Pretzel & Stouffer
James J. Sipchen

James J. Sipchen
Equity Partner

Recognition and Appointments
Illinois Super Lawyers® Top Rising Star, Business Litigation

The John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1994
Indiana University, B.A. 1990
Loyola University, Rome, Italy, Spring Semester 1989

Bar Admissions
U.S. District Ct., S.D. Ind.
U.S. District Ct., E.D. Wis.
Illinois State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
Federal Trial Bar

Professional Affiliations
Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Bio

Jim concentrates his practice in general commercial and civil litigation. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts, and has successfully defended a broad range of individuals and businesses in a variety of professional liability matters, including malpractice claims. Jim’s clients include attorneys, accountants, architects, appraisers, engineers, corporate officers and directors, builders, developers, contractors, insurance companies, public adjusters, insurance brokers and insurance agents.

A large portion of Jim’s practice is also devoted to defending large and small businesses, collection agencies, attorneys, lenders, title companies, and mortgage brokers against consumer class-action lawsuits brought under a number of federal statutes, including the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, and Truth in Lending Act. Jim’s experience in this area includes defending Fortune 500 companies and professionals in large-scale multidistrict litigation throughout the United States.

Jim has also represented many plaintiffs and defendants in commercial disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, business torts, civil rights violations, retaliatory discharge, whistle-blower claims, wage disputes, challenges to noncompete agreements, trade secrets, civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act disputes, unfair competition, antitrust, wrongful discharge, and shareholder and partnership disputes. In addition, he regularly represents individuals and organizations in investigations conducted by regulatory and governmental agencies, including the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Illinois Attorney General’s Office and Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

News and Verdicts

Appellate Victory for Attorney Accused of Committing Legal Malpractice during Whistleblower Lawsuit

Defense Verdict in Legal Malpractice Trial

Summary Judgment Victory in Title VII Lawsuit

Summary Judgment Awarded to Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Legal Malpractice Case

Divorce Attorney Exonerated in Legal Malpractice Suit Brought By His Former Lawyer Client

Pretzel & Stouffer Beats Back Copyright Troll's Infringement Claim

Trial Victory for Attorney and Credit Union re Bankruptcy Discharge Injunction

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

Seventh Circuit Victory Secured for Law Firm against former Employee

Summary Judgment Obtained for Business Owner Defendant on Personal Guarantee

Very Significant Victory in an Accounting Malpractice Case

Double victory for client in legal malpractice case

Novel aiding and abetting theory against attorney dismissed

Court tosses claims against retail store alleging violation of section 1983 and malicious prosecution

Court summarily rejects claim brought against attorney in a real estate deal

Illinois Appellate Court, First District, Affirms Dismissal of Defamation Action

Summary Judgment Victory For Divorce Attorney In Legal Malpractice Case

Attorneys Win Dismissal In Accounting Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Successfully Thwart Bid For Entry of TRO

Summary Judgment Victory for Real Estate Developer

Pretzel & Stouffer Partner Will Discuss Recent Legal Changes to Non-Compete Clauses During Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Event Feb. 10