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   3Elliot R. SchiffChicago(312) 345-7202eschiff@schiff-law.comeschiff@schiff-law.comSchiff Gorman LLCwww.schiff-law.comwww.schiff-law.comschiffelliot.jpgPersonal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Elliot R.
Schiff Gorman LLC
1 E Wacker Dr Ste 1100
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 345-7202 Fx.(312) 345-8645
Recommended by peers in:
Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice
Advisory Board Member
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Elliot R. Schiff is the founding partner of Schiff Gorman LLC. In addition to his career at Schiff Gorman LLC, he was formerly a founding partner of O'Connor, Schiff & Myers, a shareholder of Sweeney & Riman, Ltd. and following an outstanding legal education was selected for a judicial clerkship with Justice Francis Lorenz, Illinois Appellate Court.

Mr. Schiff's commitment to excellence is reflected in the recognition the legal community has given him. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that is also by invitation only. Among his peers in Illinois, he has been named as a Super Lawyer® every year since 2005. Since 1980, his peers have acknowledged his legal ability and the highest ethical standards in his selection as an AV® (highest) rated lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. The National Law Journal has twice recognized Mr. Schiff as having had an exceptional trial result including one trial rated as one the ten best verdicts of the year.

Bar Admissions:  
United States District Court, 1974-present
United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit, 1976-present
Federal Trial Bar, 1986-present
United States District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1998
United States District Court, Eastern Division of Wisconsin, 1999

Date of Birth:  1947

Law School:  Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1973

Undergraduate School:  Ohio University, B.A., 1969

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Society of Trial Lawyers
    • President, 2010-2011
    • Vice President, 2009-2010
    • Board of Directors, 2003
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2011
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1973-present
  • Chicago Bar Association, 1973-present
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Chair, 2005
    • Committee on Professional Liability, 2003-2004
    • Trial Advocacy Program
      • Instructor, 1991
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2010-present
  • Civil Practice Committee, 2003-2004
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Professional Liability Committee
      • Chair, 1999

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
      • Litigation Counsel of America Fellow, 2007
      • American Association for Justice
      • Listed, "The Ten Best Jury Verdicts of the Year," National Law Journal, 1995
      • Listed, "Best Verdict of the Year," (honorable mention), National Law Journal, 1996
      • Over 75 jury trials to verdict, as noted in the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter
      • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
      • Illinois Super Lawyer®, 2005-present
      • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Personal Injury Law: Professional Malpractice

Published Legal Writing:  
  • "Supplement: Attorneys' Legal Liability," Legal Malpractice: 2012, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012
  • "Attorney's Legal Liability," Legal Malpractice: 2010, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2010
  • "The Rules Governing Actual Damages in Legal Malpractice," Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, 2009
  • "Attorney's Legal Liability," Legal Malpractice: 2005 Supplement, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2005
  • "Apportioning Liability in Third-Party Cases," Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 93, No. 1, January 2005
  • "Attorney's Legal Liability," Legal Malpractice: 2007, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007
  • "Getting To Trial: Law Update and Practice Update - Current Strategies in Third Party Practice," Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, 2003
  • "Preventing Legal Malpractice: Learn from the Experts," Chicago Bar Association, 2003
  • "Attorney's Legal Liability," Legal Malpractice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002

Legal Lectures:  
  • Presenter, "Selecting a Jury In 30 Minutes or Less," Litigation Counsel of America, LLC, 2012
  • Presenter, "Hot Topics in Professional Responsibility," The Chicago Bar Association, 2012
  • Presenter, "The 2011 Rules Of Professional Conduct," Serbian Bar Association, 2011
  • Presenter, "Professional Ethics and Responsibility," Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series, 2008
  • Presenter, "Contribution, Indemnification and Other Means to Spread or Avoid Damages," The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, 2006
  • Presenter, "Strategic Considerations in Prosecuting Legal Malpractice Actions," Chicago Bar Association Annual Seminar on Legal Malpractice, 2005
  • Presenter, "Ethics and Professional Responsibility," Illinois Trial Lawyers Mid-Winter Seminar, 2004
  • Presenter, "Techniques and Issues in Litigation," The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management, 2003
  • Presenter, "Cross-Examination of the Physician," Chicago Bar Association, 2000
  • Presenter, "The Use of Demonstrative Evidence," Chicago Bar Association, 1994
  • Presenter, "Defending the Structural Work Act," Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • Presenter, "The Parameters of The Structural Work Act of Illinois," 1987
  • Presenter, "Hotel Liability," Hyatt Corporation, 1987
  • Presenter, "Errors and Omissions," Risk Insurance Managers, 1986
  • Presenter, "Opening Statements, The Do's and Don'ts," Chicago Bar Association, 1986
  • Presenter, "Dramshop Liability," Casualty Adjusters Association, 1985

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