Mark D. DeBofsky

Mark D. DeBofsky

Location:
Chicago, Illinois
Phone:
312-702-1842
800-237-5182
Fax:
312-929-0309
Email:
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Attorney Mark DeBofsky is a member of the firm as well as an adjunct professor of law at John Marshall Law School. He is a prolific author who has written many journal articles and has been a regular columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin since 2004. Mark DeBofsky is also an annual contributor to the 2014 Edition of the ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits published by the American Bar Association and served for many years as a senior editor of Employee Benefits Law published by Bloomberg.

Mark DeBofsky is also a frequent speaker and has lectured at conferences sponsored by many organizations, including the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Chicago Bar Association and LexisNexis/Mealey's. Many of his cases have resulted in precedent setting decisions issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits.

In 2008, he was nominated as a finalist for LexisNexis' Insurance Law Center Policyholder Attorney of the Year award. Attorney DeBofsky is proud to have been recognized by his peers in the legal profession with the coveted AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®. He was named a Super Lawyer in Employee Benefits/ERISA in every year since 2009, and since 2011, he has been listed among the Top 100 Lawyers in the State of Illinois and among the Top 10 in Illinois in 2017. Recently, the National Trial Lawyers has named him one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Illinois. He has also been ranked by the Leading Lawyers Network.

Do Private Long-Term Disability Policies Provide the Protection They Promise? You can read Mark DeBofsky's Senate Finance Committee testimony or view the video here.

Areas of Practice

  • Bad Faith Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Pension and other retirement and deferred compensation claims and litigation
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Long Term Care Insurance (LTC)
  • Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Employee Benefits

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Arbitrator, American Arbitration Association, 2010
  • Certified Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County
  • Basic Mediator Training, United States Arbitration and Mediation, Inc., 1994
  • Refresher Training, United States Arbitration and Mediation, Inc., 1997

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1980
  • Hawaii
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa
  • U.S. District Court District of Nebraska
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court District of Arizona
  • U.S. District Court District of Hawaii
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 1987
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1987
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1980

Education

  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • Juris Doctor - 1980
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1977
    • Honors: With Honors and High Distinction
    • Major: History

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Leading Plaintiff's Employment Lawyers in Leading Lawyers Magazine - Consumer Edition 2016
  • One of the Top 100 Super Lawyers, 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rating (Highest)
  • Top 100 lawyer in the State of Illinois by Illinois Super Lawyers, 2009- Present
  • Top Ten Illinois Plaintiff's Employment Attorneys by the Leading Lawyers Network
  • Top Ten Illinois Social Security Disability Attorneys
  • 2013 Top Rated Midwest Lawyer, American Lawyer Media and MartindaleHubbell
  • 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law, American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys – Premier 100
  • Finance Monthly, Law Awards 2011, ERISA Firm of the Year, USA
  • Illinois Super Lawyer – Employee Benefits/ERISA, 2005- Present
  • “Leading Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers Network (Illinois) – Top Ten Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer and Top Ten Social Security Disability Lawyer, 2012
  • Finalist - LEXIS/NEXIS Insurance Law Center Person of the Year 2008, Policyholder Attorney of the Year
  • Fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel – Inducted 2005
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of Pro Bono Leader Award, Equip for Equality
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law – Volunteer Recognition
  • Top 10 Super Lawyer in Illinois, 2017

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Illinois State Bar Association, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, Member
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Member
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Lawyer Referral Service Committee, 1986 - 1987
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Social Security Law Committee, 1990 - 1991
  • Chicago Bar Association, Secretary, Insurance Law Committee, 1992 - Present
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Director, 1992 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Employee Benefits Committee, Committee Co-Chair, 2007 - 2010
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • Chicago Bar Association, Chairman, Chairman, Lawyer Referral Service Committee, 1995 - 1996
  • Federal Bar Association, Director, 2007 - Present
  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Director, 1992 - 1994
  • Hawaii State Bar Association
  • Appellate Lawyers Association, Director, 1992 - 1994

Past Employment Positions

  • Stack & Filpi, Chicago, Illinois, Associate Attorney, 1980 - 1984
  • DeBofsky & DeBofsky, 1984 - 2002
  • Daley, DeBofsky & Bryant, 2002 - 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, Volunteer since inception
  • Chicago Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Equip for Equality – 20th Anniversary Gala Planning Committee, 2005 - Present
  • Gala Planning Committee, 2006 - Present
  • Gala Planning Committee, Co-Chair, 2007 - Present
  • Gala Planning Committee, 2008 - Present
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Labor and Employment Law Advisory/Planning Committee