Robert A. Clifford

Top rated personal injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Clifford Law Offices PC
Robert A. Clifford
Clifford Law Offices PC

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice, Aviation & aerospace; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1976

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2023

Clifford Law Offices PC

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

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Robert A. Clifford is the founder of Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, an internationally-recognized plaintiffs’ trial firm that concentrates in aviation, transportation, personal injury, medical negligence, product liability law, mass torts and class actions. The National Law Journal has named Clifford Law Offices one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country and has awarded Mr. Clifford the Elite Trial Lawyers’ Award. Mr. Clifford has the distinction of being selected by Super Lawyers, a peer-review organization, as the number one lawyer in Illinois from 2009-2016 and has always been in the top three. He was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans and 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. The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals gave him its Professionalism Award in 2014. The Chicago Bar Association gave him the Justice John Paul Stevens Award in 2017, its highest honor. Also that year he received the Unity Award by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation. The National Trial Lawyers named Bob Clifford the Class Action Trial Lawyer of 2018 and he has been listed in Best Lawyers from its inception, decades ago, including being the top in the Chicago metropolitan area in certain practice areas. In 2019, the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association honored Mr. Clifford with the Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award. He also was among those honored in 2019 by Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award.  

Mr. Clifford has represented those injured or killed in every major commercial airline crash in the U.S. in the last four decades. This includes the American Airlines crash at O’Hare in 1979; the United Airlines DC-10 crash in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1989; the Comair runway crash in Lexington, Kentucky of 2006; the Continental Colgan crash of 2009; and, internationally, the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam of 2009. He is currently Lead Counsel on behalf of families of the victims onboard the tragic Boeing crash of a 737 MAX-8 in Ethiopia in 2019. Mr. Clifford served as the liaison counsel for the subrogation and business property damage claims that resulted from the tragic September 11, 2001 crashes at the World Trade Center in New York. He served as lead counsel in the negotiation and settlement of those claims that settled for $1.2 billion. Mr. Clifford’s trial career has been marked by many record verdicts including a young woman who suffered permanent injuries after being dragged by a semi. The jury returned a record $35 million verdict for the young woman. The most highly publicized trial in Cook County of a violinist who was severely injured after being run over by a Metra train ultimately settled after a month-long trial for $35 million. 

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Clifford is dedicated to the furtherance of the legal profession and has been actively involved and held leadership roles with the American Bar Association (Chair of the Section of Litigation and Chair of the ABA’s charitable arm, the Fund for Justice and Education), Chicago Bar Association (President), Chicago Inn of Court (President), American College of Trial Lawyers and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (President). He is also a member of the American Law Institute, the Inner Circle of Advocates and serves on the Board of Directors for the RAND Institute for Civil Justice. For more than 25 years, he has sponsored the Annual Clifford Tort Symposium on Tort Law and Civil Justice at DePaul University College of Law that brings together the best and brightest on a topic of interest to the public and that results in a special law review issue of articles by the academic and judicial participants. Mr. Clifford also served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, a charitable organization and host of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, which benefits more than 200,000 at-risk and underprivileged children in Southwest Florida.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff, Aviation and aerospace, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Personal injury - products: plaintiff, Transportation/maritime

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Aviation accidents - plaintiff, Class actions, Asbestos

  • 20% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 30% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff
  • 20% Aviation and aerospace
  • 10% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - products: plaintiff
  • 10% Transportation/maritime

First Admitted: 1976, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/robert-a-clifford/

