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Celebrating excellence: Bruce R. Pfaff’s Lifetime Achievement Award

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Firm News |


When it comes to legal advocacy and excellence, few accolades stand as prestigious as the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ILTLA) bestowed this honor upon Bruce R. Pfaff, a paragon of legal prowess and dedication.

This award is a noteworthy celebration of Bruce’s exceptional commitment and contributions to the legal field and the ITLA. The award, named after the esteemed Leonard M. Ring, celebrates a lawyer who mirrors Ring’s dedication, work ethic and passion for justice.

A storied career in law

Throughout Pfaff’s legal career, his primary focus was advocating for victims of medical negligence and product liability. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his law degree from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco. Bruce practiced in San Francisco as a young attorney before moving to Chicago, where he founded his own firm, Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd., in 1991.

Contributions and impact

While Pfaff’s contributions to the legal community are undeniable, his influence extends outside the legal realm. He has also built a reputation as a stalwart defender of consumer rights and has played a crucial role in legal reforms, particularly through his work on the Illinois Supreme Court’s committees.

His efforts in electronic filing and case management have helped to modernize Illinois courts, reflecting his forward-thinking approach. Pfaff’s commitment to education and mentorship is also evident through his insightful articles and presentations at seminars and conventions.

Recognition and awards

Throughout his career, Pfaff has been the recipient of various awards that have celebrated his excellence. Notably, he received ITLA’s President’s Award twice, in 2000 and 2022, and has been consistently ranked among the top ten Illinois lawyers by Super Lawyers since 2018. These accolades reflect his peers’ respect and his impact on the legal field.

In receiving the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award, Pfaff joins a distinguished group of legal professionals who have significantly impacted the practice of law and the pursuit of justice. This award not only honors his professional achievements but also his character and integrity, qualities that Leonard Ring exemplified.

Bruce R. Pfaff’s receipt of the Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award is a fitting tribute to a career defined by excellence, dedication and service. His contributions to the legal community and his unwavering commitment to justice have left an indelible mark. As he transitions into a new chapter, his legacy will continue to inspire and influence future generations of legal professionals.


A video of the 2024 Leonard M. Ring Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation is available for viewing on YouTube.