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Matthew J. Egan is an equity partner at Pretzel & Stouffer in Chicago. His practice is concentrated on the defense of legal malpractice, professional liability, employment practices, and complex civil litigation in state and federal courts and administrative agencies throughout Illinois. He also counsel clients on best practices to avoid legal malpractice and employment practices claims.

Matt received his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago and his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois. He also attended the University of Stirling, Scotland, for a year through the study abroad scholar program at the University of Illinois.

He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.       

Matt has extensive experience with legal malpractice and attorney disciplinary matters, as he served for more than 20 years as a member of the Inquiry Board and the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) of the Illinois Supreme Court and subsequently, as a Special Counsel to the ARDC.  

Matt has tried more than 30 cases to verdict and has handled more than 50 appeals before state and federal courts of review in Illinois. His experience includes the successful defense of attorneys in litigation in the circuit courts throughout the State of Illinois and in numerous disciplinary proceedings before the ARDC. He has also successfully represented employers in numerous legal proceedings before the EEOC, OSHA, the NLRB, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, and the Illinois Department of Human Rights.

Matt was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2004 and has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyer each year since 2005. In 2017, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Matt to serve on the Court’s Committee on Jury Instructions – Civil, where he continues to serve.

In 2010, Matt was one of the initial recipients of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Trial Lawyer Excellence recognition.

Matt is a member of the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS) and the Chicago Bar Association, where he has served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee. He also sponsors a scholarship for high-achieving Illinois high school students to attend his alma mater, the University of Illinois. His Martindale-Hubbell rating is AV.



  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in English
  • University of Stirling (Scotland)

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois – Trial Bar
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • DRI
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • Chicago Bar Association


Pretzel & Stouffer shareholders Robert Chemers, Matthew Egan, Edward Ruff, and Richard Waris named as Super Lawyers in Illinois for 2020

  Robert Chemers – Insurance Coverage and Appellate Matt Egan – Civil Litigation, Professional Liability, and Employment Law Ed Ruff – Class Action Mass Torts,  Products Liability, Medical Malpractice, and Business Litigation Richard Waris – Business Litigation and Professional Liability We congratulate Robert, Matt, Ed, and Dick for again being recognized for their outstanding legal ...

March 2020 | 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


Victory in Employment Discrimination Case

  Matthew J. Egan and Quinn P. Donnelly successfully defended the firm’s clients, a dental practice and a dentist, at trial in an employment discrimination case in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The plaintiff, whose employment contract was not renewed by the practice, alleged claims of pregnancy discrimination and retaliation under the Illinois Human ...

February 2020

Appellate Court Victory – Case of First Impression

In a case of first impression in Illinois, partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan J. Nelligan secured a victory in the Appellate Court for a labor union and a union attorney who were sued in the Circuit Court of Cook County by the plaintiff, a union member, based on legal representation the attorney provided the ...

November 2019

Motion to Dismiss Granted in Legal Malpractice Action

Matthew Egan, recently secured dismissal with prejudice of an attorney who represented a group of investors in a large commercial real estate development. The plaintiffs alleged that the attorney was negligent in structuring several corporate and real estate transactions, causing the investors to be exposed to personal tax liability for millions of dollars in TIF ...

July 2019

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