Mark S. Schaffner

Mark S. Schaffner

Solo Practitioner

Location:  Chicago, Illinois
Phone:  312-566-9500
Fax: 312-566-9400

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Mark Schaffner received his law degree from the University of Iowa in 1977.  Mark practiced law in Iowa until 1983, where he served as managing attorney of a regional legal assistance organization.  In 1983 he moved his practice to Chicago.  Since then, he has continuously represented injured persons in the Courts of Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, aggressively seeking to protect their rights and ensure they receive full and just compensation.  He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association and the Workers Injury Litigation Group.

Mark is actively involved in giving back to the community.  He volunteers to deliver meals to homebound disabled patients and speaks to numerous community, union and education groups to educate them on their rights.

Mark was born and raised in a small Midwest community and developed the same hard work ethics as his clients.  It is this background that has led him to a strong sense of family, community and justice and his belief that the injured, disabled and less fortunate deserve aggressive legal representation.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Workers' Compensation
  • 25% Personal Injury
  • 15% Products Liability

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Iowa, 1977
  • Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Iowa, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1980


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa
    • J.D.
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota
    • B.A. cum laude
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Political Science and Economics

Published Works

  • The Eighth Amendment Right to Treatment, Iowa Law Review, V.61, No.4, 1977


  • Workers' Compensation: Knows Your Rights, DePaul Labor Studies, 2006 - 2011
  • Immigration Reform, Affirmative Action Association, 1981
  • Know Your Rights: Workers' Compensation, Service Employees Union, 1995 - 2005
  • Protect Your Rights When Injured, Various Teamster locals, 1995 - 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Affirmative Action Assocation, 1986 - 1991
  • American Association of Justice (AAJ), 1989 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Assocation (ITLA), 2010 - Present
  • Workers' Injury Litigation Group (WILG), 2008 - Present
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Assocation (WCLA), 2007 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Potter & Schaffner, P.C., Partner, 1983 - 2003
  • HELP Legal Assistance, Managing Attorney, 1981 - 1983
  • Legal Services Corporation of Iowa, Managing Attorney, 1977 - 1981

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer to deliver meals for Vital Bridges, 1987 - Present
  • Volunteer legal support for Windy City Cycling Club, 2009 - Present

The Law Offices of Mark Schaffner, P.C., provides legal advice and representation to clients in Chicago, Illinois, and in communities throughout the Chicagoland area, Cook County, DuPage County, Lake County, Will County, Kane County, McHenry County, DeKalb County, LaSalle County and northern Illinois.

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