Clifford, Robert A.

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Address: 120 N. La Salle St. 31st Floor, Chicago, IL 60602
Lawyer Firm: Clifford Law Offices PC
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160

Areas of Practice Aviation Litigation, Commercial Aviation Liability, Construction Liability, Medical Devices and Pharmaceutical Litigation, Medical Malpractice and Hospital Negligence, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Product Liability, Qui Tam / Whistleblower, Railroad Accidents, Transportation Liability, Truck Accidents, Wrongful Death

Bob Clifford is the founder of Clifford Law Offices, which concentrates its practice in helping victims of personal injury, medical malpractice, mass torts, consumer and health care fraud, product liability, and aviation and transportation disasters. Bob regularly handles complex damage cases and routinely receives multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements. One of Bob’s most notable cases is the $29.6 million verdict for Rachel Barton, an internationally acclaimed violinist who was run over by a Metra train. In 2014, Bob was the lead negotiator in the $1.2 billion dollar settlement of numerous 9/11 property damage claims following the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York. In March of 2015, Bob Clifford was lead counsel in a trial against Yellow Cab that resulted in a $25.9 million verdict on behalf of a lawyer who was injured in the back seat when the van crashed into a concrete barrier.

Bob Clifford is also an advocate for the consumer and has filed several class and mass tort actions holding companies accountable for their alleged defective products and fraudulent business practices. These include Volkswagen in the highly publicized "clean" diesel engine scandal and Johnson and Johnson, whose talcum powder products are implicated as potential causes of cervical cancer. Most recently, Bob and other attorneys have joined to represent numerous hospitals across the country in their fight against the manufacturers of opioid drugs. Bob currently serves as co-lead counsel in the defective Pella windows class action matter.

Continuing Legal Education Programs

"Disclosure in a Law Firm: A Sexual Harassment Mock Trial," Trial Tactics and Employment, CLE, Chicago, Illinois, October 9-12, 1996

”Understanding Jurors, the Key to Winning Cases," 47th Annual Advocacy Institute," The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Ann Arbor, May 10-11, 1996

"Drawing First Blood: Depositions- How to Use Them Effectively"Winning Advanced Trial Techniques, CLE International, October, 1993

American Board of Trial Advocates, "The Masters in Trial Demonstration," 1993

American College of General Practitioners Education & Research Foundation, "A Plaintiff Attorney’s Approach to Malpractice Suits," 1992

"Federal Civil Practice 1992 New Edition," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, December 1992

Illinois State Bar Association, Products Liability, In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products, Similar Occurrences and Discovery, 1992

"The Adverse Witness," Program for 1987 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 22nd Annual Trial Evidence Seminar

"Legislator, Judge and Executioner, Problems with the Imposition of Sanctions on the Court’s Own Initiative," Program Materials for 1987 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Sanctions Seminar

"New Law and Practice Respecting Changes in Comparative Negligence Standards and Joint and Several Liability," Program for 1987 Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Tort Reform Seminar

National Conference of Product Liability Law, National Practice Institute, Inc., 1988

Professional Education Systems, Inc., Seminar on Settling Personal Injury Insurance Claims in Illinois, 1986

Professional Education Systems, Inc., Conference on Post Traumatic Stress Disorders, 1985

Professional Education Systems, Inc., National Conference on Products Liability Law, 1983

"Trial Strategy Under Comparative Negligence, The Plaintiffs Perspective," Civil Litigation Short Course, 1982Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Programs on: Comparative Negligence, Expert Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases, Medical Malpractice, Negotiating Settlements, Proof of Fault, Sanctions

Media Appearances

Wall Street Journal "Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Probe Prompts Review of Investigation Procedures in Plane Crashes," by Andy Pasztor, April 10, 2014The New York Times, "With Jet Still Missing, Legal moves for Payouts Start," by Edward Wong and Kirk Semple, April 2, 2014

National Public Radio (NPR), Malaysian Airlines Disappearance, March 31, 2014.

Chicago Tribune, reporter Jason Meisner, "Legal Action Over Flight 370 Raises Questions," March 30, 2014

WGN Radio, The John Williams Show, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, March 28, 2014

KKSF Radio, San Francisco, California, The Gil Gross Show, Malaysia Airlines 370, March 26, 2014

Associated Press Reporter Scott Mayerowitz, "Will Missing Jet Prompt Change in Aviation System?" March 16, 2014

KKSF Radio, San Francisco, California, The Gil Gross Show, Malaysia Airlines 370, March 14, 2014

KGO Radio, San Francisco, California, Sherry Brown reporter, Malaysia Airlines 370, March, 14, 2014

KFWB Radio, Los Angeles, California, CBS affiliate, Malaysia Airlines 370, March 11, 2014

WBBM-AM radio, Chicago, IL, John Cody, reporter, Malaysia Airlines 370, March 11-12, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Andy Pasztor, "Missing Malaysia Jet Adds Fuel to ‘Live Black Box’ Debate," March 9, 2014

San Francisco Chronicle, reporter Demian Bulwa, Asiana Air Crash, "SF Plane Crash: Airspeed Alert Focus of Contention," July 9, 2013

The New York Times, reporter Matthew L. Wald, Asiana Air Crash, "Inquiry Suggests Chance that Mechanical Failure Had Role in Crash," July 9, 2013

Heahh Care Reform, David Asman’s Nightly Scoreboard, Business Fox Network, September 22, 2009

Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC, Medical Malpractice Debate with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, September 18, 2009

NBC Nightly News, Hazardous Toy Recall, September 15, 2007

WGN Radio, "A federal judge and noted lawyer talk about the Supreme Court vacancy and an ancient trial," March 2, 2016

WGN Radio, "Steve Cochran Show 2.26.16: Go Cats!," February 26, 2016

WINK News, "Early Childhood Care", December 2015

The National Law Review, "To Specialize or Not to Specialize, That is the Question for Attorneys", October 7, 2015

Modern Luxury Men’s Book, "What About Bob", October 2015

Chicago Lawyer, "Getting Cook County E-Filing," February 1, 2018

Vegas Review-Journal, "MGM Paying for Campos Hotel Stay; Lawyers Question Influence Over Key Shooting Witness," October 27, 2017

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