago's downtown loop.
CCR continued its reach through programs developed in the Circuit Court of Cook County and in city and state institutions that continue today. From juvenile offenders and victims, landlord-tenant conflicts and small claims matters to employment discrimination and Chancery Court cases, CCR provides a successful option for the court and to the residents of the Chicagoland community.
CCR is now governed by a 22-member Board of Directors and relies on a full-time staff of 11 and approximately 120 active volunteer mediators who mediate 95% of CCR's cases. In the past five years alone, CCR mediated over 10,000 cases.
The winner of the 2017 Thomas A. Demetrio Award of Excellence will be announced on April 26, 2017 at the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Spring Awards Dinner. The annual event, which will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, raises crucial funds for Lend-A-Hand and is its largest fundraiser of the year.
Guests of honor will include Hon. Thomas L. Hogan (ret.); Terry Murphy, the Executive Director of the Chicago Bar Association; and Chicago lawyer Kevin J. Conway.
Honorary Co-Chair will be Hon. E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Cook Co. Circuit Court with J. Timothy Eaton serving as Host.
The event will celebrate Lawyers Lend-A-Hand’s new tutoring program at the CBA, which provides free one-to-one tutoring to students from the Englewood community using volunteers from Chicago’s legal community.
Highlights of the evening will include honoring Judge Hogan and Mr. Murphy with the Marovitz Philanthropic Award as well as the presentation of the Thomas A. Demetrio Award, which is funded by and named in honor of Thomas Demetrio, President and Co-founder of Corboy & Demetrio, and is given annually to tutoring and mentoring programs that impact the lives of underprivileged youth.
Background on Thomas Demetrio and Lawyers Lend-A-Hand
In 1992, the Lend-A-Hand Award of Excellence was created by Thomas A. Demetrio while he was President of the Chicago Bar Association(CBA), with a desire to impact the lives of Chicago’s underprivileged children by recognizing the efforts of exceptional tutor/mentor programs in the Chicago communities. From this Award was born the Lend-A-Hand Program. The Chicago Bar Foundation(CBF), with the leadership of the CBA, initiated the Lend-A-Hand Program in 1995, and it has continued to evolve ever since.
The CBA and CBF created the Lend-A-Hand program in dedication to the lasting memory and generosity of the Honorable Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, Judge "Abe."
Thomas Demetrio is a Life Fellow of the Chicago Bar Foundation and served on its Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996. He has served on the Lend-A-Hand Advisory Board since 1994.
Corboy & Demetrio is a proud first-time sponsor of Herscher High School’s 26th Annual Swing & Sing, which will take place on March 18, 2017. The event showcases the best Jazz bands and show choirs in the community and throughout the Midwest. 15 Jazz bands and a record of 24 show choirs will take part in the competition to see who wins the trophy.
Herscher High school has been known for its incredible musical talent in the last 32 years. Its music department includes: Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Band, Show Choir, Concert Choir, Chamber Choir Capella Choir and Orchestra.
Swing & Sing is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the school’s music programs.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) is pleased to announce that serving as Honorary Co-Chairs of the 2017 Winter Awards Benefit are Darrell Guy, Vice President and Associate General Counsel of AT&T; Daniel M. Kotin, President of the Chicago Bar Association and Partner of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman; and Michael S. Smith, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie’s Chicago Office.
CDEL’s 33rd Annual Winter Awards Benefit will take place at Baker & McKenzie, 300 E. Randolph, Suite 5000, in Chicago, on February 23, 2017, and tickets may be purchased online at cdelaw.org.
Anthony J. O’Neill, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, will serve as 2017 Winter Benefit Chair. Anthony is Past President of CDEL’s Board.
Theresa Jaffe, principal of Theresa Jaffe Consulting. will be honored with the Impact Award for her extraordinary dedication and service to CDEL. Theresa serves as Vice President of CDEL’s Board and Chaired the Winter Benefit for five years with unprecedented success, breaking records for both fundraising and attendance. Under Theresa’s creative direction and management, the “Light Up the Loop” Winter Awards Benefit has become CDEL’s flagship fundraising event.
Walgreens will be honored with the Corporate Partner Award for its exceptional assistance to CDEL and its clients. Since 2013, when Walgreens began its partnership with CDEL, more than sixty-five attorneys and other legal professionals who have been trained on drafting Powers of Attorney and Living Will Declarations for nearly 100 senior citizens who are clients of CDEL’s Senior Center Initiative (SCI) program.
Volunteer attorney Linda Ochsenfeld will be honored with the CDEL Volunteer of the Year Award for her strong commitment to CDEL’s mission by providing an extraordinary level of direct pro bono legal service to its clients and achieving results that benefit clients and the community of low-income seniors and people with disabilities throughout Cook County.
Sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be served as guests enjoy networking and Chicago’s magnificent skyline. A raffle will take place with amazing prizes, including a Florida vacation condo package for 7 days in a three bedroom condo on the beach in Daytona Beach, as well as a $900 Airfare Card donated by Corboy & Demetrio; a Skin Medispa Package with a four-hour Ultimate Renewal Treatment, one Botox treatment and consultation with Dr. Geroulis donated by The North Shore Center for Facial Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery; and a Chicago Cubs Rooftop Party package, which includes eight Rooftop tickets to a Cubs game at Wrigley Field, including all-you-can-eat and drink buffet and bar, donated by Skybox on Sheffield.
The Center for Disability & Elder Law (CDEL) was founded to provide legal services to low-income residents of Cook County, Illinois who are either elderly or who have permanent disabilities. Dedicated volunteers from some of the largest law firms in Chicago, and from firms and corporations located throughout Cook County, as well as paralegals, provide more than ninety percent of all legal services CDEL delivers, pro bono, to CDEL clients. In its 33-year history, CDEL has provided services to more than 30,000 clients.
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