David E. Rapoport

Rapoport, Weisberg & Sims P.C.
Rapoport, Weisberg & Sims P.C.
20 North Clark Street, Suite 3500, Chicago, IL 60602 United States
ChicagoIL 60602
(312) 445-9160
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David E. Rapoport is the founding and managing partner of Rapoport, Weisberg & Sims P.C. In 37 years as a full time trial attorney, he has consistently won multimillion-dollar jury verdicts and settlements for people who have been wrongfully injured and the families of people who have been wrongfully killed. Recently, as the lead trial attorney, David obtained record high jury verdicts and settlements for his clients. In 2018 he obtained a $7.5 million settlement in maritime work related lead poisoning cases and a $6 million settlement in an aviation case. In 2017 he negotiated a $ 6.4 million combined medical malpractice and product liability settlement and received a $3 million landmark jury verdict against a pharmaceutical company in a drug induced suicide wrongful death case. In 2016 his client's $4.3 million jury verdict in an Illinois medical malpractice case was affirmed on appeal. In 2015 his clients received a $3.4 million jury verdict in a truck/pedestrian collision case tried in Chicago. Other recent results include a $7.1 million jury verdict in a Kentucky airplane crash wrongful death case; a $6.9 million settlement (while the jury was deliberating) in a semi-tractor-trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin; a $1.942 million jury verdict in another semi-tractor trailer/automobile collision case tried in Wisconsin; and a $13 million settlement in a semi-tractor trailer truck crash case litigated in Chicago. David has served as the lead or managing trial attorney in cases resulting in jury verdicts and settlements exceeding $250 million. Click here to read more about David's record in court. http://www.rapoportlaw.com/Verdicts-and-Settlements/.


David represents people harmed in air crashes, semi-truck and motor vehicle collisions, medical malpractice, product liability accidents, recreational and commercial boating accidents, premises liability accidents, work injury and construction accidents. He has been appointed by federal judges to serve on plaintiffs' steering committees in airline disaster cases, and he is known nationally for his work representing injured victims and the families of those killed in air disasters.


As an aviation attorney, David has served on several court appointed plaintiffs' steering committees in major air disaster cases, where he has represented passengers, their families, crew members and their families. For details click here: https://www.rapoportlaw.com/Over-Three-Decades-of-Commercial-Aviation-Experience.shtml. David was the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Aviation Law Committee from June of 2017 to June of 2018. In 2019 he was designated by the National Trial Lawyers as a "Top 10 National Aviation Trial Lawyer".


By helping people and holding the at fault parties accountable, David helps make the community safer. David provides customized services to every client he represents, offering the compassion and skill they need to get just results, while remaining as comfortable as possible with the process.


David is a member of the invitation only American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an association of premier trial attorneys who are dedicated to preserving the right to trial by jury. ABOTA's general mission is "to foster improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy to the end that individual litigants may receive more effective representation and the general public be benefited by more efficient administration of justice consistent with time-tested and traditional principles of litigation."


Since 1990, David Rapoport has been Board Certified* in Civil Trial Law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy ("NBTA"), the oldest and largest not-for-profit American Bar Association ("ABA") accredited trial attorney certification program. Attorneys with NBTA certification have proven specialized abilities through written examinations and meeting rigorous criteria for trial experience and ethical ratings. David has proven his currency and substantial trial experience through NBTA recertification in 1995, 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2015. He is also board certified* by the NBTA in Civil Practice Advocacy.


David is a leader of the movement to encourage board certification for trial lawyers. From August of 2013 to August of 2016, he was the President of the NBTA. He remains actively involved in the NBTA as a Director, a member of the Executive Committee and the Chair of the Communications Committee. David recently explained: "In this era of Wild West style lawyer advertising, it has never been more important for the public to have an easy to use and reliable means of identifying the small fraction of practicing attorneys who truly have substantial experience trying lawsuits. Board certification programs help consumers of legal services make more informed choices. Too many lawyers are out there claiming they have substantial trial experience, when the truth is they have never or hardly ever tried a case. Board certified trial lawyers have proven their substantial trial experience in ways the public can trust."


David is also a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys (ABPLA). He is Board Certified* by the ABPLA in Medical Malpractice and is the only plaintiffs' attorney in Illinois with dual board certification* in Civil Trial Advocacy and Medical Malpractice. Like the NBTA, the ABPLA is a non-profit organization accredited by the ABA to issue attorney board certifications.


