Sean Driscoll delivers a successful closing argument in the Carroll County courthouse for the Whitebread-Pacas case. To read more coverage on this record-setting case, click here: http://www.mycarrollcountynews.com/news/article_de6ee41c-93f7-11e3-85d1-001a4bcf6878.html
On Wednesday, January 29, 2014, former prosecutors Patrick Fitzgerald and Patrick Collins with attorneys Dan Webb and Bob Clifford of Clifford Law Offices participated in a mock trial at the University of Illinois at the UIC Forum.
The founding Partner of Clifford Law Offices, Robert. A. Clifford, will participate in a mock trial where he will represent the Greek philosopher, Socrates, on charges of corrupting the youth and disrespecting the Greek gods. Clifford will be representing Socrates with Dan Webb. The mock trial titled, "The Trial of Socrates Redux: BYO Hemlock", will be hosted by American College of Trial Lawyers in La Quinta, California on March 8, 2014. Robert Clifford was in a similar mock trial on January 29, 2014 when he and his partner, Dan Webb, defended the Greek mythological figure, Orestes, who was charged with matricide. The event had more than 1,000 attendees and with the audience voting in their favor, the team got an acquittal for Orestes. Like the Orestes mock trial, the upcoming trial for Socrates is sure to entertain as well.
On Thursday, February 20, 2014 Clifford Law Offices sponsored a free two-hour continuing legal education program on the ethics of client communications. The webinar was part of the seventh annual Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Series (CLE) and focused on the dos and don'ts of client communications by providing hypothetical and real world examples. This was an educational experience for lawyers who were interested in expanding their knowledge on ethical communication with their clients and about their cases. More than 3,000 lawyers and judges registered for the free webinar titled, "The Ethics of Client Communications," which was viewable on all mobile devices. The program was moderated by Senior Partner of Clifford Law Offices and Chicago lawyer, Robert A. Clifford. Panelists included: Justice Maureen Connors of the Illinois Appellate Court; Jim Grogan of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; and Sara Parikh, Ph.D., Managing Director, Leo J. Shapiro & Associates. For those who missed the webinar, interested lawyers and judges are invited to watch it online here. Please note: the recorded webinar is not approved for CLE.
Five teenagers reportedly were injured this morning (Wednesday, 2/19/14) following an explosion at Northside College Prep High School in the 5500 block of Kedzie Avenue, according to ABC7 News in Chicago.
The Commission on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of Ohio has approved the two-hour webinar sponsored by Clifford Law Offices for two hours of ethics credit to licensed Ohio lawyers. The program, entitled "The Ethics of Client Communications," is being offered next Thursday, Feb. 20, from 2:30-4:30 p.m To register, go to www.CliffordLaw.com. Thus far, nearly 3,000 Illinois lawyers have registered for this program accredited in Illinois.
Clifford Law Offices recently won a favorable verdict in two cases of wrongful death involving grain bin tragedies that took place in 2010. That makes this the second instance in as many years of negligence involving grain bins that necessitated legal action and resulted in justice for the injured last year and for the families of the deceased last week. The Chicago Tribune brought much-needed attention to these cases with coverage and bandwidth so that the large agricultural conglomerates that run these grain elevator facilities may finally take action in avoiding any future tragedies and promoting the safety and welfare of their workers. To read more of the nationwide coverage, click on the following links: National Trial Lawyers Publication - http://www.thenationaltriallawyers.org/2014/02/record-setting-16-million-verdict-in-grain-elevator-deaths-of-2-teens/ http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/79209743/Video-Families-of-teens-killed-in-grain-bin-accident-awarded-8-million-each -- video story on Chicago Tribune's website http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-grain-bin-deaths-lawsuit-met-20140208,0,176009.story -- Story in Sunday's Chicago Tribune http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209536 -- Rockford Mt. Register Publication http://www.kwqc.com/story/24659341/jury-awards-16-million-in-mt-carroll-grain-bin-deaths -- KWQC - NBC Affiliate http://www.saukvalley.com/2014/02/07/16m-award-to-victims-families/amb7c2h/ -- Sauk Valley Daily Publication http://www.sacbee.com/2014/02/07/6137813/16-million-awarded-in-deaths-of.html -- Sacramento Bee (CA) paper http://qctimes.com/news/local/jury-awards-m-to-families-of-teens-killed-in-grain/article_f5926556-389d-5d47-a6f9-1f2acbe48667.html -- Quad Cities Times http://www.kwqc.com/story/24667924/family-remembers-victim-of-grain-bin-accident -- KWQC, Pacas family reaction
