Bradley C. Nahrstadt

Adjunct Professor


Bradley C. Nahrstadt is a partner of Lipe Lyons Murphy Nahrstadt & Pontikis Ltd., co-chair of the insurance coverage practice group, and a member of the product liability, professional liability and tort defense practice groups. He concentrates his practice in the defense of high stakes product liability, insurance coverage, insurance bad faith and commercial litigation cases in state and federal courts around the country and has also handled a number of matters at the appellate level.

Since 2008, Brad has been selected by his peers for inclusion in Illinois Leading Lawyers for product liability defense and medical malpractice defense. In 2007 and from 2010 to 2017 he was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers for product liability defense, and in 2006 was selected by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin as one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys under 40 to Watch.” 

Brad is the award-winning author or co-author of over 90 articles that have appeared in some of the leading legal publications in the country. In addition to writing articles, Brad is the author or co-author of 35 book chapters on all manner of discovery and trial practice. He has served as the general editor of two separate publications issued by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education: Illinois Product Liability Practice (2005, 2009, 2011, 2014) and Illinois Insurance Law (2009, 2011, 2014).

Brad is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, the Professional Liability Defense Federation, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Association of Defense Trial Counsel and The Litigation Counsel of America. He is currently serving as the President-Elect of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). He will become President of the group in June of 2018. He is also the President of the Chicago Lincoln Inn of Court.  In 2008, Brad was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an honor reserved for less than 1% of the attorneys practicing in the United States. He is “AV Preeminent” peer review rated by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.


JD University of Illinois
BA Monmouth College


Pre-Trial Litigation