Best Lawyers has named David as one of the Best Lawyers in America and Martindale Hubbell has rated David "AV Preeminent", their highest professional rating. Moreover, David has been an Illinois Super Lawyer every year since the inception of the Super Lawyer program; and Avvo rates David "10.0 Superb", their highest attorney rating. The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers has awarded David the distinction of being one the top 100 trial lawyers in Illinois.


David is a member of the President's Club and Leader's Forum of the American Association for Justice. He is also a member of the state trial lawyer associations in Illinois and Wisconsin. David is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, and he is one of a handful of trial attorneys selected for membership in the Economic Club of Chicago.


* Board certification is not required to practice law in Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court does not recognize specialties in the practice of law.


Litigation Percentage

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


Certified Legal Specialties

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates (original certification), 1990

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates (recertification), 1995

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates (recertification), 2000

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates (recertification), 2005

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocates (recertification--current), 2010

Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy (recertification--current), 2015

Medical Malpractice, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 2015

Civil Practice Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 2018


Bar Admissions

Illinois, 1981

Wisconsin, 1995

U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 1994

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1981

U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 2002

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1983

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2000

U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2006

U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1984

U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1996

Supreme Court of the United States of America, 2000


Education

Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois

J.D. - 1981

Honors: With High Honors

Law Review: Chicago-Kent Law Review, Member, 1979 - 1981

Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois

B.S. - 1978

Honors: Dean's List

Major: Finance


Published Works

"Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois", Trial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Actions, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Book, 2019

"Cockpit Voice Recorder Audio Evidence is Centrally Important in CIvil Litigation and Discoverable under 49 U.S.C. § 1154: The Flight 1702 Example", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2019

"Babies Have a Right to a Safe Seat With Proper Restraints - The Infant Seat Exception Should be Abandoned", DePaul University College of Law, International Aviation Law Institute; Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Volume 12, Autumn 2012

"Trial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Cases", Wrongful Death and Survival Actions Chapter, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Spring 2011

"The Erosion of Secrecy in Air Disaster Litigation", DePaul Law Review Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2011

"The Pre-Abdullah Consensus That Federal Law Does Not Preempt the Field of Aviation Safety in Tort Law Should Remain the Law", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2009

"Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois", Trial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Actions, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Book, 2007

"Small Talk in the Cockpit is a Big Problem Requiring More Than Just Lip Service", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2007

"Cockpit Image Recorders: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2005

"Attention All International Airlines and Flight Crews: Choosing Inaction Over Action No Longer Flies", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, Spring 2004

"Punitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell: The First Year", American Bar Association Aviation Litigation Section Meeting, New York, N.Y., 2004

"Will Boeing's Recent Move to Chicago Mean That More Commercial Airliner Crash Cases Will be Litigated There?", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, 2003

"Trial and Evidentiary Issues in Wrongful Death Actions", Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Book "Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois", 2003

"A 73-Year Odyssey: The Time Has Come For a New International Air Liability System", Issues in Aviation Law and Policy, 2002

"Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois", Wrongful Death Trials, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Book, 1996

"Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois", Wrongful Death Trials, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Book, 1993


Representative Cases

Bausch v. Stryker Corp. (US Ct of Appeals for the 7th Circuit 2010)

In re Air Crash at Lexington (US Dist Ct for the E.D., Ky. 2010)

Hanson v. Unnamed Trucking Company (2009)

Bales v. United States (US Dist Ct for the C. D. of Ill. 2009)

Thakore v. Universal Mach. Co. of Pottstown (USDC ND Ill 2009)

Lindner et al v. Millis Transfer, Inc. (US Dist. Ct. N. D. Ill. 2008)

Stanczyk v. Chicago Osteopathic (Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois 2008)

Bennett v. Southwest Airlines Co (US Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit 2007)

Bonney v. CRST Malone, Inc., (USDC SD Ill 2007)

Reliance Nat'l Ins. Co. v. Great Lakes Aviation, Ltd (USDC CD Ill 2007)

J.B. Hunt Transp., Inc. v. Bolton (USDC ED Wis 2006)

Griffin v. Mark Travel Corp (Wisconsin Court of Appeals 2006)

