Mark D. DeBofsky of DeBofsky, Sherman & Casciari, P.C., in Chicago is the IICLE® Spotlight Author for December. He is a contributor to the upcoming IICLE® handbook LIENS UPON ILLINOIS TORT ACTIONS (2019).
The practice of law “has been a constant learning experience” for DeBofsky, and he has taken every opportunity to “pay it forward” to his fellow practitioners by sharing with them new discoveries from his own experience in Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) law and litigation. DeBofsky notes that his field is “a somewhat esoteric area of practice that draws on a variety of sources — trust law, equity, contracts, administrative law, and a host of civil procedures.” Sharing this knowledge is not just limited to his peers but also prospective attorneys still learning the ropes in law school, as he has taught a course on employee benefits litigation at The John Marshall Law School since 2000.
When he was invited to contribute to an IICLE® publication, it’s no surprise he found that “volunteering wasn’t just a choice; it was also a calling.” Working on a chapter about ERISA Benefit Plan Reimbursement and another about Subrogation, he’s able to draw not only from his knowledge in that particular area of law, but also on his experience in imparting that knowledge to others: “Few lawyers practice in that field, but since ERISA impacts most areas of law including personal injury law, divorce law, and employment law, writing for IICLE® gives me the opportunity to help other lawyers quickly find answers to questions they may have on issues that affect their everyday practices.”
In addition to being a member of DeBofsky, Sherman & Casciari, P.C., and an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School, DeBofsky writes regularly for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and frequently lectures at several conferences. He is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and University of Illinois College of Law.