Pavalon & Gifford

Pavalon & Gifford

A Reputation for Getting Results

Firm Overview

At Pavalon & Gifford, we have earned a reputation as one of the top personal injury and wrongful death law firms in the country. That reputation is built on the results we have achieved for accident victims and many multimillion-dollar recoveries. See the Chicago Bar Association's Practice Pointer webcast presented by founding Partner, Geoffrey L. Gifford.
We take pride in our commitment to providing the finest professional representation. Over the course of more than 35 years of working together, our attorneys have tackled the most challenging and complex cases. No matter what type of accident your case involves, you can be certain we can handle it. When you review our Noteworthy cases, you will see its variety.
Find Out What We Will Do To Get Results for You
Contact us for a free personalized consultation about the steps we will take to pursue fair compensation in your personal injury or wrongful death case.

Our record clearly demonstrates our ability to get fair compensation in even the most difficult cases. We have the resources to level the playing field, no matter how big the opponent we are facing. You deserve justice. We are dedicated to seeing that you get it.
Our record shows that our commitment to positive results does not cause us to lose sight of our clients' needs. When you enlist our law firm, you can be confident that we will be by your side when you need us. When you want to get in touch with us, you will be able to. We will not let you get lost in the system.
Choosing a lawyer is an important matter. We believe that our reputation speaks for itself. If you are looking for a law firm that will strive to get you the compensation you deserve, contact us today.
No Attorney Fees or Costs of Preparation Unless We Get Results

We do not charge any attorney fees unless we are successful in getting you compensation.
Main Office
Main Office
321 North Clark St., Ste. 900
Chicago  IL  60654
Phone
  • 312.419.7400
Websites
Personal Injury
We Can Handle Any Personal Injury Claim
The law firm of Pavalon & Gifford can help anyone in Chicago or surrounding Illinois communities with a personal injury claim. Our lawyers have more than 35 years of experience working together to get results for victims of negligence. We can get justice for you.
We Can Take On Medical Malpractice Cases
You can turn to us to help you get results in any medical malpractice matter, including:
Birth Errors
Misdiagnosis
Medication Errors
Anesthesia Errors
Our attorneys can also represent clients in nursing home neglect cases.
We Can Take On Insurance Companies in Motor Vehicle Accident Cases
If you or a family member has been involved in an auto accident, we can help. We represent clients who were involved in:
Car Accidents
Truck Accidents
Brain Injuries
Wrongful Death
We Can Truly Handle Any Personal Injury Claim
You can count on us to provide advice and representation in even the most challenging and complex cases, such as:
Product Liability
Premises Liability
Construction Accidents
Police Misconduct
Aviation Accidents
Whether an accident has resulted in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, loss of limb or even the wrongful death of a family member, you can be certain that we will stand by your side to pursue results that meet your objectives.

Geoffrey L. Gifford

Partner and Founder of Pavalon & Gifford, Geoffrey Gifford has over thirty-five years of experience as a trial attorney. Mr. Gifford devotes his practice to medical negligence, product liability and general negligence cases.
Mr. Gifford received his B.A. degree in 1968 from the University of Missouri, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 1971. Mr. Gifford is admitted to practice before the state courts in Illinois, Missouri and Michigan and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and the Western District of Missouri. He is also a member of the Federal Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois and admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Gifford's distinguished career includes partnership in Gifford & Gifford in Missouri, where he tried state and federal criminal cases both as a prosecutor and defense counsel, as well as civil cases in all courts. His work included criminal matters and anti-trust litigation.
In 1977 and 1978, he served as an adjunct professor of law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. In 1978, he joined Gene Pavalon and this partnership went on to become the firm of Pavalon and Gifford.
Mr. Gifford is certified by examination as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as a Diplomat by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
Mr. Gifford has authored over one hundred articles for legal publications on trial tactics, damages in personal injury cases, product liability and medical negligence. He is the Co-Author of Illinois Practice Guide on Personal Injury. He is a frequent lecturer and has made more than seventy-five presentations for various legal associations, law and medical schools and state trial groups.
Mr. Gifford has chaired more than thirty committees for various legal associations, including IICLE, ISBA and CBA.
During his career, Mr. Gifford has tried to verdict and settled many cases resulting in multi-million-dollar awards for his Firm's clients.
His work on one of the Firm's most noteworthy cases involved an automobile accident in which a young man suffered a broken back. The car was proven to be defectively designed. General Motors and UniRoyal, were required after jury verdict to pay the victim over $6 million dollars.
In a record-setting case, a state court approved a $9 million settlement for a daughter and her mother for the death of their father and husband while working at a construction site. Another case involved a mine cave-in that caused a disabling injury. The case proved that the product supporting the mine roof was inadequate. The manufacturer was held liable through the "hawking" of the product by a sales representative. After two weeks of trial, the victim received over $2 million.
In two separate complex product liability cases involving rock crushers, clients who had each lost an arm were awarded sums exceeding $4 million. Extensive use of computer graphics, trial notebooks and sophisticated demonstrative evidence contributed to success in these cases.
Mr. Gifford also practices extensively outside of Illinois in the areas of medical negligence and product liability. In a case in a small college town in Missouri, Mr. Gifford's client was awarded $2 million for injuries caused by physician and hospital negligence. Another case involved a victim burned by an improperly labeled chemical product resulted in an award of over $1 million in an Iowa jurisdiction where no such settlements or verdicts had previously been achieved. Other results in medical negligence cases in collar counties in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa are among the largest on record in those venues.
Mr. Gifford is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America.
From 1996 to 1997, while President of ITLA, he coordinated the Constitutional Challenge of the most vicious "Tort Reform" package passed by the Illinois State Legislature. As co-chair of the Constitutional Challenge Committee, he managed the funding and preparation for this monumental challenge. In 1997, the Supreme Court overturned this law, resulting in one of the most significant Illinois Supreme Court Decisions in the State's history. He recently played a significant part in a similar successful challenge to a 2005 "Reform" bill.
In July, 1998, Mr. Gifford was recognized as one of the 10 finalists for Trial Lawyer of the Year for his work on this Constitutional Challenge by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.
Mr. Gifford is married and has an adult son and daughter. He lives in Chicago. His hobbies include golf, reading and traveling.
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