Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys Richard Waris, Jim Sipchen, Quinn Donnelly, and Scott Howie obtained an affirmance in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, of the dismissal of an action against several defendants, including an insurance company and another law firm. The appeal concerned the alleged settlement of a previous tort action during the trial of ...
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We represent insurers, excess insurers and reinsurers related to many types of insurance policies including commercial general liability, errors and omissions, employment practices liability, automobile, directors and officers, toxic tort, business interruption, cyber risks and data security, worker compensation and environmental, among others. We assist our clients by providing clear and concise insurance coverage opinions, and we pursue and defend litigation if that becomes necessary.
We have also successfully defended industry clients with challenging regulatory matters involving the Illinois Department of Insurance, as well as complex, multi-state matters with upwards of $50 million at stake.
Additionally, our clients frequently engage us to draft policy language and they regularly seek counsel from us regarding risk control and policy exposure. We also specialize and have experience with insurance recovery in high-value, first-party property and liability claims.
For each matter, we deploy a methodical, pre-litigation analysis and partner with our clients to develop a case management strategy to secure the most favorable disposition whether it be through informal settlement, arbitration, mediation or litigation.
Our attorneys are among the most creative thinkers and often set precedent with novel arguments that create favorable law for the industry. We partner with our clients’ insureds to shift risk by target tendering and examining all possible avenues toward recovering proceeds through contribution and allocation.
Over the years, we have represented many different industries on insurance matters, including Agribusiness; Aviation; Ambulatory Services; Builders’ Risk; Construction; Financial Institutions; Franchisor/Franchisee; Green Energy; Jewelers; Legal Services; Life; Maritime, Admiralty and Transportation; Medical Negligence and Healthcare; Food Service Industry; and Real Estate.
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Robert Chemers, Rich Burgland, and Paula Villela, recently secured summary judgment for their client, a liability insurance carrier, which was found to have no duty to defend a general contractor in an action alleging construction defects and conversion of the claimant’s property. The underlying claimant brought an action against the general contractor for negligence in ...
Robert Chemers and Jonathan Federman successfully argued on appeal for a modification of a judgment against its client in a stacking case in Southern Illinois. In a published Opinion, the Appellate Court, 5th District agreed that coverage within a policy of insurance could not be stacked four separate times. The Court agreed that an amended ...
Robert Chemers and Rich Burgland obtained a major victory for their insurer client in the Mississippi Supreme Court. With the help of local counsel, Dorrance Aultman, Robert and Rich successfully defended an appeal by two claimants. The claimants sought coverage for a wrongful death lawsuit arising out of the death of their adult son who ...
Brendan Nelligan and Dave Larson, recently won an appeal in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, which affirmed an order of summary judgment in a declaratory judgment action brought on behalf of Pretzel’s client, an insurance company. The appellate court adopted Pretzel’s argument that their insurer client owed no duty to defend or indemnify an ...
Two motions for summary judgment granted for two clients in two counties on one day. Donald Eckler, Matthew Ligda, and Jonathan Federman obtained summary judgment for two insurers on a claim of bad faith in one case and an alleged violation of the Consumer Fraud Act in another. The bad faith case arose out of ...
Richard Waris, Brendan Nelligan, and Matthew Ligda, successfully defended an insurance producer against a claim for negligent procurement of insurance brought in federal court by a minor-league hockey player who lost an eye during a game. In 2014, the injured player sued the league and obtained an $800,000 judgment. Thereafter, the player brought a declaratory ...
David Bennett and Rich Burgland recently obtained summary judgment in favor of their insurer client. The court found that their client had no duty to defend an underlying lawsuit seeking damage to residential apartment units from the insured’s allegedly faulty roof work. The court agreed with Dave’s and Rich’s arguments that both counts against the ...
Following the submission of an amicus brief prepared by Pretzel & Stouffer partners, Richard Waris, Matthew Egan, and Brendan Nelligan, on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court recently entered a very important victory for insurance producers and insurers in American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Krop, 2018 IL 122556. ...
Pretzel & Stouffer partner, Robert Chemers, is once again the author of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education – (IICLE) chapter on Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims in the 2019 Edition of Environmental Law in Corporate and Real Estate Transactions. The chapter addresses the fundamentals of environmental coverage as well as policy defenses, policy ...
Pretzel & Stouffer partner, Rich Burgland, has been appointed by Illinois State Bar Association President-Elect David Sosin, to be a member of the ISBA Insurance Law Section Council. Rich concentrates his practice in insurance coverage and appellate litigation.
Richard Waris, Matthew Egan, and Brendan Nelligan recently filed an amicus brief with the Illinois Supreme Court on behalf of the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois relating to a case of statewide importance to insurance producers. The Supreme Court’s ruling could have a major impact on two statutes that were drafted by the IIA with the help of ...
Robert Marc Chemers won a significant appeal in the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. The 7th Circuit held that the insured’s 21-month delay in notifying his carrier of the accident was “inexcusable.” State Auto Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Brumit Serv’s, Inc., 877 F.3d 355 (7th Cir. 2017). The insured, an owner of a ...
Richard Waris, Brendan Nelligan, and Donald Patrick Eckler recently secured a significant victory for an insurance client that was directly sued for spoliation and, in the process, made new law regarding the applicable statute of limitations for such claims. The underlying dispute arose out of an automobile accident in which the client’s insured is alleged to have caused ...