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Settlement Planner Spotlight: Andrew Prindable

Settlement Planner Spotlight: Andrew Prindable

Apr 12, 2017

Primary Office Location: Chicago, IL

Why did you choose to become a settlement planner?

I found my way into the structured settlement world during law school. At the time, I was clerking for a personal injury law firm and was able to see firsthand the type of impact settlement planning had on plaintiffs. I knew that for me personally, assisting injured victims and their families during settlement would be much more satisfying than arguing in the courtroom.

What do you enjoy most about being a settlement planner?

I enjoy the unique challenges that every case brings. I love working hands-on with families to plan their future. There’s no one path for everyone and there’s no right answer – it’s like a big puzzle where everyone works together to come to the best possible solution for the client.

What are some of the challenges that your attorney clients face- and how do you help them?

I try to take as much of the settlement planning work off of the attorney’s desk as I can. I know they are busy with other cases. I want them to think of me as their expert that they can go to provide counsel, options, and comfort to their client. While I want my attorneys to stay involved in the settlement planning stage (they often know their clients intimately after years of litigation), I also want them to rest easy knowing that the post-settlement planning is in good hands.

What are some of the challenges that your plaintiff clients face- and how do you help them?

The finality of resolving a lawsuit can be very emotional. While the imminent receipt of settlement proceeds might seem like a joyful occasion, I always remain cognizant of the fact that there is emotion tied to the litigation and to the reality of living with an injury. Oftentimes, a family member was lost or a life forever altered. I try to provide my clients with comfort and a steadfast hand to guide them toward the right decisions regarding post-settlement planning for their future.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

I love to play golf and well, most sports. Most weekends, depending on the time of year, you’ll find me on the golf course, at the hockey rink, and/or attending sporting events. Our latest favorite passion is bocce ball – my neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago has a competitive, fun league that my girlfriend and I really enjoy (American Bocce Co., check it out)!

What is your favorite place to be?

Chicago. I love this city, the people, the neighborhoods, and the vibe. My friends and family are here. Chicago would be the perfect city were it not for the weather 4-5 months out of the year…

What three traits define you?

Dependable. Calm. Easy-going.

What is the greatest challenge you’ve had to overcome in your life so far?

Aside from law school, I would say that a recent injury, torn cartilage in my wrist, has helped me relate more to my clients. While it was in no way as extreme or as painful as most of my clients’ injuries, it affected my ability to play sports, which is a large part of my life. I was surprised at how much that affected me mentally and emotionally. Dealing with that experience has helped me become more empathetic and has given me perspective on some of the emotions my clients go through after their injuries.

Who is your personal hero?

My personal hero is my father. He is a plaintiff attorney, so I grew up around the legal industry and met many of his clients. Hearing their stories and seeing the litigation in action inspired me to go to law school so that I could help people. Seeing my Dad be an advocate for injured people for so long has definitely made him my hero!

If you weren’t a settlement planner, what would you be doing for a career?

I would probably be a personal injury lawyer. I firmly believe in helping other people, so had I not found settlement planning, I’m sure I would have taken a more traditional path in law.

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