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Celebrating its 75th year in existence, Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered has earned and maintained its reputation as one of the most successful firms in Chicago. Prolific in both its trial results and in its appellate work, Pretzel & Stouffer is always looking to add new teammates to its collaborative work environment. Please see the career opportunities listed below.

 

SUMMER ASSOCIATE PROGRAM

Each year, our firm seeks to recruit engaged and enthusiastic law students with strong communication and interpersonal skills who are interested in practicing law in the fast-paced Chicago market. 

Our summer program is designed to provide a realistic and rewarding experience reflecting life as a first-year associate at the firm. Our summer associates are mentored by partners and associates and are given opportunities to participate in a wide range of meaningful assignments and activities, including substantive research and writing projects, active participation in discussing and defining case strategy, and direct exposure to the Cook County and federal court systems.

As a summer associate at Pretzel & Stouffer, you will join a friendly, supportive team of lawyers with a seven-decade reputation for excellence. You will have the opportunity to join an established firm with an outstanding client base and guidance for your career trajectory.

Successful candidates in the summer program will receive a prorated salary commensurate with first-year associates in the firm. We are no longer receiving applications for our program for the Summer 2022.  We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2023 on and after October 1, 2022.

 

 

LATERAL ATTORNEYS

We are always looking for talented lateral attorneys to join our dynamic, fast paced, and growing litigation firm. We aim to provide the right fit for your growing practice, offering an energetic and collaborative work environment and regular training for your professional growth. Candidates must have an excellent academic record, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong work ethic. Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to recruiting@pretzel-stouffer.com.

Current Opportunities

Commercial Litigation and Professional Liability

Pretzel & Stouffer is currently seeking a litigation associate for its commercial litigation and non-medical professional liability group. Once hired, the candidate will be working in a hybrid office/remote setting to represent clients in employment disputes, commercial litigation, class action, and non-medical professional liability settings. Responsibilities will include legal research, drafting pleadings and dispositive motions, developing expert witness and trial strategy, conducting and defending depositions, and representing clients during courtroom appearances and arguments. Qualifications: 3+ years’ experience in civil litigation with experience in conducting and defending depositions preferred. Excellent research skills, writing skills and verbal communication required. License to practice in Illinois state and federal courts is required. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of 3.5 or better from law school.

Complex/Catastrophic Injury Defense

Pretzel & Stouffer is currently seeking a litigation associate for its complex litigation and product liability group. Once hired, the candidate will be working in a hybrid office/remote setting to defend high-exposure matters during all phases of litigation including product-liability cases and catastrophic personal injury defense. Responsibilities include developing expert witness and trial strategy, conducting and defending depositions, conducting legal research, drafting pleadings and dispositive motions, and representing clients during courtroom appearances and arguments. Qualifications: 2+ years’ experience in civil litigation with experience in conducting and defending depositions preferred. Excellent research skills, writing skills and verbal communication required. Illinois license is mandatory. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of 3.5 or better from law school.

Insurance Coverage and Appeals

Pretzel & Stouffer is currently seeking an associate for its insurance coverage and appellate group. Once hired, the candidate will be working in a hybrid office/remote setting to represent clients in insurance coverage disputes and appellate-level litigation. Responsibilities will include legal research, drafting pleadings, dispositive motions, and appellate briefs, and representing clients during courtroom appearances and arguments. Qualifications: 2+ years’ experience in civil litigation with practice representing insurance carriers preferred. Excellent research skills, writing skills and verbal communication required. License to practice in Illinois state and federal courts is required. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of 3.5 or better from law school.

 

PROFESSIONAL STAFF

Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered regularly hires experienced legal staff to provide support to our attorneys, and to assist on providing high caliber representation to our clients. If you are interested in joining our team please send a cover letter and resume to careers@pretzel-stouffer.com.

 

 

 

Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered is an equal opportunity employer. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (where applicant is qualified to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations), medical condition, protected veteran status, gender identity, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.