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   3A. Lou BenassiPeoria(309) 674-3556Lou@Benassi.comLou@Benassi.comBenassi & Benassi PCwww.benassi.comwww.benassi.combenassilou.jpgFamily LawPersonal Injury Law: GeneralWorkers' Compensation LawMedical Malpractice
A. Lou BenassiLou@Benassi.com
Benassi & Benassi PChttp://www.benassi.com
300 NE Perry Ave
Peoria IL 61603-3628
Ph.(309) 674-3556 Fx.(309) 674-7989Leading Lawyers Magazine story about this lawyer
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Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Family Law    Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury Law: General
Workers' Compensation Law
Advisory Board Member
County:  Peoria
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Mr. Benassi represents individuals in family law, personal injury, worker's compensation and pension issues. He has practiced law in Peoria for 40 years. In 1980, he and his wife, Patricia C. Benassi, founded the law firm Benassi & Benassi, P.C.

Mr. Benassi is a trial lawyer whose experience in the courtroom and settlement negotiations dates back to 1968 when he started in private practice. In 1970, he became an assistant public defender for Peoria County, handling cases in the juvenile and adult courts. His extensive and varied trial experience makes him uniquely qualified to represent clients in a wide array of matters, including:

Personal Injury. Mr. Benassi has obtained large settlements and verdicts for individuals injured in accidents and for the survivors of individuals killed due to the negligence of others. For example, he and another lawyer obtained a $4.2 million settlement for the daughter in a case in which the mother was killed and the daughter was seriously injured in a head-on collision with a truck, whose driver was not complying with company safety rules. He and another lawyer also obtained a $3.4 million settlement for a Peoria man's family when the man was badly burned and later died after his car was struck by a cement truck that ran a red light.

Family Law. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, Mr. Benassi has handled cases involving family matters of all types. For example, he represented a woman who needed an increase in spousal support. She had previously signed an agreement that had been approved by the trial court setting forth that she would not seek an increase in spousal support after the date of the agreement. The trial court denied the request for an increase. The appellant court reversed the trial court and the Illinois Supreme Court confirmed the reversal but on different grounds than the appellant court had used. The woman then received an increase in her spousal support. In another case he represented a husband, whose ex-wife was demanding permanent payments of more than $1,100 per month; Mr. Benassi persuaded the court to reduce the payments to $750 per month and to limit them to 12 months. The wife appealed but Mr. Benassi preserved the ruling on appeal.

These cases are a small sample of Mr. Benassi's work, which also includes workers' compensation cases, pension (ERISA) matters and representation of unions.


Notable Cases and Results:  
Marital Cases
In re: Marriage of Sutton, 136 Ill.2d 441 (1990). Represented wife who sought increase in maintenance. Trial court denied saying separation agreement included language saying could not be modified. Supreme Court found that the statute which permitted such preclusion did not apply because no dissolution of marriage.

Clark v. Clark, 237 Ill.App.3d 492 (3rd Dist.) (1992). Represented the husband. The parties entered into a marital settlement agreement that provided $1,100 per month maintenance for ex-wife for 36 months. After 36-month period, ex-wife petitioned Court to award permanent maintenance and to increase the monthly amount of maintenance. Trial court awarded maintenance of $750 per month for 12 months and then maintenance was to terminate. Appellate court affirmed the trial court.

Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice Cases
Grossweiler v. Brinkman, 301 Ill.App.3d 1104 (3rd Dist.) (1998) (Decision not published). Represented the Plaintiffs. Plaintiffs/Appellees were awarded $719,000 in damages on their wrongful birth claim from Defendant/Appellant after jury trial. Defendants appealed and appellate court affirmed the Judgment.

Represented a minor who was a passenger in an automobile being driven by her mother that was struck head on by a construction delivery vehicle. The mother died at the scene and the minor sustained serious physical and emotional injuries. Suit was filed against the driver and the construction company. The case settled, utilizing a structured settlement that paid $625,000 immediately and an estimated $3,648,654 over time based on a life expectancy of 72.

Represented the wife and daughter of a gentleman who was injured and ultimately died as the result of an automobile accident involving a cement truck. Suit was filed against the company who owned the cement truck and the case was settled for $2,000,000 paid at the time of settlement and $1,404,307 paid out in a structured settlement.

Represented a gentleman who was an over-the-road truck driver injured while making a delivery. The client was impaled on a rusty hook negligently placed in the loading dock. A worker's compensation claim was filed against the employer and suit was filed against the owner of the facility. The worker's compensation case settled for $125,000 and the personal injury case was settled during the jury trial but prior to verdict for an additional $75,000.

Injunctive Case Involving Union Picketing
Binder Plumbing & Heating v. Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 99, 253 Ill.App.3d 972 (4th Dist.) (1993). Represented the union. Trial court granted extensive injunction against union. The union appealed and the appellate court reduced injunction restrictions to level union had agreed to at the trial court level and then affirmed.


Bar Admissions:  
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Trial Lawyers
Illinois Trial lawyers
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Peoria County Bar Association


Hourly Rate:  $251-$300

Retainer:  Varies upon case

Year of Birth:  1942

Law School:  University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D.
Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois
Undergraduate School Honors/Involvement:  Graduation with High Honors

Employment History:  
Associate with Silberstein & Napoli in Peoria, Illinois, 1968 to1970
Practice as A. Lou Benassi, Attorney at Law, 1970 to 1980

Assistant Public Defender, Peoria County. Responsible for juvenile and adult courts. (Filed and argued case in which trial court declared section of Illinois Juvenile Act unconstitutional.)


Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Chairman of the ISBA Family Law Section, 1976 to 1977
Lobbied on behalf of Illinois State Bar Association on bill completely changing area of family law, 1975 to 1976
Peoria County Bar Association
Chairman, Peoria County Bar Association Family Law Committee, 1977
American Trial Lawyers Association
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

Mr. Benassi was selected to be a member of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Family Advisory Committee.


Published Legal Writing:  Practical and Ethical Considerations in a Domestic Relations Case Chapter 1; Family Law, Vol. 1, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (1976 to present)

Legal Lectures:  
Mr. Benassi lectures frequently for Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education in field of family law.
Mr. Benassi has also lectured on various areas of family law for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Illinois State Bar Association, Peoria County Bar Association, National Business Institute, and Illinois Central College.


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