Pretzel & Stouffer
David M. Bennett

David M. Bennett
Equity Partner
312-578-7716
dbennett@pretzel-stouffer.com

Recognition and Appointments
Director of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Director of the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
Appointed to the general liability council for a risk retention group

Education
IIT-Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 1989
Purdue University, B.S. 1986

Bar Admissions
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Professional Affiliations
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Board of Directors
International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association
Board of Directors & Treasurers

Attorney Bio

Dave’s practice is dedicated to representing businesses and individuals in complex civil and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on representing theme parks, family entertainment centers, recreational centers, schools, universities and churches throughout Illinois. Dave has extensive experience in the preparation and trial of personal injury cases and has represented clients in numerous jury trials, bench trials and arbitration hearings throughout the Chicago area and surrounding counties. He is also an approved attorney who represents clients on behalf of many insurance companies.

One of Dave’s main practice areas is the representation of clients involved in the amusement, sports, recreation and leisure industries. These clients include health and fitness clubs, water parks, sports teams and venues, family fun centers, bowling centers, ice and roller skating facilities, concert venues, camps, carnivals, zoos, and festivals. Dave is a director of the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association (IALDA), a national network of amusement defense attorneys and claims professionals that are extensively involved in the defense and representation of recreation and amusement industries. Through IALDA, Dave has been active in establishing risk management guidelines for the bowling and roller skating industries.

Dave is also a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), and he is a frequent speaker at seminars nationwide, including the Amusement Industry Manufacturers and Suppliers International Safety Seminars (AIMS), IAAPA conventions, Bowling Proprietors Association of America (BPAA), Roller Skating Association International (RSA) and Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel-sponsored Trial Tactics seminars.

News and Verdicts

Residential Complex Security Company Granted Dismissal

Federal Court Dismisses Civil Rights Claims Brought Against Religious Institution