Jennifer Ries-Buntain

Direct: 312.267.6212
Fax: 312.345.9608
Alt: 773.551.1009

Jennifer Ries-Buntain is a trial attorney with experience in professional liability, general negligence, commercial litigation, and environmental litigation. She specializes in the defense of providers of health care services, including those who work for hospitals, health care clinics such as fertility, laboratories, staffing agencies, and other institutions. Jennifer is one of the original nine attorneys who practiced together at a large Chicago law firm and left that firm to create Hall, Prangle, & Schoonveld, LLC.

Her clients trust her to handle a wide range of claims brought against them. She has defended both state and federal claims involving private parties and governmental entities. These include negligence, insurance coverage, product liability, premises liability, battery, defamation, and breach of confidentiality. As part of national “s.w.a.t” teams for her clients, Jennifer has appeared as trial counsel in a number of states. She has tried several cases to verdict including first- and co-chairing catastrophic injury cases. When the circumstances warrant it, Jennifer recognizes the value of obtaining timely and efficient alternative resolutions for her clients. Dispositive motions are tools that she looks for opportunities to use, successfully narrowing issues for her clients.

As the firm’s former Managing Partner and in current leadership roles in the firm, Jennifer’s mission is to advance a different kind of business model- one that redefines success by recognizing the parallels of being a good human and a good lawyer. She views her role as a leader within the firm as a platform to give the firm’s clients, members, and surrounding communities a way to determine, and be at, their best. Jennifer has been asked to speak on panels for bar associations regarding these issues.

Jennifer was featured in the article "Time to humanize the practice of law" that appeared in the September 16, 2014, edition of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. 

In 2011, Jennifer was elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates  (ABOTA), which is a national organization of trial lawyers (plaintiffs and defense) formed for the purpose of fostering improvement in the ethical and technical standards of practice in the field of advocacy. Membership is by nomination of the local chapter, and Illinois' chapter includes many of the top trial attorneys in the city of Chicago. Jennifer was determined by the board to be a trial lawyer who is of high personal character and honorable reputation and who met ABOTA's particular qualifications for trial experience. Prior to Jennifer's nomination, only three women had been elected into the ABOTA Illinois chapter. 

Jennifer was elected a member of the Society of Trial Lawyers, an elite, invitation-only group, representing 1% of the 1% of attorneys who are trial lawyers. The Society is comprised of many of Chicago’s top trial lawyers and including both defense and plaintiffs’ attorneys.

Jennifer has been recognized as a "Leading Lawyer," a selection of lawyers who were most often recommended by their peers in statewide surveys.

In 2021, Jennifer was named one of the Top 50 Women in the Law by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
In addition to trying cases, Jennifer's enthusiasms include skiing, tennis, travel, college football, volunteer work, book club, and hiking with her family (husband, Jonathan, CEO of a technology company, two sons, and their sheepdog).


Chicago, Illinois
200 South Wacker Drive
Suite 3300
Salt Lake City, Utah
111 East Broadway
Suite 700

As a member of the catastrophic trial team  Jennifer Ries-Buntain is available to practice in all of our offices and across the country, on a case by case basis.


DePaul University College of Law, J.D. with Certificate in Health Law (1997)

University of Michigan, B.A., with Distinction (1994)

bar admissions

Illinois (1997)

Utah (2009)


Illinois Supreme Court (1997)

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois (1997)

Utah Supreme Court (2009)

Admitted pro hac vice in multiple jurisdictions

Professional and Community Organizations

Chicago Bar Association

American Board of Trial Advocates

Society of Trial Lawyers