Interesting People’s Ed Sutkowski interviews Robert A. Clifford, Esq. Bob was designated by the Illinois Super Lawyers Publication as “Chicago’s most likeable tough guy” and as “Chicago’s most feared attorney.”In 1993, he was designated as one of the top 10 litigators in the United States, having secured a verdict in the amount of $28 million.
He founded his Chicago-based, nationally recognized law firm more than 25 years ago; it specializes in personal injury, aviation, transportation, medical malpractice and product liability cases. He is a member of the Inner Circle – an organization comprised of only the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States. His firm has participated in every commercial airline case filed during the 20-year period beginning in May of 1977. Among his more publicized cases are the internationally acclaimed Rachel Barton’s claim which resulted in a verdict of $30 million, the Bob Collins disc jockey case, the Dick Ebersol case and currently, the cases arising out of the September 11th crash.
His 35-page CV lists articles which have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, and the National Law Journal. He has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, Today Show, CNN, MSNBC and Wall Street Week.
Born on the South Side of Chicago – Mudville at 121st and Laflin — Bob’s father was a carpenter and mother a homemaker. He graduated from Marist High School. At age 16 he attended and was inspired by a Dale Carnegie course. Graduation from DePaul Law School followed. Bob and his wife are the parents of four children.