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Sean P. Driscoll


Sean Driscoll is one of the Chicago medical malpractice attorneys and personal injury lawyers representing clients of Clifford Law Offices. His legal acumen is demonstrated time and again in high-stakes cases on which he works at the firm. He obtained a $16.75 million verdict after he delivered closing arguments in two consolidated cases where people were severely injured in a high-profile derailment of Amtrak 501 that derailed near DuPont, Washington. The jury returned the verdict in September, 2019, following a two-week trial in Tacoma. After the verdict, Sean successfully settled Clifford Law Offices remaining cases relating to the derailment for $56,780,000.

,In February of 2013, Sean obtained a record $16 million verdict with partner Kevin Durkin on behalf of the families of a 14-year-old and a 19-year-old who were killed when trapped in a grain bin. It was the highest verdict in Carroll County history; the previous record was under $250,000. Sean received a 2015 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter of the Law Bulletin Publishing Company for his outstanding work on that case.

In 2007, Sean obtained a verdict in a case where an 84-year-old grandfather died at a Chicago hospital after medical personnel there failed to properly monitor him and he choked to death on his food, resulting in a $500,000 verdict. This verdict was affirmed on appeal.

Sean worked with personal injury attorney, Robert Clifford, on a high-profile case in Cook County Circuit Court, which resulted in a $15.8 million verdict in October 2006, involving an 18-year-old teenager who was left permanently brain damaged after being struck by a YMCA van in a south suburb of Chicago. The case initially was tried by another law firm and a jury reached a not guilty verdict. The trial judge reversed that decision based upon the misconduct of the defense counsel in that initial trial. Clifford Law Offices’ Chicago transportation lawyers were then brought into the case and Sean worked nearly round-the-clock for weeks preparing the case for re-trial. Following a two-week trial in which Sean participated in every phase, the new jury returned the $15.8 million verdict on behalf of the young woman.

Sean has obtained notable settlements on behalf of several clients. Sean resolved a case for $5.5 million for a man who sustained significant orthopedics injuries in a motorcycle incident in McHenry County, was the largest settlement in McHenry County at the time. Sean also was part of the team that settled a case for $7.5 million for a man who sustained lower extremity injuries in an industrial incident. He also settled a case for $2.6 million on behalf of a trucker who sustained fractures to his lower extremity at the Philadelphia airport. Sean was also part of a team of personal injury lawyers that settled a case for $11.4 million on behalf of a worker who suffered a fractured pelvis and significant internal injuries at a Union Pacific yard. He also assisted in settling a case for $2 million on behalf of a Cook County worker who suffered a fractured hip and shoulder after a speeding Metra train derailed. Sean settled the case for a lubricant worker who sustained burns to 17 percent of his body in a truck explosion in Indiana for $1.25 million. Along with other Chicago medical malpractice attorneys, he assisted in settling a medical malpractice case for $1.4 million on behalf of a newborn who died after surgeons unsuccessfully operated on the baby’s hernia four times. He further assisted in settling an industrial incident case for $4.5 million where a father of two was killed. He most recently settled a Construction Liability case for $1 million and a case involving the death of a 35-year-old father in Indiana for $1.3 million.

At present, Sean is working on several cases ranging from industrial accidents to medical malpractice cases. Sean Driscoll is an excellent trial lawyer. He handles each case with thoughtfulness and thoroughness, works hard for his clients, and his strategizing and working through the cases elicits respect from his peers on both sides of the aisle.

Sean attended the University of Dayton where he studied Communications and Political Science, graduating cum laude. He went on to DePaul University College of Law where he was a Moot Court Society Member and a finalist in the Client Counseling Competition. His trial experience is wide-ranging, leading to his being named one of Chicago’s Top 40 Under 40 Attorneys in 2011 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. He has also been recognized by Super Lawyers for the last seven years as a Rising Star in the legal community.

Clifford Law Offices is proud of Sean Driscoll’s work at the firm and in Chicago as a leading medical malpractice and personal injury attorney.

  • Areas of Practice
    • Aviation Litigation
    • Construction Liability
    • Personal Injury
    • Premises Liability
    • Transportation Liability
  • Education
    • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
      • Juris Doctor – December, 2005
      • Honors: Dean’s List
      • Honors: CALI Award Recipient for Legal Writing
      • Honors: Recipient of the Jack Madson Graduate Scholarship
      • Honors: Recipient of the De Paul Faculty and Staff Endowment Scholarship
      • Honors: Moot Court, Client Counseling
      • Honors: Student Bar Association, Evening Vice President
      • University of Dayton
      • Bachelor of Arts cum laude – May, 2001
      • Honors: Upper Classmen Leadership Award Recipient
      • Honors: International Golden Key
  • Published Works
    • Everything You Need to Know About Going to Trial but were Afraid to Ask, CBA Record, Vol. 24, p. 52 (January 2010)
    • The Incredible Expanding/Shrinking Right of Children to Sue “Parents,” Illinois State Bar Journal, Vol. 95, No. 2 p. 86 (February 2007)
  • Representative Cases
    • Whitebread v. Consolidated Grain and Barge Company, 2015 IL App (2d) 140574, Order filed June 25, 2015)(trial counsel in a wrongful death action for two individuals who were killed in a commercial grain bin)
    • American River Transportation Company, a Corporation v. Ryan (7th Cir. Opinion filed August 27, 2009) (lead counsel for claimant-appellant in a maritime personal injury action seeking to preserve common law remedies)
  • Classes/Seminars
    • Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NSBA), #LunchAndLearnWithGeo, Using Trial Pad in the Courtroom, April 28, 2021
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Personal Injury and Travel Teams at Outer Temple Chambers, Managing PI Cases in the US – The Essentials, Outer Temple Chambers, London November 25, 2015
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Ethics and Social Media, Ethics & Professionalism Seminar, May 8, 2015
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Social Media Do’s & Don’t’s & Some Ethical Pitfalls of the Communication Revolution, Ethics & Professionalism Seminar, April 27, 2012
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), How to Succeed as A New Lawyer, Webinar for Young Lawyers, January 23, 2012
    • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Personal Injury Practice Update, 90-Day Trial Preparation Plan, Springfield, June 29, 2007
  • Honors and Awards
    • Rated Number Two on Top 10 Emerging Lawyers list, Leading Lawyers, 2020
    • Top 100 Emerging Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, 2020
    • Best Lawyers® in America, 2018 – 2021
    • Selected to Illinois Super Lawyers list, 2017 – 2020
    • Emerging Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2015 – Present
    • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2009 – 2016
    • Jury Verdict Reporter, Trial Lawyer Excellence, 2015
    • Law Bulletin Publishing Company, Top 40 Attorneys Under 40, 2011
  • Professional Associations and Memberships
    • United States District Court—Southern District of Illinois, 2010
    • Chicago Bar Association: Judicial Evaluation Committee. 2009
    • United States District Court—Northern District of Illinois, 2007
    • United States District Court—Northern District of Indiana, 2007
    • Illinois State Bar Association, 2006
    • American Bar Association
  • Past Employment Positions
    • Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Partner, 2015 – Present
    • Clifford Law Offices, P.C., Associate, 2006 – 2015
    • Judge Michael J. Murphy, Presiding Judge of the County Division Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, Law Clerk, 2003 – 2004
  • Pro Bono Activities
    • Chicago Volunteer Legal Service (CVLS), volunteer attorney, 2009 – Present

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