Mr. Napleton is a name partner of Motherway & Napleton. He was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois and is a product of the south side of Chicago. He graduated from Brother Rice High School in 1981 and Loyola University Chicago in 1985. He went on to attend Loyola University Chicago’s Law School (J.D. 1988) during which time he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Judge James E. Murphy of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division. During law school, he also worked as a law clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office in Markham, Illinois.
On June 1, 1987, Bob started his career at Motherway & Glenn as a law clerk for Nick Motherway and Bob Glenn. In November 1988, he began working at the firm as an associate attorney specializing in handling catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, with a concentration in medical malpractice, product liability, and automobile negligence cases. About 50 percent of his caseload is devoted to the prosecution of medical malpractice cases against local physicians and hospitals. Bob is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, where he served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1994 to 2000. He has been a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association since 1997.
In 2000, he was named by his peers as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch.” He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, whose membership is by invitation only and is limited to no more than 1% of the bar. In 2009, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017, Bob was named to the Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers® list.
Bob has obtained numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, including a record $14.6 million jury verdict in Livingston County, Illinois, a record $15 million medical malpractice settlement against Cook County Hospital, and a record $27.6 million jury verdict in Cook County in a lawsuit against Joseph T. Ryerson & Sons, Inc. arising out of a truck crash on Interstate 80. With interest and costs assessed against Ryerson, the total amount received by the plaintiffs was Thirty-Four (34) Million Dollars which ranked as the #1 personal injury settlement in Illinois according to the Chicago Lawyer Magazine’s 2015 Annual Settlement Survey. His most recent large verdicts were a medical negligence verdict in the amount of $7.8 million against a local anesthesiologist and a $4.7 million verdict in a distracted driving case that occurred in the south suburbs.