Pretzel & Stouffer
Thomas Vincent-Paul Draths

Thomas Vincent-Paul Draths

Recognition and Appointments
CALI® Excellence for the Future Award for Highest Achievement in Legal Writing, Spring 2008
CALI® Excellence for the Future Award for Highest Achievement in Tort Law, Spring 2009

Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D. 2010
Dean’s honors
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A. 2007
Dean’s honors

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

Professional Affiliations
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association

Attorney Bio

Since joining Pretzel & Stouffer as a summer associate, Tom has demonstrated a natural ability to manage risk, identify issues, and solve problems. Tom understands that his clients are asked to do “more with less” in today’s legal climate. As a second generation attorney, Tom has an instinct for evaluating risk accurately and shaping creative strategies to defend his clients’ interests with increased efficiency.

Tom strives to advocate for his clients in courts of law and in the courts of public opinion. A thorough investigator and fearless cross-examiner, Tom approaches each case with the mindset of a trial lawyer. Tom understands that the value of a case may be impacted at any point in the development of a lawsuit. Accordingly, Tom capitalizes on opportunities to expose inconsistencies in his opponent’s theories in order to drive down their overall expectations. When cases are approached with this mindset, the results are more favorable and less costly.

In addition to becoming a partner with the firm early in his career, Tom has been recognized as a Rising Star and as an Emerging Lawyer in multiple areas of defense litigation. Tom’s deposition and legal writing skills rival those of attorneys of similar ages and experience levels in the Chicago legal community.

Tom’s practice is a diverse one. He defends individuals, businesses, product manufacturers, and health-care facilities in all phases of personal injury and wrongful death litigation. From automobile accidents, to trip-and-falls, to complex product and medical liability claims, Tom defends his clients’ reputation and resources with enthusiasm.

Defending local municipalities and their employees also comprises a significant focus for Tom. Tom helps lead a team of attorneys that represents a public transit entity in its defense of personal injury, premises liability, and wrongful death matters throughout the greater Chicago area.

Tom also defends non-medical professionals when they are sued by their clients for professional malpractice. Tom has successfully defended cases against attorneys, accountants, insurance producers, and real estate brokers in state and federal courts.

Besides his general and professional defense practice, Tom has extensive experience representing non-profit organizations in commercial litigation, employment disputes, and civil litigation. With these types of clients, Tom understands that civil claims for money damages can threaten the organization’s ability to carry on its day-to-day operations. Therefore, Tom takes the time to counsel his clients on managing risk, since avoiding a claim is just as critical as defending one successfully.

Tom and his wife, Jessica, live on Chicago’s north side. When he’s not practicing law, Tom serves as an executive officer on the Notre Dame College Prep’s Alumni Board.

News and Verdicts

Appellate Victory for Attorney Accused of Committing Legal Malpractice during Whistleblower Lawsuit

Summary Judgment Victory on Behalf of Bar Owner

Trial Victory for Attorney and Credit Union re Bankruptcy Discharge Injunction

Pharmacy Defeats Product Liability Claim

Residential Complex Security Company Granted Dismissal

Attorneys Secure Dismissal of Accounting Malpractice Claim