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Yvette Loizon

Yvette C. Loizon

Partner

Yvette Loizon is a partner at Clifford Law Offices who uses her vast litigation and appellate experience to navigate complex legal issues in a variety of civil practice areas including aviation, medical malpractice, asbestos contamination, and negligent operation of motor vehicles. Yvette is a trusted collaborator among her colleagues, and her exemplary research, writing, and problem-solving skills have greatly contributed to several favorable jury verdicts and settlements with millions of dollars in awards for Clifford Law Offices clients.

Yvette began her legal career in the Cook County Criminal Court where she served first as a social service caseworker and then as a judicial law clerk while attending night school. Yvette went on to serve as law clerk to the Honorable Joseph Gordon in the Illinois Appellate Court and to the Honorable Thomas Fitzgerald in the Illinois Supreme Court, routinely addressing issues of first-impression in Illinois law. She has the unique experience of clerking and practicing at every level of the State court system and is well-respected as both a trial and appellate attorney.

Yvette has written and collaborated on hundreds of appellate briefs, successfully argued multiple cases in the Illinois Appellate and Supreme Courts and is currently a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Amicus Committee. As a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for over a decade, Yvette tried the first terrorism and first RICO prosecutions ever brought in an Illinois state court, as well as several other complex financial crimes cases. She also supervised a specialized violent crimes investigation unit designed to focus law enforcement resources on neighborhoods most impacted by violence and was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney where she focused on long-term violent crime investigations and organized crime. Yvette most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois State Police. She oversaw the ISP’s legal department and provided guidance and advice to the ISP and the Governor’s Office on a multitude of legal and legislative issues impacting law enforcement, particularly during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. Yvette has dedicated her career to promoting public safety and seeking justice for victims.

Yvette, who was born and raised on the far south side, is the youngest of five children of immigrant parents who instilled in her a strong work ethic and motivation to help and protect others. She is a graduate of Lake Forest College and the Illinois Institute of Technology-Chicago Kent Law School. She and her husband, who is also an attorney, reside in the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago, and they are the proud parents of four children. Yvette sits on the Board of a non-profit organization that provides arts-related opportunities to youth in the Chicago area and has faithfully served her community as a member of the School and Parish Advisory Boards, a mock trial, volleyball, and basketball coach, and as an active volunteer for numerous school and charity events.

  • EDUCATION
    • Chicago-Kent College of Law – 2000
      • Recipient of the Webster-Burke Scholarship for Academic Excellence
      • CALI Award Winner, Trial Advocacy I and II
      • Dean’s List
    • Lake Forest College
      • B.A., Bachelor of Arts, English Literature and Sociology – 1997
      • Dean’s List
      • Honors Distinction for Senior Thesis: “Are Juveniles Really Adults? Juvenile Transfer to the Adult Criminal Justice System”
      • Member of Softball Team and Recipient of Academic All-American Award
  • PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS
    • American Association of Justice (AAJ)
    • American Bar Association (ABA)
    • Appellate Lawyers Association
    • Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
    • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
    • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI)
  • HONORS AND AWARDS
    • Top Woman in Law Honoree, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2022
    • William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2022
    • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in Law, 2022
  • PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
    • Clifford Law Offices, Partner, 2021-Present
    • Illinois State Police, Chief Legal Counsel, 2019-2021
    • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Supervisor, 2018-2019
    • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Assistant State’s Attorney, 2015-2018
    • Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Assistant State’s Attorney/ Brief-Out Supervisor, 2003-2005 and 2010-2015
    • Illinois Supreme Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable Thomas R. Fitzgerald, 2005-2010
    • Illinois Appellate Court, Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph Gordon, 2002-2003
      • Research Division Staff Attorney, 2001
    • Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Clerk to Chief Judge Thomas Fitzgerald and Supervision Judge Michael P. Toomin, 1999-2001
  • COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
    • Christ the King Parish and School, Chicago Illinois
      • Member, Parish Advisory Counsel, 2015-Present
      • President, School Advisory Board, 2013-2016
      • Coach, Christ the King Volleyball, 2017-Present
      • Coach, Mock Trial Team, 2013-Present
      • Coach, Christ the King Basketball, 2017-Present
      • Volunteer, Christ the King Fiat Lux Outreach Program, 2015-Present
      • Lawyers in the Classroom Volunteer, 2016-2019

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