Educational Background:
  • DePaul University, College of Law, Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, 2003
  • DePaul University, College of Law, Juris Doctor, 1976
  • DePaul University, College of Commerce, 1973
Honors/Awards:
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized as a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Media, Law Bulletin Media, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized as a Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer, Lawdragon, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has been AV Rated, the highest level awarded by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, Martindale-Hubbell, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by America's Top 100 Attorneys, Class Action Litigation, America's Top 100 Attorneys®, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by America's Top 100 Attorneys, Personal Injury Litigation, America's Top 100 Attorneys®, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by America's Top 100 Attorneys, Medical Malpractice Litigation, America's Top 100 Attorneys®, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by America's Top 100 Attorneys, Aviation Litigation, America's Top 100 Attorneys®, 2022
  • 2020-2022, Elite Lawyers in Aviation Accidents, Medical Malpractice, and Personal Injury, Elite Lawyers, Elite Lawyers, 2022
  • Recognized in Best Lawyers every year since 1993 for the following categories: Aviation Law, Bet-the-Company, Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions- Plaintiffs, Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, Product Liability Litigation- Plaintiffs, Qui Tam Law, The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 - Civil Plaintiff, The National Trial Lawyers, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Excellence in Pro Bono and Public Interest Service, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by Law Bulletin Media, Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the Illinois Bar Foundation, Distinguished Award for Excellence, Illinois Bar Foundation, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by National Trial Lawyers, Class Action Trial Lawyer of the Year, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by Public Justice, Trial Lawyer of the Year, Public Justice, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the National Law Journal, Plaintiffs' Lawyers Trailblazers List, National Law Journal, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, Martindale-Hubbell, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers, Class Action Trial Lawyer of the Year, The National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, Unity Award, Diversity Scholarship Foundation, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the Chicago Bar Association, Justice John Paul Stevens Award, Chicago Bar Association, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford was recognized by the North Suburban Bar Association, L. Sanford Blustin Award, North Suburban Bar Association, 2017
  • Received Crain's Chicago Business' Who's Who in 2012 & 2014-2017, Who's Who, Crain's Chicago Business, 2017
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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • International Society of Barristers, 2022
  • 2003-Present, Inner Circle of Advocates, Member, 2022
  • 2003-Present, American Association for Justice, Member, 2022
  • 2003-Present, The American Law Institute, Member, 2022
  • 1998-Present, Rand Institute, Civil Justice Board of Advisors, 2022
  • 1994-Present, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • 1994-Present, American College of Trial Lawyers, Member, 2022
  • 1992-Present, Board of Directors, Isaac Ray Center, Member, 2022
  • 1991-Present, The Brookings Institution, Advisory Committee Meeting on Civil Jury Trial Symposium, Member, 2022
  • 1990-Present, Advisory Board of Judge James A. Geroulis Educational Foundation, Member, 2022
  • 1976-Present, DePaul University, College of Law Board of Trustees, Member; 1987-Present, DePaul Advisory Council, 2022
  • 1978-Present, American Bar Association, Member, 2022
  • 1976-Present, Chicago Bar Association, Member, 2022
  • 2016-2019, Chair, Fund for Justice and Education, American Bar Association, 2019
  • 2016-2018, Board Member, Rule of Law Initiative, American Bar Association, 2018
  • 2016-2018, Board Member, American Bar Foundation, American Bar Association, 2018
  • 2005-2014, Illinois State Delegate of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2014
  • 2011-2021, Chicago Bar Association, President, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1996
  • 1994-1995, Chicago Inn of Court, President, 1995
  • 1994-Present, International Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1993
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1982
  • Supreme Court of the United States, 1981
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1976
  • American Society of Law and Medicine
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • International Air & Transportation Safety Bar Association
  • The Supreme Court Historical Society, Trustee
