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Overview

Brendan Nelligan is the attorney that other lawyers, accountants and business professionals call when faced with litigation or claims for professional liability. Brendan often obtains outright dismissals in cases filed against attorneys, accountants, and insurance professionals, including recent dismissals of a $40 million malpractice claim against a local accounting firm and a $10 million malpractice claim against a local attorney. He has broad experience successfully representing clients at all stages of litigation in both the federal and state courts.

In addition to his professional liability defense practice, Brendan represents employers against wrongful discharge claims, as well as claims based upon allegations of race, sex, national origin, disability, pregnancy, and sexual orientation discrimination. He has defended employers before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Labor Relations Board, and has significant experience in connection with investigations conducted by the Illinois Department of Human Rights, National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor (OSHA). Brendan has represented clients before the Illinois Department of Labor on wage and hour claims as well.

Because Brendan maintains an active appellate practice, he remains actively involved with his cases at each stage of the litigation until its ultimate conclusion. He has advocated on behalf of clients before the United States Supreme Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as well as several districts of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Brendan’s litigation experience also includes handling complex, multiparty commercial disputes on behalf of major telecommunications providers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and he has represented corporate officers and directors against claims that they breached their fiduciary duties.

Before joining Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Brendan was a prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2003, where he tried numerous bench and jury trials. Brendan was also a law clerk for Justice Michael J. Gallagher of the Illinois Appellate Court.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1996
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1993

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Northern District of Illinois
  • Central District of Illinois
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association

News

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Submit Amicus Brief in Support of Insurance Producers

Following the submission of an amicus brief prepared by Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Richard Waris, Matthew Egan, and Brendan Nelligan, on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court recently entered a very important victory for insurance producers and insurers in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Krop, 2018 IL 122556. ...

July 2019 | Firm News

Appellate Court Victory in Accounting Malpractice Case

Brendan Nelligan and Matthew J. Egan once again prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s clients, an accountant and his firm who were sued for professional malpractice arising from alleged advice they provided certain clients which purportedly resulted in a loss suffered by the clients in a subsequent collections action. The circuit court had ...

December 2018 | Firm News

Appellate Court Victory in Legal Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan Nelligan recently prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s client, an attorney who had been sued for legal malpractice arising from his representation of a client in litigation which challenged the plaintiff’s performance of fiduciary duties as the trustee of a trust. See, 2018 IL App ...

September 2018 | Firm News

Another Appellate Victory in a Legal Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan Nelligan once again prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s client, an attorney who was sued for legal malpractice arising from his representation of certain clients in multiple mortgage foreclosure cases. The circuit court had dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint on the grounds that it did not ...

September 2018 | Firm News

Results

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Prevail in Appellate Court Sustaining Dismissal for Accountant

In another example of Pretzel & Stouffer’s robust professional liability defense practice, Brendan Nelligan and Matthew Egan recently prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s clients, an accountant and his firm who were sued for professional malpractice arising from allegations that the accountants misadvised certain clients. The circuit court dismissed the ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Win Appeal on Behalf of Insurer

Brendan Nelligan and Dave Larson, recently won an appeal in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, which affirmed an order of summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action brought on behalf of Pretzel’s client, an insurance company. The appellate court adopted Pretzel’s argument that their insurer client owed no duty to defend or indemnify an ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Insurance Producer

Richard Waris, Brendan Nelligan, and Matthew Ligda, successfully defended an insurance producer against a claim for negligent procurement of insurance brought in federal court by a minor-league hockey player who lost an eye during a game. In 2014, the injured player sued the league and obtained an $800,000 judgment. Thereafter, the player brought a declaratory ...

July 2019