Skip to Content

Overview

Pretzel & Stouffer regularly advises and vigorously defends lawyers and law firms accused of legal malpractice. Our broad experience ranges from representation of some of the nation’s largest law firms to a sole practitioner.

Legal malpractice claims are becoming increasingly frequent and complex. More than ever, defense of these claims requires an understanding of a very wide range of complicated legal issues. Attorneys turn to us for representation because we are not only skilled professional liability attorneys, but also because we have proven experience and success taking legal malpractice cases to trial.

Unlike other defense firms, we bring invaluable knowledge and skill from our experience litigating claims that often form the basis of a malpractice claim. This sets us apart when it comes to understanding the many “case-within-a-case” scenarios that must be addressed in defending lawyers in today’s world. From simple automobile negligence cases to complex business transactions and business litigation, we fully understand the challenges that practicing lawyers face.

Our attorneys do not just defend lawyers when they are sued for legal malpractice, we also represent attorneys before the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission in cases involving alleged violations of ethical responsibilities. We defend lawyers accused of violating the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act and other federal laws, and members of the legal profession often hire us to represent them in law firm partner/shareholder disputes or in law firm dissolutions. Additionally, clients frequently retain us to provide a trial lawyer’s perspective on cases that are being handled by other malpractice defense firms.

Our reputation is so strong that clients consistently call upon us with the first indication of a potential claim, and we work seamlessly with our clients to reach a favorable outcome.

Related News & Results

Jim Sipchen Speaks at PLDF Annual Meeting

On September 26, with Jennifer Groszek, Pretzel & Stouffer shareholder, Jim Sipchen, presented at the Professional Liability Defense Federation’s (PLDF) Annual Meeting, “Bankruptcy Pitfalls for the Collection Attorney: The FDCPA, Automatic Stay, and Discharge Injunction.”  

September 2019 | Firm News

Motion to Dismiss Granted in Legal Malpractice Action

Matthew Egan, recently secured dismissal with prejudice of an attorney who represented a group of investors in a large commercial real estate development. The plaintiffs alleged that the attorney was negligent in structuring several corporate and real estate transactions, causing the investors to be exposed to personal tax liability for millions of dollars in TIF ...

July 2019

Tim Weaver Wins Malpractice Trial

Timothy Weaver recently obtained a defense jury verdict in a medical malpractice case in which a dentist claimed that defendant orthopedic surgeon negligently delayed spine surgery by one day for an acute, repeat low back disc herniation in order to suit his surgical schedule, thereby causing permanent foot paralysis (drop foot), gait abnormalities, and related ...

July 2019

John Smith and Ryan Shupe Secure Victory for General Surgery Client

 John Smith  and Ryan Shupe recently secured a victory for their general surgery client in a case alleging medical malpractice. The plaintiff claimed that a surgical procedure and postoperative care caused the patient’s death. John and Ryan undertook discovery efforts for several years of litigation. These efforts included obtaining concessions from treating physicians and experts, ...

July 2019

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

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Obtain Dismissal for General Surgeon

Pretzel & Stouffer attorneys, John Smith and Ryan Shupe, recently secured a victory for their general surgery client in a case alleging medical malpractice. The plaintiff claimed that a surgical procedure and postoperative care caused the patient’s death. John and Ryan undertook discovery efforts for several years of litigation. These efforts included obtaining concessions from ...

June 2019

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

Defense Verdict in Legal Malpractice Trial

Jim Sipchen prevailed at trial on a legal malpractice claim that alleged his client was negligent in handling a commercial real estate closing for a below-grade commercial unit located in a high rise residential condominium building in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. The plaintiffs alleged that the attorney committed malpractice by not investigating the property’s zoning prior ...

May 2018

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

Successful Defense of Three Physicians

Brian T. Henry has recently successfully defended three physicians in cases alleging professional negligence. In each case, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant doctor. Mr. Henry represented an Internist in a case where the plaintiff alleged a failure to refer the patient to a vascular surgeon for treatment of a pseudoaneurysm after a CT ...

September 2014

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