J. Andrew Brabender

Andy is the founder of Brabender & Chiang. He practices personal injury and security deposit law.

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.

Past Employment

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.