Tracy Brammeier is no stranger to tort law having worked as a clerk at the firm for years and then jumping in immediately 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. When you first meet Tracy, one observes she is reserved and poised, a young attorney who understands the importance of listening and working hard.
She works closely with partners Kevin P. Durkin and Sean P. Driscoll with their caseloads that deal with many transportation accident matters. Tracy has worked on several cases involving bicyclists struck by trucks, a man suffered a crushing injury after being run over by a forklift, and a woman who died in a boating incident on Lake Michigan.
Most recently, 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. Her high-level legal research and writing skills already have been witness to several victories in court on motions to quash and motions to dismiss.
In 2012 and 2013, Tracy worked on the Colgan air crash cases, a terrible aviation disaster where 49 people were killed on a flight heading to Buffalo, New York. Clifford Law Offices represented five families who lost loved ones. She also worked behind the scenes on a complex grain bin case that left two young men suffocating in western Illinois.
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.
Tracy graduated from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago where she was a merit scholarship recipient. She was on the Dean’s list and also was the first place winner of the 2012 American Bar Association (ABA) Torts Trial and Insurance Practice Disaster Writing Competition, a national contest. As an undergraduate, she also attended Loyola University where she studied a semester at the John Felice Rome Center. 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.