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Bruce R. Pfaff - Chicago, IL

1 E. Wacker DriveSuite 3310 Chicago, IL 60601- 1918

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Updated: 06/16/2023

Chicago Products Liability Law Lawyer

Overview

Bruce Pfaff has been a trial lawyer since 1979, representing people injured or killed by wrongful conduct. He received excellent training from two premier law firms before starting his own practice in 1991...

About Bruce R. Pfaff

Frequent Case Types

Practice Areas

  • Products Liability Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Litigation

  • 100%

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • California, 1979

Other Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, inducted , - 2017
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers, inducted , - 2013
  • International Society of Barristers, inducted , - 2008
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) (National Board of Directors, 2001-2007, 2019-Present)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2003 - Present (Editorial Board)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Amicus Curiae Committee, 1999 - 2007 (Chair)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Illinois Chapter, 1999 - 2000 (President)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) Foundation (Senior Life Fellow)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Amicus Curiae Committee, 1989 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Amicus Curiae Committee, 1994 - Present (Chair)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 1993 - 1995 (Board of Managers)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Medical Malpractice Committee, 1986 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Medical Malpractice Committee, - 1989 (Chair)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 1995 - 1998 (Ad Hoc Supreme Court Appeal Committee)
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2005 - 2010 (Ad Hoc Supreme Court Appeal Committee)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Legislation Committee, 2002 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Legislation Committee, 2003 - Present (Vice Chair)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Amicus Curiae Committee, 2003 - Present
  • Illinois Supreme Court Committee, Instructions in Civil Cases, 1999 - 2010
  • Illinois Supreme Court Special Committee on E-Business, 2011 - Present (Chair)
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ) (Finalist - 198 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, Sustaining Member)
  • Leading Lawyers Network Advisor Board (Chosen top 5% of Illinois Lawyers, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Law)

Education

  • University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, California, 1979
    J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, 1976
    B.A.

Pro Bono Activities

  • Riley Spreadbury Scholarship, Moraine Valley C.C., Founder
  • Pfaff Trial Lawyer Scholarship, UC Law S.F., Founder
  • LaRabida Children's Hospital
  • Misericordia
  • Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Public Justice
  • Public Citizen
  • Evans Scholars, Western Golf Association
  • Daniel Murphy Scholarship Foundation

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Bruce R. Pfaff

Included on the 2024 Illinois list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Illinois Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Illinois Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Bruce R. Pfaff on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Top 10 of Illinois Lawyers as ranked by Superlawyers, 2011, 2018-2023
  • President's Award, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, 2000, 2022
  • One of the Top 10 Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers ranked in Leading Lawyers Network, 2012-present.
  • One of the Top 10 Illinois Product Liability Plaintiff’s Lawyers by Leadings Lawyers Network, 2012-present.
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury, Products Liability and Medical Malpractice Law
  • Elected one of Top 100 Trial Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association
  • Chicago Product Liability Litigator of the Year, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 2010, 2015
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale Hubbell, highest possible peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards
  • Top 100 Leading Consumer Lawyers, Leading Lawyers Network
  • 10.0 Superb rating by www.avvo.com, Highest Possible Rating

