Attorneys

Geoffrey Gifford
Member of the International Society of Barristers

Geoffrey L. Gifford 
Chicago, Illinois

phone (312) 419-7400
(800) 542-0394 (Toll Free)
fax (312) 419-7408
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Partner and Founder of Pavalon & Gifford, Geoffrey Gifford has over thirty-five years of experience as a trial attorney. Mr. Gifford devotes his practice to medical negligence, product liability and general negligence cases.

Mr. Gifford received his B.A. degree in 1968 from the University of Missouri, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1971. Mr. Gifford is admitted to practice before the state courts in Illinois, Missouri and Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Western District of Missouri. He is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Gifford's distinguished career includes partnership in Gifford & Gifford in Missouri, where he tried state and federal criminal cases both as a prosecutor and defense counsel, as well as civil cases in all courts. His work included criminal matters and anti-trust litigation.

In 1977 and 1978, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 1978, he joined Gene Pavalon and this partnership went on to become the firm of Pavalon and Gifford.

Mr. Gifford is certified by examination as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Diplomat by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.

Mr. Gifford has authored over one hundred articles for legal publications on trial tactics, damages in personal injury cases, product liability and medical negligence. He is the Co-Author of Illinois Practice Guide on Personal Injury. He is a frequent lecturer and has made more than seventy-five presentations for various legal associations, law and medical schools and state trial groups.

Mr. Gifford has chaired more than thirty committees for various legal associations, including IICLE, ISBA and CBA.

During his career, Mr. Gifford has tried to verdict and settled many cases resulting in multi-million-dollar awards for his Firm's clients.

His work on one of the Firm's most noteworthy cases involved an automobile accident in which a young man suffered a broken back. The car was proven to be defectively designed. General Motors and UniRoyal, were required after jury verdict to pay the victim over $6 million dollars.

In a record-setting case, a state court approved a $9 million settlement for a daughter and her mother for the death of their father and husband while working at a construction site. Another case involved a mine cave-in that caused a disabling injury. The case proved that the product supporting the mine roof was inadequate. The manufacturer was held liable through the "hawking" of the product by a sales representative. After two weeks of trial, the victim received over $2 million.

In two separate complex product liability cases involving rock crushers, clients who had each lost an arm were awarded sums exceeding $4 million. Extensive use of computer graphics, trial notebooks and sophisticated demonstrative evidence contributed to success in these cases.

Mr. Gifford also practiced extensively outside of Illinois in the areas of medical negligence and product liability. In a case in a small college town in Missouri, Mr. Gifford's client was awarded $2 million for injuries caused by physician and hospital negligence. Another case involved a victim burned by an improperly labeled chemical product resulted in an award of over $1 million in an Iowa jurisdiction where no such settlements or verdicts had previously been achieved. Other results in medical negligence cases in collar counties in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are among the largest on record in those venues.

Mr. Gifford is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America.

From 1996 to 1997, while President of ITLA, he coordinated the Constitutional Challenge of the most vicious "Tort Reform" package passed by the Illinois State Legislature. As co-chair of the Constitutional Challenge Committee, he managed the funding and preparation for this monumental challenge. In 1997, the Supreme Court overturned this law, resulting in one of the most significant Illinois Supreme Court Decisions in the State's history. He recently played a significant part in a similar successful challenge to a 2005 "Reform" bill.

In July, 1998, Mr. Gifford was recognized as one of the 10 finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year for his work on this Constitutional Challenge by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

Mr. Gifford is married and has an adult son and daughter. He lives in Chicago. His hobbies include golf, reading and traveling.

Areas of Practice:
Medical Malpractice
Product Liability
General Negligence Cases
Alternative Dispute Resolution-Mediation
Litigation Percentage:
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Certification/Specialties:
Civil Trial Specialist, National Board of Trial Advocacy, 1989
2005 - Re-Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as Civil Trial Advocate.
Diplomat, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, 1992
Medical Malpractice Case Mediator, Loyola University Chicago School of Law and Institute for Health Law, 1995
Bar Admissions:
Missouri, 1971
Illinois, 1977
Michigan, 1972
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1978
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1983
U.S. District Court Western District of Missouri, 1973
U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
Education:
The University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1971
J.D.
Honors: Phi Alpha Delta
University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, 1968
B.A.
Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Honors: University Scholar
Major:  Political Science

 

