Brian T. Henry
University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. 1980
Editor-in-Chief, Recent Decisions Section of the Illinois Bar Journal, 1979 – 1980
Loyola University Chicago, B.A. Honors (program) 1977
Magna cum laude
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial bars
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Upstate Illinois Committee, 2003 – 2009
International Association of Defense Counsel
Medical Defense & Health Law Committee
Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys
Society of Trial Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association
Brian Henry joined Pretzel & Stouffer upon his graduation from law school in May of 1980. During his entire legal career, he has been a trial attorney specializing in civil litigation. While the vast majority of the lawsuits he has defended have been on behalf of hospitals or medical professionals, he has represented defendants in many types of civil lawsuits including legal malpractice actions and product liability lawsuits. In the last 12 years, Mr. Henry has had 50 jury trials and over his career has tried far in excess of 100 jury trials. He has defended at trial pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, emergency medicine physicians, pain medicine physicians, cardiologists, internists, urologists, radiologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, family practice physicians, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, psychiatrists, oncologists, cardiovascular surgeons, transplant surgeons, vascular surgeons, opthamologists, oral surgeons, resident physicians and nurses. He has had jury trials in state courts in Cook, McHenry, Lake, Kane, Will, DuPage, Grundy and DeKalb counties.
Mr. Henry has received several academic and professional honors. During his undergraduate studies, he received multiple awards including the Paul S. Lietz Gold Key as the top student majoring in history, the Honors Program Gold Key, the Magna Cum Laude Silver Key, the History Department Silver Key and the Mellon Foundation Award for writing. Mr. Henry was chosen to be the first President of the Loyola chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society in the field of history. At the University of Illinois College of Law, he won the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Recent Decisions Section of Illinois Bar Journal.
Mr. Henry has for many years been involved in teaching trial techniques to other attorneys. He has been a faculty instructor 21 of the last 22 years at the annual trial academies sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He was also a member of the faculty of the 2001 Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel which is considered to be the premier trial academy in the United States.
In October of 2002, Mr. Henry was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America which seeks to identify those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of professionalism. From 2003 until 2009 Mr. Henry was selected to serve as a member of the ACTL Upstate Committee.