Elliot R. Schiff

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Professional Liability Attorney in Chicago, IL

Schiff Gorman LLC
 | One East Wacker Drive, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312-345-7202
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1973
Practice Areas:
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Elliot R. Schiff is the founding partner of Schiff Gorman LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois. Focusing his practice primarily on professional malpractice, he represents clients throughout Cook, Lake, DuPage, McHenry, Kane and Will counties who have been harmed by the misfeasance or negligence of attorneys, accountants, brokers, architects and other licensed professionals. Mr. Schiff also devotes a portion of his practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death actions involving motor vehicle and construction accidents.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English from Ohio University in 1969, Mr. Schiff attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1973. Immediately following law school, he served a clerkship for a judge in the Illinois Appellate Court for the 1st District before entering private practice. Admitted to practice in Illinois, Mr. Schiff is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

Throughout his career, Mr. Schiff has received widespread recognition from his fellow attorneys for his track record and professionalism, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. A former president of The Society of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Schiff is an active participant in several professional organizations. A longtime member of The Chicago Bar Association, he is a former chair of its Professional Liability Committee. Mr. Schiff is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and the American Association for Justice. He is frequently asked to speak before groups of fellow attorneys on trial tactics and professional responsibility, and he has had several articles on these topics published.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general practice standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Professional Liability (80%): Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Personal Injury - General (20%): Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Focus Areas

Professional Liability: Legal Malpractice, Professional Malpractice - Other, Ethics & Professional Responsibility

Personal Injury - General: Animal Bites, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2018

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About Elliot Schiff

Admitted: 1973, Illinois

Professional Webpage: http://www.schiff-law.com/attorneys/elliot-r-schiff/

Honors and Awards:

  • National Law Journal Selection Honorable Mention for Best Verdict of Year, 1996
  • National Law Journal Selection as One of the Ten Best Jury Verdicts of the Year, 1995
  • Over 75 Jury Trials to Verdict as published in the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter
  • A.V. Recognition in Martindale-Hubbell since 1980

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2011
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, 2007
  • Treasurer, Society of Trial Lawyers, 2007
  • Chairman, Professional Liability Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 2005
  • Member, Civil Practice Committee, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2003
  • Board Member, Society of Trial Lawyers, 2003
  • Chairman, Professional Liability Committee, IDC, 1999
  • United States District Court Eastern Division of Wisconsin, 1999
  • United States District Court Central District of Illinois, 1998
  • Trial Advocacy Program, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • Federal Trial Bar, 1986-present, 1986
  • Illinois Bar, 1973
  • American Association for Justice
  • United States Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976-present
  • United States District Court, 1974-present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-present
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1973-present
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association, 1973-present
  • Vice President, Society of Trial Lawyers, 2009-2010
  • President, Society of Trial Lawyers, 2010-2011
  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • Former Chair, Legal Malpractice Committee, IDC
  • Former Chair, Legal Malpractice Committee, CBA
  • Member, Professional Liability Committee, Chicago Bar Association, 2003 - 2004

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Legal Malpractice: 2007 Supplement: Attorney’s Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • "Contribution, Indemnification and Other Means to Spread or Avoid Damages", The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, 2006
  • Legal Malpractice: 2005 Supplement: Attorney's Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • "Ethics and Professional Responsibility", Illinois Trial Lawyers Mid-Winter Seminar, 2004
  • "Preventing Legal Malpractice: Learn from the Experts", Chicago Bar Association, 2003
  • Getting To Trial: Law Update and Practice Update - Current Strategies in Third Party Practice", presented to the Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, 2003
  • "Legal Malpractice", Attorney's Legal Liability, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • "Cross-Examination of the Physician", Chicago Bar Association, 2000
  • "The Use of Demonstrative Evidence", Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • "Defending the Structural Work Act", Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • "Hotel Liability", Hyatt Corporation, 1987
  • "The Parameters of The Structural Work Act of Illinois", 1987
  • "Opening Statements, The Do's and Don'ts", Chicago Bar Association, 1986
  • "Errors and Omissions", Risk Insurance Managers, 1986
  • "Techniques and Issues in Litigation", The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2003)
  • The 2011 Rules Of Professional Conduct, presented to Serbian Bar Association, (2011)
  • "Hot Topics in Professional Responsibility", presented to The Chicago Bar Association (2012)
  • "Selecting a Jury In 30 Minutes or Less", presented to Litigation Counsel of America, LLC (2012)
  • The Rules Governing Actual Damages in Legal Malpractice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal (2009)
  • Legal Malpractice: 2010: Attorney's Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • Legal Malpractice: 2012 Supplement: Attorneys' Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • "Dramshop Liability", Casualty Adjusters Association
  • "Strategic Considerations in Prosecuting Legal Malpractice Actions", Chicago Bar Association Annual Seminar on Legal Malpractice, 2005
  • "Professional Ethics and Responsibility", Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, 2008
  • Apportioning Liability in Third-Party Cases: Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 93, No. 1, January 2005

Educational Background:

  • Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, B.A. in English, 1969
Office Location for Elliot R. Schiff

One East Wacker Drive
Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-345-7202

 

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Last Updated: 6/20/2017

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