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J. Andrew Brabender

Andy is the founder of Brabender & Chiang. He practices personal injury and security deposit law.

Since founding Brabender & Chiang in 2012, Andy has assisted over 300 tenants in Chicago security deposit disputes, recovering hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Andy, a native of Michigan’s upper peninsula, attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. While at UWEC, he majored in criminal justice and minored in psychology and was selected for the Dean’s List every semester. Andy graduated summa cum laude ranking in the top 1% of his class.

After graduating from college, he moved to Chicago to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law. At Chicago-Kent he was a member of Law Review and was the recipient of numerous merit scholarships. Andy also externed for the Honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer, a judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. At the culmination of his legal education, Andy ranked in the top 5% of his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif.

Past Employment

While in law school, Andy clerked at the law firm of Cochran, Cherry, Givens, Smith & Montgomery, Johnny Cochran’s Chicago office. Upon graduation, he continued working at The Cochran Firm where he litigated cases involving catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death. During the five years he was employed with the firm, Andy had the opportunity to participate in the litigation of numerous cases; some of which resulted in settlements in the millions of dollars. This experience has given Andy strength in the courtroom and the ability to counsel people in times of great emotional anguish.

Client Testimonials

Excellent and professional lawyerI was struck by two cars while standing on a sidewalk. This was a horrible and traumatic experience. Luckily, I was represented in my civil case by Mr. Brabender. He was compassionate, persistent, and thorough. He did a wonderful job of keeping me informed, staying on top of my case, explaining all of the details of the case to me, providing feedback any time I needed it (he was always available for my questions or concerns), and pushing the case forward so that it could close in a timely manner. I have recommended Mr. Brabender (we call him Andy because he is so friendly!) to my friends and I would use him again. He is intelligent and has a wealth of skills; however, he is also down-to-earth and sympathetic to a client’s feelings, specifically he understands how traumatic these events are to the client. My case was closed in a timely manner and successfully. I truly believe this occurred because Andy worked so diligently on my case. I walked away (literally and figuratively!) from my case with a positive experience and impression of lawyers.

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  • Free Consultation:Yes
  • ACCIDENTS & INJURIES:Airplane, Bus & Helicopter Accidents, Animal & Dog Bites, Asbestos Mesothelioma, Assault & Battery (Plaintiff), Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Car Accidents, Construction Accident, Dangerous Products, Defamation, Drugs & Medical Devices, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury, Personal Injury Defense, Premises Liability, Railroad Worker Injury & FELA, Sexual Abuse, Toxic Mold, Toxic Torts, Truck Accident, Workers' Compensation, Wrongful Death,
  • Certified Professionals:Yes
  • Budget Friendly:Yes
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