J. Andrew Brabender
Since founding Brabender & Chiang in 2012, Andy has assisted over 300 tenants in Chicago security deposit disputes, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Andy, a native of Michigan’s upper peninsula, attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at UWEC, he majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology and was selected for the Dean’s List every semester. Andy graduated summa cum laude ranking in the top 1% of his class.
After graduating from college, he moved to Chicago to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Chicago-Kent he was a member of Law Review and was the recipient of numerous merit scholarships. Andy also externed for the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. At the culmination of his legal education, Andy ranked in the top 5% of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif.
While in law school, Andy clerked at the law firm of Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery, Johnny Cochran’s Chicago office. Upon graduation, he continued working at The Cochran Firm where he litigated cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. During the five years he was employed with the firm, Andy had the opportunity to participate in the litigation of numerous cases; some of which resulted in settlements in the millions of dollars. This experience has given Andy strength in the courtroom and the ability to counsel people in times of great emotional anguish.
“My Landlord Tried To Take Advantage of Me, But My Attorney Empowered Me.”
I had never used an attorney for anything before this experience. I had always been wary of lawyers, but unfortunately, I was faced with a situation in which I thought contacting an attorney would be my best option. From the very first time we talked, Andy really made me feel at ease. He listened to what I had to say, and asked me what result I wanted before giving me his take and advice. At the beginning of this experience, honestly, I was intimidated and afraid that I would end up having to pay a lot of money for an unjust reason. But as Andy worked on my case with me, I began to feel empowered, and at the end of it all, I ended up asking for what I was originally too afraid to ask for, and getting it. Andy made me aware of many things in the law that I never saw (despite the hours of research I did on my own previously). Andy is very responsive; I never had to wait very long for a response, no matter what time it was. He is very knowledgeable about landlord/tenant law, and he never had a problem explaining things that I didn't understand. I would not hesitate to retain Andy's services again, or to recommend his services to anyone I know.
Posted by Kathy, a Landlord & Tenant client, 9 days ago.
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