Clifford W. Horwitz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd.
 | 25 East Washington Street, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 800-673-1828
Fax: 312-372-1673
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (30%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (40%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (30%)
Attorney Profile

Clifford W. Horwitz is a principal partner at the premier Chicago trial law firm of Horwitz Horwitz & Associates. Cliff possesses over 30 years of experience and an outstanding success record. He won virtually every case he has taken to trial since 1985. In addition to securing what was the highest personal injury verdict in Illinois history, Cliff has also set numerous record setting jury verdicts.

Cliff graduated from Loyola University College of Law with a Juris Doctor and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association in 1984. He is licensed to practice before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Cliff has focused his entire career on personal injury law, which includes construction accidents, railroad accidents, truck accidents, auto accidents, product liability, and wrongful death. His success is a result of his focus on his clients and the trusting relationship he builds with each one.

In 2012, Clifford Horwitz and the trial team at Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates won what was the largest jury verdict in Illinois history for compensatory nondeath. The $64 million verdict was awarded on behalf of an ironworker who fell and was left paralyzed after a jobsite accident. Less than 2 years later, Cliff and the lead trial team secured another record-setting jury verdict - this time on behalf of an injured carpenter. The verdict was the highest ever recorded in the state of a non-amputation hand injury. Another two years passed, and Cliff and the lead trial team won two back-to-back record-setting jury verdicts in 2016. The jury awarded a record $10 Million verdict for their client who suffered from complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) after being hit by a hand truck. Less than a month after the award, the trial team secured another record-setting jury verdict on behalf of an injured ironworker. The jury's verdict was the highest adult male shoulder injury verdict in Illinois history

Clifford Horwitz's success has not gone unnoticed by the legal community. In 2017, Clifford Horwitz was named among the Top 100 SuperLawyers for Illinois - an honor and a coveted position that is difficult to achieve. In addition, Cliff has been consistently recognized by the National Trial Lawyers Top 100. He was named a Leading Lawyer through a survey of his peers conducted by Leading Leading Lawyers Network, and subsequently added to the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board. Leading Lawyers notes advisory board members are arguably the "best of the best" as a result of their experience, lawyering skills, professional ethics, and the respect of their peers. Cliff holds the highest rating possible on AVVO and is Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished. In addition, he is often a guest speaker on legal issues at trade union conferences and has written over 100 articles on various legal matters for multiple publications.

Clifford Horwitz has been honored with membership in the American Association for Justice, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is also a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Will County Bar Association, and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (30%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Construction Litigation (40%): Construction Defects

Personal Injury - Products (30%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Focus Areas

Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Construction Defects, Motor Vehicle Defects, Products Liability

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2005, 2007 - 2019

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About Clifford Horwitz

Admitted: 1984, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.horwitzlaw.com/our-attorneys/cliff-horwitz

Honors/Awards:

  • Only the top 100 trial lawyers from each state or highly-populated regions of certain states who are actively practicing in civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law are eligible for invitation. Invitees must demonstrate superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a legal professional. The selection process for this elite honor is based on a multi-phase process based upon objective and uniformly applied criteria which includes peer nominations combined with third party research.Prospective members of The NTL are carefully screened prior to receiving an invitation for membership. The criteria used in the evaluation process include, but are not limited to, the following: Reputation among peers, the judiciary, and the public The previous year’s achievements, settlements and verdicts as a trial lawyer Board Certification as a trial lawyer or trial attorney Nominations received from leading trial lawyers, current members and/or our executive committee members Leadership and membership within other national and state trial lawyer organizations Rankings and ratings of the attorney by established organizations. Membership is not automatically renewed; attorneys are reevaluated annually to determine whether their activities and accomplishments qualify them for continued membership., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • The Avvo Rating is Avvo's effort to evaluate a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. Avvo creates the rating using a model that considers information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information Avvo collects from public sources like state bar associations and lawyer websites. Any information that affects the Avvo Rating is visible in an attorney’s profile. There is no bias. The rating is calculated using a mathematical model, and all lawyers are evaluated on the same set of standards. The Avvo Rating cannot be bought. At Avvo, all lawyers are treated equally.  It was developed by legal professionals and people looking for legal services. The model used to calculate the rating was developed with input from hundreds of attorneys, thousands of consumers, and many other legal professionals who deeply understand the work attorneys do. Avvo Rating was created to reflect the type of information people have identified as important when looking to hire an attorney. It’s as simple as counting to 10. Ratings fall on a scale of 1 (Extreme Caution) to 10 (Superb), helping you quickly assess a lawyer’s background based on the rating., Superb 10 Rating, AVVO, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers Advisory Board members are selected based upon their reputation and professional ethics in addition to their knowledge of the lawyers within their area(s) of law and their respective region of a state. You could argue that these lawyers are the "best of the best" as a result of their experience, lawyering skills, professional ethics, and the respect of their peers. Many of the Advisory Board members are just as busy out of the office and courtroom with community and professional involvement as they are at work. Leading Lawyers is grateful to these members for the assistance they lend to our effort identifying the top lawyers in each state. (In addition to their Advisory Board categories, members of the Advisory Board may also be in other Leading Lawyers categories.) , Leading Lawyer Advisory Board, Leading Lawyers Network, 2017
  • Leading Lawyers have been recommended by their peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS in the areas of practice noted on this website. Less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Leading Lawyer. , Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyers Network, 2017
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. The quality of the membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several members have won billion dollar cases). Their practice areas include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral., Membership, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Established in 1993, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum (which includes the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum) is one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States.  Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. There are over 4000 members throughout the country.  Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. The quality of the membership is very impressive and includes many of the top trial lawyers in the country. Many members have achieved numerous million and multi-million dollar results (several members have won billion dollar cases). Their practice areas include most areas of litigation, including: major personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment, insurance and business litigation. The common fact is that they have each demonstrated, in an objective and tangible way, their ability to accomplish superior results in complex cases. Certification by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum provides recognition of such accomplishment and a national network of experienced colleagues for information exchange, assistance and professional referral., Membership, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Honorary Society of Phi Kappa Phi

