David E. Rapoport is the founder of Rapoport Law Offices, P. C. He has a national practice that is limited to handling serious personal injury and wrongful death cases on behalf of victims. A veteran attorney, Mr. Rapoport has obtained numerous million and multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients.1
Admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States and many lower courts, he is also certified as a civil trial attorney and serves as the Illinois State Coordinator for the National Board of Trial Advocacy.2
Mr. Rapoport has successfully handled all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases including medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, collision and transportation negligence cases. He has obtained record high jury verdicts on behalf of clients in Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio.
Many of Mr. Rapoport's cases have involved major air disasters. For example, he is currently a member of court appointed Plaintiffs' Steering Committees in cases arising out of the crashes EgyptAir Flight 990, American Airlines Flight 1420 and Swissair Flight 111. Mr Rapoport served as lead trial attorney in the USAir Flight 1016 liability case and was selected to act as the lead trial attorney in consolidated federal cases arising out the crash of United Airlines Flight 232. He was also a member of the Lead Counsel Committee in multi-district federal litigation arising out of the crash of American Eagle Flight 3379 and has successfully represented clients in cases arising out of the following major commercial air disasters: United Flight 811 (Hawaii, 1989), United Flight 232 (Iowa, 1989), United Flight 585 (Colorado, 1991), USAir Flight 405 (New York, 1992), USAir Flight 1016 (North Carolina, 1994), USAir Flight 427 (Pennsylvania, 1994), American Eagle Flight 3379 (North Carolina, 1994), United Express Flight 5925/5926 (Illinois, 1996), Swissair Flight 111 (Nova Scotia, 1998), American Airlines Flight 1420 (Little Rock, 1999), and EgyptAir Flight 990 (Near Rhode Island, 1999). He has also handled numerous general aviation cases. Frequently interviewed concerning his work by television, radio and newspaper reporters, Mr. Rapoport was featured on the television program, 60 Minutes, in the segment entitled "Open and Shut Case?", a discussion of some of the unexpected issues that plane crash victims or their family members may encounter in the aftermath of an air disaster.
In Anderson J.,The Lost Art: An Advocate's Guide to Effective Closing Argument (S.C. Bar 1999), United States District Court Judge Joseph Anderson, who presided over the USAir Flight 1016 trial, published an excerpt of Mr. Rapoport's successful closing argument to the jury in that case as an example of attacking an opponent's case "in the right way." In Kellett, "Closing Arguments" (West 1998 and 1997 Cum. Supp); "Handling Accident Cases" Ch. 109, p. 154-163 (1989) the authors explained: "[e]specially noteworthy is Mr. Rapoport's clear presentation of the medical facts and elicitation of the expert's opinion..." Mr. Rapoport is also an author. For example, see Rapoport, D.E. "Trial and Evidentiary Issues in Wrongful Death Actions," Wrongful Death and Survival Actions in Illinois (Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2000).
Mr. Rapoport earned his Bachelor's of Science in Finance from Northern Illinois University in 1978, where he was on the Dean's List. He received his J.D. degree with the highest available honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1981, where he served on the Law Review. Mr. Rapoport earned two certificates for post graduate training in trial advocacy, one from the Lawyer's Post Graduate Institute (1982), the other from the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association College of Advocacy (1983).
He is a member of numerous bar associations including the American, Illinois, Chicago, Lawyer-Pilots and Northwest Suburban Bar Associations. He is a sustaining member of both the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, is a member of Trial Lawyers for Public Justice and the Roscoe Pound Foundation. Mr. Rapoport has been listed in numerous Who's Who publications including Who's Who in the Midwest, Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who Worldwide. He is also listed in Law & Leading Attorneys and serves in an "of counsel" to the Chicago firm of Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein and Johnson, where he began practice in 1981. Mr. Rapoport has also acted as a guest lecturer for professors at the IIT- Kent College of Law and given numerous speeches over the years to various groups concerning the rights of injured persons in our civil justice system.
1 Past results are not a guarantee or promise concerning future results.
2 NBTA certification is not required to practice law in Illinois. The Supreme Court of Illinois does not recognize certifications of specialties in the practice of law and that the certificate, award or recognition is not a requirement to practice law in Illinois.
Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 7.4(c)(2) (1997).