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Philip J. Berenz

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Chicago, IL

Berenz Law Network PC
33 N Dearborn St, Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-888-6058
Fax: 312-275-7182
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Philip J. Berenz is the founder and owner of the Berenz Law Network in Chicago, Illinois. A top-ranked trial lawyer with more than 21 years of total legal experience, Mr. Berenz provides exceptional counsel and support to clients throughout his region and across the country who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·       Nursing home malpractice and abuse

·       Automobile and trucking accidents

·       Medical malpractice

·       Slip-and-fall accidents

·       Dog bites

·       Clergy sexual abuse matters

·       Pharmaceutical injuries

·       Products liability

·       Class actions

·       Workers' compensation

·       Social Security Disability denials and long-term disability denials

As a personal injury attorney, Mr. Berenz has gained a reputation for his compassion and integrity when dealing with his clients along with his unwavering commitment to helping them obtain the favorable outcomes they seek and the justice they deserve. To date, he has recovered millions of dollars in total compensation for his plaintiff clients, and he has extensive experience fighting for his clients in state and federal courts in various jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Along with being an attorney, Mr. Berenz is also a certified public accountant with considerable experience working for one of the largest financial institutions in the world. This helps him to better address the financial aspects of his clients' injury claims, and he aggressively pursues the maximum amount for his clients both at trial as well as through settlement negotiations.

Honored for his remarkable professionalism and outstanding client service, Mr. Berenz has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, as well as designation as a "Top-Rated Lawyer for Litigation" from the organization. He has received a "Top 100 Trial Lawyer" ranking from The National Trial Lawyers. He has also received the "Client Distinction Award" from Lawyers.com along with "Superb" client ratings on Avvo. 

A 1992 graduate of Purdue University with a degree in finance and accounting, Mr. Berenz obtained his Juris Doctor from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2000. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and he holds pro hac vice admission to practice in Florida and California as well as before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Philip J. Berenz

First Admitted: 2000, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.counseloroffices.net/attorney-profile/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Chicago Trial Attorney Blog: 2008-present; Main and sole author
  • Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Lead Article Co-Author, Arbitration in 1997-1998, The Year in Review in the ISBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Publication, IN THE ALTERNATIVE, November 1998 (Volume 5, Number 1) (Survey of ‘97-’98 national case law
  • Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), Co-Author, Chapter 4, Recent Federal Legislation—HIPAA Update, ISSUES IN LONG TERM CARE Practice Handbook, 2002 (a 40+ page chapter on healthcare privacy rules

Honors/Awards

  • Avvo Clients Choice-Superb Rating
  • Lawyers.com- Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell- Top Rated Lawyer- Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell-15 Year Anniversary
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100, 2014
  • AV® Preeminent™ (4.5 - 5.0) - An AV® certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment - a testament to the fact that a lawyer's peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the AV® Preeminent™ rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can depend on this important, trusted rating. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Philip John Berenz has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®., AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011

Educational Background

  • Purdue University: B.S. in Finance & Accounting, 1992

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), 1994

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois, 2000
  • Taxpayers Against Fraud  
  • International Network of Social-Eco Entrepreneurs
  • American Association for Justice
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • California (2013) (pro hac vice)  
  • Florida (2010) (pro hac vice)
  • Federal Court, Western District of Virginia (pro hac vice)
  • Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
  • Federal Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2000
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association is a statewide organization whose members specialize in representing injured consumers and workers. Founded in 1952, the organization has more than 2,000 members

Videos

  • For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the AV® Preeminent™ rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can depend on this important, trusted rating. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers - members of the bar and the judiciary. Philip John Berenz has achieved an AV® Preeminent™ Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®., Philip J. Berenz, CPA, JD - Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ rating, 2013

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $10+ Million...Recent Recoveries alone......, 2021
  • $295,000 settlement for a car accident victim, 2017
  • $850,000 settlement for a car accident victim, 2018
  • $699,000 settlement for a trucking accident victim, 2016
  • $1,750,000 settlement for a car accident victim, 2015
  • $150,000 Settlement. Philip settled a difficult and hard fought auto accident for $150,000 after multiple settlement conferences., 2012
  • Over $1,000,000 settled in first four weeks of 2014 alone and counting, 2014
  • $122,800.00 jury verdict reduced to $61,400.00 for comparative negligence after a $500.00 first day of trial offer. Sharon Ryan v. City of Chicago, Cook County Case No. 2007-L-003149. Slip and fall matter. Lead and sole trial attorney, 2009
  • $110,000 Package Settlement - Philip settled a major business dispute for his dear friend and client after two years of litigation involving the sales of exotic Ferrari, Bentley and Mercedes automobiles, 2013
  • $60,000 Settlement. Philip settled an auto accident case against the CTA for $60,000 after a year long battle, 2012
  • Confidential Settlement. Philip settled a death matter for a confidential amount, 2012
  • $100,000 Settlement. Philip settled a car accident for $100,000 in an intense battle with Defendant's Counsel over causation and when the Defendant testified--under oath--that the accident never happened! Philip had been fighting this battle for years, 2012
  • $9,400,000 Defense Matter Settlement - as a Commercial Litigation Defense Attorney, Philip settled a $9.4 million dispute after the case had been in litigation for years, 2012
  • Confidential Settlement. Philip settled a nursing home abuse and neglect matter for his client after a multi-year battle for a confidential amount, 2012
  • $80,000 Settlement. Philip settled a unique commercial real estate broker claim for near six figures under a law interpreted only one time in the entire history of such law in the State of Illinois, 2012
  • $250,000 Settlement+. Philip settled a nursing home abuse and neglect matter in excess of $250,000 with costs/fees. His "team" in this matter put on a terrific mediation and it was resolved successfully, 2012
  • In March 2012, Philip and his team won a $199,500 jury verdict at trial in a legal malpractice case - every penny requested of the jury was awarded to our clients. In 2013, the Appellate Court affirmed the trial in a 44-page opinion: Brannen v. Seifert, 2013 IL App (1st) 122067; 2013 Ill. App. LEXIS 800. In 2014, the Supreme Court denied Defendant's Petition for Leave to Appeal after Philip opposed it. Defendants were required to pay over $35,000.00 in post-judgment interest in addition to the verdict., 2014
  • $500,000 jury verdict including punitive damages. RES Environmental Services, Inc. et al. v. Adam Sulik et al, Cook County Case No. 2006-L-5374. Philip, on behalf of his business, Plaintiff clients, after a nine (9) day jury trial obtained this verdict including punitive damages being awarded. After multiple hearings on post-trial motions in November 2011 seeking to reduce the damages, the Court ruled in Plaintiffs' favor and the verdict stands. Lead trial attorney, 2011
  • Confidential Settlement. Philip settled a matter confidentially for two of his business clients after a three-year battle in Court, 2013
  • $100,000 Policy Limits Settlement. Philip settled an auto accident case for policy limits of $100,000 when his 89 year old client was seriously injured in an auto accident after intense investigation of the Defendant and facts, 2012

Representative Clients

  • $10+ Million...Recent Recoveries alone..., 2021

Industry Groups

  • Consumers
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Office Location for Philip J. Berenz

33 N Dearborn St
Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-888-6058

Fax: 312-275-7182

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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