Published Works:
“Learned Treatises & Articles and How & When to Use Them,” Rules of Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Naperville, Illinois (June 15, 2011)
“Deposing or Examining Adversely the Defendant and Defense Experts,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Oak Brook, Illinois (February 18, 2011)
Co-Author, Chapter 9, “Patient Fault,” Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook, published by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
Co-Author, Chapter 22, “Strict Product Liability,” IICLE Illinois Causes of Action: Tort Actions 2011 Edition, published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, published April 29, 2011
Co-Author, “Mediation in Medical Malpractice Cases,” Chapter 19 of Medical Malpractice Handbook, published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2011 Edition
“ ‘Til Remarriage Do You Part: Termination of Loss of Consortium Claims under Illinois Law,” Geoffrey L. Gifford & Matthew G. Minder, Co-Authors, published in Trial Journal of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Volume 11, Number 1, Winter 2009
“Deposing Expert Witnesses” and “Special Problems and Special Techniques Regarding Deposing Expert Witnesses”, Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, January 25, 2008, Chicago, Ilinois
“Picking the Right Case: Pre-Suit Investigation,” Products Liability Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, February 19, 2007, Chicago, Illinois
“Update on the Most Recent Changes in the Law,” Presidents Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, April 1, 2006, Chicago, Illinois
“Trial, Post Trial Issues,” Civil Practice Committee Seminar, sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, October 11, 2005, Chicago, Illinois
“Medical Witnesses: Cross ‘Em Til It Hurts,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, December 4, 2004, Chicago, Illinois
“Some Do’s and Don’ts of Closing Argument in Illinois,” President’s Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, May 1, 2004, Chicago, Illinois
“Rule 213: Another Version,” Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, December 17, 2003, Oak Brook, Illinois
“Opening Statements,” Past Presidents Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, May 4, 2002, Chicago, Illinois
Co-Author, “Co-Mediation in Medical Malpractice Cases,” Chapter 18 of Volume II, Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Handbook, published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2001
“Motions in Limine: Why Jury Trials Require You to Make Some of Your Closing Arguments to a Judge Before You Even Pick a Jury,” Evidence Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, May 5, 2001, and February 17, 2003, Chicago, Illinois
“Handling Experts,” Advocacy Track-The Art of Questioning: Deposition & Examination Lecture: Deposition Techniques: Handling Experts Panel: Rules for Effective Depositions Seminar, sponsored by ATLA National College of Advocacy, Chicago, Illinois, July 29, 2000
“Motions in Limine,” Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 13, 2000
“How to Depose a Medical Expert,” How to Depose a Doctor Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, December 3, 1998, Chicago, Illinois; December 9, 1998, Springfield, Illinois
“Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, October 30, 1998, Chicago, Illinois
“Evaluating Your Own Client,” How to Deal with Insurance Carriers and Get Great Results Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, April 1, 1998 (Springfield, Illinois) and April 17, 1998 (Chicago, Illinois)
“Examination of the Defendant’s Expert Witness: Slaying the ‘Suit’ and Charming the ‘Uncle,” Product Liability Litigation Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, January 10, 1998, Chicago, Illinois
“Trial Preparation Strategies: Proving Damages Claims,” Employment Litigation: Preparing for a Jury Trial Seminar, sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, January 24, 1997, Chicago, Illinois
“Is Tort Reform a Panacea? Problems and Trends in Tort Reform Today,” 29th Annual Transportation Law Institute, Jointly Sponsored by: American Bar Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, University of Denver College of Law, Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, October 22, 1996, Arlington, Virginia
"Direct Examination - Law, Tactics & Techniques," Trial Practice Law Tactics and Techniques Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, April 20, 1996, St. Louis, Missouri
"Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses at Deposition and at Trial in Medical Malpractice and Products Liability Cases," Success in Trial Advocacy Seminar, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, April 19, 1996, Carbondale, Illinois
