Pretzel & Stouffer is proud to announce the following lawyers from our firm have been selected by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board as Leading Lawyers for 2019:
Al Schumacher connects with people, whether jurors or clients. He understands what is important to them and has the ability to learn and then explain complex circumstances in ways that educate and ultimately influence. These skills have led to his trial attorney success.
Al’s practice involves such varied topics as intricate surgical procedures, nuclear power plants, commercial vehicle operations, and computerized healthcare equipment. In the context of high stakes litigation, his ability to teach himself and then explain such complicated issues to others causes clients to return to him for years of representation. His accomplishes this efficiently and while maintaining excellent relationships with the judiciary, opposing counsel and clients. His reputation allows his clients to maximize results, often with reduced risk exposure.
Successful results come in many forms. While he frequently achieves the noteworthy jury verdict for his client, Al also provides value by ending litigation through early dismissal. With a quick demonstration of his client’s high likelihood of winning, bolstered by his well-earned reputation in the legal community, his value as “your lawyer” becomes obvious when tested.
Excellent trial lawyer skills also service Al’s clients by providing strategies to avoid litigation entirely, and to best position themselves if the courtroom becomes necessary. Speaking to client groups and at legal seminars, Al shares his insights about business operations, evidence generation, and retention and dispute resolution. When he represents his clients in litigation, they know their attorney will always be prepared, respected and persuasive.
- University of Illinois, J.D. 1984
- University of Notre Dame, B.B.A. 1981
- Illinois State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
- Society of Trial Lawyers
- American Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
- Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
- Defense Research Institute
- Speaking engagements to legal, insurance and healthcare organizations
Pretzel and Stouffer partners, David Bennett, Robert Chemers, Suzanne Crowley, Matthew Egan, Patrick Healy, Brian Henry, James LaBarge, Edward Nielsen, Howard Pikel, Brian Rocca, Alan Schumacher, Brian Sundheim, John Smith, Richard Waris, and Timothy Weaver, were selected in 2019 by their peers as Preeminent for Highest level of Professional Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.
Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Alan Schumacher, Sommer Luzynczyk, and Michael A. Barry, recently spoke at UIC Perinatal Center’s 1st Neonatal Conference – Do We Know What We Don’t Know in Patient Safety. Alan, Sommer, and Michael presented on the topic of the legal implications of open disclosure in the face of poor outcomes.
The Appellate Court of Illinois has affirmed a verdict for a doctor represented by Pretzel & Stouffer, finding that the trial court properly barred an expert witness for the plaintiff who would have given inflammatory opinion testimony about documentary evidence, and properly rejected the plaintiff’s proposed jury instruction on contributory negligence. Scott L. Howie of Pretzel ...
At its largest in the early 1990s, the law firm of Pretzel & Stouffer Chartered employed 110 lawyers. The Chicago-based civil defense law firm, now in its 65th year, stands at 68 lawyers. Neil K. Quinn, who joined the firm in 1960, said he believes he was its eighth lawyer. “The strength of the law ...
Alan Schumacher and Tom Draths, recently obtained a victory for a periodontist and his practice arising out of claims of professional malpractice. The plaintiff claimed that the periodontist caused or exacerbated a neuropathic pain syndrome which allegedly negatively impacted nearly every aspect of her daily life. After Al and Tom thoroughly examined the plaintiff’s medical ...