Pretzel & Stouffer
Brendan Nelligan

Brendan J. Nelligan

Recognition and Appointments
Illinois Super Lawyers® Rising Stars 2008-2011

Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1996
University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1993

Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central and Northern districts of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Affiliations
Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Bio

Brendan is a partner with Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, where he focuses on general commercial and civil litigation. Brendan has broad experience successfully representing clients at all stages of litigation in federal and state courts. He has also represented clients before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Department of Human Rights and the Illinois Labor Relations Board. Representative matters include breach of contract, professional liability, employment discrimination, retaliatory discharge, consumer fraud and class-action claims.

Brendan has handled complex, multiparty commercial disputes on behalf of major telecommunications providers in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and successfully defended accountants and other professionals in federal and state malpractice cases. He recently obtained numerous outright dismissals in cases filed against accounting professionals. Among them was a $40-million malpractice claim against a local accounting firm.

In addition, Brendan has successfully represented clients in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In one case, he achieved summary judgment against a trustee, eliminating approximately $750,000 in claims of the bankruptcy estate. The outcome enabled Brendan’s client to resolve the case for less than the cost of defense.

Before joining Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Brendan was a prosecutor with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office from 1998 to 2003, where he tried numerous bench and jury trials. He also briefed and argued several appeals in the Illinois Appellate Court.

Brendan was a law clerk for Justice Michael J. Gallagher of the Illinois Appellate Court, 1st District. Brendan is a member of the Chicago Bar Association and is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Criminal Justice Committee.

News and Verdicts

Appellate Court Victory in Accounting Malpractice Case

Another Appellate Court Victory in a Legal Malpractice Case

Appellate Court Victory in Legal Malpractice Case

Court Dismisses Legal Malpractice Claims Against Labor Union and Attorney

P&S Submits Brief to Illinois Supreme Court on Behalf of Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois

Client’s Dismissal Obtained from Legal Malpractice Case

Property Owner Dismissed from IHRA and ADA Based lawsuit

Exemptions From Tax Liability Obtained for Real Estate Listing Service under new Chicago “Cloud Tax”

Spoliation Claim Against Insurer Dismissed Under Statue of Limitations

Defamation Defense Successful for Governmental Union Representative