Meet the Lawyer
The star of the radio show Fighting for What’s Right, heard Saturday mornings on WYLL, is Chicago personal injury lawyer Barry G. Doyle. Over the course of a legal career now spanning more than 24 years, Mr. Doyle has exclusively represented the victims of accidents and their families in complex personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. He has never represented insurance companies – and never will.
One of the his greatest source of frustration is seeing people who have been injured due to the fault of another do things which hurt their ability to get a fair settlement from the insurance company after an accident. Accident victims too often think they know what their rights are – only to find out too late in the game that they were wrong. Too often, they placed trust in insurance companies to do t hem right when it was not warranted and declined to get the legal help they need.
This is what led Mr. Doyle to take on the task of Fighting for What’s Right. He wants to educate accident victims about what their rights are … and as to what games the insurance companies are playing. Not every case requires the help of a lawyer, but for the ones where legal help is appropriate, he wants to educate accident victims about how to protect themselves before and while they are deciding whether to get legal help after an accident.
Mr. Doyle is an honors graduate of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan. He is a past co-chair of the Tort (Personal Injury) Litigation Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association and is a former Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University of Chicago. He has delivered papers and spoken at a number of continuing legal education seminars. He is a published author, having published in both legal journals and written consumer guides on the topic of personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
He opened his own law firm in 2004, after spending 10 years working under some of the top personal injury lawyers in Chicago. There are two basic principles that he uses to operate his firm and represent his clients:
- To creatively and assertively represent clients – every case is unique and your case presents its own set of facts and circumstances. Drawing on his knowledge of the law, he seeks to pursue the client’s interests and minimize the defense’s effectiveness by adopting aggressive, innovative approaches to the law. During the pre-trial he seeks to establish facts and elicit admissions that will show the liability of the defendant and their insurance company. In the event that a reasonable settlement cannot be reached, the matter will be presented to a jury.
- To make sure that clients fully understand their cases – Each case belongs to you, the client, not to the lawyer. Clients need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both their own case andthe defense’s case. It is his mission in every case to make sure that the client understands the legal framework for their case and how the facts of the case apply. When the time comes to decide whether to settle the case or proceed to trial, you, the client, will be able to make a fully informed decision, based on the law and facts, and consistent with your own goals, values, and tolerance for risk.
He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and American Association for Justice, and belongs to specialty groups within each of those bar associations
He lives in Evanston and enjoys spending time with his children, Caroline and Patrick, including spending time as a volunteer soccer and softball coach.