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    Clifford’s Corner

    Robert A. Clifford has been appointed to serve as Chair of the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education that supports more than 200 public service and educational programs throughout the world. Clifford also was appointed as a Board Member to the Advocacy Institute, a national group that gives law students the opportunity to develop and practice their advocacy skills continue →

    Clifford Law Offices’ Press Room

    Clifford Law Offices once again captured a top spot in the Chicago Lawyer publication’s annual 2016 Settlement Survey, having garnered $133 million in non-confidential settlements in the Chicago area in the last year.

    Kevin Durkin has been named to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation Executive Committee. Durkin has been active for years with the Foundation that helps families of fallen and injured Chicago police officers. Durkin also sponsors continue →

    Pamela Sakowicz Menaker was appointed as a member of the American Bar Association Young Litigator Task Force. She also was elected as a Board Member of the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI). She also was selected to serve on the board of the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR).

    Tracy Brammeier was elected to the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association Board of Managers.

    Clifford Law Offices is ranked as a 2017 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers with continue →

    Bob Clifford Writes Op Ed Piece in Chicago Lawyer:
    The True Cost of Medical Errors – Should the CDC list mistakes as America’s third top killer?

    Martin Makary, a cancer surgeon and professor of health policy and management at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has recently asked the Centers for Disease Control to correct its records and list medical errors as the third most common cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. continue →

    Final Judgments

    Bob Clifford congratulated by two of their clients, Greg Powers and Tony Carillo (other man in t-shirt), both from Belleville, Illinois, for their lawyers obtaining an $18.5 million settlement on behalf of the two men who were badly burned in a flash fire during a haz-mat derailment cleanup near West Point, Kentucky. continue →

    In other cases, Bob Clifford and Shannon McNulty settled a case for $16.5 million on behalf of a 69-year-old former coach . . . . Keith Hebeisen and Sarah King obtained a $3.3 million verdict against Northwestern Hospital following a one-week trial in the fatal overdose of a patient continue →

    Keith Hebeisen and Bradley Cosgrove obtained a $7.75 million verdict in Cook County Circuit Court against a doctor continue →

    Approach The Bench

    Bob Clifford
    Steve Jobs and Michael Wozniak founded Apple Computer. The Blues Brothers debuted on Saturday Night Live. Peyton Manning was born. A gallon of gas was 59 cents. Jimmy Carter was elected as President. The country celebrated its bicentennial. The year was 1976. It also was the year that I was sworn in as a lawyer. Obviously, a lot has happened since then, in the country, around the world and in each of our lives. I have taken in every day as a learning experience, enjoying the fulfillment of having continue →

    Bill of Particulars

    Talc Mining Company Named in Ovarian Cancer Lawsuits

    In recent years, some women who used talcum powder as part of their daily routine have developed ovarian cancer. Presently, more than 1,000 women and surviving family members have filed suit against Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Johnson’s Baby Powder and Shower to Shower. In 2016, juries in continue →

    Self-Driving Cars – Let’s Not Rush the Technology
    Tesla, the leading electric auto maker, announced in October that it is equipping all of its vehicles, including the Model 3, its first affordably priced car, with the hardware needed for fully autonomous driving. Tesla’s president announced continue →

    Four Major Airlines Fined for Allegedly Providing Misleading Info on Being Bumped from Flights and Lost Baggage
    Four major airlines, including American, United and Southwest, were fined in August by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) for allegedly misleading passengers about the compensation they provide when problems arise, including being bumped from flights. Clifford Law Offices is often contacted continue →

    Continuing Legal Education

    Clifford Law Offices Continuing Legal Education Program
    Now in its 11th year, Clifford Law Offices is sponsoring a continuing legal education program free to all Illinois lawyers. “The Ethics of Social Media Inside the Courtroom and Out” offers two hours of professional responsibility credit continue →

    Trial Notebook
    Please visit our website for some of the recent new cases in the last year.

    Clifford Law Scrapbook

    Bob Clifford spoke on torts at Northwestern University Law School’s first year class of Professor Ellen Mulaney. In addition to some educational war stories in his 40 years of practice, Clifford told the class that continue →

    Clifford Law Offices was a 4-Star Sponsor of the 8th Annual Chicago Fire Fighters Picnic that raises money to help those are injured in the line of duty. continue →


    Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Update and Review Seminar in Chicago on trucking accidents. Cosgrove recently received a $5 million verdict and a $20 million settlement in trucking accident cases. He also received a $1.25 million settlement for injuries of a trucking accident victim as the trial was underway.  


    Keith Hebeisen received a Trial Lawyer Excellence award at the Jury Verdict Reporter’s annual reception and awards ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center from Peter Mierzwa.

    Keith Hebeisen spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar. Hebeisen, a former ITLA President and Editor of its Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook for the past 25 years, has received numerous record-setting med mal verdicts and settlements in his 33 years as a practicing attorney.

    Robert Clifford participated in an all-star panel at Northwestern University School of Law on “Interplay Among Courts, the Parties, Counsel, and Media in High Stakes Litigation.” The Hon. Henry Simmons (retired), Managing Partner at Clifford Law Offices, attended the program.

    View Clifford Law’s Winter 2016 Newsletter here.