Pretzel & Stouffer
Donald Patrick Eckler

Donald Patrick Eckler

University of Florida, J.D. 2003
University of Chicago, A.B. 1998
Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions
Illinois Supreme Court
Indiana Supreme Court
Florida Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Professional Affiliations
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Board Member
Chair, Legislative Committee
Columnist Civil Procedure & Practice, IDC Quarterly
Professional Liability Defense Federation
American Bar Association Lawyers’ Professional Liability Consortium, Contributor

Recognition and Awards
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Meritorious Service Award, 2018
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Volunteer of the Year Award, 2016
David C. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Committee Service, Chicago Bar Association, YLS Tort Litigation Committee, 2011-2012
Chicago Bar Association YLS Rising Star Award, 2011

Attorney Bio

Pat is a partner at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, handling a wide variety of civil disputes in state and federal courts across Illinois and Indiana. His practice has evolved from primarily representing insurers in coverage disputes to managing complex litigation in which he represents a wide range of professionals, businesses and tort defendants. His record of success includes numerous summary judgments, several successful trial results and multiple favorable appellate results.

In addition to representing doctors and lawyers, Pat represents architects, engineers, appraisers, accountants, mortgage brokers, insurance brokers, surveyors and many other professionals in malpractice claims. His commercial litigation experience involves complex contract disputes and defense of class-action lawsuits. Pat’s coverage practice for insurers and the insured involves commercial general liability and personal lines policies, issues involving the duties to defend and indemnify, bad faith and the application of exclusions. His tort defense work involves representing nursing homes and long-term-care facilities, product manufacturers and distributors, trucking concerns and premises owners. Drawing on his experience as a college basketball coach, Pat has also represented coaches before the NCAA Committee on Infractions.

Pat grew up in Coral Springs, Fla., before moving to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, where he earned his degree in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations with a focus on ancient Egyptian language. Returning to Florida, Pat taught history and coached high school and college basketball for three years before attending law school at the University of Florida. In his final semester of law school, Pat served as a certified legal intern with the Public Defenders’ Office of the 8th Judicial Circuit, where he represented defendants in misdemeanor criminal cases from first appearance through trial and successfully tried two jury cases.

News and Verdicts

Spoliation Claim Against Insurer Dismissed Under Statue of Limitations

Federal Court Dismisses Civil Rights Claims Brought Against Religious Institution

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Successfully Thwart Bid For Entry of TRO

Pretzel & Stouffer Team Secures Victory for Insurer Client in Potential Class-Action Suit

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorney Receives Chicago Bar Association’s Rising Star Award