Pretzel & Stouffer
John V. Smith II

John V. Smith, II
Equity Partner

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

Notre Dame Law School, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, A.B.

Bar Admissions
Illinois Supreme Court
U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

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

Attorney Bio

John is an equity partner and shareholder with Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, where he began his career in 1982. He has substantial experience in trying civil cases and has brought a large number of cases to verdict.

His experience and reputation have earned him the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as selection as an Illinois Super Lawyer by his peers. John has been recognized in Marquis Who’s Who in American Law. He is a frequent lecturer and author on issues relating to trial tactics, civil litigation, environmental litigation, medical malpractice and mediation at Notre Dame Law School, John Marshall Law School and the School of Law at Trinity College Dublin.

While attending Notre Dame Law School, John was a member of the National Trial Team and the editorial board of the Journal of Legislation.

News and Verdicts

Summary Judgement Won and Upheld Due to Lack of Medical Causation