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Mark D. Debofsky

Employee benefits Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Hawaii - HI 18 years
    Illinois - IL 43 years
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State HI
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1980
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Mark

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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 has also lectured at conferences sponsored by the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and LexisNexis/Mealey's.  Many of his cases have resulted in precedent setting decisions that have been published by the federal appellate courts. 

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® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated SM by Martindale-Hubbell®.  He has also been ranked by other lawyers to be among the top five percent of all Illinois attorneys in Social Security Disability law by the Leading Lawyers Network, and was named a Super Lawyer in Employee Benefits/ERISA in 2009 and 2010.

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DeBofsky & Associates, PC
200 W. Madison St.
Suite 2670
Chicago, IL, 60606

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Posted by Todd | April 1, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great attorney who will fight for your benefits
Mark DeBofsky is not only an outstanding attorney whose dedication and attention to detail were essential in having my LTD benefits restored, he’s also an exceptional person. When I first met him about my case I didn’t know what to expect. Most attorneys I’d met were cold and distant. Mark was and is not. If you have the good fortune of having him fight for you, know you are in the very best hands.
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Posted by anonymous | July 31, 2014
Strongly Recommend
When it comes to big insurance and long term disability issues, you want Mark Debofsky on your side. He is extremely knowledgable, professional and responsive. He is meticulously precise and persuasive in his arguments. Mark"s appeal of a long term disability denial was approved and my future is now secure. He was patient with all my questions every step of the way. I am extremely grateful to him for his hard work and tenacity.
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Posted by Loraie & Thomas Trenz | April 21, 2012
He can win where other attorneys already gave up
When we encounter the denial of our Long Term Disability claim with Standard Insurance, we were looking for legal representation and were prior denied by 3 Attorneys, all stating that Standard was very hard to deal with and they didn't see a chance that we could win. We kept looking and where referred to Mister DeBofsky. He agreed with that prior statement, but nevertheless, he took the time to see all our details and was experienced enough to find the right strategy, after all he is a very well respected expert in this field. That shows in all his dealings and the correspondence with us and the Insurance company. After his 21 page appeal, Standard had to agree that all the evidence was on our side and finally approved our claim. Mister DeBofsky, we can't thank you enough for all your hard work and expertise to fight for our rights. God bless you.
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  • Contingency 25%-33%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.9 (Excellent)


  • University of Illinois
  • J.D.
  • 1980
  • University of Michigan
  • B.A.
  • 1977

Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (7)
Endorse Mark
Insurance Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"There is no finer disability lawyer in the country than Mark Debofsky. If you are lucky enough to be his client, you are ahead of the game. Enough said"
Employee benefits Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark is a leader among attorneys representing claimants seeking disability benefits that have been wrongfully denied or terminated. He is active in a number of professional associations that contribute to the development of the law on the topic and is widely respected by his peers."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is very hard to find qualified people but Mark is clearly the "go-to guy" in this area of the law."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mark Debofsky is the lawyer to whom I send clients with complex employee benefits issues. He is one of the top in his field, and I strongly recommend him."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have often consulted Mark for any questions relating to ERISA. He always has the answer and provides sound advice. If an ERISA matter is too complex for me, Mark is the first and last person to whom I will refer the case. He is truly an expert in this field"
Employee benefits Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mark Debofsky has a well-deserved national reputation for his ability and knowledge of ERISA and Employment Benefits law."
Employee benefits Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Mark for about 15 years. His national reputation as an advocate for employees is well-earned, and proven by an admirable history of published ERISA cases. I recommend Mark without hesitation."
Employee benefits Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I am also a plaintiffs' employee benefits attorney. While Mark primarily practices in Illinois and the surrounding states, I practice in California. Nevertheless, we have worked together on several cases. In my view, Mark Debofsky is the number one plaintiffs' employee benefits attorney in the United States. If I personally needed an attorney in this area of the law, he is the only attorney I would consider retaining. Glenn Kantor"
Employee benefits Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Employee benefits Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Chicago Employee benefits Lawyer Mark D. Debofsky
Mark D. Debofsky
Employee benefits Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 43 years