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Office Information

Address

1 E. Wacker DriveSuite 3310 Chicago, IL 60601- 1918

Office Hours

8am-6pm

Publication

Articles

  • More than 90 speeches or articles presented, including
  • “Liability for Cerebral Palsy,” presentation to AIEG, October 2021.
  • “Liability for Hemorrhages,” AIEG Voice, Winter 2020.
  • “Civility Matters,” ABOTA/CBA Panel presentation, November 2018.
  • Mock Jury Selection and Moderator, Attorneys’ Information Exchange Group, Mock Trial of Product Liability Case, November 2018.
  • Moderator, Attorneys’ Information Exchange Group, Mock Trial of a Truck Accident Case, November 2017.
  • “The Gifts You Receive at Trial,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Ass’n, December 2014.
  • “Relief from the Waiver/Forfeiture Rule: Hux v. Raven and its Progeny,” 16 ITLA Trial Journal 46-49 (Winter 2014)
  • “Trying and Settling a Complex Multiple Defendant Medical Negligence Case,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Ass’n Medical Negligence Committee, March 2013.
  • “Presenting the Case to a Jury,” Illinois State Bar Ass’n., May 2012
  • “Implications of Health Care Technology for Trial Practice,” Chicago Bar Ass’n., April 2012.
  • “Multi Party Cases: Who Belongs on the Verdict Form?” accepted for publication in ITLA Journal, Winter 2011.
  • “Product Liability Update and Review,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Ass’n, October 2010.
  • “Consumer Expectations and Risk-Utility in Products Liability,” American Association for Justice Annual Convention, July 2009.
  • “The Right to Submit Questions to Witnesses,” CBA Record, May 2009.
  • “Direct Examination” and “Closing Argument” presentations at Chicago Bar Association program "Creative Insights for the Tort Trial Lawyer," March 2009.
  • “Settlement Approaches,” Zurich Insurance Company presentation, January 2008.
  • Update for Medical Negligence Notebook, “Res Ipsa Loquitor,” for the Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, November 2007.
  • “Crashworthiness Cases, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Chicago, November 2007.
  • Masters in Trial presenter, American Board of Trial Advocate, Dallas, Texas, October 2007.
  • “Products Liability: Update and Review,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, October 2006.
  • “Investigating and Proving Crashworthiness Cases,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Midwinter Convention, February 2006.
  • Masters in Trial presenter, American Board of Trial Advocates, Seattle, November 2005.
  • “Preserving the Jury Trial,” Defense Research Institute, October 2005.
  • “Enforcing Darling Liabilities,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Journal, Winter 2005.
  • “Medical Negligence,” ITLA’s Annual Update and Review Seminar, Chicago, October, 2004.
  • “Medical Malpractice-Have They No Shame,” Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Ass’n, September 2004.
  • “The Wall of Shame,” presented at Bryce Downey, Chicago, August 2004
  • “Jury Trials in Complex Cases Survive Iowa Fight,” Voir Dire, Spring 2004.
  • Masters in Trial presenter, ABOTA, New Orleans, December 2003.
  • Trial presenter of Plaintiff’s Opening Statement at Advocacy Showcase, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, May 2003.
  • “Too Complex for a Jury?” Voir Dire, Spring 2003.
  • “Common Defenses in Cerebral Palsy Cases,” Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Atlanta, February 2003.
  • “Automotive Seat Design Liability: Discussion of Carrillo v. Ford Motor Co.,” Attorney’s Information Exchange Group program, Washington D.C., April 2002.
  • “Automobile Products Liability” in Winning Techniques from Voir Dire to Closing, ITLA, February 2002.
  • Masters in Trial presenter, ABOTA, Detroit, November 2001
  • “Texts Should Have Vital Role in Litigation,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 19, 2001.
  • Res Ipsa Loquitor chapter in ITLA's Medical Malpractice Notebook, published December 2000
  • Res Ipsa Loquitor, presented to Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association's Medical Malpractice seminar, December 2000
  • The Last 90 Days before Trial, Chicago Bar Association, December 2000
  • Starting Your Own Law Practice, Chicago Bar Association, June 1999
  • Pre-Suit Investigation- Ethical-Considerations, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association's annual Product Liability Seminar, February 1999.
  • Testimony re Proposed Changes to the F.R.C.P. before Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the Judicial Conference of the United States, January 1999.
  • Client Relations 101, Illinois State Bar Association's Bridging the Gap Program, December 1998.
  • Relations Between Lawyers and Treating Doctors, Chicago Bar Association, Tort Litigation Committee, November 1998.
  • Client Relations 101, Illinois State Bar Association's Bridging the Gap Program, December 1997.
  • Presenting the Plaintiff as a Witness in a Medical Negligence Case, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, December 1997.
  • Recent Developments in Medical Negligence Law, Chicago Bar Association, Medico-Legal Relations Committee, December 1997.
  • Trial of a Premises Liability Case under House Bill 20, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, November 1997.
  • Motions in Limine and Motions for Mistrial, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, October 1997.
  • Jury Selection in a Civil Case, Chicago Bar Association, September 1997.
