Pretzel & Stouffer
Matthew J. Egan

Matthew J. Egan
Equity Partner

Recognition and Appointments
Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV
Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2006-2011
Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter’s Trial Lawyer Excellence award, 2010

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 1982
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, B.A. in English, 1979
University of Stirling (Scotland), 1977-1978

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

Professional Affiliations
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Bio

Matthew J. Egan has substantial experience in complex civil litigation as a trial lawyer and as appellate counsel. He has tried a wide variety of cases to verdict in state and federal court, as well as before Illinois’ various administrative agencies. He has also briefed and argued dozens of cases before courts of review in Illinois, including the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mr. Egan began his legal career with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, working as an assistant state’s attorney and a special assistant state’s attorney in the criminal appeals division, and then joined the Chicago Regional Counsel’s Office of Hartford Insurance Company as trial and appellate counsel.

Mr. Egan joined Pretzel & Stouffer in 1988 and was elected a partner in 1991. He serves on the firm’s executive, finance and ethics committees.

In addition to his work at the firm, Mr. Egan has actively served the legal profession through the Illinois Supreme Court’s Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission. He served as a member of the ARDC Inquiry Board from 1989 to 1991, and has served as a member of the ARDC Hearing Board since 1991. Mr. Egan has presented continuing legal education seminars on professional ethics and on the defense of legal malpractice and other professional liability claims, as well as client-education seminars on the defense of wrongful death cases, the defense of construction injury and construction defect cases and on significant developments in Illinois law. He has also drafted legislation and testified before Illinois Senate and House committees about legislation regarding claims against insurance producers and firms.

News and Verdicts

Immediate Dismissal Granted in Attorney Malpractice Case

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Presented on the ADA and FMLA at Conference of Senior Living Community Administrators

Client’s Dismissal Obtained from Legal Malpractice Case

Defamation Defense Successful for Governmental Union Representative

Victory for the Glen Ellyn Park District

Firm Attorney Retained By a Major Petroleum Refiner

Judgment on Behalf of a Hospital Client in a Case of Alleged Apparent Agency

Summary Judgment Granted in Defense of Brain Damage Claim

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms Client’s Dismissal from Construction Defect Case

Matthew J. Egan Receives Trial Lawyer Excellence Award