Peter W. Brandt (Partner, Bloomington)

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Peter was born at Bloomington, Illinois.

Born Bloomington, Illinois, October 25, 1955; admitted to bar, 1983, Illinois. Education: University of Illinois (B.A., 1978); Southern Illinois University (J.D., 1983). Joined law firm in 1983 as an Associate. Became a partner in 1987. Primary office location – Bloomington. Area of concentration – Medical and Professional Liability, Corporate Law. Mr. Brandt has authored numerous articles and book chapters regarding trial practice. He is a frequent lecturer to colleagues on the science of trial advocacy. President of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (President for the year 2000), Editor-in-Chief of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Quarterly Journal, appointed Federal Court Civil Justice Reform Act Committee (1996-1998). Appointed (1997) Illinois Supreme Court Committee for Pattern Jury Instructions (Civil). Recipient of the Exceptional Performance Citation for the Year 2000 from the Defense Research Institute. Voted among Leading Lawyers in Illinois (2003). Member: McLean County, Illinois State and American Bar Associations; Board of Directors, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Chair, Professional Liability Committee; International Association of Defense Trial Counsel; Defense Research Institute, Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. Career summary – Advises clients on a wide range of matters pertaining to Business law and Professional Liability. Civic affiliations – board member, Children’s Foundation, YMCA Board of Directors, Second Presbyterian Church Foundation. Family – Wife, Janice Brandt, Artist. Hobbies – Jogging, skiing, travel.

  • McLean County Inns of Court (1999 - current)

Bar Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar (1983)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1999)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1994)
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois (1984)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (1984)




Courtroom news

  • 02/27/17 - Stites celebrates 25th Anniversary as AV Preeminent Attorney. more...
  • 01/05/16 - Richard Stites Achieves Senior Fellow Status with LCA. more...
  • 11/12/15 - Barger Achieves Distinguished Counsellor Status. more...
  • 11/10/15 - Peter Brandt and Kirk Holman Achieve JVR Award Status. more...
  • 11/28/14 - Joseph R. Wetzel. more...
Stites celebrates 25th Anniversary as AV Preeminent Attorney
February 27, 2017

Richard Stites has been notified by Martindale-Hubbell® that he has received an award for having maintained the status of “AV™ Preeminent”™ for 25 consecutive years. For over 140 years, Martindale-Hubbell® has continuously provided to attorneys, courts and the public at large an anonymous, peer-review rating system designed to provide insight into an individual attorney’s qualifications and ethical standards. According to Martindale-Hubbell,® its Peer Review Ratings™ are the “gold standard” in attorney rating systems. Martindale-Hubbell® describes the “AV Preeminent®” rating as representing “the highest peer rating . . . [t]his rating signifies that the lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.” The rating received by a lawyer is the product of numerous inquiries made of lawyers and judges whose names remain confidential so as to assure that the peer review process remains impartial. In a single, given year, less than 5% of all lawyers in the United States receive the very highest rating of AV™ Preeminent.™ After a lawyer establishes a rating, Martindale-Hubbell® will conduct periodic random reviews of all Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ to ensure the rating continues to accurately reflect attorney performance and qualifications for a particular rank.

Richard Stites Achieves Senior Fellow Status with LCA
January 05, 2016

Richard E. Stites, long a Fellow with Litigation Counsel of America, was recently advised that he had achieved Senior Fellow status with the Society. This is a permanent designation.

The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. Senior Fellow status in the society is reserved for advanced commitment to and support of the LCA, Diversity Law Institute and Trial Law Institute. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership. The number of Fellowships has been kept at an exclusive limit by design, allowing qualifications, diversity and inclusion to align effectively, with recognition of excellence in litigation across all segments of the bar. Fellows are generally at the partner or shareholder level, or are independent practitioners with recognized experience and accomplishment. In addition, the LCA is dedicated to promoting superior advocacy, professionalism and ethical standards among its Fellows.

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Barger Achieves Distinguished Counsellor Status
November 12, 2015

Thomas M. Barger, III, was awarded Distinguished Counsellor status by the illinois Sate Bar Association in a Recognition Ceremony at the Standard Club in Chicago, Illinois on November 12, 2015. LivingstonBarger is proud to recognize the work and dedication of one of its senior counselors and his services to the Central Illinois community.

Peter Brandt and Kirk Holman Achieve JVR Award Status
November 10, 2015

Peter Brandt and Kirk Holman were recently voted to be recipients of a 2015 Jury Verdict Reporter award and an award for Trial Lawyer Excellence. For more details, please see "OUTSTANDING DEFENSE VERDICT IN A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE"

Joseph R. Wetzel
November 28, 2014

The firm is pleased to announce that Joseph R. Wetzel has joined the firm. Most recently, Joe worked at a law firm specializing in the representation of banks and financial institutions in litigation throughout Illinois. Joe also has experience in general civil litigation matters representing diverse clients in multiple aspects of civil litigation. Joe earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2004 and was a member of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from Millikin University in 2001

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