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Personal Injury Law Firm

Our firm is routinely ranked as one of the top
Illinois law firms, and our attorneys have
the experience to protect your interests and
help you seek fair compensation for your
injuries or the loss of a loved one.

Decades of Experience in Complex Legal Claims

Since 1984, Clifford Law Offices has been dedicated to serving the needs of clients in the Chicago area and throughout the nation. Today, we are one of the premier law firms in Chicagoland and are known nationally for our success in complicated legal matters.

If we take your case, you pay us nothing and you will never write us a check; we pay all expenses upfront and we only collect if we successfully recover compensation for you.

If you would like us to assess your case and help you understand how our services can benefit your claim, please reach out to us online or call us at (312) 899-9090.

Billions Recovered

We have recovered over $3 billion for our clients. With over 35 years of experience, we know how to address your case as efficiently as possible and how to maximize the compensation you receive.

$180 Million

Three men were severely burned in a grain elevator explosion at work. It was the 11th highest verdict in the nation that year.

$101 Million

A record verdict on behalf of a baby who sustained brain damage at birth at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park.

$56.78 Million

Clifford Law Offices represented several adults and minor passengers that were injured, and one wrongful death, aboard a speeding Amtrak Train 501 that derailed outside DuPont, Washington.

$52.5 Million

Eight young, female acrobats sustained severe, life-altering injuries during an aerial performance with Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Case Results

The attorney's extensive trial practice experience has resulted in noteworthy cases and settlements. Here are a few:

  • $51M - Settlement on behalf of a baby who sustained brain damage at birth.
  • $34.75M - Plaintiff’s purchased Proline Casement windows which were defectively designed, leading to premature rotting of the windows.
  • $22.9M - Child sustained permanent brain injury due to lack of oxygen to his organs during labor and delivery. A brain MRI demonstrated evidence of a severe profound perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. He was diagnosed with spastic cerebral palsy, has global disabilities including the inability to walk, motor and speech delays and cognitive impairment.
  • $22.7M - A 31-year-old man killed when a speeding driver with drugs in his system rear-ended him in a construction zone.
  • $20M - Infant boy suffered severe and permanent brain damage due to negligent obstetrical care during labor. Resulting in neurological injury including motor deficits, inability to speak, seizures, and cognitive delays.
  • $18.5M - Clifford Law Offices represented two plaintiffs who were injured during an explosion in Jefferson County, Kentucky. Both were burned while separating train cars that had derailed two days prior to the incident.
  • $17M - A verdict was awarded to three plaintiffs who suffered multiple physical, mental and emotional injuries when an Amtrak train, traveling at an excessive speed, derailed onto Interstate 5 in Tacoma, Washington.
  • $10.7M - A 41-year-old woman experiencing a sudden onset of chest pain, suffered a permanent brain injury due to failure to timely recognize the signs and symptoms for a ruptured aortic aneurysm, failure to promptly and accurately interpret a chest CT angiogram, and failure to timely perform emergent cardiothoracic surgery.

Nationally Recognized For Excellence

The National Law Journal named Clifford Law Offices one of the 50 Elite Law Firms in the country, and we are the only firm in Chicago to be given this distinction. The National Law Journal has also named the firm as one of the top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country. And in 2020, Clifford Law Offices was named “Aviation Law Firm of the Year” by the same organization and ALM. This recognition was awarded due to our ongoing success in representing our clients as well as our solid track record of client wins.

In addition to our accolades from the National Law Journal, we have repeatedly been listed in U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® publications that announce the best law firms in the country.

At the individual level, our attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades for their exceptional legal work. This includes many Lawyer of the Year awards and other prestigious honors.

A Top Illinois Personal Injury Law Firm

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An Honest Assessment Of Your Case

When potential clients contact our firm, partner Henry Simmons (Ret.) examines the facts to see how strong the case is. Why does this matter? Mr. Simmons (Ret.) is not only the managing partner of our firm, but he is also a retired judge. The insight he gained during his time as a judge allows us to offer a straightforward, honest assessment of your claim. If we do not believe your case is strong, we will not string you along. We will give you our honest, respectful opinion upfront. If we believe you have a valid claim that should be pursued, we will offer you a candid assessment of what you can expect from the legal process. If we take your case, you pay us nothing and you will never write us a check; we pay all expenses upfront and we only collect if we successfully recover compensation for you.

