Brian D. Pondenis is an attorney licensed in Illinois.  He is licensed in the federal and bankruptcy courts in Illinois as well as in Wisconsin and Iowa.

Brian studied microbiology at Western Illinois University, 2000, and later in Ph.D. studies at Louisiana State University and Indiana University, and then graduated from law studies at the University of Illinois, cum laude, in 2006.  He focused his practice on bankruptcy and constitutional law until 2014, when he joined the Brainard Law Offices.

Brian also served as the Village President (Mayor) of Broadlands, Illinois.  He had been a Village Trustee from 2009 - 2015.  He also served as a Trustee for the Ayers Township Community Building Board, which oversees the Township's building devoted to the community.  He also is the founder of the Broadlands Improvement Group, a group that strives to better the community of Broadlands by raising funds for various Village improvements and to keep Village residents aware of various community happenings.

Brian has written articles for the local newspapers in his community, "The Leader" and the "Southern Champaign County Today," and founded his own website for local news, informal posting of historical Village affairs, and his own opinions, the "Broadlands Spectator."

After working as an Associate Attorney at Brainard Law Offices for some time, Brian continued the Firm's existence, to protect current and former clients of the Firm.  Any files required to be retained, by Illinois Supreme Court Rules, of former or current clients are being safeguarded by the Brian and the Firm.  If you would like to have your files removed, please let us know.  If you would like our firm to keep your files, in case of future needs, let us know about that also.  In any event, all files are being safely stored, as they have always been.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, whatever your needs might be.   The Brainard firm has existed for more than 80 years. We see grandchildren and other relatives of former clients, and that means a lot to all of us at the Firm.

We look forward to helping you with your needs, as Brainard Law Offices has done for generations past, and will continue to do in the future.

Brian Pondenis, Esq.

CALL US  217.345.3929


The Brainard firm was founded about 1935 by H. Ogden Brainard.  Later, he welcomed partners J. Leeds Bower and Henry ("Woody") Kramer.  They continued the firm, as Brainard, Bower & Kramer, in the Linder Building on the Square.  Eventually, the firm purchased space at 600 Jackson Avenue, in the late 1970s. 

Mr. H. Ogden Brainard passed away in 1992.  His partners continued the firm, at the same location, as Mr. Brainard wished. 

Mr. William Sunderman eventually became the owning and managing partner for the Brainard firm.  He remodeled the Brainard Building at 600 Jackson Avenue. The firm thrived under his ownership, providing quality service to the community and serving as a valuable mentor to younger attorneys.

Unfortunately, Mr. Sunderman unexpectedly passed away on Christmas Day, 2014. 

Brian D. Pondenis, formerly an owner of his own firm in Urbana, then an associate and now the owner and managing partner of Brainard Law Offices, remained to continue the Brainard firm's name on in the community and to keep helping clients' future, present, or past, legal needs.

                        LEGAL SUPPORT

Our office has several persons available to provide assistance with general questions and so forth.

Bonnie Beals

Bonnie has been with the firm for more than 20 years as the firm's bookkeeper and office manager.  She is usually  available Monday through Wednesday.

She can answer any billing, or other questions you might have.

Caroline Elam

Caroline has been with the firm for more than 20 years, as an assistant to Mr. Henry "Woody" Kramer, a former partner and attorney, who retired several years ago.  Caroline is usually available Wednesday through Friday.

If you have an estate planning, probate, corporation document, or real estate transfer question --- Caroline is whom you should contact.  She has worked in those areas for decades.  Caroline and I will get your needs accomplished.

As always, please feel free to contact Brainard Law Offices with any questions.