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Mr. Benjoya concentrates his practice in civil litigation and has extensive trial experience in complex cases involving professional negligence, product liability, commercial litigation, environmental/toxic tort, construction and municipal liability. He has represented Fortune 500 corporations in the pharmaceutical, automotive, environmental, petroleum, construction equipment and service industries. He has also been retained to represent physicians, hospitals and midsize corporations in litigation in state and federal court and before the Department of Professional Regulation. Mr. Benjoya has also served as national trial counsel to one of the largest aerial platform lift manufacturers in the country, representing them in product liability and commercial litigation.
Mr. Benjoya was named to the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Best Lawyers in America list for his work in Medical Malpractice Defense Law. He received a BV Distinguished peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also been named a Leading Lawyer in the areas of medical malpractice defense law, products liability defense law and professional malpractice defense law. In addition, Mr. Benjoya has been selected as a Super Lawyer annually since 2006 in the areas of medical malpractice defense, civil litigation defense and professional liability defense.
Mr. Benjoya is a frequent invited speaker on issues of professional negligence/medical malpractice, risk management and trial strategies for physicians, insurers and hospitals. Before joining Cassiday Schade LLP in 1983, Mr. Benjoya was associated with G.D. Searle pharmaceutical company in its product liability litigation department and worked on CU-7 IUD litigation and other products and services. He also served a clerkship with Federal Court Justice Rozkowski of the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.
U.S. District Court
Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court
Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court
Western District of Wisconsin
Southern District of Indiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Year of Birth: 1958
Law School: IIT/Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate School: Northern Illinois University, B.A.
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Lake County Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys
Speaker, Informed Consent: Taking the Medicine Out of Medical Malpractice, December 2012
Speaker, Informed Consent Issues in Wisconsin and Illinois in the Medical Malpractice Setting, April 2012
Speaker, Changes in Wisconsin Informed Consent Law - What Every Physician Needs to Know, September 2009
Speaker, Legal Implications of Disclosure and Apology in Medical Malpractice Cases, June 2005
Cassiday Schade LLP is a law firm sought after for its attorneys' trial experience and case preparation acumen. With experience in virtually all areas of civil litigation, it has a diverse client base, representing corporations from a variety of industries including health and long-term care; insurance, financial services, manufacturing, construction, professional services and transportation. The firm takes pride in working with its clients, and not just for them. This results in a mutual understanding of client needs in terms of cost and litigation philosophy.
The firm's attorneys handle lawsuits throughout the Midwest and act as national or regional counsel for clients facing nationwide exposures. In addition to trial and appellate work, Cassiday Schade attorneys are often retained before litigation arises so that risks can be analyzed and prevented.
Analysis of a client's needs is the basis for determining how best to proceed in a given matter -- this is what Cassiday Schade delivers. In many situations, this may mean aggressive preparation for trial. In others, it may involve seeking an early resolution through alternative means, such as mediation or arbitration. Ultimately, clients receive the benefit of having their matters handled with maximum efficiency because the firm's lawyers listen to their needs and concerns and act accordingly.
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