Skip to main content

About me

Elliot R. Schiff is the founding partner of Schiff Gorman LLC. Following an outstanding legal education, he was selected for a judicial clerkship with Justice Francis Lorenz, Illinois Appellate Court. Since then, he has been in private practice with an emphasis on representing clients who have been damaged by legal malpractice of attorneys who have breached their fiduciary duties or been negligent. He is the author of "Legal Malpractice" published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has also authored each of the Supplements to that publication thru 2012.

Elliot’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the recognition the legal community has given him. Since 1980, he has received the designation of A.V, the highest rating offered by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rating system for ability and ethical standards. Elliot is a fellow of the national Litigation Counsel of America representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that is also by invitation only. He is the past president of The Society of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 250 attorneys in Illinois whose membership is by invitation only. He is also a member of Leading Lawyers of Illinois, an exclusive organization of just 5% of all practicing attorneys. Among his peers in Illinois, he has been named as a Super Lawyer every year since 2005.

Elliot is an active member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Association for American Justice. He has lectured extensively before these organizations on trial techniques. The National Law Journal has twice recognized Elliot as having had an exceptional trial result including one trial rated as one the ten best verdicts of the year.


Practice areas


  1. Ethics: 60%
    42 years, 60 cases
  2. Litigation: 40%
    42 years

Attorney endorsements

2 total 

Are you an attorney? Endorse this lawyer

  • Betty Tsamis

    Elliot is a fantastic attorney. He is knowledgeable, helpful, and effective in what he does.


    Betty Tsamis Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Carol Ann O'Connor Cadiz

    Brilliant legal mind, ethical, honest and an all around terrific attorney!


    Carol Cadiz Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info


One East Wacker Drive, Suite 2850
Chicago, IL, 60601-1915


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law197305/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
MemberAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2011
FellowLitigation Counsel of America2007
Honorable Mention for Best Verdict of the YearNational Law Journal1996
Selection as one of the ten best jury verdicts of the yearNational Law Journal1995
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2012 - Present
Amierican Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2011 - Present
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
Super LawyersMember2005 - Present
United States District Court Eastern Division of WisconsinMember1999 - Present
United States District Court Central Distict of IllinoisMember1998 - Present
Federal Trial BarMember1986 - Present
United States Court of AppealsMember1976 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationMember1974 - Present
United States District CourtMember1974 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMember1973 - Present
Society of Trial Lawyers of IllinoisPresident2010 - 2011
Society of Trial Lawyers of IllinoisSecretary2008 - 2009
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2000 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Joshua Bowler v. City of ChicagoN/A
See all legal cases 
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Ohio UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Litigation Counsel of America - Telluride, COSelecting a Jury in 30 Minutes or Less2012
Chicago Bar AssociationHot Topics in Professional Resonsibility2012
SBAThe 2011 Rules of Professional Conduct2011
Law Ed SeriesProfessional Ethics and Responsibility2008
The Annual Conference on Legal MalpracticeContribution, Indemnification and Other Means to Spread or Avoid Damages2006
Bar Association Annual Seminar 2005Legal Malpractice2005
Mid-Winter ITLA Seminar 2004Ethics and Professional Responsibility2004
The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk ManagementTechniques and Issues in Litigation2003
Chicago Bar AssociationCross-Examination of the Physician2000
Chicago Bar AssociationThe Use of Demonstrative Evidence1994
Chicago Bar AssociationDefending the Structural Work Act1988
Illinois State Bar AssociationThe Parameters of The Structural Work Act of Illinois1987
Hyatt CorporationHotel Liability1987
Risk Insurance ManagersErrors and Omissions1986
Chicago Bar AssociationOpening Statments, The Do's and Don'ts1986
Casualty Adjusters AssociationDramshop Liability1985