JVR Trial Excellence Awards 2022

Highest Reported Illinois Verdict or Settlement in a Pedestrian Case

at the firm including private aviation crashes involving both airplane and he- licopters. Tracy also has worked on several cas- es involving bicyclists struck by trucks, a man who suffered a crushing injury after being run over by a forklift, and a woman who died in a boating incident on Lake Michigan. As a past Chair of the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Associa- tion, a section with more than 7,000 members, and a member of the Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Law- yers Association, Tracy is a recognized leader in the young legal community. Her work has earned her accolades from Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, Law Bulletin Media, and the Law Bulle- tin Publishing Company.

Kevin P. Durkin As a partner at Clifford Law Offices, Kevin P. Durkin has obtained numerous large jury verdicts and settlements in state and federal courts in his nearly four decades of practic- ing law. Over the years, he has concentrat- ed in aviation and complex litigation, having taken literally hundreds of depositions of ex- perts and corporate executives in transpor- tation disasters. Kevin has received multi-million-dollar set- tlements or verdicts in well over 100 cases. Some of these verdicts have been among the largest recorded in Illinois. His $38.3 million verdict following a month-long trial on behalf of a mother and her two children involved in a devastating truck-car collision on I-90 near Rockford was featured as one of the Top 100 Verdicts in the National Law Journal in 2005. Kevin has served as lead plaintiffs’ co-coun- sel in several aviation disasters including the $110 million settlement negotiated for a number of families in the American Airlines Flight 4184 crash in Roselawn, Indiana. He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Boeing air crash in Ethiopia in 2019 that killed all 157 people on board. Kevin has received many awards and acco- lades including being named a top tier attor- ney by U.S. News-Best Lawyers in the areas of personal injury, aviation and product li- ability law.

Tracy A. Brammeier With experience and ability in all areas of the plaintiffs’ practice at Clifford Law Offices, Tracy Brammeier’s recent focus is primarily complex and/or catastrophic transportation matters. Most recently, she was appointed Liaison Counsel in federal district court in the Northern District of Illinois involving the crash of a Boeing MAX 737 jet in Ethiopia in 2018 that killed all 157 on board. She has worked on several other aviation matters


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