Illinois Practice Guide-Personal Injury, Second Edition, [Two Volumes], Lawyers Cooperative Publishing and Illinois State Bar Association, Copyright December 1995, Co-Author. (2010 Cumulative Supplement)
"Cross Examination of the Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial - 'The Uncle v. The Suit'," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Litigation Seminar, January 13, 1996, Chicago, Illinois
"Proving Negligence: The Standard of Care," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, December 2, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"The Impact of Tort Reform on a Plaintiff's Medical Condition," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Discovery Seminar, October 9, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"Opening Statements," Chicago Bar Association Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators Seminar, August 21, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"Evidence: Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education Products Liability: Planning and Preparing Your Case Seminar, May 9, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"Product Liability Changes," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Life Before and After House Bill 20 Seminar, May 6, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"The Product Liability Case: How a Products Theory Affects Your Investigation and Discovery," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association The Nuts & Bolts of Handling Automobile Accident Cases Seminar, February 20, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"Demonstrative Evidence, Models and Human Factors," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Product Liability Litigation Seminar, January 14, 1995, Chicago, Illinois
"The Art of Establishing Damages -Wrongful Death," Illinois Trial Lawyers Point/Counterpoint Seminar, October 10, 1994, Chicago, Illinois
"Opinion Evidence/Learned Treatises," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Evidence Seminar, May 7, 1994, Chicago, Illinois
"Cross Examination - How to Sharpen the Dull Sword," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Blue Print for Building a Successful Case Seminar, April 16, 1994, St. Louis, Missouri
"Real Trial Lawyers Use ADR," Illinois Bar Journal, Volume 82, Number 3, March 1994
"Controlling the Defendant and Defense Expert in Deposition," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, December 4, 1993, Chicago, Illinois
"Using Adverse Witnesses in a Products Liability Case," ATLA Products Liability Law Reporter, Volume 12, Number 7, August 1993
"Lee v. CTA: A Modest Change in the Duty Towards Trespassers, The Plaintiff's Perspective," Illinois Bar Journal, April 1993, Vol. 81, Number 4
"Proof and Argument of Economic Damages," Chicago Bar Association Wrongful Death Cases - Obtaining the Successful Result Seminar, February 11, 1993, Chicago, Illinois
"Trial Strategy - Plaintiff's Perspective," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Seminar, January 9, 1993, Chicago, Illinois
"Plaintiff's Discovery Tactics and Discoverable Materials," Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Negligence Seminar, December 5, 1992, Chicago, Illinois
"The Professional Negligence Case," DuPage County Bar Association Civil Law and Practice Committee Discovery Seminar, November 21, 1992, Naperville, Illinois
"Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association Proof of Facts Seminar, November 9, 1992, Chicago, Illinois
"Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Illinois State Bar Association Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products Seminar, April 16, 1992, Chicago, Illinois
"The Use and Limitations of Inspections in Products Liability Litigation," Illinois State Bar Association Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products Seminar, April 16, 1992, Chicago, Illinois
"The Year in Torts," Annual Survey Of Illinois Law (1991), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1992
"Discovery," Medical Malpractice (IICLE, 1989; Supplement 1992), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989; Supplement 1992
Book Review, "The Litigation Explosion: What Happened When America Unleashed the Lawsuit?" by Walter K. Olson, for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 28, 1992; Illinois State Bar Association Bar News, April 13, 1992, Volume 32, Number 19
"Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago Bar Association Proof of Facts Seminar, November 21, 1991, Chicago, Illinois
