| Practice Description: |
Mr. Gifford concentrates his practice in medical malpractice. Over the past 40 years, he has tried over 100 cases to verdict, civil and criminal, in State and Federal Courts, as well as before Federal agencies such as the CAB and FAA; he has also tried and settled major cases in several jurisdictions where he is admitted to practice or was admitted pro hac vice. Also, significantly, his trials have involved a wide range of subject areas, from Federal civil rights matters to State highway condemnation actions. He has briefed and argued numerous appeals in the State Courts of Missouri and Illinois.
Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 2011
Date of Birth: 1946
University of Michigan, J.D., 1971
Law School Honors/Involvement:
Phi Alpha Delta
University of Missouri, B.A., 1968
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:
Phi Beta Kappa
June 1, 2011-present - Pavalon & Gifford, Chicago, Illinois; January, 2006 -May, 2011, Pavalon, Gifford & Laatsch, Chicago, Illinois; 1998-2005, Pavalon, Gifford, Laatsch & Marino, Chicago, Illinois; 1996-present, Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator, (Over 400 mediations with vast majority in complex medical malpractice cases, also negligence and commercial matters); 1989-1998, Pavalon & Gifford, Chicago, Illinois; 1978-1989, Asher, Pavalon, Gittler & Greenfield, Ltd., (1978-1981 Associate; 1981-1989 Partner), Chicago, Illinois; 1977-1978, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Adjunct Professor of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1971-1977 Gifford & Gifford, Partner, Green City, Missouri; 1973-1977, Prosecuting Attorney and Corporation Counsel for the City of Kirksville, Missouri; 1972, Forsythe, Campbell, Vandenberg & Clevenger, Associate, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Member, Chicago, Illinois, Missouri, Michigan and American Bar Associations; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (President, 1996-97); The American Association for Justice (AAJ); American Board of Trial Advocates (Immediate Past President of the Illinois Chapter, 2009-10); Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers.
Published Legal Writing:
Mr. Gifford has published and lectured extensively on the subject of personal injury, medical negligence and mediations/mediator. He is the co-author of 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).
Firm Description: At our law firm, we are proud of the reputation we have earned as leaders in the field of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. We are leaders inside the courtroom and out.
Leadership Inside the Courtroom:
Our dedication to cutting-edge litigation of civil damages claims has allowed us to achieve multi-million dollar results for accident victims. Many of our cases have resulted in court decisions announcing new and important legal principles not only favorable to our client, but for victims' rights in general. Our firm has been instrumental in the 1980's, 1990's and in 2005 in restoring rights to tort victims.
Leadership Outside the Courtroom:
At Pavalon & Gifford, you will find lawyers who have served as President of such leading legal organizations as the American Association for Justice and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. We are committed not only to getting results in individual lawsuits, but also to working with organizations that advocate for laws that benefit victims of negligence.
What our Leadership Means to You:
Our reputation for leadership has been based primarily on our willingness to commit immense effort to each individual case we handle. In other words, we have achieved our position by helping people like you overcome all challenges. Let us show you the difference having a leader on your side can make.