Robert A. Clifford

Robert A. Clifford is an accomplished litigator and founder of Clifford Law Offices, a nationally recognized trial law firm in Chicago concentrating in aviation, transportation, personal injury, medical negligence, product liability law, mass torts and class actions. The National Law Journal named Clifford Law Offices one of the Top 10 Litigation Boutiques in the country for 2012 and awarded Mr. Clifford the Elite Trial Lawyers’ Award in 2014. Mr. Clifford has the distinction of being selected by Super Lawyers, a peer-review organization, as the number one lawyer in Illinois for the years 2009 - 2016. He was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the 100 Most Powerful Chicagoans in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and was named the 2012 Chicago Lawyer Person of the Year, based upon his trial accomplishments, his contributions to the legal community and to the Chicago area. In addition, he has the honor of being awarded the Professionalism Award for 2014 by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America from the inception.

Mr. Clifford has represented those injured or killed in every major commercial airline crash in the U.S. in the last three decades. This includes the American Airlines crash at O’Hare in 1979, the United Airlines DC-10 crash in Sioux City, Iowa in 1989, the Comair runway crash in Lexington, Kentucky of 2006, the Continental Colgan crash of 2009; and, internationally, the Turkish Airlines crash in Amsterdam of 2009. Mr. Clifford served as the liaison counsel in the subrogation and business claims for billions of dollars in property damage which resulted from our nation’s tragedy on September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center, New York, NY. He served as the lead counsel in the negotiation and settlement of those claims. Mr. Clifford’s most recent trial involved a client who suffered permanent brain damage after a Yellow Taxi cab in which he was a passenger went out of control at high speeds and collided with a median. The jury returned a verdict of $25.9 million.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Clifford is dedicated to the furtherance of the legal profession and has been actively involved in and held leadership roles with the American Bar Association (Chair of the Section of Litigation, Chair of the ABA’s charitable arm, the Fund for Justice and Education), Chicago Bar Association (President), American (Chicago) Inn of Court (President), American College of Trial Lawyers, and Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (President). He is also a member of the American Law Institute and the Inner Circle of Advocates. Mr. Clifford also serves as the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Naples Children & Education Foundation, a charitable organization and host of the Naples Winter Wine Festival, which benefits over 200,000 at-risk and underprivileged children in Southwest Florida.