"Market-Based Factors that Determine the Value of the Case: The Plaintiff's Perspective," CBA Record, Volume 5, Number 7, September 1991
"How to be Ethical and Aggressive During Trial: Just Because You Follow the Rules Doesn't Make You a Wimp," Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Rules and Procedures Educational Seminar at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting, August, 14, 1991, Atlanta, Georgia
"Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago Bar Association Proof of Facts Seminar, May 7, 1991, Chicago, Illinois
"Documentary Evidence and the Hearsay Rule," for Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Trial Evidence and Hearsay Seminar, April 20, 1991, St. Louis, Missouri
"The Year in Torts," Annual Survey Of Illinois Law (1990), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1991
"Different Methods in Determining the Value of the Case - a Plaintiff's Perspective," for Chicago Bar Association Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, October 18, 1990
"Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," for IICLE 25th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, October 8, 1990
"Comparative Negligence History and New Developments" for Chicago Bar Association Comparative Negligence: Update and Analysis Seminar, February 27, 1990
"Negotiating Personal Injury Settlements Under Recently Revised Tort Law" for IICLE Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, February 19, 1990
"The Year in Torts," Annual Survey Of Illinois Law (1988 - 1989), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
Book Review for The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, The Litigators by John A. Jenkins, 1989
Stein Closing Argument, 1989 Cumulative Supplement, Excerpts from Connelly v. General Motors, July 1989
"Effective Preparation and Use of Exhibits" for IICLE Illinois Civil Trial Practice Seminar, March 23, 1989
"Videotaped Depositions" for IICLE Depositions: Technique & Practice Seminar, February 10, 1989
"The Year in Torts," Annual Survey of Illinois Law (1988), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989
"Discovery," Medical Malpractice (IICLE, 1989), Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1989
IICLE Master Promotional Tape, January 1989
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Trial Notebook, Contributing Source, Session I and Session II (1989)
"Videotape Evidence" for Illinois State Bar Association Effective Trial Presentation Seminar, November 11, 1988
"Pleadings & Discovery" for Chicago Bar Association Comparative Negligence Update & Analysis Seminar, November 1, 1988
"Demonstrative Evidence" for Chicago Bar Association Illinois Evidence Update Seminar, October 12, 1988
"Theories of Liability in Products Liability Cases," for IICLE Products Liability Practice Seminar, April 6, 1988
"Videotaped Depositions" for IICLE Depositions Seminar, December 2, 1987
"Types of Witnesses" for IICLE Depositions Seminar, December 2, 1987
"Update on Medical Malpractice," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, Volume 8, No. 2 (Spring-Summer 1986)
"Medical Malpractice Reform - The Lawyers vs. The Doctors; Personal Injury Lawyers View (Illinois)," Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, p. 2, col.2, January 9, 1986
Review of Manuscript, Communication & Courtroom Advocacy, Scott Foresman & Company, March 1983
"Discovery of Consultants - Clearing the Air," Illinois Trial Journal, May 1982, reprinted in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 14, 1982 Part I and July 16, 1982 Part II
"Perspective from the Young Members of ITLA and Survey," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, 1982
"Profile of Phillip J. Rock, President of Illinois State Senate," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, 1982
"Profile of Michael J. Madigan, Speaker of House of Representatives of Illinois," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, 1982
Book Review, "The Art of Selecting a Jury," Judicature Magazine, American Judicature Society, November 1980
Representative Cases:
In Re: Estate of Sue A. Bagus, 691 N.E. 2d 401 (2nd Dist. 1998)
Jack Twitty v. American Gage & Machine Company, 434 N.E. 2d 493 (1st. Dist. 1982)
Eva Ruff, Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of Sheldon Ruff, Deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 513 N.E. 2d 7 (1st Dist. 1987)
John Darrill Connelly v. General Motors Corp., 540 N.E. 2d 370 (1st Dist 1989)
Shaffer v. Dalrymple, 507 S.W. 2d 65 (Mo. Ct. App. 1974)
Foster v. Henderson, 538 S.W. 2d 910 (Mo. Ct. App. 1976)
Kelly v. Franco, 391 N.E. 2d 54 (1st Dist. 1979)

