Attorney Profiles


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Chicago Injury Lawyers:

Stephen D. Phillips

Managing Partner

“A friend of mine who’s a defense attorney said to me, ‘I told the guy in my office who you have that case against, just give Phillips what he wants because he’s not going to let go. He’s going to drag you back to court until he gets it, so you might as well just give it to him.'”

Mr. Phillips was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers which represents less than 1% of attorneys worldwide. In a statewide survey of lawyers he was voted as one of the Leading Personal Injury Lawyers in Illinois. He was voted a Superlawyer by his peers in yet another statewide survey of lawyers. He was elected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers. And, he has been recognized in Chicago Lawyer Magazine as resolving the most $1 million-plus cases than any other lawyer in Illinois in a year.

Avvo.com, an independent rating service of United States attorneys, has given Stephen D. Phillips, their highest rating of 10.0 of 10.0, Superbfor Personal Injury Attorneys in Illinois. Mr. Phillips has also received Avvo.com’s highest rating of 10.0 of 10.0, Superb for medical malpractice, brain injury lawyer, birth injury lawyer, auto accident lawyer, trucking accident lawyer and wrongful death lawyer in Illinois.

Steve has also been recognized in International Who’s Who of Professionals, and is a member of the prestigious Society of Trial Lawyers. Steve is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School Chicago, where he teaches Personal Injury Law and has taught Illinois Civil Procedure. He serves on the Scholarship Committee of the Justinian Society of Lawyers, and he has received the highest possible ratings for legal ability and ethics from Martindale-Hubbell.

He has served consecutive terms on the executive committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, where he has co-chaired the Medical Negligence Committee and the Publications Committee.

On June 9th, 2012, Mr. Phillips was elected President Elect of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association at their annual meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois. He served as President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 2013.

Mr. Phillips has been reelected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

He has been elected governor for the Illinois State Bar Association and has served in the State Bar Assembly for three terms.

When asked what it was like to follow in his father’s footsteps as a successful trial lawyer Steve replies, “I had big shoes to fill when I was a young lawyer straight out of law school. So I was always prepared, I always knew the law and I never took shortcuts ever, ever, ever.” Steve began to establish himself right out of school, turning seemingly dead cases into surprising wins through his persistence and dedication. He has maintained his no-holds-barred work ethic throughout his more than 25 years of law practice.

Steve is also a well-respected author and speaker on personal injury and wrongful death issues. He was awarded a ‘Certification of Publication’ for contribution as an author for the 2012 edition Illinois Civil Practice: Opening The Case by the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

If you ask Steve how many years he has been practicing law, he may answer, “25 going on 60.” Mr. Phillips, an avid outdoorsman enjoys boating, fishing, hunting, and sports in his leisure time. If he could do anything else for a living, he would probably work in the boating industry or as a fishing guide, but he would still represent a handful of clients every year.

Mr. Phillips was also honored in the Spring 2011 Justinian Society Newsletter. The newsletter honored Steve for his success as a catastrophic injury lawyer, being elected as the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Vice president, being a leader in many state associations, and for being a community leader. Steve has contributed many thousands of dollars to the Justian Society Scholarship Fund, which makes it easier for future Italian-Americans to become lawyers, as the society averages over $75,000 per year in grants for needy Italian-American law students.

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Terrence M. Quinn

Partner

“I like helping people. That’s what I think attracts a lot of people to plaintiff’s work. My parents are social workers, so I come from that background. I think knowing that you have people who are relying on you whose lives are impacted adversely, you’re really working to make their lives easier, and that’s what keeps you going.”

Terry Quinn clerked for our firm during law school, and joined us as an attorney after his admission to the bar. Terry was mentored by our firm’s founder, John G. Phillips. Terry is known for his devotion to the study of law, and his excellent writing, research and analytical skills have made him an invaluable asset. He has already made his mark with numerous successful results.

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Elise A. Waisbren

Associate

Elise joined our firm in 2011. In law school Elise was a two-year member of Chicago-Kent College of Law’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy Team and won first place in the Midwest region of the 2009 American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition.

She is currently an active member of multiple bar associations, including the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Association for Justice, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Professional Women’s Club of Chicago.

Elise is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois as well as Illinois State Courts. Since joining our firm, Elise has worked extensively in federal mass tort litigation involving defective pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices.

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