Kristofer S. Riddle

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Clifford Law Offices PC
Kristofer S. Riddle
Clifford Law Offices PC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2011

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2024

Clifford Law Offices PC

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602 Visit website


Kristofer S. Riddle is a partner at Clifford Law Offices PC and represents clients in Chicago, Illinois. A determined advocate with a wide range of litigation experience, he handles cases of personal injury, including wrongful death, class action suits, premises liability and qui tam/whistleblower matters. One of his biggest professional achievements was a case that settled for $250 million the first day of trial against State Farm Insurance, highlighting the fact that he is not afraid to take on big corporations or insurance companies for the sake of his clients.

His experience also extends to transportation liability and maritime law. In 2017, Mr. Riddle was named to the Forty Under 40 by Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and Law Bulletin Media included him as an Emerging Lawyer for several years, starting in 2018.

At The City College of New York, Mr. Riddle earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science, was a McNair Scholar and a recipient of the Marvin Rosenberg Fellowship. He then moved on to law school at DePaul University College of Law, where he earned a Juris Doctor.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Riddle worked for the Master of Public Policy Program at Duke University Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy. He gained difficult experience early on in his career when almost immediately after becoming a lawyer, he began working on cases like the cruise ship of Costa Concordia that ran aground in Italy, and he often wins multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Construction Accident, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Transportation Law, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 50% Transportation/Maritime

First Admitted: 2011, Illinois

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Educational Background:
  • The City College of New York City-CUNY, B.A., Honors: Marvin Rosenberg Fellowship, Honors: McNair Scholar, Major: Political Science
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Kris was one of the Clifford Law Offices' attorneys who worked for free to keep the church's shelter open, 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Kristofer S. Riddle and Charles R. Haskins, will be moderators at the Chicago Bar Association continuing legal education seminar: Motion Practice in Cook County Circuit Court’s Law Division, Moderator, Motion Practice in Cook County Circuit Court's Law Division, Chicago Bar Association, 2020
  • Kristofer Riddle, along with associate Nicholas Motherway, obtained a $6.825 million settlement on behalf of a plaintiff who died due to catastrophic injuries who suffered from a three-story fall down an elevator shaft. , 2023
  • Kristofer Riddle, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $2 million settlement due to policy limits on behalf of a 32-year-old man who sustained severe spinal cord injuries due to a diving accident. , 2022
  • Kris Riddle obtained a total of $56.78 million in settlements involving the derailment of Amtrak Train 501 outside DuPont, Washington, four years ago, 2021
  • Kris, along with founder and senior partner Bob Clifford, obtained a $17 million verdict. This verdict was awarded to three plaintiffs who suffered multiple physical, mental and emotional injuries when an Amtrak train, traveling at an excessive speed, derailed onto Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington, 2019
  • Sean P. Driscoll and Kristofer S. Riddle, attorneys at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a nearly $17 million verdict on September 13, 2019 following a two-week trial in Tacoma on behalf of two injured people and the spouse of another, 2019
  • Kris, along with founder and senior partner Bob Clifford, obtained a $250 million settlement on behalf of plaintiffs who alleged that State Farm violated federal law by improperly influencing the Illinois Supreme Court's decision to reverse a pending judgement, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-Present, Rising Stars, Super Lawyers, 2024
  • Lawdragon, 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, 2023, 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers, Lawdragon, 2023
  • 2018-Present, Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media
  • 40 Under Forty, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2017
  • Kris was recognized in 2018 by the National Trial Lawyers where he received Trial Team of the Year: Class Action Award., Trial Team of the Year: Class Action Award, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Chicago Law Bulletin's Forty Under 40, 2017., Forty Under 40, Chicago Law Bulletin, 2017
  • McNair scholar
  • Marvin Rosenberg Fellowship in Public Policy, City College of New York Public Affairs program
Industry Groups:
  • American Association Of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Office location for Kristofer S. Riddle

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090


12 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2024

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