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Elliot R. Schiff

Founding Partner

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Elliot R. Schiff is the founding partner of Schiff Gorman LLC. Following an outstanding legal education, he was selected for a judicial clerkship with Justice Francis Lorenz, Illinois Appellate Court. Since then, he has been in private practice with an emphasis on representing clients who have been damaged by legal malpractice of attorneys who have breached their fiduciary duties or been negligent. He is the author of “Legal Malpractice” published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education and has also authored each of the Supplements to that publication thru 2012.

Elliot’s commitment to excellence is reflected in the recognition the legal community has given him. Since 1980, he has received the designation of A.V, the highest rating offered by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review rating system for ability and ethical standards. Elliot is a fellow of the national Litigation Counsel of America representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, an organization that is also by invitation only. He is the past president of The Society of Trial Lawyers, an organization limited to 250 attorneys in Illinois whose membership is by invitation only. He is also a member of Leading Lawyers of Illinois, an exclusive organization of just 5% of all practicing attorneys. Among his peers in Illinois, he has been named as a Super Lawyer every year since 2005.

Elliot is an active member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Association for American Justice. He has lectured extensively before these organizations on trial techniques. The National Law Journal has twice recognized Elliot as having had an exceptional trial result including one trial rated as one the ten best verdicts of the year.

Practice Area Emphasis

Professional Activities & Honors

  • Leading Lawyers Network
  • President, Society of Trial Lawyers (2010-2011)
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (2011)
  • Vice President, Society of Trial Lawyers (2009-2010)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2007)
  • Super Lawyers (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 selection)
  • Chairman, Professional Liability Committee, Chicago Bar Association (2005)
  • Committee Member of the Chicago Bar Association on Professional Liability (2003-2004)
  • Committee Member (Civil Practice) of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (2004)
  • Board Member, Society of Trial Lawyers (2003)
  • Committee Member (Civil Practice) Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (2003)
  • Chairman, Professional Liability Committee, IDC (1999)
  • National Law Journal selection honorable mention for best verdict of year (1996)
  • National Law Journal selection as one of the ten best jury verdicts of the year (1995)
  • Trial Advocacy Program, Instructor,  Chicago Bar Association, (1991)
  • Martindale-Hubbell, peer reviewed A.V. highest recognition, ability and ethics since 1980
  • Over 75 jury trials to verdict as published in the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.
  • U.S. News Best Lawyers for Professional Malpractice (2016)


Admissions and Memberships


  • Legal Malpractice: 2014 Supplement: Attorneys’ Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • “Ethics for the Business Attorney”, The Chicago Bar Association, (2014)
  • “The Practical Case for Civility in the Practice of Law Firm Risk Management”, The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2014).
  • Legal Malpractice: 2012 Supplement: Attorneys’ Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Legal Malpractice: 2010: Attorney’s Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2010)
  • The Rules Governing Actual Damages in Legal Malpractice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal (2009)
  • Legal Malpractice: 2005 Supplement: Attorney’s Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2005)
  • Apportioning Liability in Third-Party Cases: Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 93, No. 1 January 2005
  • Legal Malpractice:  2007: Attorney’s Legal Liability, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2007)
  • Getting To Trial: Law Update and Practice Update – Current Strategies in Third Party Practice”, presented to the Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series (2003)
  • Preventing Legal Malpractice: Learn from the Experts”, Chicago Bar Association (2003)
  • Legal Malpractice, Attorney’s Legal Liability, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2002)


  • “Proximate Causation: How Most Malpractice Cases are Won or Lost”, The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2017)
  • “Insurers Actions Against the Retained Defense Counsel”, American Conference Institute, (2016 in NYC)
  • “Insurance Counsel – In the Crosshairs”. The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2013)
  •  “Selecting a Jury In 30 Minutes or Less”, presented to Litigation Counsel of America, LLC (2012)
  • “Hot Topics in Professional Responsibility”, presented to The Chicago Bar Association (2012)
  • The 2011 Rules Of Professional Conduct, presented to Serbian Bar Association, (2011)
  • “Professional Ethics and Responsibility,” presented to the Illinois State Bar Association, Law Ed Series (2008)
  • “Contribution, Indemnification and Other Means to Spread or Avoid Damages,” The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2006)
  • “Strategic Considerations in Prosecuting Legal Malpractice Actions,” Chicago Bar Association Annual Seminar on Legal Malpractice (2005)
  • “Ethics and Professional Responsibility,” Illinois Trial Lawyers Mid-Winter Seminar (2004)
  • “Techniques and Issues in Litigation,” The Annual Conference on Legal Malpractice and Risk Management (2003).
  • “Cross-Examination of the Physician,” Chicago Bar Association (2000)
  • “The Use of Demonstrative Evidence,” Chicago Bar Association (1994)
  • “Defending the Structural Work Act,” Chicago Bar Association (1988)
  • “The Parameters of The Structural Work Act of Illinois” (1987)
  • “Hotel Liability,” Hyatt Corporation (1987)
  • “Errors and Omissions,” Risk Insurance Managers (1986)
  • “Opening Statements, The Do’s and Don’ts,” Chicago Bar Association (1986)
  • “Dramshop Liability,” Casualty Adjusters Association (1985)


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