Clifford W. Horwitz

Principal Partner


Clifford Horwitz has won virtually every case he has tried since he began practicing law with one quarter of his jury verdicts being record-setting verdicts. To review his results, please see his Success Record. These types of results are not a coincidence, but are due to Cliff’s dual purpose in life:

  1. To take care of his family
  2. To take care of his clients

Clifford W. Horwitz has been practicing law for thirty years and is a third generation trial lawyer. He proudly follows after his grandfather and father, both trial lawyers. Cliff believes his father conditioned him to be a trial lawyer from a young age. This is why Cliff routinely gives his cell phone number out to his clients and invites them to call him any time during the day or night.

“Developing a relationship based on trust is critical to every relationship with every client I represent,” said Horwitz. Cliff is repeatedly referred cases by union leaders, elected officials and physicians, as well as former clients.

Primary Practice Focus

As Principal Partner and lead trial lawyer of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Cliff has devoted his entire career to achieving justice for those who have been victimized by corporate negligence. He has won numerous jury verdicts amounting to many hundreds of millions of dollars in awards for his clients. In addition to securing what was the highest personal injury jury verdict of all time in Illinois for an individual, over 25% of his verdicts have been record-setting. Cliff engages in cases that focus primarily on:

  • Personal injury
  • Construction injury
  • Back Injury
  • Spine Injury
  • Brain Injury
  • Injuries to the neck, knees, and shoulders
  • Falling protection, crane, scaffold, iron beams
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Wrongful death
  • Airplane/Aviation
  • Railroad injuries
  • Riverboat & Maritime Injuries
  • Product liability
  • General negligence (carelessness)
  • Premises liability

In those cases, Cliff has represented workers and other people who have endured a wide variety of injuries and medical conditions, including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Back and spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures to the hips, legs, pelvis, ankles, and wrists
  • Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
  • Knee, elbow and ankle fractures, tears, arthritis, surgeries
  • Chronic arthritic conditions
  • Fractured vertebrae and herniated discs
  • Chronic pain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic pain syndrome (CPS)
  • Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and causalgia
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

In-Depth Look

Cliff requires a team-oriented environment where lawyers from the Horwitz firm enjoy the resources, the support, the time and the freedom to do what is best for injured clients. The firm’s strategy is to place highly skilled and experienced lawyers as trial lawyers, position them where they are the strongest, and partner them up with other lawyers in their positions of strength. It is no different than finding the attributes of your best players on a football, basketball or hockey team and putting them in a position to succeed.

A structured and detail-oriented trial lawyer, Cliff has invested heavily in technology to provide the highest level of efficiency for clients. The firm’s systems are entirely paperless, with the fastest and highest-quality computer technology. Unlike some law firms that focus entirely on workers’ compensation claims, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates has different departments that concentrate on different areas of law. Many of the firm’s workers’ compensation lawyers have over 25 years of experience in resolving cases.

When companies other than the employer share in some of the legal responsibility for an injury, the firm’s third-party department takes over that portion of the case. Rather than referring these portions out to other law firms, the Horwitz firm develops a comprehensive legal strategy from the start designed to maximize each client’s financial recovery. Some of Cliff’s more interesting recoveries can be found by clicking on the following line: verdicts and settlements. Cliff has also handled pro-bono cases, cut fees when it was fair to do so, and kept the client’s interests first. A graduate of New Trier High School, the University of Florida, and Loyola University School of Law, Cliff was born and currently lives in Chicago, where the two most important things in his life are: his family and representing the injured.