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Sean P. Murray


Sean MurrayA founding partner of the firm, Sean is a dedicated trial attorney who has obtained numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Throughout his career, Sean has been committed to delivering outstanding results for his clients. He has successfully handled a wide range of personal injury cases, including construction injuries, explosions, trucking and motor vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, civil rights, premises liability, and workplace injuries including the representation of union workers.  Sean is a tenacious lawyer who dedicates himself to being a winning advocate for his clients.

Sean has personally obtained many record jury verdicts and settlements on behalf of his clients, including the highest settlement for any of the 21 wrongful death victims of the E2 nightclub tragedy, the highest construction negligence jury verdict in LaSalle County, the highest injury jury verdict in Kankakee County, the highest settlement in Illinois for a decedent over 90 years old, and the highest jury verdict for a finger related injury to a minor in Illinois.

Over the years Sean has consistently been named an Illinois Super Lawyer, a distinction given to only 5% of attorneys in Illinois. He has also been selected by fellow trial attorneys as an Illinois Leading Lawyer, and is the 2012 recipient of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for winning a $67 million dollar verdict including punitive damages on behalf of his client.


Results

Sean has developed an impressive record as a trial attorney in the courtroom fighting on behalf of his clients. Sean has obtained many notable jury verdicts and settlements. His recent verdicts and settlements include:
  • $67.2 million state record, federal jury verdict including punitive damages on behalf of a laborer who was injured while working on a ConAgra grain bin that exploded causing severe burn injuries. The offer prior to verdict was $4,100,000.
  • $2 million policy limit settlement for a roofer who fell through an unsafe skylight.
  • $2.1 million settlement for the family of a young woman killed in the E2 Nightclub tragedy. This amount obtained represents the highest settlement of any of the 71 victims that filed suit.
  • $3.15 million settlement for a mechanic that suffered head injuries in a trucking collision.
  • $3.2 million policy limits settlement during trial for an ironworker that injured his ulnar nerve while starting a gas saw at the O’Hare expansion project. The defendants made a token offer prior to trial; however after five days of testimony the Defendant tendered its policy.
  • $6 million settlement for a union concrete laborer that fell 22’ when a deck under construction collapsed due to a lack of shoring.
  • $2.1 million jury verdict for a union worker that fell from a ladder fracturing his heel and wrist. The offer prior to trial was $645,000.
  • $3 million policy limits settlement for a young girl severely burned in a propane gas explosion. Her family’s vacation cabin had accumulated with propane gas after a company installed a new propane tank on the property, causing the explosion. The company initially denied any liability, and the case proceeded through discovery until the policy limits were tendered.
  • $2.75 million state record jury verdict in a medical malpractice case on behalf of a young girl who suffered a lacerated tendon to her middle finger following a c-section delivery. The offer prior to trial was $300,000.
  • $2.95 million settlement for the family of a union ironworker who fell 19’ and died on a jobsite due to inadequate fall protection.
  • $810,315 record LaSalle County verdict for an ironworker who injured his ankle after tripping on debris. The offer prior to trial was $100,000.
  • $2.5 million settlement for a female ironworker who fell 12’ and broke both of her wrists due to the general contractor failing to erect a life line for her to tie off to.
  • $1.95 million settlement for an ironworker who fell from a crane causing him to fracture both wrists and injure his shoulders.
  • $2.05 million settlement for an iron worker injured when a ladder fell on him during a downtown high rise project.
  • $600,420 record Kankakee County jury verdict for a drywaller that broke his wrist when he tripped and fell over an electrical cord on a jobsite. The offer prior to trial was $0.
  • $1.375 million state record settlement for a 96 year old man that slipped and fell on a recently mopped floor and broke his hip ultimately causing his death.
  • $1 million settlement for a man severely injured after he contacted a live overhead power line while carrying a ladder.
  • $616,788 jury verdict for a 75 year old woman that slipped and fell and injured her ankle and shoulder in a parking lot. The offer prior to trial was $135,000
  • $407,545 verdict against the City of Chicago for a woman that broke her elbow after tripping and falling on a cracked sidewalk. The offer prior to trial was $2,500.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Injury
  • Explosions
  • Automobile Negligence
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Trucking Negligence
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Civil Rights

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin

Education

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
J.D. – 2001

Western Illinois University
B.A. (Cum Laude) – 1998


Published Works

  • IICLE 2012 Edition, Illinois Civil Practice: Opening the Case, Chapter 6 Limitations
  • ITLA Trial Journal Summer 2014, Practice Tips: Opening Statement in Jablonski v. Kiewit/Reyes Joint Venture – a Construction Negligence Case

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

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