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, moderated the program with thought-provoking discussions by several expert panelists, Moderator, Ethics 2022: Mind, Body, and Soul and The Weathering Effect, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) annual Damages seminar on Feb. 16th & 18th, Speaker, What Will It Take for the Plaintiffs’ Bar to Survive in 2021 – and Beyond?, ITLA Damages Seminar, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford has been hosting these CLE programs since 2008, Moderator, Ethics 2021: Legal Ethics and Professionalism of Your Favorite TV Show, Yada, Yada, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford was a speaker at the ABA midyear meeting, Speaker, Hale v. State Farm – Effects of Dark Money on Judicial Races, American Bar Association, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices participated in the National Hellenic Museum’s Mock Trial on March 5, 2020, Participant, The Trial of Helen of Troy, National Hellenic Museum, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford has been hosting these CLE programs since 2008, Moderator, Ethics 2020 - The Future is Now, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford discussed business interruption insurance, pandemic coverage provisions and proactive measures that can be taken by business owners, Speaker, Recovering COVID-19 Business Expenses and Lost Profits - Maximizing Commercial Insurance Coverage, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, spoke on the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for civil jury trials during a webinar hosted by the Berkeley Law Civil Justice Research Initiative in California, Speaker, The Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Civil Jury Trials, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford was a panelist in the, “FAA Product Certification and the Use of the Delegation System in Aviation,” ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Panelist, FAA Product Certification and the Use of the Delegation System in Aviation, American Bar Association, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was in Panel 3: Update on Products Liability Cases and a Case Study on Major Accident Litigation: Plaintiff and Defendant Strategies, Panelist, Update on Products Liability Cases and a Case Study on Major Accident Litigation: Plaintiff and Defendant Strategies, McGill Conference on International Aviation Liability, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was a panelist on The Evolving Role of Trials in Multijurisdiction Litigation hosted by Northwester Pritzker School of Law, Panelist, The Evolving Role of Trials in Multijurisdiction Litigation, 2019
  • Aviation litigation expert, Robert A. Clifford, was a speaker at The Chicago Bar Association’s Eight O’ Clock Call webcast series. He spoke about airline litigation, Speaker, Airline Litigation, Chicago Bar Association, 2019
  • This program was presented at the Air Law Conference at Strathmore University School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya, Panelist, Liability of Aircraft Manufacturers & Component Parts, Aerospace Regulators, Air Navigation Service Providers, Air Law Conference, 2019
  • This program was presented at the Air Law Conference at Strathmore University School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya, Moderator, Strategies for Negotiating Settlements in Aviation Liability Claims, Air Law Conference, 2019
  • This program was presented at the Air Law Conference at Strathmore University School of Law in Nairobi, Kenya, Panelist, Aviation Litigation in the USA - The Case of Non-USA Residents Suing in the USA, Air Law Conference, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has been hosting these CLE programs since 2008, Moderator, The Path to Lawyer Well-Being & Conscious Inclusion, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2019
  • The National Hellenic Museum sponsored, “The Trial of Hippocrates” February 20th at the Harris Theater, once again featuring leading trial lawyers to examine historic cases from ancient Greece using modern-day trial techniques, Participant, The Trial of Hippocrates, National Hellenic Museum, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford spoke at the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Aviation Conference, Speaker, Is Self-Certification Adequate Pre-Flight?, American Bar Association, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford participated in the Attorneys Information Exchange Group, Taking it to Trial - Death by Bad Design, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford was a panelist on the topic of Analyzing the Importance of Trial Aviation Accident Cases, Panelist, Court is in Session: Analyzing the Importance of Trial in Aviation Accident Cases, McGill University/PEOPIL Conference on International Aviation Liability, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner of Clifford Law Offices, and Dan Webb, Chairman and partner at Winston & Strawn, will take on their two legal “rivals,” Patrick Fitzgerald and Patrick Collins who prosecuted the case of Megacles, leader of Athens in National Hellenic Museum’s Mock Trial on March 1st, 2018, Participant, The Trial of Megacles, National Hellenic Museum, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has been hosting these CLE