MARK W. DAMISCH
1987 Certified Public Accountant, University of Illinois
1986 Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management,
1981 Northwestern University Law School, J.D.
1978 Northwestern University, B.S.
United States Supreme Court; Date United States Court of Military
Appeals; date United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; date
United States District Court for the Northern District, trial bar;
Illinois Supreme Court; date
Mark's practice focuses exclusively on personal injury and medical
malpractice. Mark practices civil trial litigation in various state
and federal courts in Chicago and the greater Chicago metropolitan
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Northwestern University Alumni Association
Northwest Suburban Bar Association
1991 to present: President, Damisch & Damisch, Ltd.
1989 to 1991 Partner, Barclay & Damisch, Ltd.
1984 to 1989 Associate, Barclay, Damisch & Sinson, Ltd.
1981 to 1984 Attorney, Cook County States Attorneys' Office, Public
Integrity Task Froce. Prosecuted public corruption cases, investigated
police misconduct and conducted grand jury investigations.
1979 to 1981 United States' Attorney's Office, Chicago Staff Member.
Public Offices and Community Services
2000 President, Northwest Municipal Conference
1996 Member, Legislative Committee, Northwest Municipal Conference
1993 to 2004 President, Village of Northbrook Board of Trustees
1993 to 2004 Assemblyman, Illinois State Bar Association
1993 to present Member, Northwestern University School of Speech Emeritus
1991 to 1993 Trustee, Village of Northbrook Board of Trustees
1991 Co-Chair, Northwestern University Law School 10th Year Class
1989 to 1991 Northwestern University Board of Trustees
1989 to 1991 Member, Northbrook Plan Commission
1989 to 1991 Member, Northwestern University School of Speech Alumni
1989 to 1991 Member, Northwestern University Alumni Association Board
of Directors Participant, Northwestern University School of Speech
Career Night Member, Northwestern University Seminar Day Committee
1988 and 1992 Co-Chair, Northwestern University 10th and 15th Year
1982 to 1987 Chairman, North Shore Cable Commission
1976 Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention (10th Congressional
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Federal Civil Practice, Pre-Trail Conferences, 1981 to present.
Northwestern University Board of Trustees
Young alumni member, 1989 to 1991
Northwestern University School of Law
~ Dean's List: 1979 - 1981
~ National Moot Court Competition Best Speaker 1980
~ Dean's List: 1975 - 1978
~ Mortor Board, Deru, Kappa Alpha Phi
~ Interfraternity Council - Panhellenic Acheivement Award, 1978
~ Northbrook Symphony Orchestra
~Member: Advisory Board, 1994 - present
Mark began playing the organ at the age of 4 at the Evanston Conservatory
of Music. He switched to the piano at the age of 7, the same year
that he played in public for the first time at a church in Valentine,
In March, 1974, while on a New Trier High School Choir tour of Europe
where the choir performed with the Vienna Choir Boys, Mr. Damisch
decided to arrange, promote and play a series of concerts in Eastern
Europe, Western Europe and the Soviet Union. Among the concert locations
were Hannover, Germany, the Houses of Friendship in Moscow, Kiev and
Leningrad, Schiller College in Strasbourg, France and the University
of Dijon. The "Hannover Zeitung" newspaper called the "young ambassador
tour enjoyable and accomplished."
At the conclusion of the tour, Mr. Damisch performed on Swiss National
Radio, WGN Radio's Roy Leonard Show in Chicago as well as in the Chicago
Civic Center. This tour was followed by a 10 day tour of the Soviet
Union in December, 1975 where Mr. Damisch performed in Moscow and
In 1977, Mr. Damisch returned to the stage to perform in a 7 week
tour around the world underwritten by insurance executive W. Clement
Stone. He performed concerts in places including Washington, D.C.,
Keflavik, Iceland, Oxford, England, Oslo, Norway, Hannover, Germany,
Tokyo, Japan, Denmark, Mondorf, Luxembourg and Honolulu, Hawaii with
a homecoming concert at Northwestern University's Lutkin Hall. The
1977 tour was acknowledged by President Jimmy Carter, Illinois Governor
James R.Thompson and Chicago Mayor Michael Bilandic. All of the concerts
were dedicated to better relations between the United States and citizens
in the host countries.
