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Robert H. Hanaford

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Phone: (312) 899-9020
Cell: (312) 636-4807
Fax: (847) 516-5292

For over 25 years, Robert H. Hanaford has represented clients in the trial and appeal of civil and criminal cases in both State and Federal Courts. He has established himself as a leading personal injury attorney concentrating on lawsuits involving death and serious injury resulting from transportation, construction, workplace and product accidents.

Key Cases

Most recently he was co-lead plaintiff counsel in the Fox River Grove Train/Bus crash lawsuit stemming from an October 25, 1995 collision between a Chicago Metra commuter train and a high school bus that resulted in the deaths of seven students. The case settled after 8 ½ years for a record 28.3 million dollars. Mr. Hanaford has successfully handled other complex cases, including the 1979 Rosemont Horizon roof collapse, crash of a Hallmark Jewelry airplane and a lawsuit against Commonwealth Edison for the death of a commercial diver at its Marseilles Nuclear Power Plant.


J.D., Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa, 1982

B.S., Western Illinois University, 1979

Bar Admissions Illinois, 1982
Wisconsin, 1990
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Panel Attorney

Illinois Workers' Compensation, Review Board
Member Since: 1993 - Present

Village of Fox River Grove, Board of Trustees
Member Since: 1989 - 1995

Public Health and Safety Committee, Chairman

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) Civil Practice & Procedure Council, Chairman
Member Since: 2004 - 2005

Published Works
  • Co-Editor, ISBA Trial Brief Newsletter
  • Co-Editor, ISBA Insurance Policy Newsletter
  • Editor, ISBA Civil Practice Update Manual
  • Co-Author, Illinois Trial Lawyers' Association Medical Malpractice Trial Handbook
Pro Bono Activities
  • Board of Trustees, Village of Fox River Grove, 1989 - 1995
  • Chairman, Public Health and Safety Committee, Village of Fox River Grove