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Recently awarded largest personal injury verdict ($64 million) in Illinois history for quadriplegic iron worker. The American Association for Justice honored Clifford Horwitz for the verdict he secured in this case, acknowledging it as one of the top verdicts in the United States. More important than any official honor are the recommendations of numerous construction union officials throughout Illinois and the repeated written and verbal praise from Cliff's clients who have seen just how much of his life he devotes to their cases.
Clifford Horwitz has won every case he has tried since 1989, but a high winning percentage alone is not why Cliff practices law. "Representing the injured, the abused and the forgotten are what I have dedicated my life to."
As the primary jury trial lawyer of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Cliff makes things happen in the courtroom and in his firm's law offices. Cliff has devoted his entire career to achieving justice for those who have been victimized by corporate negligence. He has won numerous record-setting jury verdicts and settlements, amounting to many hundreds of millions of dollars in awards for clients. He engages in cases that focus primarily on:
- Personal injuries
- Construction injuries
- Injuries to the back, neck, knees, shoulders and brain
- Falling protection, crane, scaffold, iron beams
- Automobile accidents
- Product liability
- General negligence (carelessness)
- Premises liability
- Whistle blower litigation
In those cases, Cliff has represented workers and other people who have endured a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions, including:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Fractures to the hips, legs, pelvis, ankles and wrists
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
- Knee, elbow and ankle fractures, tears, arthritis, surgeries
- Chronic arthritic conditions
- Fractured vertebrae and herniated discs
- Chronic pain
- Soft tissue injuries
- Chronic pain syndrome (CPS)
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and causalgia
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
In his role as senior trial lawyer, Cliff requires a team-oriented environment where lawyers from the Horwitz firm enjoy the resources, the support, the time and the freedom to do what is best for injured clients. The firm's strategy is to place highly skilled and experienced lawyers as trial lawyers, position them where they are the strongest, and partner them up with other lawyers in their positions of strength. It is no different than finding the attributes of your best players on a football, basketball or hockey team and putting them in a position to succeed.
A structured and detail-oriented trial lawyer, Cliff has invested heavily in technology to provide the highest level of efficiency for clients. The firm's systems are entirely paperless, with the fastest and highest-quality computer technology.
Unlike some law firms that focus entirely on workers' compensation claims, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has different departments that concentrate on different areas of law. All but one of the firm's workers' compensation lawyers have over 20 years of experience in resolving cases. However, when companies other than the employer share in some of the legal responsibility for an injury, the firm's third party department takes over that portion of the case. Rather than referring these portions out to other law firms, the Horwitz firm develops a comprehensive legal strategy from the start designed to maximize each client's financial recovery.
Cliff has also handled pro-bono cases, cut fees when it was fair to do so, and kept the client's interests first.
A graduate of New Trier High School, the University of Florida, and Loyola University School of Law, Cliff was born and currently lives in Chicago, where the two most important things in his life are his family and representing the injured.
U.S. District Court, Northern and Central Districts of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Year of Birth: 1959
Law School: Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1984
Undergraduate School: University of Florida, B.A., 1981
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Will County Bar Association
- Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Clifford Horwitz won the largest personal injury verdict in Illinois history for a quadriplegic iron worker.
Cliff is recognized by Super Lawyers as an "Illinois Super Lawyer." Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Leading Lawyers has recognized Clifford Horwitz in four areas of personal injury law since 2013 in its peer surveys.
The Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter has identified that an incredible one quarter of Cliff's jury verdicts have been record-setting verdicts. Such extraordinary success led Cliff to be continually referred cases by union leaders and former clients.
Cliff has also received numerous awards due to the time he has spent contributing to various charities and the funds he has created for disabled persons. He is also a member of the honorary society of Phi Kappa Phi.
Cliff has also received recommendations of numerous construction union officials throughout the state of Illinois to their members and the repeated written and verbal praise from Cliff's clients who have seen just how much of his life he devotes to their cases.
Published Legal Writing:
Cliff has published more than 100 articles in various newspapers.
He has spoken to a wide variety of union members about their legal rights in the workplace.