programs since 2008, Moderator, The Changing Ethical Landscape of Litigation, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford will be a discussion leader at the 8th Annual Symposium with the Judges event, Moderator, 8th Annual Symposium with the Judges, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices in Chicago, is among 20 lawyers speaking at the Attorneys Information Exchange Group (AIEG) seminar on complex trucking accident trials, Speaker, Trucking: Taking it to Trial, Attorneys Information Exchange Group, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford, founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, participated in the American Bar Association’s ABA SECTION OF LITIGATION ROADSHOW 2.0 on PRECISION ADVOCACY: Reinventing Motion Practice To Win, Speaker, Precision Advocacy: Reinventing Motion Practice to Win, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford spoke at the ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, Speaker, Shoot-out at the Barbary Coast Corral: The Masters of Oral Argument, American Bar Association, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford participated in the mock trial of Parthenon Marbles, Participant, The Trial of the Parthenon Marbles, National Hellenic Museum, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has been hosting these CLE programs since 2008, Moderator, Ethics of Social Media Outside and in the Courtroom, Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford sponsored the 27th Annual Clifford Tort Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy attracted more than 1,300 attendees from 335 cities and reached 7 countries around the world including France, Pakistan, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom, Sponsor, Civil Litigation in a Post-COVID World, Clifford Tort Symposium, 2021
  • At the 26th Clifford Symposium, some of America’s leading experts will consider the legal and public health implications of the scourge and our response to it, Sponsor, The Opioid Crisis: Where Do We Go From Here?, Clifford Symposium, 2020
  • Academics from around the country gathered for the two-day program to discuss “Rising Stars: A New Generation of Scholars Looks at Civil Justice", Sponsor, Rising Stars: A New Generation of Scholars Looks at Social Justice, Clifford Symposium, 2019
  • For two days, two dozen academics, lawyers and medical professionals from around the country discussed the medical crisis in this country and alternate legal strategies that might encourage greater safety, Sponsor, Patient Safety: How Might the Law Help?, Clifford Symposium, 2018
  • Professionals spoke on, "The Impact of Dark Money on Judicial Elections & Judicial Behavior", Sponsor, The Impact of Dark Money on Judicial Elections & Judicial Behavior, Clifford Symposium, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, "Weathering" Biases, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Tough Calls on AI, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has co-authored a chapter on aviation law for the Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fifth Edition, Co-Author, Aviation, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 5th Ed., Thompson Reuters, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Fiction vs. Reality, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Follow the Money, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford penned an article for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, Author, Access to justice must happen now by getting trials up and running, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2021
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Courts Must Go Forward, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Bill Would Protect Riders, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Take More Action - TAWS may have helped prevent tragic helicopter crash, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, New Decade, New Issues, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford authored an article featured in Best Lawyers titled, Dark Money, Author, Dark Money, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Let's Buckle Up, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, On the Mend?, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford writes for SF Chronicle’s Open Forum: “Air travelers — demand changes in how planes are certified", Author, Open Forum - Air travelers demand changes in how planes, San Francisco Chronicle, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Finding a Balance, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Rideshare Responsibility, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Trial Basis, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Suntan Motion, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, School Solutions, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Is "Sole" Sole?, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Flight Risks, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Changing the Story, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Watergate a Watershed, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Talc Talk, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Complications of