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ROBERT J. Bingle is a partner at Wise Morrissey in Chicago. He joined the firm in January of 2020. He has been involved in plaintiff’s personal injury trial practice in Chicago since 1983.

In 2021, Bingle acquired a $90 million settlement for an injured worker. This is the largest settlement in Illinois for a disputed liability case.

In 2011, Bingle secured a $22.5 million settlement for the family of a Rockford woman killed in a train derailment. He was lead plaintiffs’ counsel for the litigation stemming from the collision of a train and school bus in Fox River Grove, Illinois, which settled in excess of $25 million, and was one of the lead attorneys in a $10 million settlement stemming from a collision at a Union Pacific rail yard that resulted in the death of the three men. He was also the lead trial attorney and directed the mass litigation stemming from the Quantum Chemical explosion which settled for more than $20 million.

Bingle has secured a number of record-setting verdicts. In a Federal District Court lawsuit he tried, a $6.6 million verdict was awarded to a family injured in an automobile collision. It was the largest verdict ever in that court. In a railroad negligence case, the jury returned a $6.8 million verdict, the highest amount ever awarded in Illinois to an individual for the loss of his leg.

Bingle lectures extensively throughout the U.S. at bar association and interest group seminars, and has published chapters and articles in legal books, periodicals and newspapers. He is frequently called upon by the media to comment on legal issues involving civil litigation and has appeared nationally and locally on television and radio news broadcasts and news talk programs.

Bingle has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Lawdragon 500 and Illinois Super Lawyers. He maintains an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Bingle has been involved in many community activities throughout his career. He has served on the Board of Directors of Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois; Christ the King Jesuit College Preparatory in Chicago; the Metropolitan Big Brothers/Big Sisters Association of Chicago; and CARPLS Legal Aid Foundation in Chicago. He served as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in 2001.





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