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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 Secretary of the Executive 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  –  2021


  • “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


Dismissal with Prejudice Obtained on Behalf of a Municipality

Quinn Donnelly and Patrick Healy obtained the immediate dismissal with prejudice of a Complaint against a municipality that sought to recover for injuries allegedly sustained when the plaintiff crashed his motorcycle on a municipal roadway. Quinn and Pat argued that the plaintiff’s claims against the municipality were time-barred under the one-year statute of limitations set ...

July 2021

COVID-19: Dismissal with Prejudice Obtained on Behalf of Insurance Broker

Richard M. Waris, Brendan J. Nelligan, and Quinn P. Donnelly obtained the dismissal with prejudice of a complaint filed against an insurance broker alleging that the broker was negligent in procuring coverage and negligently misrepresented the scope of the coverage procured, when the insured was denied coverage for economic losses they allegedly sustained as a ...

June 2021

Total Victory Obtained on Behalf of Attorney and Law Firm

James Sipchen and Quinn Donnelly were successful in obtaining the dismissal with prejudice of a Complaint filed against an attorney and the attorney’s law firm alleging that they tortiously interfered with the distribution of assets pursuant to a Transfer on Death agreement. While the lawsuit was originally filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, ...

June 2021

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 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