Pretzel & Stouffer
Richard M. Waris

Richard M. Waris
Equity Partner

Recognitions and Awards
Since 2013 has served on Supreme Court Justice Theis’ Judicial Screening Committee

Recognition and Appointments
Marquis® Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in Practicing Attorneys
Highest Martindale-Hubbell rating, AV
Illinois Leading Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyers®
Appointed to the Illinois Department of Insurance’s advisory committees on the Banks and Insurance and on Employee Leasing Companies

St. Louis University/University of Notre Dame, J.D.
University of Notre Dame, B.A.

Bar Admissions
Illinois State Bar
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, General and Trial bars
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations
Chicago Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
American Bar Association
The Lawyers Club
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Board of Directors
International Association of Defense Counsel
The LP Gas Joint Defense Counsel

Attorney Bio

Richard is an equity partner at Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered. He served as the first chairman of the law firm’s executive committee, and has been elected to that position for several terms. He concentrates his practice in commercial litigation, defense of professional liability claims, legislation and regulatory matters. He is also experienced in employment litigation, product liability litigation, construction claims and construction defects, and insurance coverage matters, including various errors and omissions claims.

Richard serves as general counsel to the Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois. He has also been a member of the Order of the Barristers and the National Mock Trial Team, and was master of the bench of the American Inn of Court. While earning his law degree at the University of Notre Dame, Richard was the managing editor of the Journal of Legislation and director of the Notre Dame Legislative Research Service.

News and Verdicts

P&S Submits Brief to Illinois Supreme Court on Behalf of Independent Insurance Agents of Illinois

Property Owner Dismissed from IHRA and ADA Based lawsuit

Spoliation Claim Against Insurer Dismissed Under Statue of Limitations

Pharmacy Defeats Product Liability Claim

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

Dismissal of Multi-Million Dollar Accounting Liability Claim

Attorneys Secure Dismissal of Accounting Malpractice Claim

Attorneys Secure Dismissal of Accounting Malpractice Claim

Pretzel & Stouffer Team Secures Victory for Insurer Client in Potential Class-Action Suit

Pretzel & Stouffer, Chartered, Celebrates 65 Years

Pretzel & Stouffer Associate Speaks to Illinois Association of Mortgage Professionals on Litigation Trends

Pretzel & Stouffer Attorneys Retained to Represent Former Bank Executive in FDIC Claims