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Andrew Corkery’s practice primarily focuses on transportation law, medical malpractice and other types of litigation. He has significant trial experience in Illinois and Missouri State Courts and Illinois Federal Courts. He attended the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel Trial College. While in law school, he served as an intern clerk for Judge Lawrence Mooney of the Eastern District Court of Appeals of Missouri. He is licensed in Illinois and Missouri.

Attorney Andrew Corkery has received the rating of AV Preeminent® from Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest peer rating standard. According to Martindale-Hubbell guidelines this rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

He is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society. Selection as a Fellow is based on excellence in litigation at the trial and appellate level. He has also been named one Americas Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators for Illinois. Only the top 100 qualifying defense litigators in each state will receive this honor and be selected for membership among America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators®. Less than one-half percent (0.5%) of active attorneys in the United States will receive this honor.

He is involved in Bar and professional organizations including the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel.  He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Illinois Defense Counsel Civil Practice Committee.

Attorney Andrew Corkery has been named Vice-Chair of the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel (IDC) Civil Practice Committee.  The IDC is the premier association of attorneys in Illinois who devote a substantial portion of their practice to the representation of business, corporate, insurance, professional and other individual defendants in civil litigation.  The purpose of the IDC is to advance the interests of the defense bar by ensuring civil justice with integrity, civility, and professional competence.  The Civil Practice Committee provides the members of the IDC a platform to discuss policy and procedure within the defense practice within Illinois through articles, seminars, and meetings.  Mr. Corkery focusses his practice on transportation defense, medical malpractice defense and other types of civil litigation.

Representative Cases

  • Central Contracting v. St. Louis Bridge, WL1023065 (Eastern District MO 2016)
  • Huckaba v. CSXT, WL 672334 (Southern District Illinois 2015)

Published Works

  • Comparing Communications with Experts Under the Illinois Rules Versus the Federal Rules: Is the Federal Approach Better?, Illinois Association of Defense Counsel Quarterly, Second Quarter 2018, Volume 28, Number 2
  • Limitation of Liability Actions for the Non-Admiralty Practitioner, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly, Volume 27, Number 3 (Third Quarter 2017)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel Monograph: Civil Litigation Issues Raised by Opioid Crisis in Illinois; Corkery, Huntington and Longfield, IDC Quarterly Volume 29 Number 2 (2nd Quarter 2019)
  • Expert Issues in Illinois Nursing Home Litigation, Illinois Association of Defense Quarterly, Volume 30, Number 4 (4th Quarter 2020)
  • Disclosing Medical Opinion Testimony under Missouri and Federal Rules, Journal of the Missouri Bar, Volume 76, Number 6 (November/December 2020)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel Monograph, The Evolution of Forum Non Conveniens in Illinois and Recent Legislation to Limit the Doctrine.  Corkery, Warnick, Gallo, Eckler and Carter, IDC Quarterly Volume 31, Number 1(1st Quarter 2021).

Classes/Seminars

  • Medical Records Seminar, National Business Institute (June 2015)
  • Practical Evidence Toolkit/Witness Testimony, National Business Institute (June 2017)
  • How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted and Keep Theirs Out, National Business Institute (March 2018)
  • The Rules of Evidence: Creative Insights from Top Trial Lawyers (January 2021)
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EXPERIENCE

Trial Experience

2019 Keller v Long Term Care Facility. Lead counsel in 5 day Nursing Home Care Act trial involving fall that allegedly resulted in hip fractures and brain bleed. Plaintiff claimed special damages of $900,000 in special damages and pain and suffering damages. Jury returned verdict for $120,000. Plaintiff asked for new trial on damages only because the jury did not award damages for pain and suffering. Court denied the motion.

2014 Huckaba v Railroad. Second chair FELA trial in Southern District Illinois Federal Court. Plaintiff alleged career ending shoulder injury.

2013 Hartman v Railroad. Second chair FELA trial in St Clair County Illinois in which plaintiff claimed multiple knee surgeries as result of fall in yard. Defense verdict.

2009 Moore vs Railroad. Second chair trial in Madison County, Illinois in which plaintiff was coupled between car and crane resulting in leg amputation and amputation of part of torso. Defense verdict.

Other Results

2020 Obtained summary judgment in medical malpractice claim/1983 action in Southern District of Illinois.  Only defendant to obtain summary judgment.  Case proceeded against other defendants.

2018: Admitted pro hac vice in the Western District of New York Federal Court and New York state court to defend Class 1 railroad in litigation involving complex medical causation issues.

2012 Third Party trespasser claim against two railroads. Mr. Corkery represented both defendant Railroads. The case involved a 13 year old boy who sustained a leg amputation while trespassing on the railroad’s track. Mr. Corkery prepared and filed Motions for Summary Judgment for both railroads. In response to these motions plaintiff voluntarily dismissed his claims which resulted in a dismissal with prejudice of all claims against both railroads.

Has obtained numerous victories in Forum Non Conveniens motions.

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ASSOCIATIONS & ORGANIZATIONS

  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2001 – Present (Chairperson Legal Education, Admission and Competence Committee 2018)
  • The St. Clair County Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Missouri Bar Transportation Committee
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Association of Defense Counsel (Vice Chair Civil Practice Committee, Amicus Committee)

EDUCATION

  • Saint Louis University,School of Law
    • J.D., Cum Laude, 2000
    • Law Journal: St. Louis-Warsaw Transatlantic Law Journal, Managing Editor Articles, 1999-2000
  • St. Louis University
    • B.A., Summa Cum Laude, History, 1997

LICENSURE

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Tennessee
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Missouri
    • Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

AWARDS & HONORS

  • AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, 2017-Present
  • Named one of Top 100 Civil Defense Lawyers
  • Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
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