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"After reviewing a good deal of ERISA law (7th Cir. case law), I came to recognize that your name is widely associated with ERISA matters. I am satisfied that I chose the correct attorney to discuss these issues with, not only because of your expertise, but also your willingness to explain the basics to me ... I sincerely appreciate your time and help." -Jon N
See what the courts have to say about us.
- Notification of Docket Entry - Minute entry - Robert Sanderson vs. Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada
- Not ification of Docket Entry - Tremback v. MONY Life Insurance Company
- Memorandum Opinion and Order - Lanette Holmstrom vs. Metropolitan Life Insurance, Company and Experian Information Solutions, Inc. Employee Welfare Benefit Plan
- Order Regarding Plaintiff's Motion for Attorney's Fees and Expenses - Jean Torgeson vs. Unum Life Insurance Company of America
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Here are some things our clients say about us-
Mark, THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I know this would not have happened without your advocacy. I thank God for you and your firm and may blessings be poured upon all of you. I needed a warrior of the most excellent and greatest kind and I found one in you.
This is FANTASTIC news [about our victory in the court of appeals]. While the basis of the case still presents such a challenge in life, I celebrate with you. I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for your time, efforts and dedication.
Thank you on behalf of my 4 and 5 year old sons as well. God will make beauty from ashes each and every time.
I never thought of a disability lawyer as a person who does good for a community that really needs their help. Once I was sick and needed help, my viewpoint changed. Your passion and empathy make it more than an admirable profession.
Thank you for the confirmation [that we won] and all the help your firm provided…lThere is really no way I could have navigated this without Martina, Kate, Deloris, yourself and everyone else at the firm. I am deeply grateful for the professionalism, expertise and caring of everyone I worked with at DeBofsky. I was kept informed and things were explained in ways I could understand. Empathy was shown as the system highlighted my inabilities in ways I am still not comfortable looking at under the bright lights.
I am also grateful to the many others along the way, whose difficult experiences and concern for people like myself led me to your firm. Honestly, I still believe this is a difficult experience and process, even on a good day, but DeBofsky has found a way to not only represent their clients, but to show a concern and consideration which gives me hope there is a ‘better way’, a better model, possible in the future.
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Thank you for being this capable. You did it …again.
I'm so grateful for all your help and support from day 1! I hated being in that courtroom and was eager to leave but I want you to know how much I appreciate your kindness and respect your experience and skills. Your reputation is obviously impeccable! I'm so lucky I landed on your doorstep.
Mark and Bill,
Thank you both very much for getting us to this point. I am extremely grateful for everyone's help in getting my disability approved.
Yes, it was a very long battle. But through it all, your professionalism and encouragement and support made it much more bearable. Bill, I agree with Mark that you were instrumental when it came to battling with [the insurance company]. For that I am extremely grateful. You could not have been nicer and It was a pleasure dealing with you.
Also, please extend my thanks to everyone on your end who was involved.
Good morning Mark,
I just wanted to take a minute and say a few words of appreciation on not only the outcome of my case, but the process itself, mostly my treatment from you - so here it is - Thank you for making me feel like I was your only client, your timely returned phone calls, your unbelievable preparation (to say the least), your explanations, CALMING me down so I didn't make any rash decisions, and so much more. (too many to mention) So thanks again Mark for not letting the 2 parties in question for getting away with what they tried to, for that I am grateful... Take care and God bless.
As I think of this past year, I have much to consider. An exceptionally positive experience for which I am grateful has been working with you.
To you, a well-organized, experienced, and meticulous professional, the following traits are something you may take for granted. Still, I deeply appreciate your attention, preparation, mindfulness, and follow-up during our work. I know these things sound like "Business 101", but these efforts in the professional landscape seem to be disappearing.
For someone seeking an advocate, these traits are critical. I am fortunate to have found you and have found peace of mind while working with you-knowing you provided focused attention, were well prepared at every step/meeting, were mindful of my condition, and could be relied upon for follow-up.
As we enter a new year, I am more comfortable knowing you and that you are available should the need arise.
I felt that I was the only client you had, I truly felt you gave that much to me. I wish I could explain what you how your support, boosting me up when I felt helpless when I felt all was hopeless. You always talked with so much positive hope. I felt always that I was more than a client, almost like I was your own family, that your fight for my cause was personal to you. That's it, you made my case personal, that is what you did for me, I felt cared about, cared for and not forgotten. You gave me hope and you delivered it! My world is not perfect due to my illness but you made me feel better about things inside that world!!!
