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   3Kevin P. DurkinChicago(312) 899-9090kpd@cliffordlaw.comkpd@cliffordlaw.comClifford Law Officeswww.cliffordlaw.comwww.cliffordlaw.comDURKINkevin1.jpgAviation LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralPersonal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & MaritimeAviation/Airplane CrashesCar/Truck AccidentsConstruction AccidentsRailroad Accidents
Kevin P.
Clifford Law Offices
120 N LaSalle St 31st FL
Chicago IL 60602-2554
Ph.(312) 899-9090 Fx.(312) 251-1160
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Aviation Law    Aviation/Airplane Crashes
Personal Injury Law: General    Car/Truck Accidents
Personal Injury Law: Transportation Including FELA & Maritime     Construction Accidents
    Railroad Accidents
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Durkin has distinguished himself as one of Chicago's leading trial attorneys. As a partner at Clifford Law Offices, he has achieved numerous large jury verdicts and settlements in state and federal courts in cases that are highly complex and often high profile. For example, he tried the case of a mother and her two children who were involved in a devastating truck-car collision on Interstate 90 near Rockford. A 4-year-old girl was killed, her 2-year-old brother was permanently brain damaged, and their mother suffered facial injuries requiring 31 surgeries. After a month-long trial in the Cook County Circuit Court, Mr. Durkin received a $38.3 million verdict on behalf of the family in March 2004. The verdict was the largest in the country in 2004 involving a motor vehicle crash and was featured as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the National Law Journal in 2005.

His trial accomplishments include serving as co-counsel in the highly publicized case of internationally acclaimed violinist Rachel Barton who was severely injured when a Chicago commuter train dragged her for more than 300 feet. After taking dozens of depositions and a pain-staking investigation for more than four years, the month-long trial resulted in a $30 million verdict. He also tried a tragic Sioux Falls automobile accident case in South Dakota on behalf of a man who suffered permanent brain damage. The case resulted in that state's largest personal injury verdict, $7.5 million. He was involved in the highly publicized $10 million settlement on behalf of a suburban police officer who was struck by a speeding hearse that ran a red light while the officer was on routine patrol. It made headlines because of the so-called "black box" that was discovered in the hearse that recorded the speed and contradicted the driver's story to police. Mr. Durkin has been very involved in the litigation involving a tragic high-rise fire in the Cook County Administration Building that killed six people and injured many more. He has taken the lead on behalf of the six victims in hiring experts, he is unafraid to ask the hard questions and seek out the world's top forensic experts, in attempting to find the cause of the October 17, 2003 fire. He was very involved on behalf of several men who were severely burned in a power plant explosion in Hammond, Indiana, and received multi-million-dollar settlements on behalf of the injured workers.

Mr. Durkin is perhaps best known for his work in the aviation litigation field. He has been involved in every major commercial airline crash in the last two decades, often serving as lead counsel. In 2003, he settled a series of lawsuits stemming from the crash of Alaska Airlines 261 that killed 88 people when it plunged into the Pacific Ocean in January 2000. The $39.6 million in settlements on behalf of six families came following three years of depositions led by Durkin who served as Co-Chair of the Plaintiffs' Executive Committee for the litigation. Boeing admitted liability despite the National Transportation Safety Board giving the corporate giant a virtual pass in its determination of the cause of the crash because of Durkin's exposure of problems with aircraft's horizontal stabilizer. Mr. Durkin also serves on the Steering Committee of the Singapore Air crash Flight 006 as well as the Steering Committee for the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 that crashed in Queens, New York. He served as Lead Plaintiff's Co-Counsel in federal court where a $110 million settlement was negotiated for a number of families in the American Airlines Flight 4184 crash in Roselawn, Indiana. He also has been involved in many small plane crashes and received a $4.1 million settlement in October 2001, on behalf of a photographer killed in a helicopter crash in northwest suburban Chicago. He has served for three years as the Co-Chair of the Aviation Committee for the 75,000 member American Bar Association's Section of Litigation. He chairs an annual program that brings together the best and the brightest to discuss cutting-edge issues in aviation litigation.

