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Overview

Rich Burgland is an experienced and confident advocate with a practical perspective. While representing individuals, businesses and insurance companies involved in first- and third-party insurance disputes, Rich knows that teamwork, collaboration, and communication are essential elements for success. He partners closely with his insurer and insured clients to maximize efficiency and deliver client-driven outcomes. With a degree in Economics, Rich understands and regularly employs a cost-benefit analysis when counseling clients involved in or considering litigation.   

Rich focuses his practice on insurance coverage disputes arising out of general liability, commercial general liability, directors and officers, professional liability, life, health, homeowners and related policies of insurance. He defends insurers accused of bad faith and advises insurance carriers on risk management and proper claims handling practices. Rich also assists insurers and corporate insured clients in insurance recovery and claim resolution.  

Rich has a strong background and practice in appellate advocacy. As a former Clerk in the Illinois Appellate Court, Rich understands the appeal process and has an inside perspective when defending and prosecuting appeals. This appellate experience allows Rich to effectively represent his clients from the onset of litigation through its conclusion on appeal.    

In his practice, Rich adheres strictly to principles of economy. Rich allocates his time to critical tasks and works intently to avoid or put a stop to needless litigation. While equipped with the experience and skills to successfully take a case to trial or up on appeal, Rich realizes that these measures are not always in a client’s best interests. Rich’s precise work and efficient case management often lead to swifter and more cost-effective results.

Education

  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 2006
  • DePauw University, B.A. 2002

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 Indiana

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012—2019
  • Illinois Leading Lawyer Emerging Lawyer 2014—2019

Affiliations

  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel—Member

News

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Submit Amicus Brief for Illinois Defense Counsel

Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Rich Burgland and Donald Eckler, filed an amicus brief in the Illinois Supreme Court in support of the petitioner in Crim v. Dietrich on behalf of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. This case deals with whether a party is required to file a post-trial motion to preserve issues decided ...

July 2019 | Firm News

Pretzel & Stouffer Team Secures Victory for Insurer Client in Potential Class-Action Suit

Partners Robert Chemers and Richard Waris, assisted by associates Richard Burgland and Donald Patrick Eckler, recently obtained summary judgment for an insurer client in a potential class-action lawsuit less than three months after receiving the case. The plaintiff filed an underinsured motorist claim in Kane County against an insurer and tried to certify other policyholders across the country for a class-action ...

February 2012 | Firm News

Results

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

Summary Judgment Victory for Insurance Carrier

Robert Chemers, Rich Burgland, and Paula Villela, recently secured summary judgment for their client, a liability insurance carrier, which was found to have no duty to defend a general contractor in an action alleging construction defects and conversion of the claimant’s property. The underlying claimant brought an action against the general contractor for negligence in ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Win in Mississippi Supreme Court

Robert Chemers and Rich Burgland obtained a major victory for their insurer client in the Mississippi Supreme Court. With the help of local counsel, Dorrance Aultman, Robert and Rich successfully defended an appeal by two claimants. The claimants sought coverage for a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of the death of their adult son who ...

July 2019

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Summary Judgment for Insurer

David Bennett and Rich Burgland recently obtained summary judgment in favor of their insurer client. The court found that their client had no duty to defend an underlying lawsuit seeking damage to residential apartment units from the insured’s allegedly faulty roof work. The court agreed with Dave’s and Rich’s arguments that both counts against the ...

July 2019