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$4.05M MCLEAN COUNTY SETTLEMENT

In settlements just approved by Judge Rebecca Foley in McLean County, two wrongful death cases were resolved for a total of $4,050,000. Shirley Jones, 78, and Kristine Trudeau, 66, were passengers in a car driven by Shirley's husband, John Jones, in Villa Grove, Douglas County, IL. It was dark and the Jones vehicle rear-ended a skid steer loader being driven on the 55 mph two lane road by an employee of Stark Equipment Co. The crash occurred December 7, 2018. Bruce Pfaff of Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. of Chicago represented both estates.

American Board of Trial Advocates Expresses Concerns Over Proposed COVID-19 Relief Legislation Safe to Work Act

Bruce Pfaff, Michael Gill and Matthew Ports are proud members of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Please urge defeat of the proposed legislation discussed below: 

2020 Riley Spreadbury Scholars Announced

Bruce and Deborah Pfaff, along with the firm's former client, Riley Spreadbury, are pleased to announce that these seven students will receive scholarships in honor of Riley to attend Moraine Valley Community College in the 2020-2021 school year:

ABOTA Introduces Guide For Conducting Jury Trials During Covid-19 Pandemic

"The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) has published a comprehensive guide to conducting civil jury trials during the COVID-19 pandemic. The white paper, 'Guidance for Conducting Civil Jury Trials During the COVID-19 Pandemic,' is a legal resource to address the process of reopening courts and the many issues faced by the courts, the legal community, jurors and the public," explains a recent news release from ABOTA.

ABOTA Names Pfaff member of National Covid Task Force

Bruce Pfaff has been named to be one of ten members of a national task force created by the American Board of Trial Advocates to help courts and litigants adapt to the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic and public health requirements. The task force is addressing how civil cases can be prepared and tried in an era of physical distancing. ABOTA is a national organization of plaintiffs and defense civil trial lawyers whose paramount goals are to preserve the civil jury trial system and to enhance professionalism and civility. Bruce was President of the Illinois Chapter of ABOTA twenty years ago and is currently a national board representative. 

2020 Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. Trial Lawyer Scholarships Awarded

Each year, two students from University of California, Hastings College of the Law are named recipients of the Pfaff, Gill & Ports, Ltd. Trial Lawyer Scholarship. Bruce Pfaff is a 1979 graduate and founded the scholarship to encourage students who are interested in civil trial practice.

Our Firm Continues to Operate Full Time

We accept our responsibility to practice safety above all else so we are working from home unless a specific, safe event requires our personal presence. Our case files are all electronic and firm members have full access to all our files while we are out of the office. If you would like us to call, please either leave a message or e mail us. For general inquiries, please write [email protected]. To reach any individual at the firm, our naming convention is first initial last name @pgptrials.com. We don't plan to miss a beat while the virus affects normal life.

Recent Study Ties Marijuana Legalization to Car Accidents and Injuries

A recent study in the BMJ Open found that car accidents increased 10% in Colorado after legalization of marijuana. Cannabis was legalized for medical use in Colorado in 2000 and for recreational use in 2012. For more please, read:

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