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Matthew Ligda handles diverse litigation matters at Pretzel & Stouffer. He has represented owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in construction defect claims and third-party liability construction claims. He has experience in a variety of professionals and businesses, including architects, engineers, attorneys, insurance brokers, directors and officers, physicians, and hospitals.

His practice also includes premises liability claims and complex interstate trucking cases. He has tried several cases to verdict in state and federal courts, and he has participated in numerous court-ordered and private mediations that have resulted in successful resolutions for his clients.


  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D. 1995
  • Emory University, B.B.A. 1990

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



Summary Judgment Victory in Title VII Lawsuit

Jim Sipchen and Matthew Lidga prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in favor of large retail seller of party supplies on a Title VII claim brought by the store’s former employee. The lawsuit was brought in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and alleged gender discrimination based upon “gender stereotyping.” Specifically, the ...

January 2017 | Firm News

Summary Judgment Granted in Defense of Brain Damage Claim

Exhibiting their versatility as advocates, Partners Matthew J. Egan and Matthew Ligda recently obtained summary judgment for their client, a farmer in Boone County, in the face of a policy limit settlement demand and the potential of liability exposure in excess of insurance coverage limits. A motorcyclist sustained brain damage and other permanent injuries when he allegedly collided with ...

April 2012 | Firm News


Robert Chemers and Matt Ligda obtained a dismissal with prejudice

Robert Chemers and Matt Ligda obtained a dismissal with prejudice, after motion, extensive briefing and hearing, of a Supreme Court Rule 224 pre-suit petition where it was shown that petitioner failed to state a viable cause of action and the discovery sought was not necessary.

October 2022

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Two Summary Judgments in One Day for Insurers

Two motions for summary judgment granted for two clients in two counties on one day.  Donald Eckler, Matthew Ligda, and Jonathan Federman obtained summary judgment for two insurers on a claim of bad faith in one case and an alleged violation of the Consumer Fraud Act in another. The bad faith case arose out of ...

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