Andrew Stoltmann Esq.

Andrew Stoltmann, attorney and investor advocate, exclusively concentrates his practice in representing investors who are the victims of investment fraud. He has represented over one thousand individuals in lawsuits and securities arbitration actions against brokerage firms like Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley Dean Witter, Wachovia, Linsco, Prudential, Baird, Edward Jones, AG Edwards and Smith Barney and has tried approximately 80 cases. Previous to opening the Stoltmann Law Offices P.C. he was a partner in a law firm concentrating its practice in the representation of investors in lawsuits, arbitration claims and class actions against brokerage firms.

Mr. Stoltmann is currently an adjunct securities law professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago. Mr. Stoltmann is currently on the Board of Directors for the Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association (PIABA), an international bar association of attorneys whose members represent investors in disputes with the securities industry. He became the Executive Vice President/President elect of PIABA in October of 2016 and will become the President of the organization in October of 2017.  He was the Editor-In-Chief of the PIABA Bar Journal from 2001 through 2005. Mr. Stoltmann also co-authored the book “Investor Rights for the Year 2000 and Beyond.” He was voted an Illinois legal Rising Star from 2008 through 2012 and voted a Super Lawyer by his legal peers in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Mr. Stoltmann worked as a licensed stockbroker for Olde Discount and Merrill Lynch. While in law school at DePaul University, Mr. Stoltmann clerked at the Chicago NASD Dispute Resolution office (now called FINRA), where 95% of securities arbitration cases are decided.

Mr. Stoltmann has appeared as a guest providing legal opinions, commentary and analysis on CNN, CNBC, BBC, CBC, CBS, CNN-FN, Bloomberg TV and National Public Radio (please see Stoltmann in The News). Mr. Stoltmann has been quoted in various publications worldwide including the Wall Street Journal, Christian Science Monitor, Business Week, Forbes, Fortune, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Kiplinger’s, Jerusalem Post, London Post, London Free Press, The Guardian (UK), Daily Telegraph of London, Montreal Gazette, MaClean’s, Calgary Herald, Toronto Globe & Mail, Toronto Star, Mainichi Daily News (Tokyo), China Daily (Beijing), Mail & Guardian (Johannesburg), National Post, and The Scotsman (Edinburgh).

Mr. Stoltmann is a member of PIABA (Public Investor Arbitration Bar Association), ATLA (Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association and is admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

Email:Andrew@stoltlaw.com
Phone: 312.332.4200

 

Joe Wojciechowski Esq.

I have been a licensed attorney since November 2009 and been with Stoltmann Law Offices since March 2005. Prior to Stoltmann Law Offices, I had a short stint as a paralegal with a Chicago securities defense firm.  I am currently managing partner at Stoltmann Law Offices and am responsible for the day to day operations of the firm, docket and case management. Personally, I handle all aspects of case management from potential client/case intake to trying the case. I have successfully briefed, argued, and defeated numerous motions to dismiss before dozens of FINRA arbitration panels and courts of law.

I have successfully briefed motions to vacate arbitration awards before the Central District of California, Northern District of Illinois, and participated in appeals before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have appeared before FINRA arbitration panels in hundreds of cases and successfully mediated over one hundred investor cases. I also have experience appearing in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Circuit Court of DuPage County, Northern District of Illinois, American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) both under the Commercial Rules and Consumer Rules, and the Judicial Arbitration/Mediation Services (JAMS). My legal practice experience is almost exclusively in representation of investor interests, whatever the venue.  I also do a small amount of commercial disputes and civl litigation work.

I have been a member of PIABA since 2009 and have participated as a member of the SRO committee, annual meeting committee and other subcommittees on discovery abuses and E-discovery.  I am currently an editor of the PIABA Bar Journal, and the author of the “Cases and Materials” article which appears in every journal, and have previously authored “Investors, Cornered.”

Email: Joe@stoltlaw.com
Twitter:@chistocklawpro
Phone: 312.332.4200

Deanna Besbekos Esq.

Deanna Besbekos graduated Cum Laude from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a B.A. in Psychology in May 2009. She graduated Cum Laude from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago in May 2012. Ms. Besbekos earned a Dean’s Scholarship while attending The John Marshall Law School and was also on the Dean’s List. She won the Hellenic Bar Association Scholarship in October 2010 and served as the President of the Hellenic Law Students Association. Ms. Besbekos also won CALI Awards in Payment Systems and Illinois Civil Procedure. While attending college and law school, Ms. Besbekos worked as a law clerk for Stoltmann Law Offices.

Ms. Besbekos was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois in November 2012. Additionally, she was admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in March 2013. She is a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Hellenic Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Illinois Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association.

Email:
Deanna@stoltlaw.com
Phone: 312.332.4200

Alexander Loftus Esq.

Alexander Loftus has won a wide range of significant cases through mediation, arbitration, and trial including claims arising from breach of contract, fraud, construction, shareholder suits, malpractice, and employment. Alexander has handled appeals before the Seventh Circuit, Illinois Appellate Courts, Illinois Supreme Court, and United States Supreme Court. He has tried nearly twenty cases to verdict in state and federal courts in several states and argued dozens of dispositive motions from the Delaware Court of Chancery to Madison County, Illinois.

  • A retired judge who mediated a complex trust case stated, “(Alexander’s) performance in the mediation was outstanding… He spun gold from straw
  • Opposing counsel (successful trial lawyer with over thirty years experience) said at the beginning of his closing argument “I would also like to personally thank Mr. Loftus. Alex, you are a true professional and a gentleman, and he knows more about trying a jury trial case in the State of Illinois than I will every know, so I appreciate your knowledge and expertise.
  • A client in a dispute of $550,000 in estate assets wrote: “Alexander Loftus is an exceptional attorney. He recently represented me on a complex trust litigation matter and throughout, he was extremely thorough and insightful regarding all aspects of my case that would not have been resolved as quickly and effectively had it not been for Alexander’s diligence and outstanding communication skills.”
  • A breach of contract client whose case settled favorably despite facing a significant counterclaim wrote: “Alexander is a very detailed, highly educated attorney… he really takes the time to make sure everything is done correctly and within the law.”

In 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Super Lawyers named Alexander as being one of less than 2.5% of Illinois attorneys under age 40 selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Stars.  Alexander was also included in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Illinois by the National Trial Lawyers for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017. In 2014, Alexander was included in the Top 40 Litigators Under Age 40 by the American Society of Legal Advocates. The American Society of Legal Advocates exclusive membership comprises less than 1.5% of all licensed attorneys nationwide. In 2017 Alexander was included in Acquisition International’s Ones to Watch in Intellectual Property 2017.

Alexander went to college in Saint Paul, Minnesota and Washington, D.C. In college he studied Political Science and was a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (national political science honor society). While studying at American University, Alexander held his first legal position as an investigator for Mental Health Division of Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Shortly thereafter, he graduated from DePaul University College of Law with honors in 2010. While at DePaul he was an Editor and Staff Writer for the DePaul/Commercial Law League of America Business & Commercial Law Journal.

Email:
Alex@stoltlaw.com
Phone: 312.772.5396

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