Peter W. Brandt (Partner, Bloomington)

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Peter was born on 10-25-1955 in 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

  • 11/10/15 - Peter Brandt and Kirk Holman Achieve JVR Award Status. more...
  • 11/28/14 - Joseph R. Wetzel. more...
  • 09/01/14 - Rachel Brandt. more...
  • 01/01/14 - Elizabeth Megli Becomes Partner. more...
  • 11/11/13 - Law Firm Attains Ranking as Top U.S. Law Firm. more...
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

Rachel Brandt
September 01, 2014

The law firm is pleased to aanounce that Rachel Brandt has joined the firm.

Elizabeth Megli Becomes Partner
January 01, 2014

Effective January 1, 2014, LivingstonBarger is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Megli was elected to equity partner at the firm. Ms Megli counsels clients on a wide range of business matters and probate-related matters. She is also actively involved in representing governmental entities on a daily basis. Megli has substantial experience in government and regulatory affairs. She has a deep understanding of the laws and procedures critical to government operations and interactions with the private sector. Megli also is able to draw from her very capable litigation experience when it is not possible to reach voluntary agreement. "Liz exemplifies the professionalism and dedication to legal excellence that we as a firm strive for at LivingstonBarger," said Partner Richard Stites.

The firm extends its sincere congratulations to its newly-elected partner.

Law Firm Attains Ranking as Top U.S. Law Firm
November 11, 2013

The law firm of LivingstonBarger has been notified that it has received a 2014 designation as one of Martindale-Hubbell's U.S. Top Law Firms. This follows a similar designation in 2013. This ranking is based upon the law firm's AV ranking and the fact that more than 1/3 of its attorneys have an individual AV ranking. Martindale-Hubbell indicates that only 2,442 law firms in the country will have such a designation for 2014.

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