In 1981, while attending law school, Mr. Damisch played fundraising
concerts in order to raise money for students wishing to work in legal
aid clinics in Chicago. From the age of 15, he has also written and
orchestrated numerous pieces, one of which, "Together Again with Loneliness,"
he played on tour in 2001 in England and Northern Ireland.
In the summer of 2002, Mr. Damisch again toured both locally and internationally.
26 concerts were performed in 42 days, including an engagement at
the Chicago Theater. Chicago area concerts were sponsored by the International
Music Foundation. Concerts were sold out both in the North Shore Senior
Center in Northfield and the Chicago Music Mart.
2002 overseas concerts were performed in St. Petersburg, Russia both
at the Sheremetev Palace which holds the Museum of Musical Instruments
as well as a sold out concert at the Shuvalov Palace sponsored by
the Society for Cultural and Business Contact with the United States
of America and Canada with funds being raised for local orphanages.
In and near Moscow, Mr. Damisch had the honor of performing at Tchaikovsky's
House as well as at the New Jerusalem Monestary and at the Moscow
House of Friendship, located within a few blocks of Red Square. It
was at Tchaikovsky's House where Van Cliburn first performed after
winning the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in the 1950s. These
concerts were arranged with the assistance of the Chicago-Moscow Sister
Cities Program as well as the United States Embassy in Moscow.
In his 2003, Mr. Damisch performed in Kyiv, Ukraine, at the National
Philharmonic Hall sponsored by the Chicago-Kyiv Sister Cities and
the Women's Forum of Kyiv to raise funds for local orphanages.
Another concert was sponsored in Kyiv by the American Embassy for
the Ukraine. Concerts were also performed in Israel in Petach Tikva,
Lod, Netanya and Lev Havaron. These concerts were sponsored by the
Jewish United Fund and the Chicago - Petach Tikva Sisters City Committee.
Mr. Damisch's daughter, Katherine also performed. Favorable reviews
were received in the Kyiv Post who said that "Damisch proved a hit"
and the Jerusalem Post who said that "there must be something to be
said for the efforts of apolitical artists in luring warring factions
away from the battlefields".
United States concerts in 2003 included Mr. Damisch's debut in New
York City sponsored by the Anne Frank Center, a performance at the
noted Chicago Cultural Center, and a concert to raise money for breast
cancer research at Harvard Medical School for the Goldman Partnership.
In 2004, Mr. Damisch performed 40 concerts in seventy days. He performed
at the famed Bosendorfer Hall in Vienna Austria sponsored by the United
States Embassy and the Christopher Blind Mission which assists over
10 million blind children in Africa.
Mr. Damisch also performed in Prague, Czech Republic at the Chodov
Water Fortress as well as on behalf of the Sue Ryder Foundation to
raise money for orphanages and a senior center for blind residents.
He then performed in Wiesbaden, Germany in the palace-like Herzog
Friedrich-August-Hall sponsored by the USO for American troops returning
from Iraq. The tour concluded in Paris, France with a concert at The
American Church. Chicago area concerts benefited causes such as the
Goldman Foundation as well as the American Cancer Society.
In addition to playing for several of the charitable causes listed
in prior years above, Mr. Damisch will be performing concerts sponsored
by the Fairygodmother Foundation, a charity devoted to granting important
end of life wishes, BiPolarkids.com, the American Cancer Society,
the Goldman Partnership, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Cedarhurst
Center for the Performing Arts in Mount Vernon, Illinois, in a joint
concert with the Glenview Symphony Orchestra and in the Parisian Salon
Concert Series founded by Didier LePauw, former Concertmaster of the
Paris Symphony Orchestra.