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Bill Elinski has an impeccable record in first-party claims against insurer clients. This consistent success is why when a first-party claim goes to litigation, insurers regularly rely upon his experience to resolve the claim and, if necessary, go to trial.

In cases involving whether an insurer owes a duty to defend an alleged insured, Bill’s record is also exemplary. That is why when putative insureds tender a lawsuit, his insurer clients turn to him to favorably defend the tender, and if necessary, prosecute or defend a declaratory judgment action.

In addition to handling first-party claims and insurance coverage issues, Bill also assists individuals, businesses and insurers in claims involving premises and general liability. In these cases, Bill’s clients call on him to quickly evaluate exposure and to accurately evaluate the claim. If litigation cannot be avoided, Bill is prepared to litigate and, when appropriate, take the case to trial.  

Prior to joining the firm, Bill was a commissioned officer on active duty in the U.S. Army, serving in Giessen, Germany and Fort Bragg, N.C.


  • Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, J.D. 1998   
  • University of Pittsburgh, M.S. 1993
  • University of New Hampshire, B.S. 1983

Bar Admissions  

  • Illinois
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Sustain Summary Judgment on Appeal for Railroad

Robert Chemers and William Elinski, sustained the summary judgment they obtained in the trial court on appeal in a case involving whether the plaintiff was an employee for the purposes of the Federal Employers’ Liability Act. The plaintiff, an employee of Mobile Rail Services, Inc. (MRS), was injured while servicing a Union Pacific Railroad Company ...

July 2019