Mary Patricia Benz

Law Office of Mary Patricia Benz
111 West Washington Street
Suite 1150
Chicago, Illinois 60601

312-580-1118



Areas Of Practice

Attorneys Fees
Commercial
ERISA
Insurance
Legal Malpractice
Non Profit
Partnership Disputes
Professional Malpractice
Property/Casualty
Shareholder Disputes

 
 


Mary Patricia Benz, an experienced trial and appellate attorney, opened a solo practice in downtown Chicago concentrating on professional responsibility counseling, litigation, administrative hearings, appeals, and alternative dispute resolution.
 
Ms. Benz has over 30 years of experience in state and federal courts. She focuses on all types of dispute resolution for individuals and businesses, including lawyers, educators, and other professionals. She served for over ten years as a volunteer hearing board member and chair for Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). Ms. Benz is an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.
 
Ms. Benz is also active in several bar associations, including the Appellate Lawyers Association, where she served as membership co-chair, and the Chicago Bar Association. She has served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee for several years, and is a current Board Member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and a volunteer mediator for the Center for Conflict Resolution in the Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Program. She also serves as a mediator in the Circuit Court of Will County Illinois.
 
Ms. Benz graduated magna cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law in 1978 where she was selected for the  Order of the Coif. While in law school she also served as a legal writing instructor. Ms. Benz received her bachelor of arts with distinction in psychology from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She is a frequent author and presenter on the topics of mediation, litigation, appeal issues and professional ethics.
 
Ms. Benz  has been an adjunct faculty member at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law teaching trial practice. She served as an adjunct professor teaching a trial advocacy course at Northwestern University School of Law for 20 years and was an instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Midwest Deposition Program for over 14 years.
 
Ms. Benz has been consistently named by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top attorneys in Illinois from 2005 – 2011 for general litigation. Only five percent of lawyers in the state are named by Super Lawyers Magazine. Ms. Benz is also the recipient of the Chicago Bar Association, William J. White Award (2004) for service to the Judicial Evaluation Committee for multi-year contribution of time and expertise, and for the vigor and integrity of managing a particularly challenging year as Chair of the Investigation Division.Ms. Benz was recently honored by the ARDC and Supreme Court of Illinois "in recognition and appreciation of substantial contribution to the public, the legal profession and the courts, by serving with distinction as a Member of the Attorney Disciplinary System". In December 2013, Ms. Benz was inducted into the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN), in recognition for levels of excellence in the practice of mediation and arbitration.

Previously, Ms. Benz spent ten years as a litigation partner at Winston & Strawn LLP. Prior to that, she was a partner at the Chicago firms of Quinlan & Crisham Ltd. and Phelan Pope & John, Ltd.


Teaching Experience 

  • Chair, Ethics Committee, DePaul University Collge of Law, Center for Dispute Resolution.
  • Adjunct Professor of Law (Trial Practice), Loyola University Chicago School of Law (Fall, 2010).
  • Adjunct Professor of Law (Trial Advocacy Course), Northwestern University School of Law (1989 to 2002, 2005 - 2009).
  • Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Midwest Deposition Program (1989 to 2003).
  • Instructor, Winston & Strawn Associate Attorney Deposition Program, "The Winstitue"  (November 2010, April 2011).

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association
  • Appellate Lawyers Association
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (Illinois Chapter)
  • Association of Conflict Resolution (Chicago Chapter)
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators (Illinois Chapter)
  • Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers
Mary Patricia Benz is an experienced Illinois trial and appellate lawyer with a practice in downtown Chicago. With more than 30 years of experience in state and federal courts Ms. Benz concentrates her practice in litigation and appeals, mediation and arbitration, and lawyer professional responsibility matters.

Previously, Ms. Benz served for more than ten years on the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) hearing and inquiry boards. Her varied experience allows Ms. Benz to focus her practice on all types of dispute resolution for business organizations and individuals, including lawyers, educators, and other professionals. In her practice model, Mary Patricia Benz often works with a team of co-counsel, adding collaborative service to her efficient, creative and personal approach to complex legal problems.

Ms. Benz has tried and settled many complex disputes involving fraud, breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, attorneys’ fees, legal malpractice, products liability, business torts, privacy and publicity rights, consequential and punitive damages, partnership and trust disputes, and class actions. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in many personal injury cases, insurance disputes, employment disputes, ERISA cases, and in many appeals. Her experience as a hearing board member and chair with the ARDC provides a solid base for representing lawyers at ARDC and for counseling them about ethics issues. She also represents professionals in malpractice and other professional matters, including at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.  

Ms. Benz applies her litigation skills and experience to alternative dispute resolution, and particularly mediation and arbitration. Currently, Ms. Benz is listed on the American Arbitration Association's national commercial arbitration roster, and in December 2013, she was inducted to the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She has conducted many arbitrations covering a variety of substantive areas.  She also serves as a mediator and speaks frequently on mediation and legal ethics at DePaul University Law School and in other programs.
111 West Washington Street, Suite 1150
Chicago, Illinois 60602

[email protected]

Phone: 312.580.1118

Fax:     312-372-1974