 

Classes/Seminars Taught:
Speaker, “Learned Treatises & Articles and How & When to Use Them,” Rules of Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Naperville, Illinois, 2011
Participant, “Taped Mock Deliberation with Expert Commentary: Juror Roles, Personalities, Focus, Confusion & Misconceptions,” Juror Deliberation & Jury Management Conference, sponsored by Law Bulletin Seminars, Chicago, Illinois, 2011
Speaker, “Mediations,” The New Legal World We Live In Seminar, sponsored by the Tort Litigation Committee of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2011
Speaker, “Deposing or Examining Adversely the Defendant and Defense Experts,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Oak Brook, Illinois, 2011
Speaker, “Illinois Tort Reform, The LeBron Case, its Precursors and its Aftermath,” Evolving Healthcare Markets: Addressing Regulatory and Legislative Pressures on Healthcare Providers, sponsored by The Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
Participant, Symposium, Causation Does Matter, sponsored by Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS), Chicago, Illinois, 2010
Speaker, Mediation-Behind the Curtain, sponsored by Professional Liability Claims Unit, General Star, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, Chicago, Illinois, 2010
Speaker, “Opening Statements: Strategies & Themes,” Litigation Skills III Conference, sponsored by the Law Bulletin, Chicago, Illinois, 2009
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Creative Insights for the Tort Trial Lawyer Seminar, sponsored by the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2009
Attendee, “Advocacy for the Ages” Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2009
ABOTA Annual Chapter Leadership Conference, New Orleans, Louisianas, 2009
Speaker, “Co-Mediation in Medical Negligence Cases,” sponsored by Arbitration and Mediation Section, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago, Illinois, 2009
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses” and “Special Problems and Special Techniques Regarding Deposing Expert Witnesses”, Litigation Skills for Legal Staff in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Chicago, Illinois, 2008
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” and “Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Naperville, Illinois, 2007
Speaker, “Common Mistakes Made at Trial” and “Deposing Physicians from a Plaintiff’s Point of View,” American Physicians Assurance Corporation 2007 Claims Seminar, Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, 2007
Participant, “Understanding the Role of Structured Settlements in Mediations,” sponsored by Circuit Court of Cook County, Court-Annexed Mediation Program, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
Speaker, “Picking the Right Case: Pre-Suit Investigation,” Products Liability Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
Speaker, “Update on the Most Recent Changes in the Law,” Presidents Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2006
Speaker, “Co-Mediation of Medical Negligence Cases” Program Sponsored by Cook County Circuit Court Law Division and ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, 2006
Speaker, “Mediation,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2005
Participant, Masters in Trial, sponsored by the Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates, The Ohio State University College of Law, presented by the Ohio Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Columbus, Ohio, 2005
Participant, ITLA 2005 Advocacy Showcase, The Art of Advocacy: A One Day Trial, “Plaintiff’s Direct Examination,” and “Defendant’s Comparative Cross.” Chicago, Illinois, 2005
Speaker, “Medical Witnesses - Cross ‘Em Til It Hurts,” Medical Malpractice Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
“Some Do’s and Don’ts of Closing Argument in Illinois,:” President’s Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2004
“Clinical Obstetrics” Seminar, sponsored by MedEd, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr. David B. Acker, Speaker), 2004
Speaker, “Rule 213: Another Version,” Real Evidence for the Trial Practitioner in Illinois, Lorman Education Services, Oak Brook, Illinois, 2003
Participant, ITLA 2003 Advocacy Showcase, Medical Negligence Case 1 Day Trial, “Plaintiff’s Expert Witness, Direct Examination,” and “Closing Argument.” Chicago, Illinois, 2003
Speaker, “Motions in Limine,” Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2003
Speaker, “Mediation of Tort Law Matters,” Mediation-Essentials to Consider, presented by the ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution, Bench and Bar, Civil Practice and Procedure and Family Law Sections, Mid-Year Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, 2002
Program Chair and Moderator, “Masters in Trial” Seminar, sponsored by The Foundation of the American Board of Trial Advocates and Presented by the Illinois Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, Chicago, Illinois, 2002
Speaker, “Opening Statements,” Past Presidents Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2002
Participant in panel of 3 lawyers, “Resolving Medical Malpractice Claims”, Cable TV Show sponsored by Illinois State Bar Association, 2002
Speaker, “Motions in Limine,” Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2001
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” and “Special Problem/Special, 2000
Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking and Defending, 2001
Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Oak Brook, Illinois and Chicago, Illinois, 2001
Speaker, “Handling Experts,” Advocacy Track-The Art of Questioning: Deposition & Examination Lecture: Deposition Techniques: Handling Experts Panel: Rules for Effective Depositions Seminar, sponsored by ATLA National College of Advocacy, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
Speaker, “Motions in Limine,” Evidence Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2000

