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Quinn Donnelly is an aggressive and diligent advocate who understands the importance of preparation, thorough research and effective communication.

As a trial attorney, Quinn takes a holistic approach and is uniquely equipped to identify issues and opportunities at each stage of the litigation to best position his client to achieve a favorable result. He is a skilled oral advocate and a careful and detail-oriented cross-examiner.  

While tempered for battle, Quinn understands that sometimes the best defense is a good offense. He works with clients to anticipate and identify potential areas of exposure and helps them implement solutions to minimize these risks and avoid unnecessary costs.  

His practice includes the defense of employment claims, construction defect and injury claims, premises and general liability claims, product liability claims and professional negligence claims of all types.

Quinn’s results-driven approach and his abilities as an advocate have been recognized by his peers, who have identified him as a Rising Star in multiple areas of defense litigation.

Outside of the courtroom, Quinn is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and Master Scuba Diver Trainer, who has certified over 80 divers. In his free time, Quinn serves as the Chairman of the Associate Board for Chicago Gateway Green and enjoys traveling, motorcycling and alpine skiing. Quinn was born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, where he now lives with his wife Maria and their son.


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2015, cum laude, Order of John Marshall  
  • Boston University, B.S. 2011, cum laude

Bar Admissions  

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Related Practices

Professional Experience


  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star – 2019


  • “Settlement Apportionment and Setoff in Illinois,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 3, Quinn P. Donnelly and Brian T. Henry.
  • “It Ain’t Over ’til It’s Over: Under Illinois Law Finality is Not So Final,” IDC Quarterly, Vol. 26, No. 1, Donald Patrick Eckler and Quinn Donnelly.


Pretzel Attorneys and Staff Participate in Race Judicata

  Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys and staff, David Bennett, Donald Eckler, Jonathan Federman, Quinn Donnelly, Aimee Alvarez, Alex Beehler, Caitlin Donohue, Scott Howie, Kelly Kono, Mary Norris, Paula Villela, and Calvin Townsend, ran in Race Judicata last night. The 5K race benefits Chicago Volunteer Legal Services.    

September 2019 | Community

Immediate Dismissal Granted in Attorney Malpractice Case

Matthew J. Egan and Quinn P. Donnelly successfully defended two attorneys against a claim for legal malpractice based on the attorneys’ representation of a dentist in an attempt to collect a disputed debt from a third-party. The third-party, a serial litigant, asserted a claim against the two attorneys. Mr. Egan and Mr. Donnelly were successful in obtaining the ...

September 2017 | Firm News


Appellate Victory Secured for Insurance Company

Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Richard Waris, Jim Sipchen, Quinn Donnelly, and Scott Howie obtained an affirmance in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, of the dismissal of an action against several defendants, including an insurance company and another law firm. The appeal concerned the alleged settlement of a previous tort action during the trial of ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Prevails in Dismissal Before Seventh Circuit

  Jim Sipchen and Quinn Donnelly, recently secured affirmation of dismissal of a regional big box retailer from a lawsuit filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiff alleged that the retailer, along with a developer and a local municipality, had interfered with a neighboring landowner’s ability to ...

June 2019 | Firm News