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Chicago lawyer Bruce Pfaff to receive Pursuit of Justice Award from American Bar Association


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Chicago lawyer Bruce Pfaff to receive Pursuit of Justice Award from American Bar Association

By John Glynn

CHICAGO, July 16, 2015 – The American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section will honor Chicago attorney Bruce Robert Pfaff with its Pursuit of Justice Award, which recognizes lawyers and judges who have shown outstanding merit and who excel in providing access to justice for all.

Bruce Robert Pfaff

Bruce Robert Pfaff

The award will be presented during the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago at the TIPS Welcome and Liberty Achievement Award Reception on Friday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street.

“The TIPS Plaintiffs Policy Task Force was very pleased to nominate Bruce Robert Pfaff for the Pursuit of Justice Award,” said Michael W. Drumke, chair of Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section. “Over the course of his career, Bruce has worked tirelessly to obtain the best possible results for his clients and those results are a testament to his skill and dedication as a trial lawyer. His efforts on behalf of his clients have made a real difference in their lives. He is a highly respected member of the civil trial bar here in Chicago, and he is recognized by his peers as a consummate professional.”

Pfaff, of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., has been a trial lawyer since 1979 and represents people injured or killed by wrongful conduct. Bruce has represented clients in cases involving unsafe or defective products, medical malpractice by doctors and hospital personnel, careless driving, poor maintenance of property, sexual assault, legal malpractice and other forms of personal injury cases in Chicago.

In addition to representing clients and managing the firm, Pfaff writes Friend of the Court briefs for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association and for the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has been inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Pfaff, who earned his B.A. degree from Dartmouth College in 1976 and his J.D. in 1979 from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, holds the highest possible ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and He is among the top 100 of Illinois Super Lawyers as recognized by Chicago Magazine and has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for personal injury and medical negligence law.

The ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section unites plaintiff, defense, insurance and corporate counsel to advance the civil justice system. TIPS is a national source of expertise in tort, trial and insurance practice and brings lawyers together to share information and speak out on issues of importance. The section has about 24,000 members and over 30 general committees that focus on substantive and procedural matters in areas across the broad spectrum of civil law and practice. For more information about the Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section visit the website,

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