Bob has been well known in the legal community for many years. He began his legal career as a law clerk to Philip H. Corboy, a venerated Chicago trial lawyer, in 1973. Bob was hired on as an associate upon graduation from I.I.T. Chicago-Kent College of Law in Chicago. Bob handled the full range of personal injury cases from auto accidents and falls to medical negligence and product liability cases. Inasmuch as Bob is also a private pilot, he began handling general or civil aviation crash cases and was thrust into the middle of the litigation surrounding the crash of American Airlines Fl. # 191, a DC-10, near O’Hare airport. He was instrumental in arguing and persuading the court to allow the recovery of damages in Illinois for pre-impact pain and suffering in that case.
While still an associate for Philip H. Corboy, Bob obtained a then record-setting $6,000,000 verdict against Commonwealth Edison for the death of a 7 year old boy. He also obtained a record $5,000,000 verdict in 1981 for a Chicago Policewoman who was maliciously libeled by a notorious pornographer.
Bob left Corboy to become a founding partner of Motherway & Glenn where he continued his representation of victims of negligence and corporate neglect. Bob has continued to work on aviation cases and has been involved in many civil aviation and commercial aviation cases such as the USAir crash at LaGuardia and the crash of TWA Flight 800 off Long Island, N.Y. His work on helicopter cases extends back to the crash claiming the life of WGN flying Traffic Officer Irv Hayden and his pilot and also includes the recovery of $11,000,000 for the deaths of two Japanese schoolteachers in a helicopter crash in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
The products involved in the cases Bob has handled run the gamut, including DC-10 aicraft, Rely tampons, Swine Flu inoculations, Ford Motor transmissions, aircraft components, automotive batteries, punch presses, asbestos, various pharmaceuticals and ultra-light aircraft emergency parachute systems.
Bob is or has been a member of many bar associations, including the American, Illinois State and Chicago associations as well as the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and the Illinois Bar Foundation. He has been a member of the Standing Committee on Professional Conduct of the Illinois State Bar Association, dealing with ethics issues, since 1990.
Mr. Glenn has lectured and spoken extensively to various legal groups all over the country at seminars and conferences such as: the Federal Bar Association Colorado Chapter in Denver, Colorado; the National Federation of Paralegal Associations in Kansas City, Missouri on “Catastrophic Litigation”; The Melvin M. Belli Society on “Aviation Litigation”in Washington, D.C.; the Practising Law Institute on “Aircraft Crash Litigation” in Chicago, Illinois; the SMU – Journal of Air Law and Commerce Symposium in Dallas, Texas; the Association of Trial Lawyers of America – National College of Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois; the American Board of Trial Advocates “Masters in Trial” in South Bend, Indiana and many lectures for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, including its College of Advocacy.
Bob grew up on the west side of Chicago, attending various grammar schools and graduating from Austin High School. His father was a union laborer employed by the Chicago Tribune as a mailer for many years. Bob worked his way through high school and college at various jobs ranging from paper boy and lawn care to bank teller, bartender and musician. He graduated from University of Illinois. He served approximately six months on active duty in the Army Reserves before attending law school classes at night while working full-time at The Northern Trust Co. in the municipal bond department.
Bob resides in Arlington Heights with his wife, Linda, a registered nurse. Both enjoy helping their three children whenever possible in caring for their 14 grandchildren. He is an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights where he serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Peter Lutheran Foundation and enjoys playing guitar in the praise band for the contemporary services.