Pretzel & Stouffer
Brian T. Henry

Brian T. Henry
Equity Partner

University of Illinois College of Law, J.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Recent Decisions Section of the Illinois Bar Journal
Loyola University Chicago, B.A. Honors (program)
Magna cum laude

Bar Admissions
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial bars

Professional Affiliations
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Upstate Illinois Committee
International Association of Defense Counsel
Medical Defense & Health Law Committee
Drug, Device and Biotechnology Committee
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Association of Hospital Attorneys
Society of Trial Lawyers
Illinois State Bar Association

Attorney Bio

Brian Henry joined Pretzel & Stouffer upon his graduation from law school in May of 1980. During his entire legal career, he has been a trial attorney specializing in civil litigation. While the vast majority of the lawsuits he has defended have been on behalf of hospitals or medical professionals, he has represented defendants in many types of civil lawsuits including legal malpractice actions and product liability lawsuits. In the last 12 years, Mr. Henry has had 50 jury trials and over his career has tried far in excess of 100 jury trials. He has defended at trial pediatricians, neurologists, neurosurgeons, obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, emergency medicine physicians, pain medicine physicians, cardiologists, internists, urologists, radiologists, pathologists, plastic surgeons, orthopedic surgeons, family practice physicians, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, psychiatrists, oncologists, cardiovascular surgeons, transplant surgeons, vascular surgeons, opthamologists, oral surgeons, resident physicians and nurses. He has had jury trials in state courts in Cook, McHenry, Lake, Kane, Will, DuPage, Grundy and DeKalb counties.

Mr. Henry has received several academic and professional honors. During his undergraduate studies, he received multiple awards including the Paul S. Lietz Gold Key as the top student majoring in history, the Honors Program Gold Key, the Magna Cum Laude Silver Key, the History Department Silver Key and the Mellon Foundation Award for writing. Mr. Henry was chosen to be the first President of the Loyola chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society in the field of history. At the University of Illinois College of Law, he won the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and was selected as the Editor-in-Chief of the Recent Decisions Section of Illinois Bar Journal.

Mr. Henry has for many years been involved in teaching trial techniques to other attorneys. He has been a faculty instructor 21 of the last 22 years at the annual trial academies sponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He was also a member of the faculty of the 2001 Trial Academy of the International Association of Defense Counsel which is considered to be the premier trial academy in the United States.

In October of 2002, Mr. Henry was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America which seeks to identify those trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of professionalism. From 2003 until 2009 Mr. Henry was selected to serve as a member of the ACTL Upstate Committee.

News and Verdicts

Defense Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon's Ankle Fracture Repair

Trial Victory for Residents and Interns on Timely Diagnosis of MRSA Infection

Hospital Not Guilty Verdict Reinstated on Appeal

Verdict for Orthopedic Surgeon

Deposition Faculty for Inaugural Defense Trial Counsel Academy

Emergency Medicine Seminar

Successful Defense of a Multi-Specialty Medical Group

Brian Henry Was Recently a Faculty Member at the North Central Region Trial Academy

Successful Defense of Three Physicians

Verdict for Internist Despite Dispute Between Physicians

Rapid Trial Victory for General Surgeon

Brian Henry participated in teaching seminar

Brian Henry participates in litigation practicum

Brian Henry awarded 2012 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award

Orthopedic Surgery Defense Verdict

Pretzel & Stouffer Equity Partner Teaches Course at University of Chicago Medical Center

Defense Victory for Physicians in Bacterial Meningitis Death Case Upheld on Appeal

Pretzel & Stouffer Wins Defense Victory for Surgeon in Fibroadenoma Case

Pretzel & Stouffer Equity Partner Publishes Article in Pain Physician

Pretzel & Stouffer Equity Partner Lectures at University of Chicago Seminar