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Tracy A. Brammeier

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Aviation & Aerospace Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
120 North LaSalle Street, 36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2014
Practice Areas: Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Tracy Brammeier is no stranger to tort law, having worked as a clerk at the firm for years and then jumping into courtroom work and complex tort cases. In fact, her intelligence and legal acumen have led her to already have worked on some of the biggest lawsuits filed at the firm, led by partners directing the cases.

She works closely with partner Kevin P. Durkin handling many transportation accident matters. Tracy has worked on several cases involving bicyclists struck by trucks, a man who suffered a crushing injury after being run over by a forklift, and a woman who died in a boating incident on Lake Michigan.

Tracy also handles aviation matters, and has worked on many of the firm’s commercial and private aviation incident cases, involving both airplane and helicopter accidents. Currently, Tracy acts as the court-appointed Liaison Counsel in the lawsuit arising from the 2019 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane.

In 2018, Tracy was heavily involved in a case where a 22-year-old pedestrian was struck by a semi-truck, obtaining a record $35 million settlement after seven days of trial alongside Bob Clifford and Kevin Durkin. She also was part of the trial team the obtained a $21.5 million verdict after the month-long trial of two park districts for the drowning of a 6-year-old boy.

Tracy works to ensure the quality and integrity of the justice system as an investigating member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee. She also gives back to the community through her work with the 100 Club of Chicago, a not-for-profit organization that assists the families of police officers and firefighters throughout Cook and Lake Counties, by providing a legal resource following the death of a loved one killed in the line of duty. Tracy also volunteers with the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section program Wills For Heroes, which prepares basic wills for Chicago and Illinois State police officers. She is also active in several bar associations.

Her work has earned her accolades from Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, and Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In 2020, Emerging Lawyers profiled her in an article titled, “Tracy Brammeier: Building a Reputation in Transportation Injury Plaintiff’s Law,” for her expertise in transportation injury law.

Tracy graduated from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago. While in law school, she served as an Extern for the Honorable Thomas M. Durkin of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Aviation and Aerospace
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Aviation Accidents - Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents

Selections

4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2022

About Tracy A. Brammeier

First Admitted: 2014, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/tracy-a-brammeier/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Wills for Heroes
  • 100 Club of Chicago

Educational Background

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 2014
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 2010
  • Loyola University Chicago John Felice Rome Center , 2008

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Tracy Brammeier, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $5 million settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old male who suffered several orthopedic fractures in addition to a degloving of his right foot when he was blind-sided from behind by a forklift that was being operated in reverse. , 2020
  • Tracy Brammeier, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $9.6 million settlement when a 73-year-old musician was practicing with his ensemble on the stage of a public university when a large screen above him fell, striking him, causing him permanent injuries. , 2020
  • Tracy Brammeier, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $3.5 million settlement on behalf of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a truck when he was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk entering a crosswalk near a road construction site. , 2019
  • Tracy Brammeier, along with partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $3.75 million settlement on behalf of a 23-year-old female bicyclist, in a shared lane, who was struck and killed by a truck turning right. , 2018
  • Tracy Brammeier obtained a $27.9 million settlement on behalf of a family of three individuals who died and sole survivor in a boating incident on Lake Michigan settle state court case against the companies tasked with repairing and managing the motorboat. , 2018
  • Tracy Brammeier, along with found and senior partner Bob Clifford and partner Kevin Durkin, obtained a $35 million settlement on behalf of a 24-year-old woman who was severely injured after a truck struck her and dragged her for 60 feet at a Chicago street corner. , 2018

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Tracy Brammeier, attorney at Clifford Law Offices, was invited to speak at the American Bar Association (ABA) Aviation and Space Law Committee’s Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Annual Conference. Her topic was “Emerging Litigation and Regulatory Issues for the Aviation and Aerospace Industries in a Post-COVID-19 World.”, Speaker, Aviation and Space Law Committee's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Annual Conference, American Bar Association, 2021
  • Tracy A. Brammeier, associate at Clifford Law Offices and liaison counsel in the complex litigation involving the crash of a Boeing jet in Ethiopia, will be speaking at the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) conference to be held in Washington, D.C., Speaker, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS), American Bar Association, 2021
  • In the article, Tracy addressed how the pandemic has changed the way the legal world works together in terms of now conducting conferences and hearings via videoconference (Zoom) instead of in person and ponders how the legal community will continue to use this new resource in the post-pandemic era. Her prediction, “that Zoom court is here to stay,” at least for simple items will help attorneys to eliminate “unnecessary commute… (and the accompanying legal bills for their clients) and reduces crowds” in addition to potentially “reducing the opportunity for petty fights and needless bickering” that sometimes happens in the courtroom., Author, "It's Time for the CBA to Come Together as a Legal Community", Chicago Bar Association, 2021
  • Tracy A. Brammeier, associate at Clifford Law Offices, spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar Friday on “Overcoming Governmental Immunities.” The annual half-day program was held at the JW Marriott, 151 W. Adams, Chicago, and offered CLE credit for the half-day program., Speaker, Update & Review Seminar on "Overcoming Governmental Immunities", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Tracy A. Brammeier, associate at Clifford Law Offices, moderated a program sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section (YLS) of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) designed to provide a basic introduction to the Cook County Circuit Court’s practices and procedures. , Moderator, Cook County Circuit Court's practices and procedures, Chicago Bar Association, 2015
  • FAA Proposes Rule Prohibiting the Use of Personal Electronic Devices on the Flight Deck, AAJ Aviation Law Newsletter, Fall 2014, AAJ Aviation Law Newsletter, 2014
  • Tracy A. Brammeier, clerk at Clifford Law Offices and a second year law student at Loyola University School of Law, wrote an essay that was published by the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) in 2012. Her essay, which focuses on the lack of rail security in Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.’s transit systems, won the 2012 TIPS essay competition on the topic of Disasters Caused by Foreign and Domestic Terrorism. , Author, "Shifting Focus: Developing Preparedness and Response Strategies for Terrorism Threats to U.S. Commuter Rail and Subway Systems", American Bar Association, 2013

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chicago Bar Association (CBA) (2014-Present), 2022
  • American Association for Justice (AAJ) (2014-Present), 2022
  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Second Vice Chair
  • Young Lawyers Section (YLS), Public Service Manager
  • Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Board of Managers

Honors/Awards

  • Best Lawyers, 2021-Present, Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2019 – Present, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2017 – Present
  • Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Forty Under 40, Illinois Attorneys to Watch, 2018, Forty Under 40, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2018
  • Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, "Young Lawyer with Exceptional Promise," 2018, "Young Lawyer with Exceptional Promise", Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2018, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2017, Emerging Lawyer, Leading Lawyers, 2017
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Office Location for Tracy A. Brammeier

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

Fax: 312-251-1160

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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