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Robert A. Clifford

Robert A. Clifford
Status: Emeritus
Clifford Law Offices
120 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 3600
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 899-9090

Robert Clifford is the founder and senior partner at Clifford Law Offices and has been named by Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report as the top lawyer in the Chicago metropolitan area in personal injury, aviation law and bet-the-company litigation. Mr. Clifford consistently garners record-setting verdicts and settlements. He served as liaison counsel and lead negotiator in the $1.2 billion settlement on behalf of the property damage claims involving the collapse of New York's Twin Towers following the 9/11 terrorist attack, $100 million settlement on behalf of six people killed and 16 others injured in a fire at the Cook County Administration Building, $85 million settlement in a whistleblower case involving Medline, one of the nation's largest suppliers of medical and surgical products, and a $70 million settlement on behalf of two young women who were killed and three others who were severely injured when a scaffolding collapsed from the John Hancock Center in Chicago, as well as the most highly publicized civil trial in Cook County Circuit Court of $29.6 million on behalf of a violinist who was severely injured by a Metra train; $112 million verdict in federal court in St. Louis in a grain bin explosion that burned two young workers, $35 million verdict on behalf of a woman who was severely injured after being struck and dragged by a truck; $25.9 million verdict on behalf of a passenger severely injured in a taxi that crashed into a concrete barrier. Mr. Clifford has represented victims in every major commercial airline crash in the United States in the last 40 years including serving as Lead Counsel in the crash of an American Eagle flight that led to a $110 million settlement on behalf of several families. He was named Lead Counsel on behalf of the victims of a Boeing 737 Max jet crash in Ethiopia, representing 72 families of the 157 from across the world who perished in the 2019 crash. He was named its Lawyer of the Year in 2016 in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions. He has been in the Top 10 Illinois Super Lawyers and Top 10 Leading Lawyers since the inception of those peer-review organizations. He has been President of the Chicago Bar Association, the Chicago Inn of Court and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and has served as Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, the largest section of the ABA. Bob has been the recipient of the Illinois Bar Foundation's Distinguished Award for Excellence, the Chicago Lawyer's Person of the Year, the Chicago Bar Foundation's Justice John Paul Stevens Award, the Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association's Leonard Ring Award, as well as the AAJ's Lifetime Achievement Award. He has been named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans.
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