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Practice Area: Legal Malpractice Defense

Jim Sipchen will be speaking at PLDF Annual Meeting

Pretzel & Stouffer partner Jim Sipchen will be speaking at the Professional Liability Defense Federation Annual Meeting later this year. He will be addressing liability issues for collection lawyers, including bankruptcy and the FDCPA.

July 2019 | Firm News

Summary Judgment for Law Firm in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

Matthew J. Egan recently obtained summary judgment in the Circuit Court of Cook County on behalf of a law firm, which had been sued for breach of fiduciary duty by a former client. The former client alleged that the law firm had a conflict of interest and used confidential information he had entrusted to the firm …

November 2018 | Firm News

Appellate Victory for Attorney Accused of Committing Legal Malpractice during Whistleblower Lawsuit

Jim Sipchen and Tom Draths recently prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of an attorney who was alleged to have committed legal malpractice in the representation of a client in an underlying whistleblower/retaliatory discharge suit filed against Nicor Gas, Co. Plaintiff alleged that attorney was negligent in failing to take adequate discovery on his claims and …

September 2018 | Firm News

Appellate Court Victory in Legal Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan Nelligan recently prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s client, an attorney who had been sued for legal malpractice arising from his representation of a client in litigation which challenged the plaintiff’s performance of fiduciary duties as the trustee of a trust. See, 2018 IL App …

September 2018 | Firm News

Another Appellate Victory in a Legal Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan Nelligan once again prevailed in the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of the firm’s client, an attorney who was sued for legal malpractice arising from his representation of certain clients in multiple mortgage foreclosure cases. The circuit court had dismissed the plaintiffs’ complaint on the grounds that it did not …

September 2018 | Firm News

Firm Wins Victory in Appellate Court for Condominium Association

The Illinois Appellate Court recently issued an opinion affirming a dismissal which Pretzel & Stouffer partners John H. Scheid and Matthew J. Egan won in the Circuit Court of Cook County in favor of the firm’s client, a condominium association. The case involved a large Chicago bank, which foreclosed on a mortgage it held on a condominium and was …

August 2018 | Firm News

Appellate Court Affirms Dismissal of Medical Malpractice Action

The Appellate Court of Illinois has affirmed the dismissal of several defendants, including a doctor and a professional corporation represented by Pretzel & Stouffer, finding that the trial court properly dismissed the plaintiff’s medical malpractice action as an impermissible second refiling of a previous action. Scott L. Howie of Pretzel & Stouffer, retained specifically to handle …

May 2018 | Firm News

Court Dismisses Legal Malpractice Claims Against Labor Union and Attorney

Matthew J. Egan and Brendan J. Nelligan successfully defended a state-wide labor union and one of its employee-attorneys against a legal malpractice claim one of the union’s members brought against the union and the attorney. The plaintiff had been terminated for misconduct following disciplinary proceedings that were conducted pursuant to a collective bargaining agreement between the union and …

April 2018 | Firm News

Speaking at Medical Malpractice Seminar

Mimi Moon will be speaking at the Illinois Defense Trial Counsel’s (IDC) seminar entitled “New Trends in Medical Malpractice: From Conflict Checks to Trial.” Mimi will be speaking about birth injury cases, including a discussion on effective strategies for attacking and reducing damages in catastrophic birth injury cases. Strategies for offsetting damages will be addressed, including …

February 2018 | Firm News

P&S Obtains Dismissal for Attorney on Grounds of Absolute Immunity

Matthew J. Egan recently persuaded the Circuit Court of Cook County to dismiss with prejudice a respondent in discovery action against the Firm’s client, an attorney whom the court had appointed to serve as the representative for children whose parents were engaged in contentious child custody litigation. One of the parents filed suit against her attorney …

October 2017 | Firm News

Client’s Dismissal Obtained from Legal Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer partners Matthew J. Egan and Brendan Nelligan recently prevailed on a Motion to Dismiss on behalf of the firm’s client in a legal malpractice case in the Circuit Court of Cook County. P&S represented an attorney who defended the plaintiff in a lawsuit that challenged her actions as trustee of a trust. The plaintiff alleged that …

September 2017 | Firm News

Immediate Dismissal Granted in Attorney Malpractice Case

Matthew J. Egan and Quinn P. Donnelly successfully defended two attorneys against a claim for legal malpractice based on the attorneys’ representation of a dentist in an attempt to collect a disputed debt from a third-party. The third-party, a serial litigant, asserted a claim against the two attorneys. Mr. Egan and Mr. Donnelly were successful in obtaining the …

September 2017 | Firm News

Significant Victory in an Accounting Malpractice Case

Jim Sipchen and Matthew Tibble obtained a very significant victory in an accounting malpractice case, convincing the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, to uphold a dismissal based upon the statute of limitations. The case is the first to distinguish a situation where an accountant negligently fails to file a tax return by its due date from one …

January 2014 | Firm News