 

Speaker, Protecting Medical Privacy of Injured Workers Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
Speaker/Participant, “Alternative Dispute Resolution and its Role in Hospital/Physician Conflicts,” Physician/Hospital Relations: Assessing a Balance of Power Seminar, Presented by the ISBA Health Care Section, Chicago, Illinois, 2000
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” and “Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking and Defending Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, 2000

 

Speaker/Participant, “Public Act 91-0526, Section (E)”, Chicago Area Nurse Attorney Association Dinner Meeting, Chicago, Illinois,1999
Speaker, “Deposing Expert Witnesses,” and “Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Chicago, Illinois, 1999
Participant, Rush Hospital’s Medical Malpractice Mediation Program, “Before the Millennium: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future,” The Society of Professionals in Dispute Resolution (SPIDR) 27th Annual International Conference, Baltimore, Maryland, 1999
Speaker, “Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Oak Brook, Illinois , 1999
Speaker, “What Dynamics Make the Co-Mediation Process so Successful,” Co-Mediation - A Report Card Measuring it’s First 3 Years Seminar, sponsored by the Chicagoland Healthcare Risk Management Society, Chicago, Illinois, 1999
Speaker, “How to Persuade the Jury,” Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1999
Speaker, “How to Depose a Medical Expert,” How to Depose a Doctor, Seminar, sponsored by Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Chicago and Springfield, 1998
Speaker, “Medical Liability Issues on the Eve of the New Millennium,” Illinois Orthopaedic Society Annual Dinner Meeting, Oak Brook, Illinois, 1998
Speaker, “Special Problem/Special Techniques Re Deposing Expert Witnesses,” Taking Effective Depositions in Illinois Seminar, sponsored by Lorman Education Services, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Speaker, “Evaluating Your Own Client,” How to Deal with Insurance Carriers and Get Great Results Seminar, sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education,(Springfield, Illinois) and (Chicago, Illinois), 1998
Judge/Evaluator, The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Speaker, “Constitution Panel,” Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Speaker, “Examination of the Defendant’s Expert Witness: Slaying the ‘Suit’ and Charming the ‘Uncle,’” Product Liability Litigation Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1998
Speaker, “Legal Malpractice,” Learning in the Desert Seminar, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1997
“Powerful Witness Preparation/Conducting Winning Depositions” Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1997
Speaker, “Trial Preparation Strategies: Proving Damages Claims,” Employment Litigation: Preparing for a Jury Trial Seminar, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois , 1997
NATLE/ATLA Legislative Conference, President’s Council Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, 1996
Speaker, “Is Tort Reform a Panacea? Problems and Trends in Tort Reform Today,” Debate on Tort Reform with Professor Victor Schwartz, 29th Annual Transportation Law Institute, Jointly Sponsored by: American Bar Association, Transportation Lawyers Association, University of Denver College of Law, Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, October 22, 1996, Arlington, Virginia, 1996
Speaker, Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Graduate Level Course, Institute for Health Law, at Loyola University Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
Trial Practice: Law Tactics and Techniques Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "Direct Examination - Law, Tactics & Techniques," St. Louis, Missouri, 1996
Success in Trial Advocacy Seminar, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Chapter of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, "Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses at Deposition and at Trial in Medical Malpractice and Products Liability Cases,"Carbondale, Illinois , 1996
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Travel Seminar, "A Day on Trial, The Secrets of Persuasion," Las Vegas, Nevada, 1996
Guest speaker on Radio Talk Show, "Chicago Law," hosted by Greg Adamski and Karen Conti, WJJD Radio Station, Chicago, Illinois, 1996
Judge, 1996 National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, sponsored by ATLA-Chicago Kent School of Law, 1996
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Litigation Seminar, "Cross Examination of the Expert Witness at Deposition and Trial - 'The Uncle v. The Suit'," Chicago, Illinois, 1996
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, "Proving Negligence/Standard of Care," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Judge, 1986 Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest, sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, 1995
Speaker at the Casualty Actuarial Society's 1995 Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, on the issue of tort reform, 1995
Speaker, Trial of a Medical Malpractice Case, Institute for Health Law, at Loyola University Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Discovery Seminar, "The Impact of Tort Reform on a Plaintiff's Medical Condition," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Participant in Lifestyle with Pat Cheffer, an interactive live television talk show on Continental Cablevision, 1995
Mediation and the Medical Malpractice Dispute Seminar, Sponsored by Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center and Institute for Health Law, Loyola University School of Law-Chicago, "A Perspective From a Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyer," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Chicago Bar Association Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators Seminar, "Opening Statements," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Products Liability: Planning and Preparing Your Case Seminar, "Evidence: Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Life Before and After House Bill 20 Seminar, "Product Liability Changes," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Speaker, "Illinois Tort Reform," Luncheon Meeting, Health & Hospital Law Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Lecturer, 1995 Young Lawyers Section Trial Practice Course, "Expert Witnesses," The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Judge/Evaluator, The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Travel Seminar, "Trial Techniques: Advocacy from the Inside Out," Las Vegas, Nevada,1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association The Nuts & Bolts of Handling Automobile Accident Cases Seminar, "The Product Liability Case," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Product Liability Litigation Seminar, "Demonstrative Evidence, Models and Human Factors," Chicago, Illinois, 1995
Participant in Roundtable Discussion, "Structural Work Act, Tort 'Reform', Workers Compensation," University Club, Chicago, Illinois. (Sponsored by University of Illinois Institute of Government & Public Affairs), 1994
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Point/Counterpoint Seminar, "The Art of Establishing Damages - Wrongful Death," Chicago, Illinois, 1994