Hi Mark & Martina ,
Just wanted to let you both know that my wife and I are very, very grateful for all you've done for us. Our pension means so much to us and gives us hope that one day we can retire and really enjoy it.
After 21 years of service I felt helpless, like I had no recourse but to just lose hope and accept what the pension board had decided. But with your insight and optimism that our case was supported by law, we had hope again.
I read the letter that you submitted to Cigna for me and I think it is outstanding! I know I have said this many times before but you are wonderful to work with and I truly appreciate all that you have done for me. Your professionalism is exceptional and your knowledge of employment law is second to none. If nothing else, I know that I did the right thing when teaming with you and your firm to represent me in my LTD claim / SSDI claim. Because of you, there is no doubt that if anyone asks me for the name of an outstanding employment law firm, I will recommend you and DeBofsky, Sherman & Casciari, PC.
I can't say enough good things about you--you have always gone above and beyond for me--and your demeanor is unlike any professional I have come across. Compassion and caring for your clients is unprecedented!
I can never thank you enough for everything you've done for me! I know I've said it before but you truly have changed the rest of my life!
Just wanted to take a moment and thank you for helping me with my disability claim. I have been so impressed with your professionalism, experience, knowledge, and attention to detail throughout the entire process. I told my wife that no matter what the outcome, I could not have found a better attorney to represent me - so grateful that we were successful! As a physician I placed my complete trust in you after our first meeting, it was a great decision. I would be happy to speak with anyone who is considering using your services as a disability attorney. Your excellence is greatly appreciated by my family and me.
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for all your hard work you put into my case.
There is no doubt in my mind that your expertise and reputation in this area of the law helped facilitate a favorable outcome.
I cannot thank you enough....
You have been unbelievable in your promptness, kindness, professionalism, and knowledge. During one of the most challenging times in my life, I have never been more grateful to have been placed in such competent hands. Both you and your staff far exceeded any expectations I could have imagined, and I simply cannot find the words to express my gratitude enough.
I'm very deeply grateful and feel very blessed to have you represent me in this case...Words can't express how thankful I am and how very much encouraged I am by the good in humanity, especially in the legal profession, that you've exemplified.
I'd like to let you know that my experience with Atty Sherman has been excellent. She is very patient with me especially as I struggle with understanding and processing information during our conversations, and I don't have the energy nor drive to follow through with my own action items. Since the time I first contacted your firm, my experience with her has always made me feel that I'm speaking to a lawyer who cares about me...She always respectfully and honestly communicates Atty DeBofsky's directives to me, and shows very high regard for him in all our conversations. She conducts business with absolute integrity, honesty, and professionalism. I can definitely see these values being lived out in your firm as a whole.
Words cannot adequately express how grateful I am to you for your hard work and professionalism this past year. You are so very good at what you do! This has probably been the most difficult year of my life. Thanks to you, however, things are getting brighter each day.
With sincere appreciation.
Again, the services provided by Mark and yourself is outstanding. The firm truly cares about their clients and have their best interest at heart!
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your dedication, time and concern toward my appeal to Prudential for my long-term disability.
I am absolutely thrilled that my appeal won!! And I have all of you to thank for that.
I will be able to have my monthly payment reinstated, and my life insurance premium will be waived.
Thank you again!!!!
Thank you Mark for taking my case!
You and Martina have been instrumental in helping me get my life back in order after disability and I truly appreciate that. Be blessed!
I finally opened your appeal letter, and I must say, you are to the point yet eloquent. I thank you so much for taking such a firm hand in my behalf. Again, thank you for believing in me.
I cannot thank you & your staff enough for bringing such a very stressful time for me & my family to a positive conclusion. I can only hope that there are more people in the world that care as much for their clients well-being as you do. Your staff was knowledgeable, courteous, & extremely patient as I tried to convey information you required while struggling to speak, let alone speak clearly, as stress exacerbates my symptoms. Should I ever find anyone in need of your services, I will not hesitate to refer them to you. Thank you once again.
OMG!!! Mr. DeBofsky,
You just made my day. If you could see me you would see the tears of joy running down my face!!!
How can I ever thank you for all that you have done for me. You rock and I plan to tell everyone I know how awesome you are! May God Bless you today and always!!!!
