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Brian D. Pondenis

Brian focuses his practice on family law, bankruptcy, estate planning/probate, and collections. He particularly enjoys the bankruptcy and family law areas. He enjoys when clients bring interesting situations or issues that need to be resolved. That's the fun of being a general practitioner -- each day brings a new problem to solve.


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We pride ourselves in maintaining a small-firm feel by treating each case with personal attention and consideration. We’ve hand-picked a high-quality team of law professionals qualified to successfully resolve any legal matter. No issue is too big or too small. If you have a legal problem, Brainard law Offices can help you find a solution.

Brian D. Pondenis is an attorney who has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 2006.  He is also licensed in the Illinois Federal and Bankruptcy courts in Illinois as well as in Wisconsin.  Brian is licensed to practice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well.  

Brian studied microbiology and chemistry 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.  During law school, he won first place in the Intellectual Property Moot Court competition, and later went on to win a Best Brief award at a regional competition.  He also worked for the Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, and also performed research for several professors in various areas of law.  On graduation, Brian focused his practice on bankruptcy, appeals, and constitutional law until 2014, when he joined the Brainard Law Offices.

From 2009 - 2016, Brian served as an elected Trustee for the Village of Broadlands, and as Village President (Mayor) of the Village of Broadlands from 2015 - 2016.  He also served as a Trustee for the Ayers Township Community Building Board, which oversees the Township's building devoted to the community's interests.  He also is the founder of the Broadlands Improvement Group, a group that strives to better the community of Broadlands by raising funds and community awareness for various Village improvements and 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 current and historical Village affairs, and his own opinions, the "Broadlands Spectator."

In order to be closer to his clients and court, Brian and his family have moved to Charleston, where they enjoy exploring the trails, fishing, and other activities, such as acting in a Charleston Alley Theater production.