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We strive to obtain complete and swift justice for our clients. We limit our practice to people and their families who have suffered serious injuries or death due to the wrongful conduct of individuals, corporations or governmental agencies. There is no charge for consulting our office, and for meritorious cases, we represent clients on a contingent fee basis. For further information about our successes for other clients, please see our site,


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 25%
    36 years, 500 cases
  2. Defective and Dangerous Products: 25%
    36 years, 300 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 25%
    36 years, 500 cases
  4. Wrongful Death: 25%
    36 years, 200 cases



Contingent (25-33%)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Leslie Gold McPadden

    I endorse this lawyer. I have the privilege representing a family with Bruce. In 20 years of practice, representing clients in my home state in Connecticut and several other states, I have never known someone as direct and effective as Bruce. His clarity, confidence and instincts are unmatched. He is completely fearless and the best advocate in the United States.


    Leslie McPadden Car Accidents Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Judson Michael Graham

    Mr. Pfaff is one of the best in Chicago. He has consistently taken on challenging cases, and has achieved phenomenal outcomes for his clients. I have had the pleasure of sitting at Daley Center and watching him work a case through a jury trial, and he is meticulous, passionate, and extremely knowledgeable. For product liability cases, there are few on par with Mr. Pfaff.


    Judson Graham Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Pfaff & Gill Ltd.

Suite 3310 One East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL, 60601-1918


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198411/12/2015
CAResigned 197908/18/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 10, Illinois Super Lawyers awardChicago magazine2011
"AV" ratingMartindale Hubbell2011
Chicago Product Liability lawyer of the yearBest lawyers2011
Product liability, personal injury and medical malpracticeBest Lawyers in America2010
President's AwardIllinois Trial Lawyers Association2000
Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the YearTrial Lawyers for Public Justice1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
President, Senior Trial LawyerPfaff & Gill Ltd.1991 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Supreme Court Special Committee on E-BusinessChair2011 - 2011
Illinois State Bar AssociationLegislation committee2002 - Present
American Board of Trial AdvocatesNational Board Member2001 - 2007
Illinois Pattern Instructions committeeMember1999 - 2010
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationChair, Amicus Curiae Committee1994 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Mikolajczyk v. Ford Motor Co.$27,000,000 verdict for plaintiff
Carrillo v. Ford Motor Co.$14,500,000 verdict, affirmed on appeal
Bryant v. Kim$30,000,000 verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Bar Assocation RecordThe [Jurors] Right to Submit Questions2009
ITLA's Medical Negligence NotebookUpdate for Medical Negligence Notebook, “Res Ipsa Loquitor,”2007
ITLA JournalEnforcing Darling Liabilities2005
Voir Dire magazine (American Board of Trial Advocates)Jury Trials in Complex Cases Survive Iowa Fight2004
Voir Dire magazineToo Complex for a Jury?2003
Chicago Daily Law BulletinTexts Should Have Vital Role in Litigation2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California, Hastings College of the LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
Dartmouth CollegeHistoryA.B.1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Technology to Know Now in Tort Litigation"Presenting the Case to a Jury"2012
AAJ (American Association for Justice) Annual ConventionConsumer Expectations and Risk-Utility in Strict Products Liability2009
Settlement WorkshopSettlement Approaches: Plaintiff's Perspective2008
Trial PracticeOpening Statements2007
Product Liability CasesCrashworthiness Cases2007
Masters in Trial: Crashworthiness caseExpert witness examination2007
ITLA update and reviewUse of Literature2007
ITLA update and reviewProduct Liability: Evidence and Jury Instructions2007
AIEG Spring ConferenceAutomotive Seat Defect cases2007
ATLA Midwinter ConventionInvestigating and Proving Crashworthiness Cases2006