We Are Among The Best
Injury Lawyers In Chicago

At Phillips Law Offices, we let our record, verdicts, and settlements speak for the skill, knowledge, and effort our firm provides to our clients. Our attorneys are prepared, persistent, and passionate about our clients’ rights. In fact, the personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Offices are frequently asked by other lawyers, and frequently opposing counsel,  to represent their families and friends in personal injury and wrongful death cases.

When you are injured by negligence, or if a loved one dies unexpectedly in an accident, your life and your family can change forever. The pain, loss, and trauma caused by a severe injury or by a wrongful death can be overwhelming, but we can help. Located in the heart of Chicago and serving clients across the Midwest, Phillips Law Offices is one of the oldest, well respected and best Illinois firms concentrating on personal injury and wrongful death.

Our Chicago personal injury lawyers offer quality and comprehensive legal services to the injured and their families throughout the state of Illinois. We aggressively advocate on behalf of injury victims and their families in personal injury cases arising from traffic accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, construction accidents, product liability, premises liability.

Over $500 Million

in Verdicts and Settlements


$25,000,000 – Record Verdict

On February 13, 2015 Phillips Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois received a $25 million verdict in Gary, Indiana on behalf of a widow who lost her husband of 40 years because of the selfishness of a drunk driver and the negligence of two restaurants who served that driver excessive amounts of alcohol. Our client married her husband when she was 19. She had a heartfelt and true partnership with him until a drunk driver drove onto the shoulder of a road where our client’s husband was helping a disabled trucker change a flat. The driver consumed 21 shots at a restaurant and then three glasses of wine at a second restaurant in the hours before the tragedy. The second restaurant was a mere 45-second drive from the accident site.

$17,500,000 – Record Settlement

Record settlement for a 37 year-old man severely disabled following hernia surgery. This case was rejected by two other plaintiff firms.

$10,000,000 – Settlement

31 year old Chicago man who suffered paralysis from an undiagnosed spinal infection.

$10,000,000 – Settlement

Settlement in an accounting malpractice case.

$7,000,000 – Verdict

$7,000,000.00 verdict was obtained by Stephen D. Phillips on behalf of a 39 year old woman as a result of negligent medical care she received while in the intensive care unit of a hospital. In July 2000, our client developed symptoms of an abdominal infection. She was placed in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, under the care of intensive care physicians. We alleged that the physicians did not properly monitor and treat her serious condition. Due to the failure to properly evaluate her respiratory status and place her on mechanical ventilation, she developed lack of oxygen which led to severe brain damage. As a result, our client presently requires 24 hour a day care.“The facts of this case clearly show that the physicians were not monitoring her appropriately and did not come to her bedside when she needed immediate care. We a are pleased that the jury reached this result,” said Stephen D. Phillips. This verdict will allow our client the 24 hour a day care that she desperately needs and allow her family members to hire health care professionals to supply that care.

$5,000,000 – Settlement

Settlement for a family of a 56 year-old man who was given an overdose of insulin and died.

$4,000,000 – Settlement

Settlement for the death of a 51 year-old following knee surgery.

$4,000,000 – Settlement

Settlement for the death of a woman following a boating accident.

$3,180,000 – Verdict

Jury verdict of a 51 year-old man who had a stroke following a heart attack. No offer to settle was made by the defense.

$3,052,283 - Verdict

Our client gave birth to a 9 pound 7 ounce baby. Shortly after delivery, the baby was noted to have a fractured clavicle as well as a limp right arm. We alleged that the doctor used excessive force to deliver the baby. The defense made no offer to settle this case as they contended that the natural forces of labor caused the injury and that the doctor used the appropriate amount of force. We were very pleased that the jury concluded that the doctor caused the brachial plexus injury to our clients’ daughter during birth. The verdict will help pay for her future medical care, surgeries, and therapy which she will require throughout her life.

$2,850,000 – Settlement

Settlement for the death of a 70 year-old man. This case was rejected by two other Plaintiff firms.

$2,250,000 - Settlement

Following a heart attack, our client underwent a medical procedure to re-establish blood flow through a blocked heart artery. The physicians performing this procedure used a small device to re-open the artery. The device either broke or came apart during the procedure causing uncontrolled bleeding, which led to bilateral leg amputations before her death a few weeks later. One question motivated our efforts to obtain justice for the family: Why would the manufacturer run the risk of unintentional detachment associated with virtually any two-piece device? In answer to this question, we learned that this was another tragic example of a corporation’s placing “profits over people.” Despite industry standards requiring a one piece design, the manufacturer continued to produce the more dangerous, two-piece design because a small minority of physicians preferred that design, and thus they could sell a few more products.

$2,100,000 - Verdict

Verdict for a 54 year-old man who suffered serious leg injuries following a fork lift accident. The defendant offered $100,000 to settle the case.

$1,350,000 - Settlement

A 32 year old unmarried maintenance worker was killed while performing maintenance on a food refrigeration machine which contained anhydrous ammonia. During routine maintenance, he opened part of the machine that sprayed ammonia in his face and lungs. Once inhaled, the ammonia burned his lungs and ultimately caused his death. We claimed the machine lacked proper warnings and that the operator’s manual was unclear in its instructions on how to maintain the machine. The defense argued that our client did not follow the instructions in the manual, that his employer did not train him, and that warnings would not have made a difference. This case settled one week into trial. It provides us great satisfaction to obtain compensation for the family of a hard working maintenance man, who despite taking the time to read the manual, was subjected to working on an unsafe product.

$800,000 - Settlement

Settlement for the death of a 51 year-old woman with no husband or children. The case was rejected by 5 other firms.

