David C Wise

David C. Wise




161 North Clark Street
Suite 3250
Chicago, IL 60601-3330

David Wise has resolved more than 200 cases in many areas of personal injury law, nearly one-quarter of them involving verdicts or settlements for more than $1 million each. He represents plaintiff clients in all areas of personal injury law including:

  • Wrongful death
  • Product liability
  • Construction negligence
  • Workplace accidents
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Railroad accidents
  • Plane crashes

He has secured over $200,000,000 for his clients through verdicts and settlements.

A founding member of Wise Morrissey Kaveny, David is an aggressive, sophisticated litigator with unsurpassed knowledge of Illinois state and federal courts and their judges. He is a straightforward trial veteran who is skilled and tenacious in the courtroom, yet flexible in structuring an effective settlement when that is in his client’s best interest.

Many of David’s cases have been high-profile matters with significant issues at stake. For example, he secured $24 million in verdicts and settlements for the families of four people killed and one injured on an American Eagle passenger airplane crash. He obtained a $5.2 million settlement for the family of a 58-year-old man killed in a crane accident, a record amount in a wrongful death case for an individual of this age. He obtained a $5 million settlement for the family of a man injured when he fell off a roof on a construction site; he obtained a $5 million dollar settlement for a man who suffered paralyzing neck injuries when he fell out of a piece of exercise equipment. He obtained a $5.5 million settlement for a man who lost part of his leg when hit by a truck. Most recently David secured a $1.75 million Cook County Court jury verdict (reduced to $1.25 million) for an airline pilot who slipped and fell on an icy tarmac at O’Hare Airport, suffering back injuries that ended his career. David has many other similar verdicts and settlements.

In just his first decade of practice David was recognized by his legal peers as one of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s “40 Under 40” Illinois attorneys to watch for his accomplishments as a litigator. Since then his peer recognitions have included selection as an Illinois SuperLawyer every year since 2005, and a member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network (accorded to only 5 percent of the state’s lawyers in any given practice area) every year since that honor was instituted. David is known as a professional leader in many other ways, including through his many presentations on litigation-related topics for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and the Illinois State Bar Association. Reflecting his high professional standing, David is AV rated by peer review through Martindale Hubbell. AV is the highest rating possible and is given to less than 5% of practicing lawyers.


Professional Recognition

  • Illinois Super Lawyers (personal injury plaintiffs, product liability and general)
  • Illinois Leading Lawyers (aviation law, general personal injury law, personal injury transportation law)

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


  • John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1993
  • University of Illinois, B.A.


  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals