|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||1984||05/16/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 10, Illinois Super Lawyers award||Chicago magazine||2011|
|"AV" rating||Martindale Hubbell||2011|
|Chicago Product Liability lawyer of the year||Best lawyers||2011|
|Product liability, personal injury and medical malpractice||Best Lawyers in America||2010|
|President's Award||Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||2000|
|Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year||Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||1998|
|President, Founding Partner||Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd.||1991 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Illinois State Bar Association||Legislation committee||2002 - Present|
|Illinois Trial Lawyers Association||Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee||1994 - Present|
|Supreme Court Special Committee on E-Business||Chair||2011 - 2011|
|American Board of Trial Advocates||National Board Member||2001 - 2007|
|Illinois Pattern Instructions committee||Member||1999 - 2010|
|J.P. v. Central Illinois manufacturer||$7,500,000 settlement|
|Bryant v. Kim||$30,000,000 verdict|
|Okaro v. Edgewater Medical Center||$9,346,663 verdict|
|See all legal cases|
|Chicago Bar Assocation Record||The [Jurors] Right to Submit Questions||2009|
|ITLA's Medical Negligence Notebook||Update for Medical Negligence Notebook, “Res Ipsa Loquitor,”||2007|
|ITLA Journal||Enforcing Darling Liabilities||2005|
|Voir Dire magazine (American Board of Trial Advocates)||Jury Trials in Complex Cases Survive Iowa Fight||2004|
|Voir Dire magazine||Too Complex for a Jury?||2003|
|Chicago Daily Law Bulletin||Texts Should Have Vital Role in Litigation||2001|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1979|
|Technology to Know Now in Tort Litigation||"Presenting the Case to a Jury"||2012|
|AAJ (American Association for Justice) Annual Convention||Consumer Expectations and Risk-Utility in Strict Products Liability||2009|
|Settlement Workshop||Settlement Approaches: Plaintiff's Perspective||2008|
|Trial Practice||Opening Statements||2007|
|Product Liability Cases||Crashworthiness Cases||2007|
|Masters in Trial: Crashworthiness case||Expert witness examination||2007|
|ITLA update and review||Use of Literature||2007|
|ITLA update and review||Product Liability: Evidence and Jury Instructions||2007|
|AIEG Spring Conference||Automotive Seat Defect cases||2007|
|ATLA Midwinter Convention||Investigating and Proving Crashworthiness Cases||2006|
Posted by Bill and Carolyn
My wife and I are lucky enough to have been blessed with 2 amazing children, a daughter and a son. We were a hardworking, middle-class family living the American dream: baseball practice, dance recitals, and an annual vacation in our minivan. And then tragedy struck. At the innocent age of twelve, our precious little girl was the victim of a catastrophic spinal cord injury. The injury occurred during a surgery to correct kyphosis. The surgery, like all surgeries, was not without risk, but in our daughter’s case it was definitely needed and was performed by an incredibly gifted, successful, and confident surgeon. After surgery, as we learned our beautiful child had been paralyzed and would most likely spend the rest of her life as a quadriplegic, we also realized we were being lied to by the surgeon. It did not take us long to figure out that our daughter’s paralysis was the direct result of the actions and inactions of not one, but two well respected pediatric spinal surgeons. We also came to quickly understand that these two talented surgeons were not the type of Human Beings that were willing to take responsibility for their actions and attempt to make amends. We hired a lawyer.
Right from the start, because of the predominance of these doctors, we knew this would be a difficult case to prove. For starters, our attorney would have to find a surgeon in their highly specialized and very finite field to support our claims and be willing to testify. This task proved to be monumental as our adversaries were members of “The Good Ol Boys Club” – and that is a very tight club that will do whatever it has to do to protect one of their own. And protect they did.
Our first attorney did not work out. We were devastated. Trying to care for a recently paralyzed child, while she was trying to come to terms with such a devastating disability, while also dealing with the fact that our honest, but meager income was no longer enough money to live on. Our family was drowning: emotionally, spiritually, financially, and mentally. Our second attorney did not work out either.
Our third attorney was Bruce Pfaff. Such a difference. He came to our home and sat at our kitchen table. He shared the belief of his predecessors that this was an extremely difficult case, but it was a case he believed in and would see through to the end. That was the first of many visits in our kitchen. Bruce is more than calm and cool. He is extremely confident, very deliberate, and unflappable. He is also a fighter. He refuses to be discouraged and does not suffer fools lightly. He is highly intelligent and has been an intrepid advocate to our family. He was also correct in accessing the difficulty of this case.
Years past. We had to file bankruptcy. Our daughter came to terms with her disability and began to strive as a Human Being far beyond our wildest dreams, as did our son. Bruce never stopped fighting for us. His strategies changed many times in a case filled with attempted intimidation and shenanigans on the part of the defense. Finally, after a 9 year battle, with our fourth trial date looming, the defense buckled due to a series of brilliant maneuvers by Bruce, and offered us a settlement. After some negotiations, which Bruce also excels at, we accepted.
No amount of money could ever make things right for our daughter, but Bruce was able to secure her financial future. He forced some justice where there was none. I do not believe there are more than a very few lawyers that would have been able to accomplish what Bruce Pfaff did. He saved a drowning family. We cannot say enough good things about Bruce Pfaff and his practice. He watched our children grow up to become the remarkable young adults they are today and we are more than happy that a small part of their adolescence included those kitchen table visits with Bruce. Bruce Robert Pfaff is a finder of facts, an exposer of the truth, and a defender of victims. He empowers those that have been trampled over.
Posted by Jolanta
My mother had a motor vehicle accident in Chicago. She suffered at C5-C6 dislocation and spine fractures that caused permanent paralysis.
Mr. Pfaff has accompanied us very reliably and competent from the hospital up to the end of our case. Mr. Pfaff is a high professionell lawyer!
Mr. Pfaff reached for us a very successful settlement against a famous car company.
We are very grateful and content for Mr. Pfaff´s great work. We can recommend Mr. Pfaff and his office explicit. Thank you very much!!!
Posted by Mike
We contacted Bruce Pfaff and hired him for my mother case. With Bruce's wise efforts and hardwork from entire his team we had a positive outcome in our favor. Hiring Bruce as my mother's lawyer is the best decision as a family we took . I must say Bruce Pfaff is one of the best Lawyers in chicagoland.
Leslie McPadden, Car accident Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.
Judson Graham, Personal injury Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
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.