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Thomas H. Murphy


Thomas H. Murphy joined Cogan & Power, P.C. as a partner in July 2014 after working at another local plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm. Since 2003, Tom has represented victims of negligence and medical malpractice, recovering over $200 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients.

Prior to becoming a personal injury lawyer, Tom was a civil defense lawyer representing hospitals and physicians in medical malpractice cases. While a medical malpractice defense lawyer, Tom learned defense strategies and developed an invaluable skill set that has helped him achieve numerous multi-million dollar results for his clients as a plaintiffs’ lawyer. Tom received his law degree from John Marshall Law School, cum laude, in 1997 and obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.

Tom sits on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Marist High School in Chicago and the Board of Directors of John Burns Construction Company.

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1997

Law School

  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1997
  • Law School Honors/Involvement: Cum laude

Undergraduate School

  • University of Arizona, B.S., business, 1991

Bar/Professional Association Involvement

  • Co-Chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Medical Negligence Committee 2023
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • South Suburban Bar Association
  • Society of Trial Lawyers

Community Involvement

  • John Burns Construction Company
    • Board of Directors, 2009 – present
    • Executive Committee, 2013 – present

Published Legal Writing

  • “Impeaching or Not: Using a Party Opponent’s Deposition Testimony and Other Statements at Trial,” Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Volume 12, Number 1, Winter 2010
  • Adding a New Party Defendant after the Statute of Limitations Expires: the State of the Law on the Relation Back Doctrine Pursuant to Section 2-616 (d), Trial Journal of Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Volume 19, Number 1, Winter 2017

Legal Lectures

  • “Radiographic Studies and their impact on litigation,” CME Seminar, December 2012
  • “Litigating Cases Involving Trauma Induced Disk Injuries,” CME Seminar, Fullerton Surgical Center, November 15, 2009
  • “Record Keeping and Risk Management,” presented at Michael Reese Hospital, 2002
  • “The Lost Chance Doctrine and the Holton Decision,” 1999
  • Guest Speaker at John Marshall Law School, Defending the Deposition, Fall Semester 2016
  • Guest Speaker to Construction Executives, Perez v. John Burns Construction Company -A Case Study, January, 2017
  • “Ethics of Confidentiality,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association Seminar, May of 2020.

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  • Super Lawyers - Thomas H. Murphy - 2018 - Present
  • Leading Lawyers - Thomas H. Murphy - Peer Selected 2015 - Present

Notable Verdicts & Settlements

  • $30 million. Settlement for a child who suffered severe and permanent brain injuries because of alleged negligence during labor and delivery.
  • $10 million. Death of a child due to a Chicagoland hospital’s failure to timely diagnose and treat the child’s cancer.
  • $10 million. Settlement for a woman who suffered a brain injury related to a surgical procedure at a local hospital.
  • $9 million. Settlement for a young father that required kidney transplant and lifetime treatment because of a medical provider’s failure to timely diagnose kidney disease.
  • $8.6 million. Slip and fall results in complex regional pain syndrome and the need for extensive future medical care.
  • $7 million. Failure to recognize and treat postoperative complications from a heart surgery resulting in the patient’s death.
  • $7 million. Punctured vein during an elective abdominal aortic aneurysm repair surgery results in vascular complications and bilateral foot amputations.
  • $5.5 million. A dentist at a local dental office negligently provided anesthesia to Decedent during a tooth extraction procedure resulting in cardiac arrest and death.
  • $3.9 million. Failure to properly recognize and treat in a local emergency room a fractured leg which then injured a vital artery resulting in the need for below the knee amputation.
  • $3.9 million. Failure to properly recognize and treat postoperative complications after a gastric bypass surgery resulting in the patient’s death.
  • $3.25 million. Settlement for an 82-year-old man who slipped and fell and suffering a brain injury as a result while an in-patient at a local hospital.
  • $3 million. Failure to properly recognize and treat signs and symptoms of stroke. The patient subsequently had a stroke and died several months later from complications.
  • $3 million. Trucking accident results in traumatic brain injury.
  • $2.9 million. While on the job, a defect in a delivery trucks power left results in fall causing severe injuries and the need for a below the knee amputation.
  • $2.5 million. Primary care physician fails to recognize and treat blood clot resulting in patient's death.

  • $2.5 million. Emergency room physician failed to treat appendicitis resulting in widespread infection in the patient’s abdomen ultimately causing her death.

  • $2.5 million. Delivery Van runs over a child in the street resulting in the child’s death.
  • $2.35 million. Settlement for a man who died after a gastric bypass surgery.
  • $2 million. Negligent treatment of failing AV fistula which ultimately burst resulting in patient’s death.
  • $2 million. Failure to recognize and treat postoperative bleeding resulting in death.
  • $1.95 million. Surgeon negligently performs thyroid surgery removing all parathyroid glands leaving the patient permanently disabled.
  • $1.95 million. Settlement for a man who required an amputation because of negligent operative and post-operative care from a vascular surgery.
  • $1.85 million. Head-on motor vehicle accident results in death.
  • $1.75 million. Spine surgeon negligently places surgical hardware causing permanent dysfunction. Settlement for a man who died after a gastric bypass surgery.
  • $1.65 million. A jogger is hit by a rock thrown from a lawnmower resulting in a fractured foot and development of complex regional pain syndrome.
  • $1.5 million. A guest at a local hospitality facility was assaulted resulting in the development of posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • $1.5 million. Failure to recognize and treat known complication of punctured artery after a cardiac catheterization results of the patient’s death.
  • $1.35 million. Permanent nerve dysfunction in the hand as a result of a complication during spine surgery.
  • $1.3 million. Failure to diagnose lung cancer results in woman’s death.
  • $1.3 million. Unsafe ambulatory assistive device results in fall causing permanent injuries.
  • $1.25 million. Local fast-food restaurant fails to erect proper barricades to prevent vehicles from crashing into the storefront. The vehicle crash is into the storefront causing one of the restaurant’s customers to suffer a traumatic brain injury.

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