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Overview

Brian Henry is a highly experienced trial attorney with an extensive number of successful trials on behalf of medical professionals, medical corporations and hospitals. Brian has spent his entire legal career at Pretzel & Stouffer. While he has handled a wide variety of civil litigation matters, the vast majority of the lawsuits he has defended have been on behalf of hospitals, medical corporations and medical professionals. Over the last 38 years, Brian has tried to verdict an average of four to five cases per year.

Brian 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, rheumatologists, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, psychiatrists, oncologists, cardiovascular surgeons, transplant surgeons, vascular surgeons, ophthalmologists, oral surgeons, resident physicians and nurses. He has had jury trials throughout several counties in Illinois, including Cook, McHenry, Lake, Kane, Will, DuPage, Grundy, and DeKalb counties.

A famous trial attorney, Clarence Darrow, was once quoted as saying:

“The only real lawyers are trial lawyers and trial lawyers try cases to juries.”

While Mr. Darrow’s statement is clearly overbroad, there is a difference between a trial lawyer and a litigator. Brian has distinguished himself as a premier trial attorney.

Brian’s illustrious career began at Loyola, where he earned multiple awards including the Paul S. Lietz Gold Key as the top student majoring in history, the Honors Program Gold Key as one of 2 students successfully completing the honors program, the Magna Cum Laude Silver Key, the History Department Silver Key and the Mellon Foundation Award for writing. Brian 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 the Editor-in-Chief of the Recent Decisions Section of Illinois Bar Journal.

Brian has for many years taught trial techniques to other attorneys. He has been a faculty instructor on more than 20 occasions at the trial and deposition academies sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He instructed on trial practice techniques as a faculty member at the 2001 Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel, which is considered to be the premier trial academy in the United States. Brian also lectures to numerous medical groups and annually teaches at a seminar for emergency medicine physicians at the University of Chicago.

In October of 2002, Brian was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier legal association 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.   

Brian and his pediatrician wife reside in the northwest suburbs where they raised three children.  

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, J.D. 1980
  • Loyola University Chicago, B.A. 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel  

Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2002
  • Trial Lawyer Excellence Award
  • Jury Verdict Reporter, 2012

News

Henry and Luzynczyk Serve as Faculty Members for 2019 IDC Deposition Academy

  Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk, recently served as faculty members at the 2019 Illinois Defense Counsel Deposition Academy in Naperville. The IDC Deposition Academy is designed for defense lawyers to obtain intensive practice experience in the skills and techniques of taking depositions. In addition to serving as faculty members, Brian ...

November 2019 | Firm News

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Recognized as Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

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.

July 2019 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Residents and Interns on Timely Diagnosis of MRSA Infection

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict in favor of a resident physician and an intern who allegedly failed to timely diagnose and treat a necrotizing MRSA skin infection in a nine-day-old neonate. The plaintiff argued that the defendants failed to appreciate that an area of discoloration and redness on the infant’s front and lateral chest ...

March 2019 | Firm News

Trial Victory for Pulmonologist

Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Brian T. Henry and Michael A. Barry, successfully defended a pulmonologist against a wrongful death claim by the family of a woman who alleged that the defendant failed to timely diagnose the decedent’s lung cancer, which later spread to the decedent’s brain and caused her death. At trial, the plaintiff contended that given the ...

January 2018 | Firm News

Results

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Victory for Resident Physician in MSRA Case

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict in favor of a resident physician and an intern who allegedly failed to timely diagnose and treat a necrotizing MRSA skin infection in a nine day old neonate. The plaintiff argued that the defendants failed to appreciate that area of discoloration and redness on the infant. ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Not Guilty Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon who repaired a fractured ankle and who was criticized by the subsequent treating ankle specialist. The plaintiff argued that the orthopedic surgeon fixated the medial malleolus fragment in such a way that the fragment impinged and closed down the medial ...

July 2019

Defense Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon’s Ankle Fracture Repair

Brian Henry and Sommer Luzynczyk obtained a jury verdict for an orthopedic surgeon who repaired a fractured ankle and who was criticized by the subsequent treating ankle specialist. The plaintiff argued that the orthopedic surgeon fixated the medial malleolus fragment in such a way that the fragment impinged and closed down the medial clear space which resulted in ...

March 2019 | Firm News

Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon

Brian Henry recently obtained a jury verdict in favor of an orthopedic surgeon. The plaintiff claimed a failure to timely diagnose a compartment syndrome and that the surgeon did not perform necessary fasciotomies. The jury returned a verdict in favor of the physician after a short deliberation finding that the standard of care had been ...

June 2016 | Firm News

Successful Defense of a Multi-Specialty Medical Group

Brian Henry recently defended a multi-specialty medical group in a trial in Cook County in which an internal medicine physician and clinic nurse were alleged to have improperly instructed an 80-year-old patient regarding a change in her blood thinning medication, for failing to notify her family and visiting nurse of the dosage change and for failing ...

December 2014 | Firm News