Grief, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, The $750 Pill, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford wrote an article about bills that were being pushed through congress, Author, Letter to the editor: Congress taking aim at right to trial by jury, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, The Case Against Hugs, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, Word from Washington, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, The Evidence for Evidence: Why every law school should offer courses in Evidence, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford has contributed Clifford's Notes to Chicago Lawyer Magazine regularly since 1994, Author, TV's "Bull" is Just That, Chicago Lawyer Magazine, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford was a contributing author on Aviation Law, Contributing Author, Aviation Law, Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Court, 4th Ed., Thompson Reuters, 2017
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • 2016-Present, Civil Justice Institute, University of California (Irvine), Board of Directors, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has sponsored the annual Continuing Legal Education program at DePaul University College of Law for over 15 years, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford has sponsored the Annual Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy at DePaul University College of Law for over 28 years, 2022
  • RAND Institute for Civil Justice, Board of Overseers, 2022
  • 2016-Present, The Advocacy Institute, SUNY Buffalo Law School, Board of Directors, 2022
  • Window to the World Communications (WTTW – Channel 11), Board of Directors, 2022
  • 2010-2020, Sponsor, Chicago Bar Association’s Earl B. Dickerson Awards Luncheon, 2020
  • Sponsor, Golisano Children's Museum of Naples Party Like a Rock Star Gala, 2019
  • 2017-2019, Sponsor, Marist High School's Law Association Alumni Event, 2019
  • 2013-2019, Sponsor, Chicago Bar Association's Investing in Justice Campaign, 2019
  • 2000-2019, Sponsor, Chicago Bar Association's Justice John Paul Stevens Awards Luncheon, 2019
  • Sponsor, Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s 36th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration, 2019
  • Contribution to Marist High School’s Faith and the Future campaign, which transformed the Marist Brothers’ Monastery into a 28,000-square-foot science center and planetarium. The forensics crime lab is named in honor of Joan and Robert Clifford, 2019
  • 2014 & 2016-2018, Sponsor, Lawyers Lend-A-Hand Annual Gala, 2018
  • 2015-2018, Sponsor, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation's Valor Luncheon, 2018
  • 2015-2018, Sponsor, Jewish Judges Association's Awards Dinner, 2018
  • 2007-2018, Naples Children & Education Foundation; Lifetime Trustee 2013-2016; Chairman of the Board 2012, Co-Chair, Naples Winter Wine Festival Helped to raise $12.2 million during the live auction, 2018
  • Sponsor, Multi-Bar Association Fundraiser to Support Relief Efforts of Mexico and Puerto Rico, 2017
  • 2016-2017, Sponsor, Chicago Federation of Labor's Labor Day Luncheon, 2017
  • 2015 & 2017, Sponsor, Illinois Bar Foundation's Annual Gala, 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford endowed the first chair on tort law and social policy at DePaul University College of Law in 1994, which provides support for faculty research and teaching and makes possible the celebrated annual Clifford Symposium, 1994
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • The National Law Journal, One of America's 52 Most Influential Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • Robert A. Clifford, was selected to the Global Law Experts 2022 Handbook as a leading global legal source in the practice area of personal injury law, celebrating his extensive career as an attorney. Read Robert’s Global Law Experts bio on page 152 of their handbook, 2022
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2021
  • American Association of Justice, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2020
  • Robert A. Clifford was appointed as a co-lead attorney in the lawsuits against Boeing over the Ethiopian Airlines crash, 2019
  • Robert A. Clifford was lead counsel in obtaining a $101 million verdict on behalf of a brain damaged baby, 2019
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019
  • Clifford Law Offices was listed in Top Verdict's, "Top Ten Verdicts in Illinois in 2018" list, 2018
  • Award from Lawyers for the Creative Arts, 2018
  • Robert A. Clifford was appointed to co-lead counsel in a case for which a team of attorney's secured a $250 million settlement against State Farm Insurance Company, 2018
  • America's Top 100, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Irish Legal 100 "...the most distinguished legal professionals in the United States who share one common bond: pride in their Irish roots", 2017
  • Robert A. Clifford served as co-lead counsel in a data breach case filed in the state court against Advocate Medical Group, Illinois' largest medical system, involving more than four million patients and reportedly is the largest healthcare data breach in the nation’s history, 2016
