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  • $2,300,000+ Commercial & Legal Malpractice Settlement (not even a lawsuit filed!)…
  • $1,650,000 Auto Accident Settlement…
  • $1,300,000+ Commercial Judgment…
  • $699,000 Car Pedestrian Accident Settlement…
  • $650,000+ Commercial Judgment…
  • $500,000 Commercial Jury Verdict (AND punitive damages)…
  • $440,000 Verdict – Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect…
  • $400,000+ Workers Compensation Settlement…
  • $250,000+ Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Settlement…
  • $260,000+ Judgment in Sales Rep Commission Dispute…
  • $240,000+ Trucking Accident Settlement…
  • $238,000+ Arbitration Award in Sales Rep Commission Dispute…
  • $199,500+ Legal Malpractice Jury Verdict (every penny demanded), affirmed on appeal…
  • $154,000 Auto Accident Settlement…
  • $150,000+ Trucking Accident Settlement…
  • $122,500 Jury Verdict Slip and Fall against City of Chicago (reduced for comparative negligence). The initial offer on the matter: $500.00 the first day of trial…
  • $100,000 Auto Accident Settlements – policy limits (the most possible) in MULTIPLE CASES…
  • $100,000 Auto Accident Settlement – Defendant claimed the accident “never” happened!

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Chicago Injury Attorney Phil Berenz has obtained other numerous settlements and verdicts in other matters and all types of matters.

Chicago Injury Attorney Phil BerenzHe has successfully “turned cases around” for defendants when sued and obtained judgments and decisions against plaintiffs suing his clients far in excess of the amounts some plaintiffs originally sought.

Philip has also “first-chaired” (also known as “lead trial attorney” or the only trial attorney) numerous bench and jury trials and has practiced extensively in Illinois State and Federal Courts.

He has also been admitted pro hac vice to litigate in the Western District of Federal Court in Virginia and the States of Florida and California. His clients span the United States, Canada, Ukraine and the Sultanate of Oman. He currently litigates throughout the United States through a network of local counsel and personally.

Prior to law school, Philip spent five years in the securities and derivatives trading division of one of the largest banks in the world. There, he served as a financial analyst and an Assistant Vice-President for U.S. financial operations and foreign financial operations in Hong Kong, England, Germany, Asia and Japan.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury Litigation

  • Nursing Home Malpractice and Abuse
  • Automobile and Trucking Accidents
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Slips and Falls
  • Dog Bites
  • Clergy / Priest Sexual Abuse Matters
  • Pharmaceutical Injuries
  • Products Liability
  • Class Actions
  • Workers Compensation
  • Social Security Disability Denials / Long Term Disability Insurance Denials


Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington: JD, 2000

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

Certified Public Accountant (CPA): 1993

Bar Admissions

Illinois (2000)

Federal Court, Northern District of Illinois (2000)

Federal Trial Bar, Northern District of Illinois (2011)

Federal Court, Western District of Virginia (pro hac vice)

Florida (2010) (pro hac vice)

California (2013) (pro hac vice)

Memberships / Associations

The National Trial Lawyers- Top 100 Trial Lawyers

Avvo Clients Choice-Superb Rating

AV Preeminent

Martindale-Hubbell-15 Year Anniversary

Martindale-Hubbell- Top Rated Lawyer- Litigation

Lawyers.com- Client Distinction Award

Illinois Trial Lawyers Association

American Association for Justice

International Network of Social-Eco Entrepreneurs

Taxpayers Against Fraud


Chicago Trial Attorney Blog: 2008-present; Main and sole author

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

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

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"There are all kinds of reasons why you might need a lawyer at some point(s) in your life. Whatever the reason, what you want is someone that understands you, advises you properly (hey, our emotions can override our intellect), works hard on your behalf and is willing to go the distance. Phil Berenz is just this kind of lawyer. I had a situation where I needed the assistance of a lawyer and fortunately he was recommended to me. Phil can walk that delicate line of completely understanding --feeling your pain--to giving you the best advice based on his experience. Some lawyers may tell you what you want to hear to run up your fees. Not Phil.
He's a top-notch negotiator and has the patience to build relationships with the opposing side to gain the best benefit for the client. He is very skillful at understanding the psyche of the other parties.
I could go on and on, but basically what I want to say -- if you need a lawyer, call Phil. If he doesn't have the expertise that you require, he'll recommend you to someone that does and you can be sure they will be of a high calibre too."