Mark - I still can't seem to find a way to say thank you. I am overwhelmed...You are totally first class. Don't ever question if you are making a difference in the lives of others. Warmest regards,
I wanted to take a moment and first of all thank you for achieving what four other attorneys told me would be impossible or improbable. When I first realized I would need legal counsel, I literally drove hundreds of miles and spoke to a total of eight other attorneys. All told me they would try to get some kind of settlement and not to expect to really win much of a settlement. I then researched the internet, and by chance found your firm. I was very blessed in this endeavor. Throughout this process, you and your staff, Molly and Shannon, have not only been patient, but have answered all my questions in such a manner I never felt I was imposing or being dumb. You and your staff have listened to my issues, and have been supportive and straightforward during the whole process. I always had my calls either answered or returned in a very timely manner. Not only were you and your staff very professional, you were also nice, and would be proud to list you among my friends. I cannot say enough about the great treament I received, where I felt I was treated not only as a client but as a friend. I would and will recommend you and your firm in the future, and again I would like to thank you, and Molly and Shannon, for all you have done for me.
just visited your new website and it put a big smile on my face! I love the banner under your new firm's name - "We don't just follow the Law. We make the Law". Perfect! The statement is not only absolutely true, but the bolded lettering on make emphasizes the fact your firm is not at all ordinary, but instead one with the focus, talent, experience and ability to mold the future of Disability Law in the US (and elsewhere). Congratulations on the move and Kudos to you and your staff for the decision to follow your heart. (I have always loved Don Quixote, ever my parents took me to see Man of the Mancha on Broadway as a child). Thank you for your ever persistent vigilance.
Hi. Congratulations on your new adventure. I always remember with great gratitude in my heart to God and to you how you helped me during one of the most challenging times of my life. As I told you a few years ago, I am completely healed after two very intense surgeries and have been healthy for the past four years. Best to you Mark in all you set out to do. Thanks again for the role you played in my life. I will always remember you for your kindness and concern. Take care.
Hi. Thank you for informing me of your new practice and above all, congratulations! Whenever I speak to anyone regarding what you did for me versus Prudential, I still stand in awe at your knowledge of the law as it related to my case. I can say for certainty, I would have gotten nothing from Prudential without you. I cannot appropriately thank you for your efforts all those years ago. You saved my future and that of my wife. We will forever be grateful to you.
CLIENT PS...I will ALWAYS recommend you to family and friends!
Hi. We both want to thank you so much for your help. We are truly grateful for all that you did. We would not be back to where we were before without your help. You did a great job and we wanted you to know that. Thank you to everyone who was involved in getting Lincoln to settle. We wish we could share your hands and give you big hugs! J When you called to tell us Lincoln settled it felt like a great weight was lifted! Thank you.
Client and wife.
[Client] said to tell you thank you for restoring our lives. J
"...your work was exemplary....I predict that you and your Firm will be a great success. Regardless of whether we win or lose, that will remain my feeling. That is the finest 4 pages of summary and appeal I have ever read." CLIENT
Mark, I know it was a hard battle dealing with Prudential. But you fought a great battle. I appreciate everything that you have done for me from the Social Security Disability to letting Prudential know that we were going to go all the way. Once again, thanks for everything. If I can get you any referrals, I will be happy to do so. CLIENT.
Though difficult for the obvious reasons, your involvement has made this process infinitely more tolerable. Please know of my sincere appreciation for your efforts. With Very Best Regards, CLIENT
I am at a loss for words for everything that the staff has done for me. It hasn't gone unnoticed or unappreciated!
Dear Mark: I want to send you a big THANK YOU for all that you and your staff have done to help me through this difficult process for disability. I have now received correspondence from Social Security and from you informing me that I have been approved! The entire process is overwhelming, but when I turned it over to you, I knew I had an advocate who knew what to do ... and then followed through! I was so nervous the day I went to your office for the initial contact. I was made to feel very comfortable from the time I walked in the door. Then later that afternoon, you called me personally! I cannot tell you how much that meant to me. You had already looked over my information, and you were very encouraging about my case. I was so impressed not only by your efficiency, but also by your kindness. In the conversation, you told me what to expect in the coming months. I felt as though you and your staff really cared about me and my situation. For someone with high anxiety (like me ...), that is extremely important! I want you to know that when I come to know of someone who is in my situation, I will definitely recommend you! Also, I want to tell you that your entire staff with whom I saw, spoke to on the phone, or e-mailed was great!! I always had quick and kind responses to my calls and e-mails. I have already seen my physician and gave him the good news. My physicians recommended you to me, and he was very happy for me with the positive outcome. Again, thank you for everything!
