Pretzel & Stouffer
John J. Walsh III

John J. Walsh III

Recognition and Appointments
Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV
Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2009-2014
Executive Committee of the Judicial Evaluations Committee, Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), 2011 - present
Judicial Evaluations Committee, ISBA, 2006-present

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 1982
University of Notre Dame, B.A. 1968
Magna cum laude

Bar Admissions
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial bars
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Professional Affiliations
American Bar Association
The Society of Trial Lawyers of Illinois
Past President, 2007-08

Attorney Bio

John has been a trial lawyer with Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, since 1982, focusing on the defense of physician, hospital and nursing home liability cases; employment discrimination; and civil rights and law enforcement liability. He has successfully tried more than 50 cases to verdict as lead trial counsel in state and federal courts in northeastern Illinois. He has also assisted in the appellate defense of numerous not-guilty verdicts, with one successful appeal in a Section 1983 Civil Rights case reaching the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2010, John defended two northwest suburban spine surgeons to a not-guilty verdict in a Cook County case alleging a debilitating entrapment neuropathy in a patient's arm following a revision lumbar spine surgery. The case spanned 11 years from the surgery at issue to jury verdict. In 2013, he successfully defended a south suburban nursing home to a not-guilty verdict in a wrongful death case in which the jury was asked to award $3 million in damages.

Outside of his practice of law, John has spent more than 23 years managing, coaching, umpiring and administering in the Little League baseball programs in Evanston and Wilmette, as well as other youth sporting activities. He is a former director and president of the Wilmette Baseball Association (1997-2006). He also enjoys golf, swimming, reading and outdoor activities.

News and Verdicts

Strategic Discovery Leads to Summary Judgment

Post-trial Ruling Upholds Not Guilty Verdict

Pretzel & Stouffer Partner on Expert Seminar Panel at Chicago Bar Association

Pretzel & Stouffer Continues Winning Track Record in Federal Discrimination Cases in Wisconsin