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.
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:
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.
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.
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Bruce is so lucky to count Liz Carroll as a friend. She is also one of the greatest fiddlers of Irish music, raised in Beverly, lives in the Chicago area. We are blessed. Please enjoy. Don't miss her music at lizcarroll.com.
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:
On Friday, Bruce and Deborah Pfaff awarded six students at Moraine Valley Community College Riley Spreadbury Scholarships. The scholarships are in honor of Bruce's former client, a young woman who has achieved many great things after much adversity. Riley was valedictorian at Moraine Valley in 2016 and appreciates all the school did for her.
A DeKalb County jury entered a record verdict for almost $6,000,000 on Tuesday afternoon for a 33 year-old Winnebago man injured when the aerial lift he was working on failed causing him to fall 20-25 feet. In September 2015, 29 year-old Jeremy Heckelsmiller was hired to remove a chimney on a rental property in DeKalb when the upper boom arm of the lift he was working on suddenly snapped and threw Heckelsmiller to the ground. Plaintiff brought claims against the owner and operator of the lift and the owner of the rental property who arranged for the work to be done.
Pfaff, Gill and Ports recently filed suit on behalf of the surviving husband and children of Corina Miller. Corina was a 41-year-old woman who lived in Wyoming, Illinois. She died on July 11, 2017 when the Jeep vehicle she was driving on a country road struck and went under a tanker trailer that was being backed across the road into a farmer's driveway. The trailer had no side underride guards and was not conspicuous on a dark road with no artificial lighting. Her Jeep did not have any forward collision warning or braking systems. The suit names the farmer, the trucker and his employer, as well as the manufacturer of the 2014 Jeep Patriot and the tanker trailer. It is pending in Peoria County, IL. For more about this case, read our current lawsuit filed in Peoria County.