Dedicated To Community Service

Our commitment to serving our community goes beyond providing legal services to those who have been injured or lost loved ones. We are also a part of many community organizations, and we sponsor numerous initiatives designed to improve the lives of our friends, neighbors and fellow community members. Our lawyers pride themselves on being involved in community organizations and events, and they work hard to make our community a better place in both their professional and personal lives.

A Depth Of Legal Talent

Our law firm is home to some of the most elite legal minds in Illinois and the United States. Our skill and experience rests not only with our most experienced lawyers, but with our younger lawyers as well. Each year, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin recognizes 40 of the best young attorneys in the state of Illinois. At Clifford Law Offices, we take pride in the fact that our lawyers are very well represented in this list. In fact, nine of our lawyers have been named to its “40 Under 40” list. This is just more proof that when you work with our law firm, you will be working with a strong team of lawyers from top to bottom.

A Multilingual Personal Injury Law Firm

We are a multilingual personal injury law firm. We have translators in our team available on hand that speak various languages, including Spanish. They are available to speak to all of our clients. In addition, John V. Kalantzis, associate at Clifford Law Offices, is fluent in Greek, and Marta Kowalczyk Davidson, associate at the firm, speaks fluent Polish. “Although language has never been a barrier for me, I empathize with people who have legal problems whose native language may not be English. I feel that I can better explain to them what may happen and what they can expect in seeking justice through the legal process. It is very heartwarming and satisfying as a career,” she shared.

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Americas Top 100 Med Mal Litigators 2022

Product Liability Badge 2023

Mass Tort National Badge 2023

Americas Top 100 2022 Top-100 High Stakes Litigators

Our Practice Areas


  • Aviation Accidents
  • Aviation Accident Information
  • Commercial Airline Disasters
  • Small Plane Crashes
  • Helicopter Crashes


  • Injury Overview
  • Bicycle Crashes
  • Brain Injuries
  • Boat Accidents
  • Burn Injuries
  • Explosions & Fire Injuries
  • Fractures
  • Gas Explosions
  • Grain Bin Explosions
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pedestrian Accidents
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Workplace Discrimination
  • Wrongful Death
  • Other Personal Injury


  • Juul
  • Class Actions
  • Advocate Medical
  • Pella Windows
  • Unfair or Unexplained Denial of Claims
  • Whistleblowers
  • Talc & Talc Powder


  • Dangerous Property & Products
  • Product Liability
  • Amusement Park Accidents
  • Automobile Defects
  • Bridge Collapses
  • Child Day Care Injuries
  • Dangerous Toys & Playpens
  • Elevator Accidents
  • Negligent Security
  • Pelvic Mesh
  • Premises Liability
  • Slip-and-Fall Injuries
  • Sports & Recreation
  • Stairwell/Stairway/Uneven Steps Falls
  • Stryker Hip Implants
  • Swimming Pools
  • Unsafe Household Products


  • Medical Malpractice
  • Anesthesia Errors
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brachial Plexus Injury
  • Cancer Misdiagnosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Defective Medical Devices
  • Erb’s Palsy
  • Eye Injuries
  • HAI Infections
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Medication Errors
  • Surgical Errors


  • Construction Accidents
  • Crane Accidents
  • Scaffolding Accidents


  • Autonomous Vehicle Accidents
  • Bus Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Distracted Driving Accidents
  • Drunk Driving/Dram Shop
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Negligent Truck Maintenance
  • Rideshare Accidents
  • Rollover Accidents
  • School Bus Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Transportation Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Underride Accidents

Our Partners

robert_a_cliffordRobert A. Clifford

Founder/Senior Partner

Tracy A. BrammeirTracy A. Brammeir


richard_f_burkeRichard F. Burke


susan_a_capraSusan A. Capra


jack_j_casciatoJack J. Casciato


Erin CliffordErin Clifford


bradley_m_cosgroveBradley M. Cosgrove


kevin_p_durkinKevin P. Durkin


keith_a_hebeisenKeith A. Hebeisen


sarah_f_kingSarah F. King


Yvette C. LoizenYvette C. Loizen


Shannon McNultyShannon M. Mcnulty


pamala_s_menakerPamala S. Menaker


Joseph MurphyJoseph T. Murphy


james_c_pullosJames C. Pullos


Kristopher RiddleKristopher S. Riddle


hon_henry_r_simmonsHon. Henry R. Simmons (Ret.)

Managing Partner

craig_j_squillaceCraig J. Squillace


robert_p_walshRobert P. Walsh



National Law journal Best of 2023 Winner and Hall of Fame


CLO Lawdragon Hall of Fame Badge





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