Robert Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, is a hard working, dedicated and accomplished personal injury attorney. He is founder of the firm that was named by the Naitonal Law Journal as one of the 50 Elite firms in the country, the only Chicago law firm to make this inaugural list. He was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans in 2013. Mr. Clifford was named the 2012 Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year based upon his trial accomplishments, his contributions to the legal community and to the Chicago area. He is founder of Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized personal injury law firm in Chicago concentrating in aviation, transportation, personal injury, medical negligence and product liability law. The National Law Journal named the firm one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country for 2012. Mr. Clifford served as President of the Chicago Bar Association in 2011-12, serving the 25,000- member group with initiatives that promoted the bar, the bench and the Chicago community. He has been inducted into the International Society of Barristers, the Inner Circle of Advocates and the American Law Institute, a group of 3,000 prominent judges, lawyers and academics from around the world who are selected on the basis of professional achievements in the law. In 2011, Mr. Clifford was elected to a third term as the Illinois State Delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association. Mr. Clifford is Past President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and a Past President of the Chicago Inn of Court. He has been inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the National Judicial College. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Civility, which was established to discover and promote ways to promote civility among lawyers. He also was elected to be a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, a non-profit organization supporting historical research and publications of the Supreme Court of the United States. He serves on the Board of Overseers of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice, a California-based think tank. He was named Crain’s 2011 Chicago Business’ top civic, cultural and professional leaders in Chicago, which recognized 750 individuals that everyone "needs to know." In, 2011, Chicago Magazine profiled him in an article detailing his work in aviation law, an area where he perhaps has made the greatest impact in Chicago, around the country and the world. In 2010, he was named Top Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice in Chicago by the oldest peer-reviewed organization in the country, Best Lawyers, which featured him on the cover of their guide. Best Lawyers in America also named Mr. Clifford the 2009 Personal Injury Attorney Lawyer of the Year based upon his particularly high ratings for his ability, professionalism and integrity in personal injury and aviation accident litigation. Leading Lawyers of Illinois named him the Top Attorney in the state in 2013. Mr. Clifford was named one of the Top 10 Attorneys Who Raised the Bar Over the Last Decade in Chicago by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He was featured on the cover of the inaugural 2005 issue of Illinois Super Lawyers where they called him "Chicago’s Most Likable Tough Guy." Corporate Legal Times selected him as one of the "five most respected and feared plaintiffs’ attorneys in the country" dubbing him "the best of the bad." As a successful aviation accident attorney, Mr. Clifford consistently garners multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in aviation litigation. He has represented those injured or killed in every major commercial airline crash in the United States in the last three decades. Currently, he represents 17 families in the Amsterdam Turkish Airlines crash of 2009, as well as five families who lost loved ones in the Buffalo plane crash, and the Comair runway crash in Lexington, Kentucky, that killed all but one aboard. He served as liaison counsel for the property damage claims in the 9/11 destruction of the World Trade Center, which settled for $1.2 billion. These complex cases were brought on behalf of insurance companies and business interests from around the globe who suffered financial losses after the collapse of the Twin Towers. He was recently recognized with a Jury Verdict Reporter Award for an $85 million settlement in a qui tam case in which he was among the firms representing the whistleblower. Most recently, Mr. Clifford represented two victims of a horrific grain bin explosion along the Mississippi River and obtained $112 of a $180 million verdict in federal court in St. Louis. Mr. Clifford endowed the first Chair on Tort Law and Social Policy to his alma mater, DePaul University College of Law. This generous gift provides for an annual symposium where academicians, lawyers and judges from across the country gather to speak on a timely topic dealing with the relationship between tort law and societal needs. He also sits on the Board of Directors of WTTW, Chicago’s public television station, where he sponsors closed captioning.
Clifford Law Offices is exclusively a plaintiffs’ law firm. Since 1984, the firm has established a reputation that has now become one of national, if not international, significance in the area of plaintiffs’ litigation. The firm sets itself apart in its standard of excellence in securing the nation’s top experts on a matter and then taking a case all the way to trial, if necessary, so that the client feels that justice has been achieved. From lawsuits dealing with high-rise safety to train protocol, from airline safety standards to the regulations governing the construction of porches and scaffolding. Clifford Law Offices, headed by senior partner Robert Clifford, has been involved in a number of high-profile cases that impact Chicago and beyond. Many times the lawyers go that extra step in trying to secure equitable relief for a client, such as the family who lost a son to binge drinking at Northwestern University. The parents wanted the university to become part of the Red Watch Band program whereby students would be trained to watch for students who became victims of binge drinking and report it to authorities, without consequences to the student, so that lives could be saved. Northwestern finally agreed to become part of the program and it has spread to colleges and universities across the country. The firm also has become part of No Texting and Driving to make the roads safer, particularly for teenagers. In 2010, before No Texting and Driving became a law in Illinois, Clifford Law Offices sponsored a program at a local high school where driving simulators would be shipped from school to school so that new drivers could see the effects of alcohol when driving. Illinois’ Secretary of State Jesse White along with state legislators and other local leaders took part in the day’s event along with the Illinois Governor proclaiming it STATIC Day – Stop Texting And Talking in Cars. A young woman was trapped in a high rise years ago, and despite her calls for help in a burning building, she died of smoke inhalation. Her family turned to Clifford Law Offices that also saw to it that changes were made in the 911 response system to vanity addresses, as her parents insisted her death could not be in vain. More recently, when the tragic news of eight young women suffering injuries, some of them permanent and crippling, in a horrific collapse in Rhode Island at the Ringling Brothers Circus, seven of them reached out to Clifford Law Offices, halfway across the country, to represent them in their greatest time of need. Many of them are from foreign countries and English is not their first language, yet they turned to Clifford Law Offices after learning of our dedication to helping those who need quality representation.