After earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Marquette University in 1976, he pursued his J.D. at Chicago Kent College of Law, graduating in the top 10% of his class.
He began his legal career as Law Clerk to the Justice Francis Lorenz, then became an associate at Peterson, Ross, Schloerb & Seidel, where he represented insurers. He then moved to Cassiday, Schade & Gloor in 1982, defending doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice cases and companies in product liability claims. He was made a partner in the firm in 1987.
In his last case with that firm in 1990, Kevin found himself facing Philip Corboy, who at that time had been the prominent personal injury attorney in Chicago for 25 years. While awaiting the verdict, Phil came to talk to Kevin and invited him to join his firm, Corboy & Demetrio. Kevin accepted, leaving his position as a partner in a large corporate firm to become an associate in a small personal injury firm. It was a risky move for a rising attorney with young children, but he welcomed the opportunity.
At Corboy & Demetrio, Kevin split his time between personal injury cases and medical malpractice. But within a few years, his caseload was 100% medical malpractice – because of his results. By 1996, he became a partner in that firm.
In 2002, Kevin left to become a founding partner of Burke Wise Morrissey & Kaveny, continuing to fight for victims of medical negligence. After 15 years, he stepped away from the firm.
Throughout his career, Kevin has recovered more than $600 million on behalf of injured clients. His 8 years of experience representing doctors and hospitals gave him a unique insight into legal strategy. But his success also has a lot to do with his approach toward complex medical malpractice cases. He tries to reconstruct the thought process of the medical professional, carefully considering each decision made along the way and determining whether or not it met the accepted standard of care. It’s an approach that juries have found very persuasive.
Selected as one of the Top Ten Illinois Attorneys in Personal Injury each year from 2003-2016, Kevin has also lectured extensively on legal issues and written articles for legal publications. He has also taught at Notre Dame Law School.
Kevin was honored in the 25th Edition of Best Lawyers as “Lawyer of the Year” in Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Chicago for 2019. Only a single attorney per practice area and location is given this designation each year. In 2021, Kevin was selected as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois, and became a member of the organization’s advisory board.
Kevin lives in Western Springs. He has five children and two grandchildren.
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