In re Air Crash at Belle Harbor (USDC SD NY 2006)

Kemp v. Western Oilfields Supply Co., (USDC ND Ill 2005)

In re Air Crash near Nantucket Island (USDC ED NY 2004)

Rivas v. Doering (USDC ED Ky 2002)

In re Air Crash Disaster near Peggy's Cove (USDC ED Pa 2002)

Verbance v. Altman (Illinois Appellate Court Second District 2001)

Michaud v. Fairchild Aircraft (SUPERIOR COURT OF DELAWARE, NEW CASTLE 2001)

In re Air Crash at Little Rock, Arkansas v. Am. Airlines (USDC ED Ark 1999)

Miller v. Empress Casino Joliet Corp. (USDC ND Ill 1999)

In re Air Crash near Morrisville (USDC MD NC 1997)

In re Air Crash at Charlotte (USDC DSC 1997)

Forshew v. USAir, Inc. (US Dist. Ct. N. D. Ohio 1994)

Jackson v. Back of Yards Neighborhood Council (Illinois Appellate Court 1993)

St. Louis v. Rockwell Graphic Systems, Inc., (Illinois Supreme Court 1992)

McKee v. Brady (USDC WD Ill 1990)

In re Air Crash Disaster at Sioux City (USDC ND Ill 1990)

Houston v. Quincy Post 5129 (Illinois Appellate Court Fourth District 1989)

Courtney v. Allied Filter Engineering, Inc., (Illinois Appellate Court for the First District 1989)


References

Available upon request


Classes/Seminars

Consortium on Trial: The Comair Case, Kentucky Justice Association, April 22, 2010

Board Certification in Law, JUF Young Lawyers Division, April 15, 2010

What Every Union Leader Needs to Know About Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases, UAW Local 2488, November 9, 2006

Legal System Truths and Urban Legends, Professor Waterbrook, University of Illinois, October 26, 2006

Trial and Evidentiary Considerations in Wrongful Death Actions, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, February 7, 2008

Third Party Actions (one class once per year most years), Professor Eagle, IIT-Kent College of Law, 1984 - 2006

Punitive Damages After State Farm v. Campbell: The First Year, American Bar Association Aviation and TIPS Sections, 2004

The Effect of Tort Litigation on the Airline Industry, DePaul Business Law Journal Symposium on Terrorism, Security and Competition and The Future of the Airline Industry, 2002

Use of Demonstrative Evidence in the US Air Flight 1016 Trial, South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, 1997

Sunrise Seminar Short Presentation, Association of Trial Lawyers of America Midwinter Convention, 1996

Moderator for New Discovery Rules Program, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1995


Honors and Awards

AV Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Illinois Super Lawyer rating by Thomson-Reuters' Illinois Super Lawyers, 2005 - 2018

Illinois Leading Lawyers by Law Bulletin Publishing

"10-Superb" rating by Avvo

Elected Associate of the American Board of Trial Advocates ("ABOTA")

Best Lawyers

Top 100 Trial Lawyers


Professional Associations and Memberships

American Association for Justice, 1981 - Present

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1981 - Present

American Bar Association, 1981 - Present

Chicago Bar Association, 1981 - Present

Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, 1994 - Present

Wisconsin Association for Justice, 2009 - Present

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, 1994 - Present

Roscoe Pound Foundation, 1994 - Present

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate, 2009 - Present

National Board of Trial Advocacy, Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate , September 15, 1990 - Present

American College of Board Certified Attorneys, Fellow

Economic Club of Chicago, 2010 - Present


Past Employment Positions

Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle, Associate, November 20, 1981 - September 1, 1988

Katz, Friedman, Schur & Eagle, Income Partner, September 2, 1988 - March 15, 1990

Becker, Baizer & Rapoport, Partner, March 16, 1990 - April 1, 1995

Rapoport & Kupets, Managing Partner, April 1, 1995 - May 1, 1998


Pro Bono Activities

Board of Directors, National Board of Trial Advocacy, July 25, 2009 - 2011

Illinois State Coordinator, National Board of Trial Advocacy, June 1, 1996 - Present

Board of Directors, Geneva Lake Association, August 20, 2009 - September 12, 2012

Board of Directors, Congregation Beth Judea, September 1, 1997 - September 1, 2000

Equip for Equality (advisory board), August 1, 2018 - Present


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