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.
Personal Injury - Handle with care
Andy took care of my case against two individuals, where one was a lot more at fault than the other. Basically a friend and I were walking down a street in downtown Chicago when a Porsche ran the light, a Range Rover went on his green light, and they struck each other in the intersection, then heading for us - where we were on foot. I wound up with swollen legs and the inability to walk for a couple weeks, but thankfully I lived. (As did my friend, but with worse injuries). Andy took our case for us and handled it with aplomb and professionalism. It's a hard thing to deal with - the reality that, had a street pole not been there, I would be dead. It's good to have someone like Andy on your side, fighting for your restitution and welfare. That being said, I would have liked to see the party responsible go to jail. But that's another story for Chicago's political corruption.
Posted by Valerie J, a Personal Injury client, about 1 month ago.
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