  • Client Relations 101, Illinois State Bar Association's Bridging the Gap Program, December 1996
  • Winning the Battle of the Experts at Trial, Chicago Bar Association, November 1996
  • Jury Selection, Chicago Bar Association's Summer Boot Camp for Aspiring Litigators, August 1996
  • Product Liability Litigation, Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association, January 1996
  • Pre-Suit Investigation of Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, December 1995
  • Rule 215 Medical Examinations, Illinois State Bar Association, November 1995
  • Civil Discovery Rule Changes, Chicago Bar Association, September, 1995 and November 1995
  • Obstetrical Nursing Negligence, Illinois Hospital Association, May 1995
  • Expert Witnesses and Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, May 1995
  • Effective Depositions, Chicago Bar Association, May 1995
  • Product Liability Trials: Plaintiff's Perspective, Chicago Bar Association, February 1995
  • The Trial of Medical Negligence Cases, Chicago Bar Association, June 1994
  • The Masters in Trial - Mock Trial, Chair, American Board of Trial Advocates, March 1994
  • Medical Evidence, Chicago Bar Association, April 1993
  • Opening Statements, Mock Trial, American Board of Trial Advocates, Chicago, March 1993
  • Cross Examination of Defendant's Medical Expert, Chicago Bar Association, March 1993
  • Mock Deposition: Litigation Hits Home, Legal Aspects of Nursing Practice, presented by American Healthcare Institute, November 1992
  • Legal Issues Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury, McHenry County Mental Health Board, in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, November 1992
  • Legal Malpractice - Update & Review, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, Chicago September 1992
  • Closing Argument: Lead Exposure Mock Trial, Lead Poisoning Seminar, June 1992, sponsored by Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly, June 1992
  • Human Factors & Reconstruction, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association, Annual Meeting, June 1992
  • Recent Trends in Product Liability Law, Chicago Bar Association Chicago, March 1992
  • Direct Examination of Plaintiff's Expert at Trial, Illinois Trial Lawyers’ Association, Chicago, February 1992
  • Trial Considerations of the Plaintiff's Lawyer in Premises Liability Cases, Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, February 1992
  • Trial Considerations in Premises Liability Cases: Plaintiff's Perspective, Chicago Bar Association Chicago, November 1991
  • Direct Exam of the Injured Plaintiff: Intersection Collision - Disc Injury, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Chicago, October 1991
  • Plaintiff's Perspective on the Kotecki Decision: Contribution Against Employers, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Chicago, September 1991
  • High Risk Cases in Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, Mock Trial, Trial Attorney Participant, 1991
  • Trial Considerations of a Plaintiff's Lawyer in Premises Liability Cases, Chicago Bar Association, 1991
  • The Role of the Lawyer in Medical Advances: Protector or Obstructer, Conference, Chicago Neurosurgery Center, Keynote Address, 1990
  • High Risk Cases in Emergency Medicine, American College of Emergency Physicians, Mock Trial, Trial Attorney, Participant, 1990
  • Developing the Damage Case for the Plaintiff, American Law Institute-American Bar Association, Kansas City, MO, 1990
  • Use of Pleadings, Interrogatories and Depositions as Evidence, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • Explosion Cases: Preparation and Trial, Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • Negotiating and Settling Personal Injury Cases, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Settlement Conference Demonstration, 1990
  • Plaintiff's Perspective on Medical Malpractice Cases, Illinois Founders Trust Annual Meeting, 1989
  • Proving Present Cash Value of Future Economic Damages, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1989
  • Successful Settlement Negotiations: Plaintiff's Attorney's Perspective, MMI Companies, Inc., Focused Training Workshop on Advanced Claims Management, 1989
  • Malpractice Protection, Academy of Ambulatory Foot Surgery, 1989
  • Plaintiff's Perspective on Medical Malpractice, Institute for Health Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, 1989
  • Preparation and Trial of Medical Negligence Cases, Medico-Legal Relations Committee of Chicago Bar Association, Moderator and Seminar Chair, 1989
  • Investigation, Pleading and Discovery in Strict Product Liability Cases, Chicago Bar Association, Author and Speaker (reprinted in CBA Record, March 1989), 1988
  • Product Liability Practice: How to Obtain the Successful Result, Chicago Bar Association, 1988
  • Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act, Illinois Trial Lawyers Annual Convention, 1988
  • Jury Instructions in a Product Liability Case: A Plaintiff's Perspective, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
  • Preparation and Trial of a Medical Negligence Case, Chicago Bar Association, Co-Moderator, 1988
  • Product Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 1988
  • Crash Cases: A Hands-On Guide to Vehicle Collision Litigation, American Bar Association, 1988
  • Representing the Plaintiff: Soft Tissue Injuries and Closed-Head Trauma, Legal-Medical Seminars, Inc., 1987

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