Accomplished Trial And Appellate Lawyer In Illinois
There is a time to negotiate, a time to litigate and – in some cases – a time to appeal. Having an attorney who possesses these unique skills and knows when to use them can make all the difference in protecting your legal rights and financial interests. In Chicagoland, look no further than Mary Patricia Benz, Attorney at Law.
More Than 40 Years Of Experience In State And Federal Courts
Attorney Mary Patricia Benz has been representing individuals and corporations in Chicago and throughout Illinois for more than 40 years. Examples of her practice illustrate the breadth of her experience. She has represented:
- Insurance companies in coverage disputes, including the landmark Illinois decision Zurich Insurance Co. v. Raymark Industries, Inc. (1987)
- Multiple product manufacturers in products liability cases, including Kokoyachuk v. Aeroquip Corporation, 172 Ill. App. 3d 432, 526 N.E.2d 607 (1988), a case involving the duty to warn which was precedent in Illinois products liability cases for many years.
- Not-for-profit organization and its board members in a dispute about the right to manage the historic Auditorium Theatre. She represented them at trial and in three appeals in Eychaner v. Roosevelt University.
Other representative published cases include James Brown v. Acmi Pop Division, (375 Ill. App. 3d 276, 1st Dist. 2007) (publicity rights and copyright); Vigortone Ag Products, Inc. v. PM Ag Products, Inc. 316 F. 3d 641 (7th Cir. 2002) (fraud); Perlman v. UNUM Life Insurance Company, 195 F.3d 975 (7th Cir. 1999) (ERISA); River v. Commercial Life Insurance, 160 F.3d 1164 (7th Cir. 1998) (disability insurance); Gold v. Ziff Communications, 748N.E.2d.198 (Ill.App.2001) (breach of contract; lost profits); and Harwell v. Fireman’s Fund.