$750,000 - Settlement

Our client a journeyman ironworker, was working on a construction project that involved putting additional floors on top of an existing building. As part of that task, the iron workers were assigned to weld 600 pound large metal plates onto vertical columns to support the additional weight being added to the top floors. The area in which our client was forced to work was too small to allow scaffolding or proper access to the columns for the iron workers to safely perform their work. The general contractor refused to correct the conditions or increase the size of the work area, because it would cost them too much money. Unfortunately for our client, as an iron worker, if he objects to doing something on a job site, his days of iron working are numbered. Iron workers are expected to “get things done.” Our client injured his shoulder which required two surgeries and thirteen months of physical therapy.

$550,000 - Settlement

The Plaintiff, a 32 year old man, was struck broad side in an automobile collision. Our client then underwent surgery on his back, which we contended was performed below the herniated disc that was causing his pain and symptoms. This case settled after three weeks of trial, before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.

Chicago Personal Injury Attorney

The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Offices are often asked by other lawyers-even opposing counsel- to represent their families and friends in personal injury and wrongful death matters. Simply put, when your opposing counsel asks you to represent his or her loved ones, you know you are doing it the right way. We are prepared, persistent, and passionate in the fight for our clients’ rights.

Founded in 1945, Phillips Law Offices is one of the oldest and most respected law firms in Illinois concentrating in the representation of injured people and families who have experienced wrongful death of a loved one. We have a success rate of almost 100% on cases we accept.

We combine 70 years of experience with contemporary, groundbreaking resources and technology. At Phillips law Offices, we use good old fashioned work ethic, along with cutting edge technology to get justice for our clients. Our spirited history and backbone allow us to provide our clients with exceptional representation with a personal relationship. The personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Offices are steadfast and resourceful in the preparation of your case and provide personal attention to every client.  We remain unwavering and focused entirely on our legal goals while safeguarding your legal rights and providing legal counsel and service, which prepares us to present your case in the most persuasive manner.

“Every case must be prepared as if it is going to trial”. The attorneys at Phillips Law Offices have tried numerous cases to verdict. Our clients take comfort knowing that while many lawyers find the courtroom intimidating, we fight for the rights of our clients in court on a daily basis. Every one of our attorneys has tried a case to verdict, something that very few other law firms can say. Located in the heart of Chicago’s Loop, across the street from the Cook County Courthouse, we react and adapt to the changes in the law and formulate a plan with the understanding that issues arise in our client’s lives, especially when dealing with traumatic injury or loss of a loved one. We represent injured people and their families from Chicago and throughout the state, as well as across the country. Our persistence knows no bounds.

“Phillips Law Offices has been recognized in a statewide survey of lawyers as one of the top personal injury firms in Illinois.” We know that when you are severely hurt or a loved one is tragically killed in an accident, your life and the lives of your family and loved ones are forever changed. The physical pain, disability, and economic loss combined with emotional worry can be traumatic, stressful, even overwhelming. Call us today at (312) 346-4262-we can help.


Our Law Firm


Meet Our Personal Injury Attorneys

Stephen D. Phillips

  • Stephen D. Phillips was inducted as the 60th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in June 2013.
  • Inducted as a Fellow in The International Academy of Trial Lawyers in April 2011 (Limited to 500 lawyers worldwide).
  • Achieved the most settlements in Illinois above $1 million in a single year according to a statewide survey of lawyers.
  • Ranked as one of the Top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois by The National Trial Lawyers.

Terrence M. Quinn

  • Terrance M. Quinn was Admitted to Practice Illinois in 2001.
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars Key Professional Media 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association 2003 – Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association 2004 – Present
  • American Association of Justice
  • Settled a $10,000,000 Accounting Malpractice Case.
  • Recovery of $7.4 Million in a Medical Malpractice Case.

Elise A. Waisbren

  • Elise A. Waisbren was honored in the 2015 and 2016 edition of Illinois Super Lawyer as a Rising Star.
  • 2016 Illinois Leading Lawyers “Emerging Lawyer”
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois and the United States District Court of the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association | Co-Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division
  • American Association for Justice
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois






Settlement or judgment, we fight for full and fair compensation for each and every client.



Our attorney’s experience and resources help us obtain justice in even the most complex malpractice cases.


Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Hiring the right attorney makes all the difference. Hire a personal injury attorney if you have been injured in an accident by the negligence of another because a personal injury attorney can help you protect your legal rights before they are impaired by the insurance company or the wrongdoer. Our attorneys are experienced with cases like yours and we can tell you from the beginning what your rights are and how to protect them. The personal injury lawyers at Phillips Law Offices work on a contingency fee basis, so if you don’t win, you don’t pay attorney’s fees.

Confusing medical terms, complicated legal procedures, and an avalanche of paperwork are routine in personal injury cases, but an experienced personal injury lawyer can simplify the headache and resolve your claim so that you can get on with your life. After you have been injured, the right personal injury attorneys can make all the difference in the protection of your rights to justice as well as full and fair compensation. Let Phillips Law Offices help with your legal battle and inform you so you fully understand the merits and issues of your case.

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Serving Chicago For Over 65 Years

The most serious personal injuries will require the most substantial compensation. We provide personalized and attentive service for every Phillips Law Offices client, whether you have suffered a personal injury due to negligence or lost a loved one through a wrongful death in the greater Chicago area. The personal injury attorneys at Phillips Law Offices seek full compensation for our clients and the justice they both need and deserve. Call 312-248-0016 or contact us online today for a free consultation with an attorney about your case.