Brian T. Monicobtm@bwmklaw.com
Chicago, IL 60601-3330
Brian Monico is a skilled litigator who focuses on wrongful death, professional malpractice and personal injury cases. In addition to his numerous settlements, Brian has tried over 28 jury trials. Brian has successfully resolved over $50 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients. Two of Brian’s most recent trials include an $11 million products liability verdict and a $9 million medical malpractice verdict.
Integral to his trial success is that Brian had distinguished himself as a leader in the development and use of computer-generated graphics and electronic presentations to assist in jury addresses. Brian has shared his knowledge of trial advocacy and courtroom technology with various bar groups and taught Trial Advocacy with Courtroom Technology at Loyola University Chicago School of Law for many years.
In cases that involve complex or unusual technical issues, Brian’s ability to research and master the nuances gives his clients a distinct advantage. He is skilled at simplifying and explaining complicated concepts and presenting them in a convincing manner to judges and juries. His willingness and ability to delve into the technical aspects of a case in order to understand and effectively communicate those ideas to a jury is unique. Just as important, Brian has an exceptional capability for relating to and empathizing with his clients in ways that are quickly apparent in his personal attention at trial. When combined with his persuasive courtroom strengths, it makes him a vigorous and effective advocate in litigation.
Brian’s effectiveness as a litigator led the Law Bulletin Publishing Company to select him for its 2011 “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” recognition, its Emerging Lawyers honor and its inclusion in Leading Lawyers beginning in 2017. He also received recognition from his peers in his selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer ® (2014 – 2016) and an Illinois Super Lawyer “Rising Star” ® (2012 – 2013). Brian is also very active in many bar associations and bar groups which promote civility among lawyers. Brian honed his trial capabilities at the start of his career by serving as a Judicial Extern for Chief Judge Charles P. Kocoras, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and by working in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division.
When not working, Brian spends most of his time with his family and extended family. Most of Brian and his wife’s social activities revolve around their two young boys, Jackson and Chase. Brian’s wife Rachel, is also an attorney in Chicago, as are his father and brother.
- Illinois Super Lawyer, 2014 – 2016
- Illinois Super Lawyers “Rising Star”®, 2012 – 2013
- Leading Lawyers, 2017 – present
- Emerging Lawyers, 2015 – 2016
- Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch,” 2011
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- American Trial Lawyers Association
- Chicago Inn of Court
- Justinian Society
Publications and Presentations
- Adjunct professor, Advanced Trial Advocacy with Courtroom Technology, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
- Speaker, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, “Mastering Trial Technology,” 2013
- Panelist, 7th Circuit Bar Association and 7th Circuit Judicial Conference, “The Impact of Social Media on the Administration of Justice,” 2011
- Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, assistant state’s attorney, Criminal Appeals Division
- U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, judicial extern, Chief Judge Charles P. Kocoras
- Merrill Lynch
- Bank of New York Capital Markets
Civic and Pro Bono
- Center for Disability and Elder Law, first vice president of the Young Professionals Board, volunteer lawyer
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Philip H. Corboy National Trial Team member and fellow), J.D., 2004
- Fairfield University Dolan School of Business, B.S., marketing and finance, 1999
- Illinois, 2004
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois