Pretzel & Stouffer
Edward B. Ruff, III

Edward B. Ruff, III
Equity Partner

Recognition and Appointments
Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV
Illinois Super Lawyers® 2005-2011
Certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys

DePaul University, J.D. 1981
University of Wisconsin-Madison, B.A. 1977

Bar Admissions
U.S. Supreme Court
Illinois and Wisconsin Supreme courts
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Central districts of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern districts of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Attorney Bio

Ed is the managing partner and a shareholder with Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered. He has tried more than 60 mass tort, product liability, commercial litigation, medical liability and other complex matters. He has served as lead counsel in a number of multidistrict litigation matters, including Vioxx®, Stand ’n Seal “Spray-On” Grout Sealer, Menu Foods, pedicle screws, Restaurant Technologies Inc. and L-tryptophan, developing a reputation for handling matters on a national basis.

Ed has written numerous publications and has lectured for the Illinois State Bar Association, DRI, the FDCC and the Illinois Association of Defense Counsel. He is frequently asked to speak at DRI seminars, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin seminars and at the FDCC’s annual and winter meetings. Ed speaks on a variety of topics related to product liability safety, fire and casualty, multidistrict litigation and jury trials, and has been an instructor for the FDCC Litigation Management College numerous times.

Ed is also a mechanical engineer with a background in heat transfer engineering. He remains active in team sports and enjoys fishing and trail bike riding with his wife and four adult children.

News and Verdicts

Disfiguring Third Degree Burns on Face and Upper Torso Nets Zero Against National Retailer and Sleepwear Manufacturer

Amputation of Plaintiff’s Dominant Arm Nets Zero in Cook County Motion for Summary Judgment Ruling

Summary Judgment Granted for Refinery in Laborer's Injury Claim from 3,400 lb. Plate

Not Guilty Jury Verdict in 34 minutes for Orthopaedic Surgeon re ACL surgery

Edward Ruff - Speaker at FDCC 2016 Winter Meeting

Product Liability – Speech to International Seminar on Warnings

Pretzel & Stouffer Recovers $30 million for Client in Binding Arbitration

Jury Verdict For Cardiovascular Surgeon

Complete Victory Achieved For Ruff Trial Team In Defense Of Former President Of New York Stock Exchange

Summary Judgment for Flight School in Major Aviation/Educational Malpractice Lawsuit — Affirmed on Appeal

Supreme Court Upholds Appellate Court Victory

Pretzel & Stouffer Wins Verdict for Defendant in Case Involving Largest Back Draft in U.S. History and Fire that Destroyed Historic Church

Pretzel & Stouffer Obtains Victory for Exxon Mobil in Barge Explosion Case

Pretzel & Stouffer Wins Major Defense Victory in Stand ’n Seal Bellwether Trial