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


Chaired a presentation to the International Association of Defense Counsel on alternative billing structures and the future of attorney/client arrangements, November 2008.

Presentation to the International Association of Defense Counsel’s Professional Liability Roundtable on corporate and internal investigation from the perspective of directors, officers, lawyers and accountants, October 2006.

Presentation to the Illinois Society of Certified Public Accountants on accountant liability, August 2005.

Expert witness

Economy Fire v. Orner & Wasserman (attorney malpractice)