I just wanted to say thanks again for your help with my disability matters. As the year comes to a close, I wanted to make sure that you knew how much your help meant to me...Your help really was instrumental in helping me obtain a quick resolution. More importantly, your advice and guidance was simply reassuring to me and my wife. CLIENT.
"I had a tough disability case, having chronic fatigue for about 15 months before being introduced to Mark. I went through dozens of tests over that period. All were inconclusive as to its cause. My first request for disability payments was denied. I was introduced to Mark just after submitting an appeal. Mark told me a number of things I was not aware of with regards to my policy - and I work for that carrier and considered myself well informed. I immediately hired Mark. Mark took all the information from the medical records that the denial was based on. He rebutted the denial, added letters from my family, colleagues and friends citing their experience with me before and after the disability. This was a great package in itself. It showed he understood all that he received from us. But then, he cited the legal cases where the insurance companies were ruled against for what I was experiencing. I believe this was really was the bow on the package. His language was easy to understand. It was all done very logically and in great depth. The three of us closest to this, me, my wife and my business partner all uttered the same word after reading the appeal, and I am not making this up - Wow! There wasn't an email or phone call that Mark did not respond to right away. I found him to be personable, understanding, caring and trust worthy. I would not hesitate to use him again. If you are wondering - my appeal was approved. Thanks, Mark!" CLIENT.
Mark, My husband and I want to take a moment to say thanks to you and all of your office staff. The past 2 years have been a very trying time for us. We made it through it due to our faith in you and your ability to get a fair settlement. The settlement check arrived Tuesday October 25th via FedEx. We now wish you all the best! Thanks, CLIENT.
I want you to know that your services were invaluable and that I could never pay you for your empathy, encouragement and wise counsel during these difficult months, CLIENT.
Mr. DeBofsky, I am really lucky to have your advice & support at just the right moment. It is nice to know there are still caring and big-hearted people in the world. So grateful for you. May God Bless you every day! Thank you. CLIENT.
Mark, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the success in the action of CLIENT v. Prudential. We had been frustrated and seemingly helpless on the case for 3 years, and we had given up hope until you came on the scene. Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. CLIENT.
Mark, Thank you again for all your excellent legal and professional advice. If anyone has to go on LTD, they are lucky if they have you for an attorney. Warm regards, CLIENT.
Dear Mark: I talked to you on two or three occasions, and you were very helpful, knowledgeable and clear about how to negotiate our very complicated government system. You helped my family more than you probably realized. Most sincerely, CLIENT
Mark DeBofsky, "THANK YOU" to a GREAT TEAM, Mark DeBofsky & Violet/Barbara Borowski in winning a 50/50 odds case vs. MetLife! Thanks to all who assisted in any way possible with the *unending* case! But I "NEVER" lost hope, as a team with such INTEGRITY will ALWAYS PREVAIL! Most appreciatively, CLIENT
Dear Mark, What an incredible letter-you are truly amazing in your work. Can't wait to hear the response from Prudential. Thanks for all your help so far. Regards, CLIENT
Mark, You are awesome and so humble. Right to those pearly gates but not until your work is done. Thanks for helping ALL of us! I am especially grateful you helped me! You are the most humble person I ever met . . . I want to work on humility! If I described you in two words: First: A Brain. Second: Extremely humble. I can't say thank you enough. I will never forget your unbelievable humbleness and generosity. Your parents did a great job!!!!! Most respectfully, CLIENT
Mark, For all you have done and continue to do in representing me, I am eternally grateful. Your outstanding legal work in persevering to win an award of benefits is an enormous help in easing our family's financial burden in light of my physical limitations. My family and I could not thank you enough. Sincerely, CLIENT
Mark, Thank you for all of the help and kindness you have given me. I will never forget your compassion and understanding with me and my case. I pray God would bless you in return a hundred fold. Sincerely, CLIENT
Dear Mr. DeBofsky, Thank you again for taking my case and helping me. I want to thank you for your straight shooting and kindness that you have shown to me. I wish you a very Happy New Year to you and your family. Warm regards and best wishes, CLIENT
Dear Mark, I can never compensate nor thank you enough for the efforts and support on your part, during this agonizing struggle to get disability income. Thus, I've made some small contributions in your honor. (I hope you'll receive notifications from them soon.) Figured that was better than a plant or chocolates . . . Much thanks and all the best! CLIENT
