Attorney, MARK S. SCHAFFNER, has 29 years of legal experience fighting for the rights of individuals. He has practiced before the trial courts in the states of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, the federal courts of the Seventh and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as numerous administrative courts. Throughout his legal career he has fought solely for the working person and those unable to work due to infirmity.
Mark Schaffner holds his juris doctorate degree from the University of Iowa, where he graduated in 1977. He practiced law in the state of Iowa for several years following his admission to the bar. During this time he led the Senior Citizen Law Project of eastern Iowa, became Execute Director of H.E.L.P. Legal Assistance and served on the boards of several citizen advocacy projects.
In 1983 Mark Schaffner moved his law practice to Chicago, Illinois where he spent 20 years as a partner in the law firm of Potter and Schaffner, P.C. which concentrated in representing individuals and labor unions. In 2003 the LAW OFFICES OF MARK SCHAFFNER, P.C. was formed to focus on representing plaintiffs in Worker's Compensation, personal injury, products liability and medical malpractice claims.
Mark Schaffner is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA) and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). He also serves as a volunteer for various community organizations which serve the ill, injured or handicapped.
The Law Offices of Mark Schaffner, P.C. provides aggressive legal representation to individuals who have been injured. At a time when pain, disability and the loss or potential loss of income renders the injured person least capable of dealing with the legal demands of his/her case, competent legal representation is essential.
The Law Offices of Mark Schaffner, P.C. has a proven track record of effectively representing injured persons. Following is a brief list of representative cases the law firm has successfully prosecuted:
HANDY v. ANN TSUNG MACHINERY WORKS, et al.: Suit was brought on behalf of an employee of a chewing gum company whose arm was traumatically amputated when he fell into a mixing vat. The Chinese manufacturer of the mixing machine was sued on a products liability claim that it failed to provide an emergency shutoff switch in a position accessable to the user.
READUS v. BURNHAM MANAGEMENT COMPANY: Suit was brought on behalf of a blind mother who gave birth to a deformed baby as a result of exposure in her rental unit to mice feces which carried the LCMV virus. The negligence suit named the property manager as defendant for failing to control the mice infestation.
CADLE v. S.S.I., Inc., et al.: Suit was brought on behalf of a truck driver who was severely injured when a mechanical dock malfunctioned. Suit was brought in Indiana based on negligence and products liability.
MITSDARFFER v. ROTO-ROOTER SERVICES CO., et al.: Suit was brought on behalf of a plumber who was electrocuted when he touched a water pump being used to excavate a ditch. Suits were brought for worker's compensation benefits and for injuries based on product liability and negligence.
GLAVAS v. JOHN DOE: Suit was brought on behalf of the installer of a radio antenna tower which fell to the ground while the injured plaintiff was working on it at over 100 feet above ground. The suit, based on negligence, was settled for the full policy limits of the available insurance.