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Patricia (Tricia) Gifford earned her Juris Doctorate from the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in January 2006.  Graduating second in her law school class, her GPA was 3.94.  While at John Marshall, Tricia was a member of The John Marshall Law Review, a Dean's Scholar, a Herzog Scholar, and participated in the National Mock Trial Team Competition.  She received the highest scholastic honors in Torts, Evidence, Products Liability, Civil Procedure, Family Law, Constitutional Law, Estates and Trusts, and Corporations.  While attending law school, she also interned with both the DuPage and Cook County State's Attorney's Offices. 


Tricia joined Spiros Law as a Senior Associate attorney in 2014 after having spent over eight years practicing plaintiff’s personal injury work in Chicago where she helped to recover a number of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for clients in all types of personal injury and wrongful death cases.


Notably, Tricia helped to recover a $6.5 million birth injury settlement for a young girl who suffers from cerebral palsy as a result of medical malpractice, along with a $6.5 million trucking accident settlement for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when her family’s pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck.


Recently, Tricia has achieved over $15 million in nursing home and medical malpractice cases. These notable results include a $1 million nursing home fall settlement, a $970,000 medical malpractice settlement, a $919,000 nursing home negligence settlement and a $861,000 nursing home tracheostomy tube error settlement.


Tricia also recently obtained two noteworthy nursing home verdicts for victims of negligence- a $645,000 verdict and an $842,000 verdict, both in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Additionally, in 2009, Tricia achieved a $1 million jury verdict for the family of a 54-year-old blind nursing home resident who exited a window at the nursing home and died from fall-related injuries.


Outside of the courtroom, Tricia serves as co-chair of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association’s Legislative Committee. The Committee was instrumental in the passage of legislation that made it easier for families to obtain their loved ones’ medical records.


Tricia earned her B.A. from the University of Illinois at Champaign and began her career in the private business sector. After 12 years of corporate success, she decided to leave her position as director of U.S. Field Operations for a $550 million client services organization to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a plaintiff’s attorney.



Contact info

Spiros Law

317 E University
Champaign, Kankakee, Danville, IL

Practice areas


  1. Nursing Home Abuse: 60%
    10 years, 150 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    10 years, 40 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 10%
    10 years, 20 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

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ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law200605/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Medical MalpracticeSuperLawyers2015
Rising Star Medical MalpracticeSuperLawyers2014
Rising StarSuperLawyers2013
Rising StarIllinois Super Lawyers2012
Outstanding Young Lawyer; Plaintiff Medical MalpracticeChicago Magazine2012
J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 2nd in ClassJMLS2006
Dean's ScholarJMLS2005
Herzog ScholarJMLS2002
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior AssociateSpiros Law, PC2014 - Present
AssociateLevin & Perconti2005 - 2014
Law ClerkCook County State's Attorney's Office2005 - 2005
Law ClerkDuPage County State's Attorney2004 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
East Central Illinois Women Attorneys AssociationVP Membership2016 - Present
Champaign County Bar AssociationMember2014 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
A.R. and A.R. and M.R. v. Marshway Limited Partnership, Marshway, L.L.C. and CIG Management L.L.C.$6 million settlement
D.T. v. Alltown Bus Service, Inc.$1.25 million settlement
P.G., administrator of the estate of R.G.. v. Lee Manor Nursing Home$1million Jury Verdict
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chicago Lawyer Magazine"The Effects of Grief and Sorrow Damages in Illinois Wrongful Death Cases."2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor Summa Cum Laude2006
University of Illinois, Urbana-ChampaignN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1993
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
ISBA Elder Law CourseNursing Home Litigation2015
2015 Annual Elder Law ConferenceNursing Home Litigation2015
ISBA Elder Law ConferenceIll Nursing Home Care Act2014
IICLE Annual Elder Law Boot CampNursing Home Litigation2014
Remedies CourseDamages in Civil Cases2013
Annual Elder Law Short CourseIllinois Nursing Home Care Act2013
The John Marshall Law SchoolPreTrial Practice/Civil Litigation2009
The John Marshall Law SchoolTorts2009
The John Marshall Law SchoolTorts2007