Clarence Darrow’s famous statement is clearly an opinion and not a statement of fact as “trial lawyers” actually account for a small percentage of the legal profession. However, Mr. Darrow’s statement reflects the reality that there is a distinction between litigators and trial lawyers. The attorneys at Pretzel & Stouffer take pride in the fact that they are trial lawyers. Year after year, our attorneys try more complex and high-exposure cases to verdict before juries than any firm of comparable size — averaging 27 verdicts per year over the last decade. In addition, our lawyers appear frequently in regulatory hearings and appellate courts as advocates for our clients.
Our experience has proven over many years that when cases are approached from the outset with the mindset of a trial lawyer, the outcomes are far superior and cost-effective for our clients, whether through a voluntary dismissal, a verdict in a courtroom or by a pretrial settlement on those occasions when it is appropriate to do so. We have found that our reputation as trial lawyers has encouraged many opposing counsel to voluntarily dismiss cases of questionable liability prior to trial and have allowed us to negotiate pretrial settlements from a position of strength. Being in the courtroom on a regular basis also allows us to better assess the potential liability and exposure of claims against our clients.
Ever since Paul Pretzel established this law firm in 1946, its focus has been attracting and developing those lawyers with the courage, poise and passion to advocate on behalf of a client in the public forum of a courtroom, an appellate court or a regulatory commission. Since its beginning, Pretzel & Stouffer has had the distinction of having among its ranks every year many of the most highly regarded trial and appellate attorneys in our profession.
The trial experience and expertise of attorneys at Pretzel & Stouffer is wide-ranging and includes catastrophic injury claims, medical malpractice claims, legal malpractice claims, directors and officers errors and omissions claims, other professional liability claims, product liability claims, class actions, financial malpractice claims, asbestos litigation, commercial litigation, and employment litigation.
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, is also fortunate to have among its ranks experienced attorneys who possess a wide range of non-litigation skills and who counsel and assist clients with tax issues, estate planning, contracts, and corporate and real estate transactions.
While Pretzel & Stouffer has grown and evolved over the years, the same principle upon which the firm was founded remains: Quality lawyers are, and will continue to be, the backbone of our firm. Our clients benefit from the legal counsel of attorneys who are widely regarded as among the very best in their respective practice areas.