Brett Manchel is an associate attorney with Levinson and Stefani. When you become a client, Brett immediately starts the pre-litigation process, which includes receiving and reviewing your medical records and bills, reading police reports, and investigating witnesses. These elements build the foundations of your case. He will also prepare FOIA requests, correspond with insurance companies and health care providers, and negotiate settlements and lien reductions. An attorney’s eyes on your file from the very beginning means that your case is taken seriously and analyzed completely, and that it will never fall through the cracks. Brett understands that the practice of law is customer service, and he strives to work aggressively and efficiently for clients while upholding the firm’s reputation of being ethical and having integrity.
While handling the personal injury cases from the start, Brett is also particularly interested in helping parents and children use technology and the Internet safely. A self-described computer nerd, he wants to make sure victims of online defamation, invasion of privacy, harassment, cyberbullying, and intellectual property infringement know their rights. To this end, he works on the firm’s child safety blog, The Safest Line. A former DJ and drummer, Brett also advises musical clients on copyright and trademark matters.
Honors and Awards
Brett was honored as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2016 and 2017. Fewer than 2.5 percent of Illinois lawyers under the age of 40 are selected.
Education and Memberships
A Michigan native, Brett earned his BA from the University of Michigan, and then his JD, cum laude, from Michigan State University College of Law. In law school Brett founded the Media, Entertainment, Technology & Arts Law Society; competed in a national copyright-themed moot court competition; and wrote on many technology related legal issues. Throughout law school, Brett gained practical legal experience in a variety of settings: as an intern for a Federal judge, with the public defender in Ann Arbor, MI, and as a law clerk helping people in their property, estate planning, and business affairs. After graduation from law school, the tall buildings and millions of people lured him to Chicago, where he an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and a volunteer with the Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
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