Brett H. Pyrdek Partner
Brett is a tenacious litigator dedicated to relentlessly pursuing his clients’ goals without sacrificing common sense. He frequently defends banks and financial institutions across the country in matters involving various banking, financial regulation and consumer protection statutes, such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Fair Credit Billing Act, and the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act, among others. As such, he understands the value that hard-working litigators can provide clients through targeted courtroom methodologies accompanied by thoughtful negotiation behind the scenes.
Brett is committed to using proven strategies that are well-tested in his consumer financial litigation practice. He guides business and individual clients through a wide variety of commercial disputes and litigation, including in relation to breach of contract claims, actions for fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and other torts, and trade regulation, quasi-criminal matters, denial of insurance coverage, and the like.
An advocate at the core, Brett thrives under the challenge of creating litigation risks for his clients’ opponents designed to drive early resolutions. He prides himself on acting as a trusted adviser who aims to effectuate desired outcomes while avoiding protracted legal spend.
Brett returned to the firm following his experience as an assistant general counsel and in-house litigator in JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s legal department. His responsibilities included handling litigation matters, disputes, regulatory inquiries and internal investigations for the bank. He was a member of litigation teams supporting the consumer and business banking and credit card banking lines of business throughout their various U.S. jurisdictions. He also managed an early dispute resolution team responsible for resolving certain disputes and litigation pertaining to retail banking products and services nationwide.
Brett was also a member of the J.P. Morgan legal team in London responsible for litigation and regulatory enforcement matters related to the bank's operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). He advised key stakeholders for the corporate and investment banking, asset management and private banking lines of business on best practices to mitigate litigation risk and reputational concerns. Brett's matters in EMEA included private disputes and civil litigation, as well as internal reviews, government investigations and regulatory enforcement matters under the purview of prudential banking, financial services, securities and competition regulators and enforcement authorities in the region and the U.S.
Prior to his in-house roles, Brett worked as a litigation associate and started his legal career with Barnes & Thornburg. As an associate, his experience included a variety of commercial disputes, litigation and regulatory investigation matters, including the representation of corporate policyholders in insurance coverage disputes. Before becoming an attorney, Brett served as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he was an ordnance platoon leader during the initial phase of the Kosovo Campaign and served as an ammunition control officer and detachment commander in Germany. Brett is conversational in German.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Barnes & Thornburg Associate Development Committee
Pro bono, matters largely consisting of the representation of veterans
Member, Veterans of Foreign Wars
Member, DANK Haus German American Cultural Center
Member, Illinois State Bar Association