  • Robert A. Clifford served as co-lead counsel in a class action filed against Pella Windows Corporation, a nationwide window manufacturer. U.S. District Court Judge James B. Zagel of the Northern District of Illinois appointed Clifford “as class counsel for his demonstrated skills in the field”, 2016
  • Robert A. Clifford was lead counsel in a trial against Yellow Cab that resulted in a $25.9 million verdict, 2015
  • Robert A. Clifford served as lead counsel in the property damage claim in the 9/11 litigation that resulted in a $1.2 billion settlement, 2014
  • The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals gave Robert A. Clifford its Professionalism Award, 2014
  • Robert A. Clifford was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans and was named the 2012 Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year, 2012
  • Faulty construction on the 12th floor of the Cook County Administration Building was found to be the cause of six deaths and sixteen injuries in a 2003 fire. Clifford Law Offices served as lead counsel for the plaintiffs and obtained a $100 million settlement, 2008
  • Clifford Law Offices obtained a $70 million settlement for the victims injured when the scaffolding collapsed at the John Hancock Building in Chicago, 2006
  • Robert A. Clifford was lead counsel representing Rachel Barton Pine, an internationally acclaimed violinist, was dragged almost 300 feet along the tracks of a commuter rail train when the doors of the train closed on her bags, pinning her to the doors. Clifford Law Offices secured a $29.6 million jury verdict on her behalf. After appeals, the final amount paid out was $35 million, 2002
Verdicts/Settlements:
  • A $7 million settlement on behalf of a 58-year-old who was walking through a crosswalk when she was hit by an SUV for a major corporation, 2021
  • A $1.125 million settlement was obtained on behalf of a plaintiff who sustained several fractures and bodily injuries when he was struck by the defendant, who was making a left turn in a trailer, while riding a motorcycle, 2021
  • A $621,000 settlement on behalf of a 56-year-old woman who suffered bodily injuries when she and her husband were involved in a head-on collision with a speeding car, 2021
  • A $900,000 settlement was obtained on behalf of a mother who died due to pulmonary embolism resulting from alleged improper treatment of hyperemesis gravidarum, 2021
  • A $56.78 million settlement on behalf of several adults and minor passengers that were injured, and one wrongful death, aboard a speeding Amtrak Train 501 that derailed outside DuPont, Washington, 2021
  • A $52.5 million settlement on behalf of eight, young, female circus acrobats who sustained severe, life-altering injuries when an aerial circus performance apparatus collapsed that was improperly rigged, 2020
  • A $1.45 million obtained on behalf of a 58-year-old male who suffered multiple injuries when his vehicle was struck, in the middle of an intersection, by the defendant who ran the red light, 2020
  • A $2.375 million obtained for the wrongful death of a 31-year-old woman from the failure to diagnose and treat Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia Purpura (TTP), a rare blood disorder, 2020
  • A $2.65 million obtained on behalf of a 63-year-old male who suffered a fractured distal fibula that required surgical repair when his right leg was run over by a fork lift at his job, 2020
  • A $34.75 million settlement in a class action case against Pella Windows, 2019
  • A $101 million verdict on behalf of a brain damaged baby, 2019
  • A $17 million verdict was awarded to three plaintiffs who suffered multiple physical, mental and emotional injuries when an Amtrak train, travelling at an excessive speed, derailed onto Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington, 2019
  • A $2.6 million was obtained on behalf of a 77-year-old woman who died after the vehicle, in which she was a passenger, was struck by a semi-trailer truck, 2019
  • A $22.9 million settlement on behalf of a child who sustained permanent brain injury due to lack of oxygen to his organs during labor and delivery. He was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, has global disabilities including the inability to walk, motor and speech delays and cognitive impairment, 2019
  • A record $5.5 million settlement was obtained on behalf of a man who was severely injured on his motorcycle. This is the highest settlement or verdict that has ever been previously reported in McHenry County, Illinois, 2018
  • A $250 million settlement in a class action against State Farm Insurance company, 2018
  • A $35 million settlement was obtained on behalf of a 24-year-old woman who was severely injured after a truck struck his and dragged her for 60 feet at a Chicago street corner, 2018
  • A $1 million settlement was obtained on behalf of a husband and wife who suffered multiple orthopedic and scarring injuries when struck by a car in a crosswalk, 2017
  • A $1.2 billion settlement of numerous 9/11 property damage claims following the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York, 2014

Office location for Robert A. Clifford

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

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