Highly Experienced
Trial And Appellate Lawyer

Mary Patricia Benz  understands strategies for successful mediation, arbitration, litigation, and appeals. She will help you understand your legal options to resolving disputes.

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About The Firm’s Practice Areas

Arbitration & Mediation

Cost-effective & proven methods for resolving conflicts

Professional Responsibility & ARDC Defense

Professional responsibility & Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission defense

Litigation And Appeals

Complex disputes require an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, as either advocate or neutral

Understanding Your Legal Options
When Your Case Needs A Trial Lawyer

As a highly experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Mary Pat will provide you with the information and legal advice you need to understand your legal options for resolving even the most complicated legal dispute. Mary Pat has handled complex disputes both in and out of the courtroom involving fraud, breach of management and noncompete agreements and other contracts, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duty, internet defamation, enforcement of litigation funding agreements, property damage, attorneys’ fees, legal malpractice defense, products liability, business torts, privacy and publicity rights, consequential and punitive damages, application of the economic loss doctrine, corporate, LLC, partnership and trust disputes, and class actions. Mary Pat has also represented clients in insurance coverage and ERISA claims. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in appeals. Mary Pat has experience in conducting virtual hearings in complex commercial arbitrations and mediations. 

Mary Pat has been continuously present in Illinois’ Super Lawyers list of top-rated business litigation attorneys since 2005. Less than 5% of the business litigation attorneys in the state are selected for inclusion on the list.

Many Complex Disputes Are
Successfully Resolved In Mediation And Arbitration

Solving a legal conflict in court can be expensive and time-consuming. But the courtroom is not the only place for effective conflict resolution. Disputing parties may find they have more control and greater privacy when using alternative dispute resolution methods.

Mary Pat understands the value of mediation and arbitration, including virtual proceedings, to resolve disputes outside the courtroom. She serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She is listed on the AAA Rosters for Commercial and Consumer cases, including Large, Complex Commercial Cases. Mary Pat is a well-respected inductee to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. She can help you with innovative solutions.

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Mary Pat’s recent successes involve disputes among the principals of a real estate development company, a contract dispute among pharmaceutical vendors, a putative class action involving claims of violation of individuals’ rights of publicity, disputes involving insurance coverage and indemnification for corporate employees, consumer disputes, contractual noncompete disputes, and disputes related to attorney fees and professional discipline. She has also served as an adviser to law firms about professional responsibility matters, and as an expert consultant and witness in disputes involving the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.


For More Than 40 Years

Professional Responsibility And
Ethics Support

Mary Pat offers insight to lawyers facing myriad concerns about ethics and professional responsibility with a range of services including advice and legal representation for attorneys in Illinois. She was recognized for her service by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) and the Supreme Court of Illinois. The accolade highlighted Mary Pat’s substantial contribution to the public, the legal profession, and the courts, by serving with distinction as a Chair and Member of the ARDC Hearing Board for more than ten years.

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