Award-Winning Personal Injury Attorneys Serving You

Do you need a legal ally to help preserve your right to compensation for damages and suffering? The law firm of Hofeld and Schaffner represents clients in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving medical malpractice, defective products, premises liability and motor vehicle accidents. Respected and top-rated attorneys concentrate on complex legal claims for the seriously injured and their families.

The Chicago-based firm’s winning team of attorneys and impressive track record of success makes them a preeminent Illinois personal injury firm. The firm’s lawyers regularly recover multimillion-dollar claims on behalf of the injured.

Contact us today if you need legal assistance with any of the following: 

  • Personal Injury
    • Catastrophic Car Accidents
    • Defective Products
    • Spinal Cord Injuries
    • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    • Truck Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
    • Birth Injuries
    • Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Construction Accidents
  • Wrongful Death

Call 312-372-4250 today to arrange your free initial consultation

­­­Attorney Howard Schaffner

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1964


  • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1970
  • Roosevelt University
    • B.A.

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • Board of Managers- Illinois Trial Lawyers (Member Board of Managers)
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association International Society of Barristers

­­­Attorney Albert F. Hofeld

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1970


  • University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1964
  • Harvard University
    • B.A.

­­­Attorney Brian Murphy

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1989


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 1989
    • J.D.
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for the Study of Business Corporations
  • St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, Winona, Minnesota, 1986
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Professional Memberships and Achievements: 

  • AV Rated, Martindale Hubble, 1999 - Present
  • Illinois SuperLawyer, 2006 - Present
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer, 2017 - Present
  • Who's Who in America, 2012 - Present
  • Who's Who in American Law, 2015 - Present
  • AVVO Rating: 10.0, 2012 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Associations, 1991 – Present (Board of Managers and Member)
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 1989 – Present (Member)
  • Society of Trial Lawyers , 2007 – Present (Member and Board Member)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, 2017 – Present (Member)

­­­Attorney John J. MacInerney

Bar Admissions:

  • Illinois, 1996


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1996
  • State University of New York College at Oneonta
    • B.A. - 1996

$24,000,000.00 Verdict: Nursing negligence in a community hospital allowed a patient with a disc injury in his neck to progress to permanent quadriplegia.

$18,000,000.00 Settlement: Construction worker was severely burned and left permanently disabled when a crane which he was guiding contacted high power lines.  The plaintiff and his team were advised that the lines were de-powered when it actuality, they were not.

$12,000,000.00 Settlement: Trucking accident where the plaintiff was rear-ended and sustained spinal cord injuries.

$10,000,000.00 Settlement: Three railroad workers were killed by electrocution when a loader being operated by one of the workers contacted high power lines.

$10,000,000.00 Verdict: Pathology case.

$10,000,000.00 Settlement: Newborn child contracted a fungal infection and the care providers failed to timely diagnose the infection causing the child to sustain brain damage from the infection and permanent disability.

$9,000,000.00 Settlement: Labor and delivery negligence by an obstetrician at a University medical center resulted in a 7 minute delay in delivering a child. This delay was crucial and caused brain damage and permanent disability.

$8,000,000.00 Verdict: Heart attack by lawyer.

$7,700,000.00 Settlement: Labor and delivery negligence in a down state Illinois community hospital by obstetrician and nurses resulted in the delay in delivery of child causing brain damage and permanent disability.

$6,800,000.00 Verdict: Construction negligence resulted in the death of an ironworker who fell two stories on a high-rise building construction site in downtown Chicago.

$5,000,000.00 Settlement: Labor and delivery negligence by an obstetrician in a University medical center resulted in a delay in delivery of a child which resulted in permanent cognitive and learning disabilities.

$4,400,000.00 Settlement: Construction negligence resulted in head injuries and permanent disability to an elevator constructor working on the construction of a high rise building in downtown Chicago.

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