Experienced Trial and Appellate Attorney
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
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.
Recent Blog Posts
- September 24, 2013 - Recent First Amendment Decision May Assist Lawyers Who Blog
- September 3, 2013 - Amended Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct
- June 18, 2013 - Jury Research Using Social Media – the Do’s and Don’ts