Martin J. Healy, Jr.

Location : Chicago, Illinois

Fax : 312-977-0795

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  • Martin Healy Jr.
    2017 Grand Marshal
    St. Patrick's Day Parade

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  • Martin Healy Jr.
    Trial Lawyer
    Excellence Awards

Law Related Positions Held:

  • President, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
  • Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee
  • Member, Executive Committee, American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
  • Board of Governors (AAJ)
  • Chair, Products Liability Section (AAJ)
  • Chair, Truck Underride Litigation Group (AAJ)
  • Chair, Motorcycle Litigation Group (AAJ)
  • Board of Managers (ITLA)
  • Chair, Tort Law Section Council, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Chair, Tort Litigation Committee, Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
  • President, Celtic Legal Society of Chicago
  • President, Board of Governors, Loyola University School of Law

Martin Healy, Jr. has pushed the limits of fair recovery for clients. In a single calendar year, he had three multi-million dollar jury verdicts. Each was a record verdict, and resulted in a total of over $50 million.

Martin Healy, Jr. is an experienced and dedicated advocate for injured clients in a career that has included obtaining numerous multi-million dollar jury verdicts and settlements, some in the tens of millions of dollars. He recently has obtained his 15th multi-million dollar jury verdict.

In addition, he has an $18.9 million product liability bench award, one of the top ten in the U.S. in 2019 and more recently this year a $16 million award for a paraplegic, the largest personal injury award from the Illinois Court of Claims. The total jury verdicts and awards comes to approximately $200 million.

These verdicts involve numerous, very different areas of injury work including products liability, interstate trucking, construction, medical malpractice, transportation and police and school procedure cases.

Martin Healy, Jr. is a graduate of St. Ignatius College Preparatory School where he received the Award of Excellence in Law, the University of Notre Dame / Honors, and Loyola University School of Law / Honors, where he was Associate Editor of the Law Review and received a full academic scholarship.

He began his legal career as a Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Illinois. Later, he served as Counsel, Illinois House of Representatives, Attorney, James A. Dooley & Associates, and General Counsel and First Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago.

He has lectured and written extensively for numerous Bar Associations, including ATLA, ITLA, AAJ, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).

Mr. Healy has completed his term as Chair of the 1700 member Products Liability Section of AAJ and while Chair he authored with John Scanlon and Matthew Healy an article in Trial, the national publication of the AAJ, in its products liability issue, entitled “Uneasy Rider” involving products liability claims against motorcycle manufacturers.

Mr. Healy is currently a member of the Board of Managers of ITLA and a past member of the Board of Governors of AAJ. He has served on the Executive Committee of both AAJ and ITLA. He is currently Chair of the Motorcycle Litigation Group, Past Chair of the Truck Underride Litigation Group, past member of the Board of Directors of the Interstate Trucking Litigation Group of AAJ and the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA). He was also Chair, Tort Law Section Council, ISBA and Chair, Tort Litigation Committee, CBA.

He was voted one of the top ten plaintiff’s personal injury lawyers in Illinois by Leading Lawyers and he has been inducted as a Fellow into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an invitation only group of elite trial lawyers, limited to five hundred throughout the United Stated and includes lawyers from thirty countries. He received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award for obtaining the Largest Verdict in Will County from the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter and was voted in the US Irish Legal 100, a select group of 100 accomplished attorneys nationwide. He has received a Trial Lawyer Excellence Award by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.

He is a past Chair, Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court for a three year term. He was past member for 13 years of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civil Pattern Jury Instructions and a former Commissioner of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. He has finished his term as President of the Board of Governors, Loyola University School of Law.

Mr. Healy has been active civically as Director of the Sauganash Community Association and Queen of All Saints School. The son of immigrant parents from Ireland, Mr. Healy is very active in the Irish Community in Chicago and Irish organizations including the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago (President), Irish American Heritage Center (Chairman, Library Fundraising Committee), Celtic Legal Society (President) and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (Annual Dinner Chair and Secretary of the Board of Directors). Martin and other members of The Healy Scanlon Law Firm write a monthly column for the Irish American News, “Healy Scanlon Law” covering legal topics of interest. Martin Healy was selected as the 2017 Grand Marshal of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

He has been admitted to practice in Illinois, Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Published Works

  • Intersectional Collisions Chapter, Proving Fault in Auto Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) 1994, 1997, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2014 and 2019
  • Sunshine in Litigation Legislation: Boon or Bane?, Illinois Bar Journal
  • A Trial Lawyer’s Introduction to SUV Rollover Claims, Illinois Bar Journal
  • Silent Killer on the Highway, Trial ATLA/AAJ
  • The Scope of Discovery is Significantly Enlarged, Illinois Bar Journal
  • A Voyage of Discovery, Trial Journal, ITLA
  • Uneasy Rider, Trial ATLA/AAJ

Representative Presentations

  • “Effective and Compelling Demonstrative Evidence: From the Simplest to Cutting Edge”, AAJ
  • “Sometimes Overlooked Claims: Defective Tractor Trailers”, Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America
  • “A Fatal Stall: Shastri v. Chrysler”, Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG)
  • “Vehicular Defects: Autos, Trucks, Jet Skis and Motorcycles”, ITLA
  • “Litigating Truck Underride Cases”, AAJ
  • “Products Liability – How to Handle These Complex Cases from the Initial Investigation through Closing Arguments”, ILTA
  • “Crashworthiness Doctrine as Applied to Truck Underride Cases”, AAJ
  • “Products Liability Issues Involving On-Road and Off-Road Motorcycles”, AAJ
  • “Hot Topics in Products Liability: Premarin/Prempo, Welding Rods, Recreational Vehicles”, ITLA
  • “Vehicle Defects: Airbag & Rollover Claims”, ITLA
  • “Hearsay Evidence”, ITLA
  • “Illinois Supreme Court Rule 213 Update”, Northwest Bar Association
  • “Closing Argument”, ITLA
  • “Litigation Involving Traumatic Brain Injury”, DePaul University, Chicago
  • “The Winning Plaintiff’s Case In Chief in Medical Malpractice Cases”, ITLA
  • “Using Demonstrative Evidence in Proving Damages”, CBA
  • “Medical Negligence Update”, ITLA
  • Successful Techniques in Winning Vehicle Accident Cases – “New Developments & Trends You Must Understand”, IICLE
  • “Effective Cross Examination”, ITLA
  • “Expert Testimony in a Products Case”, CBA
  • “Automobile Products Liability”, CBA
  • “Overview of Motorcycle Litigation”, AAJ
  • “Useful Rules/Applying Rules to Interstate Trucking Cases”, AAJ