Dave Bennett has established a diverse practice representing and defending the amusement, sports and recreation industries; colleges and universities; religious organizations and general liability throughout Illinois.
Dave has extensive experience in the preparation and trial of personal injury cases and has successfully defended 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 theme parks, water parks, sports teams and venues, health and fitness clubs, family fun centers, climbing facilities, trampoline parks, bowling centers, ice and roller skating facilities, concert venues, camps, carnivals, zoos, and festivals.
Dave is a member and past Board of Director of the International Amusement & Leisure Defense Association (IALDA), a national network of amusement defense attorneys and claims professionals who focus their practice on legal issues in the amusement industry. Through IALDA, Dave has been active in establishing risk management guidelines for the bowling and roller-skating industries.
He is an active speaker at industry events on risk management guidelines for best practices in preventing and defending accidents in the amusement industry. Dave is a member of the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA), where 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 (IADTC) sponsored Trial Defense Practices seminars.
Dave and his wife Diane live in a northwest suburb of Chicago where they are raising their three children. Dave volunteers his time at his church’s legal aid clinic at Willow Creek Community Church’s Care Center.
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 1989
- Purdue University, B.S. 1986
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois