Pretzel & Stouffer
Brian C. Rocca

Brian C. Rocca
Equity Partner

Recognition and Appointments
Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV
Illinois Super Lawyers® 2005-2016

University of Iowa, J.D. 1982
Graduated with distinction
University of Northern Iowa, B.A. 1976
Graduated with high honors

Bar Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Illinois State Bar
Pro hac vice admissions: California, District of Columbia, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers

Attorney Bio

Brian has spent his career building a diverse civil trial practice. Over the past 30 plus years, he has tried a broad range of cases, taking more than 75 of them to verdict. In recent years, his trial practice has focused on defending physicians and other professionals in professional negligence cases. He also has significant experience with product liability and complex commercial litigation.

The issues Brian has handled range from allegations of brain damage at birth to a near-meltdown at a nuclear power plant in Ohio caused by alleged poor engineering. Brian has tried many cases in federal and state courts, and has also represented employers in numerous proceedings before the Illinois Human Rights Commission and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, as well as in arbitration cases.

Brian has also lectured before and presented to Illinois State Bar Association continuing legal education programs, medical groups and insurers on a number of legal issues, including trial practice; injunction and restraining order actions; employment practices; risk management; patient confidentiality; and records management and maintenance.

News and Verdicts

Trial Victory for Otolaryngology Surgeon (ENT/HNS)

Trial Victory for Surgeon

Dismissal of a Four Count Complaint Alleging Negligent Misrepresentation

Dismissal of a Complaint Brought Against an Insurance Producer

Motion for Summary Judgment in a Legal Malpractice Matter Won

Summary Judgment in a Professional Negligence Case Won

Trial Victory For Retina Specialist