Kimberly M. Halvorsen
Kimberly M. Halvorsen is a highly experienced wrongful death attorney and personal injury attorney at Clifford Law Offices. As a trial lawyer at the firm since graduating from law school, she almost immediately found herself handling high profile, complex litigation and preparing for trials shoulder-to-shoulder with much older colleagues. In her time as a personal injury attorney and wrongful death attorney, Kim learned at what appeared to be light speed, strategizing and managing cases like someone well beyond her years.
For example, Kim second-chaired a wrongful death trial as a young attorney, and that case resulted in a $2.91 million verdict in 2010 on behalf of a 52-year-old woman who died following a routine outpatient procedure at a surgery center. Kim worked tirelessly in achieving a $5 million settlement in 2010 on behalf of a 45-year-old mother of two when medical personnel failed to timely diagnose and treat her cancer. As the personal injury attorney assigned to a number of important cases, Kim also worked around the clock on a 2007 trial with Robert Clifford, senior partner at the firm, which resulted in a $15.8 million verdict. She drafted motions and trial briefs, researched critical issues and organized day-to-day trial testimony. Kim also worked on the voluminous case involving the recovery of property damages involving the destruction of the World Trade Centers on September 11, 2001. Numerous lawsuits were filed against American Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways for their multiple failures in properly screening the terrorists that hijacked and boarded two Boeing 767 jets that they piloted into the 110-story structures. Kim successfully worked with other wrongful death and personal injury attorneys on the settlement of these complex suits brought on behalf of insurance companies and business interests from around the globe that suffered $1.2 billion dollars in losses.
Kim is very familiar working on such difficult legal matters. Before coming to Clifford Law Offices, she worked in the Criminal Enforcement Division of the Illinois Attorney General's Office where she prepared policy summaries and analyses of state and federal legislation. Kim also worked as a member of the Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's Issue Development Staff where she worked closely with state legislators in Springfield to assist in implementing the Democratic caucus agenda, providing them analyses of pending legislation debated on the House floor as well as recommending legislation sponsorship and researching state-funded programs. She helped key House committees that considered legislation affecting the state budget, judiciary, health care and public safety. She helped coordinate and plan forums to assist constituents in applying and receiving state aid and program assistance. Her dedication to service and commitment to helping the Chicago community led to her being named one of the Chicago Bar Foundation's (CBF) pro bono "Stars of the Year" in 2009, and she now serves on the CBF's Young Professionals Board. In 2011, she was named Chair of the Junior Board of Directors for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS). The Law Bulletin Publishing Company honored her efforts as a wrongful death attorney and personal injury attorney with the 2012 Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer Award.
Kim's academic achievements are outstanding as well. She graduated magna cum laude from DePaul University and was a member of the DePaul Law Review. Kim wrote her comment for the DePaul Law Review on the unconstitutionality of the cap on non-economic damages passed by the Illinois Legislature in 2005. Kim was named to the Dean's List and received the CALI Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy, Civil Procedure and Products Liability Litigation, achieving the highest grade in each of those classes. She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, majoring in Political Science. There she was named to the Dean's List and was a member of the Phi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.
As can be seen from her professional commitment as a wrongful death and personal injury attorney, Kim is a hard worker and enjoys a challenge, particularly involving cases at Clifford Law Offices in the area of transportation and medical malpractice, some of the most complex areas of law.
Areas of Practice
- Wrongful Death
- Personal Injury
- Transportation Liability
- Aviation Accidents
- DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
- Honors: magna cum laude
- Honors: Dean’s List
- Honors: CALI Award for Excellence
- Law Review: DePaul Law Review, Member
- University of Illinois
- Honors: Dean's List
- Major: Political Science
Honors and Awards
- Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer Award, The Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2012
- Chicago Bar Foundation’s (CBF) pro bono “Stars of the Year” in 2009
Past Employment Positions
- Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Enforcement Division
- Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, Issue Development Staff, Member
Pro Bono Activities
- Junior Board of Directors for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), 2011
- CBF’s Young Professionals Board
- Phi Sigma Alpha