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.
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
- Illinois State Bar
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
- Chicago Bar Association
- Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee
- Women’s Bar Association
Awards and Recognition
Highest Martindale Hubbell rating, AV
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Jim Sipchen, Brendan Nelligan, and Suzanne Crowley recently secured a significant victory for a real estate listing data service provider by obtaining a Private Letter Ruling from the City of Chicago Department of Finance confirming that the service provider was not subject to the City’s new 9% “Cloud Tax” on the use of internet database services. In June ...
Pretzel & Stouffer trial lawyers Edward Ruff and Suzanne Crowley obtained summary judgment for their client, and firm appellate lawyer Scott Howie obtained affirmance of that judgment on appeal, in a recent case finding that the plaintiff, who had a traumatic amputation of his arm below the elbow while operating a lathe, had an exclusive ...
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, ...