First and foremost, we hope that this message finds you and your family healthy, safe and well. The COVID-19 pandemic presents an environment that is unprecedented in the nearly seventy-five year history of this law firm. Though the times are unpredictable, the professionals at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered remain committed to serving and protecting the interests of our clients.
Consistent with Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-10 issued on March 20, 2020, Pretzel & Stouffer will remain open as an “essential business” so that we may continue to serve our clients. However, the health and safety of our employees and clients remain our top priority. Therefore, recognizing the seriousness of this pandemic and our social responsibility to prevent the rapid spread of the virus, we have encouraged our professionals and staff to continue to service our clients by working remotely while some attorneys and staff will remain on site. During this period, our professionals and staff working remotely will be able to utilize our fully accessible cloud-based document management system and other robust technologies to serve all of our clients’ needs. We will also be accessible via telephone and email. When in-office operations are necessary, our team is committed to practicing social distancing and the other practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) to prevent further spread of the virus. Rest assured that we are making all efforts to ensure the safety of our employees and clients while simultaneously advancing our clients’ interests in all ongoing legal matters.
Pretzel & Stouffer remains committed to all of our clients during this disruption and values the trust and confidence you continue to place in us. We are proud to be able to continue to provide you with exceptional legal representation during this difficult time. Most of all, our thoughts are with everyone affected by the coronavirus outbreak, and we thank everyone who is working tirelessly on the front lines to combat the pandemic. We wish that you remain healthy and safe during this time and always.
Please reference the following orders pertaining to the courts’ operations during this time as well as the governor’s executive order regarding health care workers and facilities:
We stand ready to vigorously advocate for our clients in the courts, no matter the circumstance.
While armed with the skill and experience to take any matter to trial, we are keenly aware that a courtroom resolution may not always be necessary or in the client’s best interests. Our philosophy, proven through many years of experience, is that when cases are approached from the outset with a trial lawyer’s mindset, the outcomes are far superior and more cost-effective for our clients.
This approach makes us highly successful not only in securing favorable jury verdicts but also in negotiating settlements and dismissals. Our thoroughness and known trial readiness effect lower demands from plaintiffs faced with the certainty of trial.
Our Firm’s Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Work Environment
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered is committed to creating, maintaining, and developing a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment that welcomes and promotes the development of people from various racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability and socio-economic backgrounds. It is our belief that diversity is critical to providing the most comprehensive and effective representation to our clients.
Pretzel & Stouffer’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is put into action in our efforts to actively recruit attorneys, paralegals, and professional staff with diverse backgrounds to more accurately reflect our communities and the clients we represent. In furtherance of these efforts, we have formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee that is aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion both inside and outside of our firm.
Our commitment to becoming a more diverse and inclusive firm is on-going and we view it as critical to our continued growth and the continued improvement of the legal profession.
Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender identity and expression, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, ancestry, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
We employ a distinguished team of legal professionals comprised of many of the most highly regarded trial and appellate attorneys in their profession.
Since our founding, we have attracted and developed lawyers with the courage, poise and passion to successfully advocate for our clients in a public forum, whether before a judge, jury, or regulatory commission. With our growth and evolution over the past 70 years, our founding principle remains: “Quality trial lawyers are the backbone of our firm.”
Flexible, team-oriented and diligent, our driven attorneys quickly evaluate cases and counsel clients with thorough, specific strategies from a matter’s onset to resolution.
At Pretzel & Stouffer, we are known for our ability to achieve desired results in high-stakes litigation. Our winning track record gives us critical leverage both inside and outside the courtroom, as our opponents are keenly aware of our trial and appellate abilities.
Whether brought into a case at its inception, on the eve of trial, or at the post-trial or appellate level, we consistently deliver successful results for our clients. Our depth of experience, hard-working reputation and winning track record not only precede us but also inure to the benefit of every client of the firm.
Our success and longevity are testaments to our superior client services. We strive to give our clients personal attention in every facet of advocacy, and in doing so, we consider clients to be integral members of our team.
While our breadth of practice allows us to handle a full range of issues, our sensible size creates close client relationships that prove crucial in any situation.
Our clients face sophisticated and complex legal matters on a daily basis. Recognizing that a collaborative approach is essential, our esteemed trial lawyers, insurance coverage attorneys, appellate advocates, and corporate counselors work seamlessly together to serve each client’s unique and complicated needs, as they may—and often do— change and evolve during our representation.