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Evidence Seminar, "Opinion Evidence/Learned Treatises," Chicago, Illinois, 1994
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Blue Print for Building a Successful Case Seminar, "Cross Examination - How to Sharpen the Dull Sword," St. Louis, Missouri, 1994
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "McElhaney's Master Advocate Series," Las Vegas, Nevada, 1994
Evaluator, National Trial Competition, Chicago Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, Chicago, Illinois, 1994
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, "Controlling the Defendant and Defense Expert in Deposition," Chicago, Illinois, 1993
Debate with Representative of Defense Research Institute, "Issues in Tort Reform," at IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
NBTA Civil Trial Specialization Course Review, "Law and Practice - Personal Injury Cases," Fairmont Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, 1993
American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Fourth Annual National Conference, "The Practical Perspectives of Personal Injury Litigation," Chicago, Illinois, 1993
Chicago Bar Association Wrongful Death Cases - Obtaining the Successful Result Seminar, "Proof and Argument of Economic Damages," Chicago, Illinois, 1993
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Products Liability Seminar, "Trial Strategies - Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago, Illinois, 1993
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Negligence Seminar, "Plaintiff's Discovery Tactic and Discoverable Materials," Chicago, Illinois, 1992
DuPage County Bar Association Civil Law and Practice Committee Discovery Seminar, "The Professional Negligence," Naperville, Illinois, 1992
The Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association Proof of Facts Seminar, "Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1992
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention and Seminar, Seminar Planning Chair and Program Moderator, Oak Brook, Illinois, 1992
Law Journal Seminars-Press Seminar, "Medical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Cancer," New York City, New York, 1992
Illinois State Bar Association Products Liability: In-Depth Study of Litigation Involving Products Seminar, "Demonstrations & Exhibits - Plaintiff's Perspective," and "Inspections - Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago, Illinois, 1992
Judge/Evaluator, The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, Chicago, Illinois, 1992
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, "McElhaney on Advocacy" Seminar, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1992
Speaker, "Issues In Health" Class,1992
Northwestern University Medical School, 1992
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Seminar, "Proving Medical Negligence," Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Illinois State Bar Association, Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution Open Meeting, "ADR and the Courts", Moderator, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Proof of Facts Seminar, "Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1991
ASDA Lecture Series, "The Legal Issues Confronting Dentists Today," Northwestern University Dental School, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Chicago Bar Association Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, "Different Methods in Determining the Value of the Case - A Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Informal Debate with Walter Olson, author of "The Litigation Explosion" sponsored by The Federal Society at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Law Journal Seminars-Press Seminar, "Obstetrical Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose Fetal Distress," New York City, New York , 1991
Mediator, Joint Chicago Bar Association/Circuit Court Settlement Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) Annual Meeting, "How to be Ethical and Aggressive During Trial: Just Because You Follow the Rules Doesn't Make You a Wimp," Atlanta, Georgia, 1991
Chicago Bar Association Proof of Facts Seminar, "Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Trial Evidence and Hearsay Seminar, "Documentary Evidence and the Hearsay Rule," St. Louis, Missouri, 1991
Judge/Evaluator, The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by the John Marshall Law School and the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section, Chicago, Illinois, 1991
Issues of Health Law-Medical Malpractice, Northwestern University Medical School, 1991
Law Journal Seminars-Press, "Medical Malpractice: Trial of an Obstetrical and Neonatal Malpractice Case" Seminar, New York, New York, 1990
Chicago Bar Association Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, "Different Methods in Determining the Value of the Case - A Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago, Illinois, 1990
IICLE 25th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, "Planning and Preparing for the Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois , 1990
Mediator, Joint Chicago Bar Association/Circuit Court Settlement Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1990
Illinois State Bar Association Civil Practice and Procedure Proof of Damages Seminar, "How to Prove the Cost of Future Medical Expenses and How to Use Statistics in Proving Damages," Bloomington, Illinois, 1990
Chicago Bar Association Comparative Negligence: Update and Analysis Seminar, "The Art of Persuasion: Closing Argument and Rebuttal in a 50% Comparative Negligence Case From the Plaintiff's Perspective," Chicago, Illinois, 1990
IICLE Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases Seminar, "Negotiating Personal Injury Settlements Under Recently Revised Tort Law," Chicago, Illinois, 1990
Northwestern University Medical School, Forum on Malpractice Crisis, 1990
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Trial Notebook Series - Session II - Evidence Seminar "Videotape Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1989
Mediator, Joint Chicago Bar Association/Circuit Court Settlement Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
Kansas Trial Lawyers Association Baseball Weekend Seminar, "Do's and Don'ts of Cross Examination," Chicago, Illinois, 1989
ISBA Expert Witness Seminar, "Can the Expert Actually Testify to the Ultimate Issue?", Bloomington, Illinois, 1989
1989 ATLA Student Trial Advocacy National Championships, Judge/Evaluator, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
IICLE Illinois Civil Trial Practice Seminar, "Effective Preparation and Use of Exhibits," Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois, 1989
Symposium on Bench/Bar Relations held at Chicago Bar Association, 1989
IICLE Depositions: Technique & Practice Seminar, "Videotaped Depositions," Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois, 1989
IICLE Comparative Negligence, Contribution & Joint & Several Liability - 1987 Status Report, Moderator and Closing Argument for Plaintiff, Chicago, Illinois, 1988
Illinois State Bar Association Effective Trial & Practice Seminar, “Videotape Evidence,” Bloomington, Illinois, 1988
Chicago Bar Association Comparative Negligence Update & Analysis Seminar, "Pleadings & Discovery," Chicago, Illinois, 1988

