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ALAN J. BRINKMEIER has written numerous articles for the DuPage County Bar Association in the  DuPage County Bar Association Brief, Illinois Bar Journal, Chicago Bar Association Record and the Aviation Litigation Reporter and other publications.  He practices in the areas of aviation law, products liability, insurance, municipal liability, civil rights and appellate practice. He is a frequent lecturer as well. 


Mr. Brinkmeier received his B.A. degree from Elmhurst College and his J.D. degree from DePaul University. He is a member of the Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois State and American bar associations, the Defense Research Institute and the Appellate Lawyers Association.  He was appointed and has served continuously for well over a decade as a Commissioner for the City of Elmhurst Zoning & Planning Commission. He has also served since the mid-1990s as a trustee for the Elmhurst College Board of Trustees.



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  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 29%
    32 years
  2. Personal Injury: 24%
    32 years
  3. Litigation: 24%
    32 years
  4. State & Local Law: 23%
    32 years



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Alan J. Brinkmeier Esq.

Brinkmeier Law Group LLC
Greater Chicago Area, IL, 60602


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Superb LawyerAvvo2015
Top ContributorAvvo2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyer2015
Top ContributorAvvo2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2013
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2013
Super Lawyer 2012Super Lawyers2012
Leading Lawyer 2012Leading Lawyer2012
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer 20112011
Chicago MagazineSuper Lawyer 20112011
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyer2010
Super LawyersChicago Magazine2010
SuperLawyerChicago Magazine2009
Leading LawyerLeading Lawyers Network2008
SuperLawyerChicago Magazine2008
Member, GoToLawFirmFortune Magazine2008
SuperLawyerChicago Magazine2007
Illinois Leading LawyerChicago Lawyer Magazine2007
Character Counts AwardeeCity of Elmhurst2007
Illinois Leading LawyerCrains Chicago Business2006
Illinois Leading LawyerCrains Chicago Business2005
Alumni Merit AwardElmhurst College2003
National ODK Alumni Support AwardODK2001
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Recommended Best's LawyerBest's DirectoryN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberBrinkmeier Law Group LLC2009 - Present
CommissionerCity of Elmhurst Zoning & Planning Commission1996 - 2014
OwnerMerlo Kanofsky Brinkmeier Ltd.1992 - 2009
AttorneyPretzel & Stouffer, Chartered1984 - 1992
ParalegalPretzel Stouffer Nolan & Rooney1980 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
Elmhurst CollegeTrustee1997 - Present
Court of Appeals for the Seventh CircuitMember1989 - Present
United States Supreme Court BarMember1989 - Present
Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of IllinoisMember1989 - Present
Federal Trial Bar (Central District of Illinois)MemberN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
Appellate Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
DuPage County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Chicago Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Illinois State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
DuPage Business CouncilBoard2009 - 2014
Chicago Association of Commerce and IndustryAviation Committee1991 - 1993
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
In Re United Flight 232 Crash at Sioux City, IA 1989631 NE 2d 1302 (1994)
Houck v. TWA Flight 800,947 F Supp 373 (ND IL 1996)
Chrissafis v. Continental Airlines, Inc.,1998 U.S. Dist. Lexis 2384, 1998
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Bar JournalCo-Author "Illinois' Restrictive Approach to Insurer's Recovering the Cost of Defending Insured's,"2007
DCBA Brief of the DuPage County Bar Association"Damages: "A Few More Stitches for the Deep Pocket?2003
Aviation Litigation ReporterContributing Author: "Family Awarded $10.45 Million in Crash Case2003
Illinois Defense Counsel Quarterly"A Defense Perspective. "Insurance Law: Illinois' New Actual Notice and Deactivation of Tender Rules"2001
Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association DCBA BriefExpert Cross-Examination and the Sole Proximate Cause Defense2001
Class Action ReportsRedman v. United Airlines Class Certification Granted With Settlement Litigated Judgement2000
Aviation Litigation ReporterIL App. Ct. Affirms Plaintiff's Lack of Standing as 'Next of Kin'1999
Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association DCBA BriefDamages: Apportionment Among Joint Tortfeasors,1997
PDRMA Risk Management InstituteBe 'FORE'warned. Golf Course Liability is Just a Stroke Away1995
The Brief of the DuPage County Bar AssociationGovernment Immunity: A Summer of Planting Seeds1994
Declarations"Give Up The Defense? - Not In Illinois,"1993
Aviation Litigation ReporterCabin Door: Alumni v Tracor Aviation, Inc. Refurbisher Granted Summary Judgment in DC-10 Suit1992
Aviation Litigation ReporterAdmissibility of NTSB Aircraft Accident Reports in Civil Litigation,1991
Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association DCBA BriefConditions of the Land: Relationship of the Dangerous Condition Rule and the Open Danger Defense1991
Chicago Bar RecordThe Question of X-Ray Ownership,1990
Illinois Parks & Recreation MagazineThe Duty to Warn1990
Automotive Litigation Reporter"Hague Convention: Commentary"1990
Aviation Litigation ReporterForum Non Conveniens: Sponagle v. USAir/Piedmont Airlines Dismissal1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Elmhurst CollegeN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Business InstituteEthical Considerations2013
Aviation Law: Anatomy of an Aviation Crash - Palwaukee GIV CrashAviation Law2009
Litigation Skills: Managing Civil DiscoveryE-Discovery under the Federal Rules2008
Aviation: Chicago Bar AssociationAviation: Preemption Under the 1958 Federal Aviation Act2006
Elmhurst CollegeBe Pathfinders and Trail Blazers2001
PDRMA Risk Management InstituteBe 'FORE'warned. Golf Course Liability is Just a Stroke Away1995
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationCross-Examination of Expert Witnesses From Discovery to Trial1992
Liability ClaimsLiability Claims - Open & Obvious Danger Defense1991