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Suzanne Crowley has handled a wide variety of claims and litigation in Cook and its collar counties including products liability, premises liability, construction accidents, medical malpractice (physicians, hospitals and physical therapists), schools and teachers, sports accidents, daycare center negligence, municipal liability, civil rights violations, nursing home care, legal malpractice, real estate appraiser negligence, errors and omissions and subrogation. The variety of Suzanne’s practice provides her with the ability to think outside the box when developing a defense strategy for an efficient resolution of an assignment.

Suzanne is known for rolling up her sleeves and digging in to locate facts and evidence in support of her client’s theory and strategy. Suzanne is a valued asset to clients who appreciate her hands-on service and to her colleagues who routinely seek her assistance as a member of their defense teams.      

In her spare time, Suzanne enjoys road cycling and gardening.


  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1986
  • Northern Illinois University, B.S. 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Related Practices

Professional Experience

Professional Affiliations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee
  • Women’s Bar Association

Awards and Recognition

  • Highest Martindale Hubbell rating, AV



Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Recognized as Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Pretzel and Stouffer partners, David Bennett, Robert Chemers, Suzanne Crowley, Matthew Egan, Patrick Healy, Brian Henry, James LaBarge, Edward Nielsen, Howard Pikel, Brian Rocca, Alan Schumacher, Brian Sundheim, John Smith, Richard Waris, and Timothy Weaver, were selected in 2019 by their peers as Preeminent for Highest level of Professional Excellence by Martindale-Hubbell.

July 2019 | Firm News

Amputation of Plaintiff’s Dominant Arm Nets Zero in Cook County Motion for Summary Judgment Ruling

Edward B. Ruff, III and Suzanne M. Crowley obtained summary judgment for their client in a negligence action where the plaintiff suffered a dominant mid-arm amputation while using a lathe. Plaintiff was a temporary employee assigned to the defendant’s facility by a staffing agency. Pretzel & Stouffer argued the defendant was immune from liability because the plaintiff was ...

January 2018 | Firm News

Jury Verdict for Doctor Upheld with Barring of Handwriting Expert and Contributory Negligence Instructions Affirmed

The Appellate Court of Illinois has affirmed a verdict for a doctor represented by Pretzel & Stouffer, finding that the trial court properly barred an expert witness for the plaintiff who would have given inflammatory opinion testimony about documentary evidence, and properly rejected the plaintiff’s proposed jury instruction on contributory negligence. Scott L. Howie of Pretzel ...

December 2017 | Firm News

Investigators Defended Against Claims after Exoneration of Criminal Defendants

Suzanne Crowley, defended five investigators against claims of civil rights violations, malicious prosecution and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The investigators were appointed to assist two special prosecutors concerning alleged wrongdoing by a State’s Attorney and his staff. Plaintiffs alleged that the special prosecutors and the investigators fabricated evidence and withheld exculpatory evidence resulting in ...

September 2017 | Firm News


Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Partial Summary Judgment for Public Hospital

Suzanne Crowley and Scott Howie, recently obtained a partial summary judgment for their client, a public hospital, on the basis of the Tort Immunity Act. In a case filed in Whiteside County, Illinois, the plaintiffs claimed that the hospital was liable for the negligence of a pathologist who mistakenly diagnosed lung cancer in a patient, ...

July 2019