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Mark H. Boyle

Chicago, IL (312) 422-0973 V card Print bio

General Info

Education

J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1989
B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1986

Awards

  • Leading Lawyer (2012 – present)

Admissions

Illinois, 1989

Overview

Mark H. Boyle concentrates his practice in defending a variety of tort related matters. His primary area of focus, and the field he is most passionate about, is automotive product liability.

He has obtained successful defense verdicts in automotive product liability cases involving wrongful death or catastrophic injuries in state and federal courts throughout the country, including Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, Perry County, Illinois, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

His jury trial success and experience in unique and difficult product design cases is reflected in the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter’s selection and publication of three notable defense verdicts in its 1998 and 2001-2002 Special Supplements where he was the lead or co-trial counsel.

Mr. Boyle’s trial efforts have shaped Illinois’ product liability laws. On October 17, 2008, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed an adverse trial result finding that Mr. Boyle’s client was entitled to more favorable jury instructions explaining the risk-utility test in design defect cases. This prominent appellate victory was predicted on Mr. Boyle’s solid record developed in the trial court. The landmark decision has benefitted all manufacturing defendants facing design defect allegations.

In 2010, the judges of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association honored Mr. Boyle with an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service. This prestigious award recognized Mr. Boyle’s outstanding work as appointed counsel.

Mr. Boyle joined the firm in 1996 from Baker & McKenzie and has been a partner at Donohue Brown since 1997.

Experience

Plaintiffs v. Defendant Auto Manufacturer

05/23/2018

Client:

Defendant Auto Manufacturer

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Bordelon v. Defendant Auto Manufacturer

01/22/2016

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Verdict for the Defense

Romero v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

10/08/2014

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary judgment in favor of client, with award of statutory attorneys’ fees and costs

Tompkins v. Defendant Automobile Dealership

Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois (Judge Sanjay Tailor)12/02/2011

Client:

Defendant Automobile Dealership

Outcome:

Summary judgment granted in favor of client

Reese v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

State Court of Cobb County, GA10/29/2010

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Herschbach v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

20th Judicial Circuit of Illinois11/23/2009

Client:

Defendant Automotive Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Mikolajczyk v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Supreme Court of Illinois Docket No. 10498302/01/2009

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Jury verdict for Plaintiff remanded, new trial ordered

Brady v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Superior Court of Monmouth County, NJ02/28/2008

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Osman v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, 833 N.E.2d 1011 (4th Dist. 2005)06/01/2005

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Summary judgment affirmed in favor of Defendant

DeGenaro v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Court of Common Pleas, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania11/02/2003

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Kedzuch v. Ford Motor Comapny

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois05/02/2001

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Cross v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois09/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Johnston v. Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

USDC, Central District of Illinois03/01/1998

Client:

Defendant Automobile Manufacturer

Outcome:

Defense Verdict

Highlights

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