Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis

Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis

Insurance Defense in Illinois and Missouri

Firm Overview

Protecting client rights since 1930

Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis and its predecessor firms have been located in Alton, Illinois in Madison County for 80 years. Our attorneys have 235 years of collective experience defending cases in Southwestern Illinois, St. Louis, and St Charles County, Missouri. Clients who hire us get their money's worth. We have a record of achieving favorable results in high-risk defense cases for clients such as:

Insurance carriers
Self-insured companies
Manufacturing companies
National corporations
Non-profit organizations

Nationally recognized for excellence

Several Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis lawyers have earned the prestigious AV Preeminent Peer Review RatingSM by Martindale-Hubbell, an honor that is reserved for attorneys of the highest calibre. The designation is a reflection of overall professional excellence. Our attorneys include members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. The College of Trial Lawyers is a premier professional trial organization that accepts members by invitation only, with membership limited to one percent of the attorney population from any one state. The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) is an invitation-only professional organization for corporate and defense attorneys, dating back to 1920. The IADC is the organization that formed the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the National Professional Association of Defense Counsel. Several of our attorneys are members of the DRI. On the state level, most of our attorneys are active members of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

Main Office

Main Office
401 Market St.
P.O. Box 130
Alton IL 62002




Insurance Law Defense

Attorneys serving clients in Illinois and Missouri

When an insured or self-insured individual or company is sued in Illinois or Missouri for an allegation of negligence, we at Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis are ready to step in with our well-prepared defense attorneys. Our clients receive a vigorous defense from the initial investigation of the claim through trial. We begin by evaluating each case for liability and formulating relevant defenses.

Proven track record

We have successfully resolved hundreds of general insurance claims either during pre-trial proceedings or at trial. We have a proven record of successfully defending our clients in general negligence cases and have obtained numerous defendants' verdicts. Our attorneys have no problem taking on the defense of a case that has already progressed, even if it is on the eve of a deposition, trial, or jury selection.

Taking advantage of appeals

When a case that was litigated to verdict is appealed, it is the general policy of Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis to handle the appeal ourselves. Many other firms send appeals to other firms. We believe our attorneys obtain invaluable experience from first-hand experience in appellate practice. When at trial, they have the heightened knowledge and skills to preserve standing in the record in the event that a verdict must be appealed. We believe that the extensive appellate experience gained by our attorneys yields an immeasurable advantage at trial.

Knowledge of our adversaries

We have good relationships with many adversary firms in our area, and are familiar with their reputation in the courthouse just as they are familiar with our reputation. We usually know the strengths and weaknesses of the attorneys as well as their consultants and expert witnesses. When dealing with firms that have reputations for being forthright, we have candid discussions about the merits of a case. This enables us to make an early and more accurate assessment of liability and damages.

We are experienced at litigating claims for:

-Personal injury
-Property damage
-Medical expenses
-Lost wages
-Economic losses
-Pain and suffering
-Punitive damages
-Homeowner liability
-Uninsured motorists
-Premises liability
-Asbestos injuries
-Trip and fall
-Broken or uneven sidewalks
-Slip and fall accidents
-Foreign substances
-Dram shop premises liability
-Environmental exposure
-Uninsured motorist claims
-Dog bites
-Toxic torts

William Hoagland

Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis

William H. Hoagland was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. He has resided in Madison County most of his life. He practiced with the firm which was then known as Hoagland, Maucker, Bernard & Almeter for six months after he graduated from law school. He left the firm to serve in the U.S. Army Counterintelligence Corps in 1966 and then returned to Alton in 1969 and continued practicing with the firm. He became a partner in 1986.

Admission to practice

State Courts of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois


University of Michigan, B.A., 1962
University of Illinois, LL.B., 1965

Bar association memberships

Madison County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Associations
American Bar Association
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Federal Bar Association of Southern District of Illinois
Alton-Wood River Bar Association, secretary, 19701971; vice-president, 1984; president, 1985

Military service

U.S. Army, active duty, Counterintelligence Corps, U.S. and overseas, 19661969

Community activities

American Legion
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Rotary International (Paul Harris Fellow)
Extensive involvement in various land and wildlife preservation efforts both at the local and national level
Former Board of Trustees, James and Aune Nelson Foundation
Former Board of Directors, Alton Educational Foundation

Quality representation. Formidable litigators. Ethical reputation.

Insurance carriers, self-insured companies, hospitals, professionals and others seeking high-quality legal defense are invited to call us at (618) 208-4380 to discuss representation. Or, contact Hoagland, Fitzgerald & Pranaitis online.