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
  • American Bar Association
  • Will County Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Invited Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern Districts of Illinois
  • Illinois, 1984

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • A Cook County jury awarded a record-setting verdict of $8 million to a union ironworker who suffered a severe shoulder injury after a barge operated by ARTCO collided with his safety boat on the Chicago River. Horwitz filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that ARTCO, its employees, and crew failed in providing adequate protocol, policies, procedures, and rules for the Chicago River, in addition to improperly training employees to heed warning notices of the construction zone and possible weather conditions that would create hazards with the barge. Clifford Horwitz, Michael Carter, and Jay Luchsinger, partners at Horwitz Horwitz & Associates, tried the case. The trial lasted three weeks and the jury found no fault on Fonte. The jury rejected ARTCO’s claim that Fonte’s damages should be limited to the value of the boat – allowing Fonte to recover the full $8,000,000 verdict., 2016
  • A woman who suffers from chronic pain due to complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), which arose after being struck on the leg by a hand truck, received a $10,000,000 verdict from a Cook County jury. The amount is an Illinois record for a CRPS injury, according to the Jury Verdict Reporter.   Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic pain condition characterized by severe pain that often worsens over time, sensitivity, swelling, and skin changes. A hallmark of the condition is pain that is out of proportion to the severity of the initial injury. Clifford Horwitz filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that the employee operating the hand truck failed to give warning to store customers while he pushed the hand truck and that the crates were stacked so high that the employee’s vision was obstructed. Clifford Horwitz and Michael Carter tried the case resulting in the record verdict., 2016
  • Clifford Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Michael Carter of the premier Chicago trial law firm, Horwitz Horwitz & Associates, recovered another record-setting verdict less than two years after recovering the largest non-death compensatory verdict in Illinois history. Jurors returned a verdict in favor of a union carpenter. The carpenter was awarded a $5.7 million verdict after his hand was drilled through while installing the partions on dressing room doors for handicapped persons at the Prentice Women's Hospital. The drill bit wrapped his ulnar nerve ultimately resulting in stage III CRPS-II (also known as causalgia). The award from case, Gary Markovich v. ISEC Inc. et. al., No. 09 L 8227, is a new record for non-amputation hand injury in Illinois., 2014
  • $13 million dollars higher than the previous record of verdict in Illinois of $51 million. After 5 years of litigation and a one month long jury trial, a Cook County jury awarded a local 393 ironworker $64 million. The jury actually awarded Ron $80 million, but found that he was 20% at fault and therefore, reduced the verdict to $64 million. The case is Ronald Bayer vs. Panduit Corporation 07 L 9877. Mr. Bayer was represented by Clifford Horwitz, 30 years of trial experience, Jay Luchsinger, a former third generation local 1 ironworker and 25 year trial lawyer, and Michael Carter, a former local 157 pipe fitter and 15 year trial lawyer, of the Chicago law firm of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. Defendant Panduit Corporation was represented by John W. Patton and Michael Vranicar of Patton & Ryan

Representative Clients:

  • Smith v. Capital Construction
  • Kirk v. Michael Reese Hospital
  • Vuletich
  • ​Mondschein

Educational Background:

  • University of Florida, B.A., 1981
Office Location for Clifford W. Horwitz

25 East Washington Street
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 800-673-1828

Fax: 312-372-1673

 

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Last Updated: 9/17/2018

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