Dear Mr. DeBofsky, I want to express my gratitude and thanks for all you have done and are doing for me. My only regret is that I am not in practice or else I would have referred many patients (clients) to you. I close with best wishes and warm regards to you. Thank you again, CLIENT
Mark, It would be impossible for me to express my gratitude to you. Knowing one cannot work and faced with the loss of all income takes its toll. The gift you gave me is "priceless." I will be forever grateful. Thank you, Mark. CLIENT
Dear Mark, There are not words enough to fully express my appreciation for the incredible job you did representing me in my case against CNA. I remember feeling like I crawled into your office back in 2000, desperate, discouraged and extremely depressed. I had lost a lot of my cognitive thinking skills, had trouble following your explanations, and my short-term memory was very poor. You very kindly reduced our discussion to a level I could follow and understand, by simply stating, "I think you've got a case and with a modest retainer deposit and a signature, I'll do my best to be a Knight in White Shining Armor." Mark, you went on to do just that! Over the course of the 3+ years you diligently worked on this case, there were too many phone calls, emails and formal letters to count. You always returned my calls with lightning speed, encouraged me to forget about the case and pursue the course of action that would help me heal, and managed to balance professionalism, strength and compassion. You were honest in your assessments and forthright in your communication . . . and you quickly earned my utmost trust and respect. Of course, I am elated over the fact that we were able to win in the District Court and go on to successfully reach a fair settlement in the Court of Appeals, finally bringing this case to closure. I feel that justice has been served, and I attribute this exclusively to your extraordinary talent and efforts. More important than this however, and what has brought me the greatest joy, is knowing that men like you actually exist in this world. It is so much easier to fight on the side of the Corporate Giants, and certainly, it must be more profitable. I want you to know how meaningful your work is and the powerful difference it has made in my life. I have written your name in my bible, and will continue to pray for you until the end of my days. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Sincerely, CLIENT
Dear Mark: We want to thank you for the excellent representation you gave Robert in acquiring disability payments from Unum Provident. You and your staff have been most helpful during this process. We would be glad to recommend your services to anyone who would need them. Thank you again for your help. Sincerely, CLIENTS
Dear Mark, Greetings! I have wanted to get you something to say thank you. I wanted it to be meaningful though I was not quite sure just what it would be. All I knew was that it had to represent how you are helping others. [My husband] and I were talking about the field of law that you practice and how you could have chosen another avenue which may have been more lucrative, or less demanding, but you chose to be an advocate for those who cannot help themselves. When I saw the enclosed paperweight and read the prayer inscribed on the glass, I realized this prayer represents how [my husband] and I feel about what you are doing and the type of person you are. The prayer found in I Chronicles starts by saying that Jabez was a very honorable man and he asks of GOD specific things which I believe pertain to Jabez's character and his desire to do good. When you feel overwhelmed or are having a bad day, I hope this paperweight serves as a reminder that you are appreciated by all of us whom you have helped. May GOD continue to bless you and keep you. Our best regards, CLIENT
Dear Mark, I just wanted to take this time to thank you again for your assistance regarding my dilemma with Humana Health Insurance Company. While we have not yet had to pursue alternate avenues, it is good to know our options if need be. It is people like yourself that help restore people's faith in the legal system. Again, thank you and if I can ever return the favor please feel free to give me a call. Sincerely, CLIENT
As an attorney and a long time disability client of Mark's I can unequivocally attest to Mark's nationally recognized professional competence and continuing dedication to client service. Over 20 years ago I was diagnosed with a debilitating illness by two major medical centers and subsequently awarded long term disability benefits by the Social Security Administration and my private carrier. Later my private carrier abruptly reversed its decision and denied benefits. All colleague inquiries led to Mark as a dedicated legal expert in disability law. With his immediate professional guidance we prepared a successful appeal avoiding litigation and reinstating the benefits. After this substantial amount of time he continues to show genuine interest in my case and reviews all required supplemental documents.
I want to thank each and everyone one of you! You're an amazing team! I'm fortunate and blessed to have met you..
Mark, I really appreciate the heartfelt care as well as exceptional expertise, I feel every time I speak to either you or Martina..
It's much more than just a legal force to recon with, I know you ensure the right thing is accomplished... My family and I Thank you.