Pretzel & Stouffer is proud to announce the following lawyers from our firm have been selected by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board as Leading Lawyers for 2019:
Steve Veltman is an experienced trial attorney practicing in distinct areas of professional liability with a focus on the defense of mental health practitioners. Steve has defended institutions in cases of alleged childhood sexual abuse. Steve applies his understanding of psychological diagnoses to all cases in which mental health damages are an issue. In addition to his work in medical malpractice, Steve has successfully tried cases involving construction liability, premises liability, product liability, transportation and maritime law in both state and federal courts.
Steve values strong communication with his clients and his responsiveness to them sets him apart from other attorneys. Steve believes that it is only through understanding his clients’ practice and the desired outcome that a successful strategic plan can be set in place early in the litigation process. Steve combines strong advocacy with the highest degree of professionalism.
Steve was a member of the trial team that successfully obtained a verdict on behalf of the Republic of France in the 1978 Amoco-Cadiz oil spill litigation. Steve is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has served as past Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Section Counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime section, and past President and Director of the Propeller Club of the United States-Port of Chicago.
- Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 1979
- Loyola University of Chicago, B.A. 1976
- Illinois State Bar
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (General and Trial Bars)
- 7th Circuit Court of Appeal
- Chapter Five, Illinois Trial Practice and Procedure, Third-Party Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Education (1987).
Pretzel & Stouffer attorney, Stephen C. Veltman successfully defended an engineering firm that had inspected the facade of a downtown Chicago high rise building in litigation brought by an assignee bank after the borrowers defaulted on an $11 million loan. The plaintiff sought $6 million from the engineering firm on a theory that it would not ...
Pretzel & Stouffer partner Stephen C. Veltman is being retained to represent a downtown Joliet hotel following a recent incident where a 2-year-old fell down an elevator shaft and was injured. Having been retained within days of the accident, Mr. Veltman and his defense team have been able to interview witnesses, properly preserve evidence, retain consultants to ...
Stephen Veltman and Kelly Kono recently obtained summary judgment in a matter involving a slip and fall accident on a wet substance in the lobby of an office building during inclement winter weather that the plaintiff claimed resulted in a substantial ankle injury which required two surgeries. Steve and Kelly argued that the plaintiff could ...