Mr. Durkin handles a variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, truck, railroad and automobile accident litigation, FELA, premises liability, security cases and medical malpractice. He has received multi-million dollar settlements or verdicts in a number of these cases. Mr. Durkin was co-lead in the Amtrak crash that occurred in Bourbonnais, Illinois, killing 11 people and injuring hundreds more.

After he graduated from DePaul University College of Law, Mr. Durkin served as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Chicago for eight years, 1980-88. Since then, he has focused on civil litigation at Clifford Law Offices.

Mr. Durkin is very active in the legal profession. He currently is Second Vice President of the Chicago Bar Association and is expected to ascend to the presidency of that 22,000-member organization in 2006. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Bar Foundation, an organization that serves the Chicago legal community. He also was appointed to head the Chicago Bar Association's Judicial Evaluation Committee for the 1997 and 1998 judicial elections in Chicago and for all of Cook County, including appellate and Supreme Court elections. He was on the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association. He has been appointed an adjunct faculty member at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago, teaching trial advocacy and complex litigation. Clifford Law Offices is proud of Kevin Durkin's distinguished legal career and of his exemplar accomplishments both inside and out of the courtroom.

Please click here to read Mr. Durkin's complete resume and curriculum vitae.

Bar Admissions:  
Admitted to Illinois Bar, 1980
Admitted to U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1980
Admitted to U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1993
Admitted to U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1995
Admitted to U.S. District Court Western District of Michigan, 2000

Year of Birth:  1955

Law School:  DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1980
Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, B.S. in Accountancy, 1977
Certified Public Accountant, 1977

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Bar Association (ABA)
Associate of Trial Lawyers of American (ATLA)
Chicago Bar Association (CBA)
Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA)
International Bar Association (IBA)

American Bar Association
Section of Litigation, 1992 - Present
- Committee on Product Liability Litigation
- Aviation Litigation Committee (Co-Chair 2000- 2004 - Mass Torts Committee 2004 - present)
Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1992 - Present
- Aviation and Space Law Committee
- Commercial Transportation Litigation
- Products General Liability and Consumer Law

Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Aviation Law Section - 1996 - Present
Motor Vehicle Collision, Highway and Premises Liability Section - 1999 - Present
Products Liability Section - 1999 - Present
Railroad Law Section - 1999 - Present
Federal Tort Liability and Military Advocacy Section - 1999 - Present

Chicago Bar Association
Second Vice President (2004 - present)
Judicial Evaluation Committee, Investigation Division Member (1989 -1991)
Hearing Division Member (1991 - 1993)
Vice Chairman of Investigation Division (1993 - 1994)
Vice Chairman of Hearing Division (1994 - 1995)
Chairman of Hearing Division (1995 - 1997)
General Chairman (1997 - 1998)
Board of Managers (1998 - 2000)
Chairman, Appellate Review Committee (2001)
Treasurer (2002 - 2004)

Chicago Bar Foundation
Board of Directors (2000 - present)

Center for Conflict Resolution
Board of Directors (2001 - present)

Illinois State Bar Association
Tort Law Committee, 1989 - Present
Civil Practice & Procedure Committee, 1989 - Present

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Legislative Committee, 1993 - Present
Board of Advocates, 1993 - 2001
Board of Managers 2001 - present

Adjunct Faculty, DePaul College of Law, 1988-94
(Taught trial advocacy course and complex litigation course)

National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Certified Instructor, 1989

Firm Description:  
Robert A. Clifford founded a personal injury law firm in his name in 1984. For more than 25 years, he has worked to establish a national reputation. Clifford Law Offices now boasts 22 attorneys, who, combined, represent hundreds of years of practice in personal injury law. Since its inception, the entire staff of Clifford Law Offices has been dedicated to the goal of representing the rights of plaintiffs concentrating on:

*aviation liability which includes general and commercial aviation
*transportation liability
*product liability
*medical negligence
*construction liability
*premises liability
*Federal Employers' Liability Act
*personal injury and wrongful death litigation

Every member of the firm upholds the highest principle of the legal profession in placing the individual client first. The firm often is said to set the standard in professional excellence. Moreover, it is important to note that as a result of the litigation handled by the firm, many defective products and dangerous practices have been changed or abandoned altogether.

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