Joseph P. Sorce joined the firm in 1990 and became a partner in 1996. As a senior trial lawyer, Joe has tried a wide variety of cases including construction, products liability, medical malpractice, vehicular, premises, FELA and municipal liability.
He has obtained multiple million dollar verdicts including the largest ever worker injury verdict in Macon County. Many of his cases present difficult liability where insurance companies do not want to pay. Joe obtained a $1.2 million dollar verdict for a sprinkler fitter after the insurer offered $60,000 to settle. Joe and Colin OMalley obtained $5.1 million for an electrician after the insurer offered $90,000.
Many of his cases involve injuries from complex workplace events such as chemical exposure and electrical explosions. He obtained a $6 million verdict for the family of an electrician killed when working at a CTA substation, disproving defense efforts to blame the electrician for causing a switchgear to explode. In a case involving a bricklayer, the insurance company offered $500,000 which was rejected, leading to a trial and an eventual $8.3 million verdict for the client. In 2015-2016, Joe obtained over $19 million for ironworkers injured at 4 projects.
Previously on behalf of a millwright, he obtained the largest settlement ever reported in Winnebago County for a hand amputation.
Josephs work has earned him Martindale-Hubbells highest ranking for legal ability. He was selected for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers, the National Top 100 Trial Lawyers, the Illinois Super Lawyers, and Crain’s Chicago Business Leading Lawyers.
Joe grew up in Chicago, the first U.S. born child of a physician who emigrated from Italy after WW II. He attended DePaul Academy and DePaul University and then served in the U.S. Army for 2 years. Joe attended the John Marshall Law School and graduated with distinction. He was in the top 7% of his class and on the Law Review, earning the Deans Scholarship and Justinian Society Scholarship.
He began his law career at one of the citys top defense firms before he was recruited to join GWC in 1990 as the 12th lawyer (at that time) in our rapidly growing firm.