In what is the highest verdict for a minor outside of Cook County, yesterday Clifford Law Offices obtained a $16 million verdict for two teenagers who were killed in a grain bin incident in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, in 2010. Each of the boys' families were awarded $8 million, a record in the state outside of Cook County in the wrongful death of a minor, according to John Kirkton of the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter. Kevin Durkin, partner at Clifford Law Offices, and Sean Driscoll, associate at the firm, tried the case for 15 days before a nine-man-three-woman jury in Carroll County near the Mississippi River. The jury deliberated eight hours before making their determination. The news of the verdict has swept around the state, including coverage by Associated Press wire service. Here are some links to coverage of this story that highlights the need for greater accountability in working at and around grain bins. http://www.rrstar.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209536 -- Rockford Register paper Channel 7 (ABC) story -- http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&id=9422690 Chicago Sun-Times story -- http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/25429379-418/families-awarded-8-million-each-in-death-of-teen-man-in-grain-bin.html http://qctimes.com/news/local/jury-awards-m-to-families-of-teens-killed-in-grain/article_f5926556-389d-5d47-a6f9-1f2acbe48667.html http://wwwwhbf.com/story/24658320/record-setting-verdict-in-deadly-grain-bin-accident http://www.wandtv.com/story/24659488/2-families-awarded-8-million-for-grain-bin-deaths -- WAND-TV, NBC affiliate Champaign, Springfield, Decatur http://www.journalstandard.com/article/20140206/NEWS/140209535 -- Freeport Journal Standard newspaper http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/6/2-families-awarded-8-million-for-grain-bin-deaths/print/ -- Washington Times http://www.nbcnews.com/id/54298536/ns/local_news-peoria_il/t/million-verdict-families-grain-bin-workers/#.UvR0trmA3IU -- NBC affiliate story out of Peoria http://www.cinewsnow.com/news/local/Grain-bin-accident-leads-to-millions-in-settlement-244127631.html -- ABC affiliate http://www.kljb.com/story/24659357/substantial-grain-bin-accident-award -- Fox news in Quad Cities http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IL_FARM_DEATH_JUDGMENT_ILOL-?SITE=ILBLO&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT -- Associated Press http://www.bnd.com/2014/02/06/3044225/2-families-awarded-8-million-for.html --Belleville News Democrat http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/73e4e16fe8ab424a9f907373e27a5198/IL--Farm-Death-Judgment -- The Republic in Columbus, Indiana http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/16-Million-Awarded-for-Grain-Bin-Deaths-244150811.html -- WIFR-TV http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-grain-bin-death-victims-families-awarded-16-million-20140207,0,7261924.story -- Chicago Tribune online
Kevin P. Durkin and Sean P. Driscoll, attorneys at Clifford Law Offices, obtained a record $16 million verdict on behalf of two families whose sons were killed in a grain bin entrapment incident in northwestern Illinois.
Robert A. Clifford, senior partner at Clifford Law Offices, wrote a column for the February issue of the Chicago Lawyer on the importance of staying in touch with clients. ("If communication is rockin', the ARDC won't come a knockin'"). Click here to read the entire column: Clifford's Notes, Chicago Lawyer. He offers some important tips as well as answers that are provided by the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) at iardc.org. The column will be distributed to the more than 2,000 registrants thusfar who will be attending the 7th Annual Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program, "The Ethics of Client Communications." The two-hour webinar on Feb. 20 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. will be held at DePaul University College of Law, Clifford's alma mater. Clifford will be moderating the panel of Illinois Appellate Court Justice Maureen Connors, James J. Grogan of the Illinois ARDC and Sara Parikh, Ph. D., Managing Director of Leo J. Shapiro & Associates in Chicago. There is still time to register for the webinar at www.CliffordLaw.com.