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Ben Shrader is an experienced trial attorney, focusing his litigation practice on complex matters in state and federal courts throughout the country. He spends a significant amount of time representing parties in mass torts, class action cases, and single-plaintiff litigation. Ben represents clients ranging from global companies to small businesses to individuals, in civil matters including personal injury, premises liability, and commercial cases, in a wide variety of exposure scenarios. As a member of national coordinating counsel and national discovery teams for multiple Fortune 500 companies, he has supervised and managed the defense of tort litigation matters in jurisdictions across the United States. Additionally, Ben serves as Illinois and Indiana local counsel for clients involved in toxic and mass torts. 

Ben also maintains an active sports and entertainment law practice. Recently, he was part of a team that earned a favorable settlement on behalf of a class of retired American Basketball Association players in an ERISA case.  Currently, he handles concussion litigation claims on behalf of retired NFL players. A former professional television and radio sportscaster in the nation’s #1 media market, Ben has provided counsel and advisory services to on-air talent from coast to coast. He also represents journalists and members of the media in defamation and free speech cases, stemming from activity in both traditional and online media. Ben is a regular contributor to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, where he writes the “Sporting Judgment” column. 

Ben has been selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers’ Illinois Rising Stars list every year since 2017. No more than 2.5% of lawyers under the age of 40 in the state of Illinois are selected for this honor.

During law school, Ben served as symposium editor of the DePaul Law Review, which has also published his work. During law school, Ben interned in the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. Using an Illinois Rule 711 senior law student license, he represented the United States government in federal court, successfully prosecuting petty offenders. He also served an internship in the chambers of Judge William Maddux, then the Presiding Judge of Cook County's Law Division.

Ben believes strongly in giving back to his community. He has been honored by the Circuit Court of Cook County, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Chicago Bar Foundation for his commitment to pro bono work, stemming from his defense of low income litigants in Cook County’s First Municipal District.

Ben lives in Chicago with his wife, Anna, and their son. 

  • Fordham University, B.A., 2004
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, 2010

  • Illinois, 2010
  • Indiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2012 (General Bar), 2015 (Trial Bar)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2018
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2019

HONORS
  • Super Lawyers Illinois Rising Stars, 2017-2020
  • Symposium Editor, DePaul Law Review, Vol. 59, 2009-2010
  • Staff Writer, DePaul Journal of Sports Law, 2007-08
  • Certificate of Appreciation for Commitment to pro bono service from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Foundation, May 30, 2013
Recent Highlights
  • Earned favorable jury verdict on behalf of client who suffered catastrophic spinal injuries. The jury's verdict, which was reached after just 20 minutes of deliberation, included an award for the full value of the client’s medical bills plus an award for pain and suffering. HME rejected the defendant’s pre-trial settlement offer and proceeded to verdict.
  • Obtained dismissal on pleadings of defamation/false light case brought in federal court against independent blogger
  • Obtained summary judgment, after briefing and oral argument, for large national retailer in premises liability case
  • Earned favorable settlement of hotly contested pension cases involving retired players of the American Basketball Association
  • Won settlement as member of trial team in automotive case that favorably resolved on behalf of client during jury selection
  • Won settlement as member of trial team in pedestrian knockdown case that favorably resolved during trial
  • Won settlement on behalf of individual who suffered catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle crash
Representative Cases
  • In Re National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, No. 2:12-md-02323 (E.D. Pa.). Represents individual retired NFL players in concussion-related claims.

  • In Re Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2570 (Southern District of Indiana) and In Re Bard IVC Filters Product Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2641 (District of Arizona). Mass tort involving blood clot filter medical device implant migrating or fracturing within the body.
  • In Re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:16-cv-08637 (Northern District of Illinois). Firm appointed as liaison counsel in antitrust class action on behalf of the direct purchaser plaintiffs against broiler chicken producers.
  • In Re Flint Water Contamination Litigation, Guertin, et al. v. State of Michigan, et al., No. 5:16-cv-12412 (Eastern District of Michigan). Mass tort involving the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
  • In Re Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Products Marketing Sales Practices and Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2738 (District of New Jersey) and Johnson & Johnson Talcum Powder Cases, No. JCCP 4872 (California). Mass tort involving ovarian cancer caused by the application of talcum powder to the female genital area.  
Publications
  • “Torts, athletic injuries have little in common with liability charges,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 17, 2019
  • “Minor league players want back pay from MLB,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 29, 2019
  • “Poor due diligence may cost law firm a pretty penny,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, August 27, 2019
  • “Recent rash of foul ball injuries requires safety neeting in MLB,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 26, 2019
  • “Women’s national soccer team equal pay demand is convincing,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 29, 2019
  • “Weaknesses in NCAA strength, conditioning programs,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, February 19, 2019
  • “American soccer academies look to be treated as all others are,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, December 18, 2018
  • “Corporate logo rule will be tested when Cavs’ Smith takes court,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, October 9, 2018
  • “Louisville five looking for a little respect,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, July 31, 2018
  • “Reggie Bush could see payday bigger than NFL salary,” Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, June 19, 2018
  • “Introduction: Trial 2010: A Look Inside Our Nation’s Courtrooms,” DePaul Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 3, 2011

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