 

Law Journal Seminars-Press, "Failures in Cancer Diagnosis & Treatment" Seminar, New York City, New York, 1988
Chicago Bar Association Illinois Evidence Update Seminar, "Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1988
Mediator, Joint Chicago Bar Association/Circuit Court Settlement Program, Chicago, Illinois, 1988
IICLE Evidence With Impact Seminar, "Substantive Law of Foundations," Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois, 1988
ATLA National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Evaluator, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1988
Northwestern University Medical School, Forum on Malpractice Crisis, Debate with President of Illinois Hospital Association, Chicago, Illinois, 1988

 

IICLE Comparative Negligence, Contribution & Joint & Several Liability - 1987 Status Report, Moderator and Closing Argument for Plaintiff, Chicago, Illinois, 1987
IICLE Depositions Seminar, Chicago, Illinois and Springfield, Illinois, 1987
ITLA Annual Convention & Seminar, "Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago, Illinois, 1987
Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting, "How to Evaluate the Case for Settlement," Nashville, Tennessee, 1986
West Virginia Trial Lawyers Association Annual Meeting & Seminar, "Closing Argument & Damages," Charleston, West Virginia, 1986
IICLE Vehicular Design Liability Litigation, "Case Preparation - For the Plaintiff," Chicago, Illinois, 1986

 

ITLA Strategy & Organization of Pre-Suit Details for Practicing Attorneys, "Investigation & Development of Theories of Recovery.", 1986
ATLA Loyola University - Course in Trial Advocacy, Lecturer, Chicago, Illinois, 1985
ITLA Expert Witnesses & Trends in Civil Practice, "Parent-Child: Loss of Consortium," Collinsville, Illinois, 1985
ITLA Update & Review Seminar, "The New Medical Malpractice Act," Chicago, Illinois, 1985
ITLA Past Presidents Seminar, Speaker, "Preparation of the Expert & Rule 220," Chicago, Illinois, 1985
IICLE Comprehensive Evidence Seminar, "Recent Evidentiary Developments in Products Liability Cases," Co-Chairman and Moderator, Chicago, Illinois, 1984
ITLA Comprehensive Evidence Seminar, "Damages," Moderator, Chicago, Illinois, 1984
IICLE 18th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, "Comparative Negligence & Comparative Fault - Beyond Coney, Co-Chairman and Moderator, Chicago, Illinois, 1983
IICLE 17th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, "Consulting Experts in Federal & State Court," Moderator and Planning Co-Chairman, Chicago, Illinois, 1982
ATLA Regional College of Advocacy, University of Wisconsin, School of Law, Lecturer, Madison, Wisconsin, 1982
IICLE Civil Litigation System - Pre-Trial & Settlement Procedures, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
IICLE Proof of Damages, "How to Use an Economist to Establish Damages in Wrongful Death Cases," Chicago and Peoria, Illinois, 1981
IICLE 16th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, "The State of the Art," Co-Chairman for Planning, Chicago, Illinois, 1981
IICLE 15th Annual Trial Evidence Seminar, "Judicial Notice," Chicago, Illinois, 1980
National Mock Trial Competition, Midwest Regional, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
Honors and Awards:
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, International Society of Barristers
Fellow, American Board of Trial Advocates
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2001 - 2002
Finalist, Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1998
Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Who's Who in American Law

 

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 1996 - 1997
President
Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1999 - 2000
Member, Board of Governors
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1990
Member, Board of Directors
Chicago Bar Association, 1982
Member, Library Committee
Illinois State Bar Association, 1990 - 1993
Member, Standing Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution
Missouri State Bar Association
Member
Michigan State Bar Association
Member
American Bar Association
Member
Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
Member
American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Member

 

Past Employment Positions:
Pavalon & Gifford, Senior Partner, 1989 - 1998
Asher, Pavalon, Gittler & Greenfield, Ltd., Associate, 1978 - 1981
Asher, Pavalon, Gittler & Greenfield, Ltd., Partner, 1981 - 1989
Gifford & Gifford, Partner, 1971 - 1977
City of Kirksville, Missouri, Prosecuting Attorney and Corporation Counsel, 1973 - 1977
Forsythe, Campbell, Vandenberg & Clevenger, Ann Arbor, Michigan, Associate, 1972

 

Pro Bono Activities:
Cabrini Green Legal Aid Clinic, 1999 - Present
Pavalon & Gifford

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