Pretzel & Stouffer
Donald J. O’Meara, Jr.

Donald J. O’Meara, Jr.
Equity Partner

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

The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1991
Fairfield University, A.B. 1988

Bar Admissions
Illinois State Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
Federal Court Trial Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit

Professional Affiliations
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Society of Trial Lawyers
The Lawyers Club of Chicago

Representative Cases

Professional Services

AYH Holdings Inc. v. Gremesco Insurance Brokerage — 2005
(Reported Decision: 357 Ill. App. 3d 17 (2005))
After an insurance carrier became insolvent, Don represented the carrier’s brokerage firm in an errors and omissions claim. The claim involved $10 million in hurricane damage to a yacht harbor in the Virgin Islands that was not covered by insurance.

Board Of Directors of Commodore/Greenbrier v. RE/MAX
Don represented a real estate brokerage firm in $4 million claim that involved misrepresentation of the structural condition of architecturally significant twin condominium buildings in Chicago.

Products Liability

Jewel Food Stores, Inc. v. Reliable Sprinkler
Don represented a commercial sprinkler manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar fire loss claim. The claim alleged that a fire suppression system had failed at a cold storage food warehouse.

Pickel v. Pentair
Don defended a filter manufacturer against multiparty claims after a Legionella bacterium outbreak at an Illinois hotel.

Corral v. Eirich Machines
A product manufacturer, whom Don represented, faced a claim that an amputation had allegedly been caused by the design and guarding of its industrial blending machine.

Medical/Medical Products

Schmidt v. Qualitest Pharmaceutical
Don represented a pharmaceutical supplier in a wrongful death claim that alleged the dosage had been mislabeled on medication.

Dunn v. MPL Technologies Inc.
Don represented a medical products manufacturer in a hypodermic needle fracture case. The plaintiff filed the claim after being unable to remove a fractured needle shaft because of a risk of aggravated permanent nerve damage.


Trizechahn Properties Inc. v. Hygienetics Environmental Services
Don defended an environmental consulting firm in a multi-million-dollar claim for undisclosed and undiscovered asbestos in two Chicago high-rise commercial properties.

One River Place v. Brennan Environmental Consulting
An environmental consulting firm, whom Don represented, faced a multi-million-dollar claim for undocumented and undiscovered structural damage to a building after it was converted from a national retail chain warehouse to a residential condominium building.


Exhibitour v. Riverside Transport
Don represented a commercial trucking company in a multimillion-dollar claim for the damage and destruction of a Walt Disney touring exhibit while the exhibit was in transit.

Belvedere v. Exhibitgroup
An exhibit manufacturer, whom Don defended, faced a wrongful death claim after a materials handling contractor was crushed by a transportation crate and died. The suit alleged that the crate’s design and construction were faulty and that the crate was unstable and mislabeled.


Nov. 3, 1993, U.S. Post Office collapse in Chicago litigation
Don represented a steel erection contractor in consolidated multiple death claims after the 1993 U.S. Post Office collapse in Chicago.

Powers v. Oakwood Homes
Don represented a construction contractor in a claim filed by an ironworker who sustained a complete scalp degloving injury when her hair became trapped in a threaded scaffold shaft.

Barry v. J.F. Shea
Don represented an excavating contractor who allegedly failed to provide sufficient subjacent support to numerous structures along a deep tunnel project, causing structural building damage.

Insurance Coverage

Motorola Inc. v. Liberty Mutual, et al.
Don represented an insurance company in a declaratory judgment action on a $190-million securities class-action lawsuit.

Peterson v. Lloyd’s of London
Don represented a show horse’s insurer in a claim that alleged the horse, a four-year-old gelding, was lame and had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Reported Decisions

Chesek v. Look Cycle International, 226 Ill. 2d 581 (2007)
Peaceable Planet Inc v. Ty Inc., 362 F.3d 986 (2004)
Levant v. Chicago Housing Authority, 309 Ill. App. 3d 1072 (1999)
Bieda v. Carson Int’l., 278 Ill. App. 3d 510 (1996)