Mr. Poulos’ concentration of law over the last 25 years is in the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims, Labor and Employment cases and Civil Defense. He has practiced throughout Illinois, trying cases before the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission, arguing before the Circuit Court and has successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court on behalf of business clients in Illinois.
He attended Southern Methodist University, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1989 from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1992.
Mr. Poulos began his practice in Insurance Defense after graduation from Kent in 1992. In 1995, he began practicing worker’s compensation defense. In 2000, he began an insurance defense law firm and was an equity principal and CEO for ten years. In 2000, he also began defending cases involving Employment and Labor Law disputes, Third-Party defense of employers and Lien recovery. In January of 2011, he and Ms. Di Benedetto founded Poulos & Di Benedetto Law, P.C.
Mr. Poulos has been awarded the highest possible review ranking of 5.0/5.0 AV from Martindale LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability for 13 straight years: 2004-2017. He regularly presents education seminars for clients to assist in their knowledge of investigating and defending workers’ compensation cases. He has also presented at National Conferences on Worker’s Compensation, as well as the interplay of Worker’s Compensation, ADA and FMLA.
IIT, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. 1992
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, B.A. Political Science, 1989
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1992
American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Association, Tort and Insurance Law Sections
Tina Rose Di Benedetto
Ms. Di Benedetto was admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association in 1998 and worked as in-house counsel for Traveler’s Insurance specializing in Workers’ Compensation defense and Third-Party Lien Recovery. In 1999, she ventured into private law practice continuing her ambition of defending employers and businesses of all kinds and ventured into Labor and Employment Law, as well.
Ms. Di Benedetto is a skilled litigator who has the unique ability to visualize a case to its end. In doing so, she strategically approaches each case, maintains focus, picks her battles carefully and gathers the evidence and information necessary to achieve the best outcome for her clients.
Over the past 19 years, she has tried and argued numerous cases at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and Circuit Court. She has received zeros on cases where the demand was over $500,000. She has also successfully argued before the Illinois Appellate Court reversing the lower court’s decision and obtained a published opinion regarding idiopathic falls. (Builders Square v. Industrial Com’n 339 Ill.App.3d 1006, 791 N.E.2d 1308, 274 Ill.Dec.897)
Furthermore, she understands whether a case should be tried or settled. She has achieved hundreds of complex settlements for her clients. These settlements include cases with not only large exposure for permanency, but where the medical bills have been run up extremely high by overzealous medical providers and facilities.
Ms. Di Benedetto has assisted in establishing Preferred Provider Programs for her clients resulting in better managed claims and lower costs. She has also consulted with clients at both a local and national level on improvements in their workers’ compensation claims and return to work programs, thereby lessening the exposure on potential wage differential and/or odd-lot permanent total cases. She is working to make Transitional Employment an accepted practice in Illinois. She also presents at seminars on various employment related topics.
IIt, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1997
Loyola University Chicago, 1994
B.A. Sociology – Magna Cum Laude
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 1998
American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Workers’ Compensation
Mr. Wilhelm has worked to defend employers in Illinois and specializes in Workers’ Compensation Defense. He has tried various cases before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and argued before the Circuit Court. He is also a skilled negotiator and is meticulous in the handling of his cases. He began working with Poulos & Di Benedetto Law in June, 2011. In addition to practicing law, Mr. Wilhelm is also an amazing piano player, and plays in both a Jazz and Rock band.
Northern Illinois University College of Law – J.D., 2008
Knox College – B.A. – Cum Laude 2005
Illinois State Bar Association
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
Timothy R. Lea
Tim joined the firm in January of 2018. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Parkside in 2010 with a B.S. in political science where he was an active member of student government. He went on to earn his J.D. from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School where he graduated Cum Laude with a 3.44 GPA. While in law school, Tim made Dean’s List and Honor Roll every term. Tim was Associate Editor of the Adelphia Law Journal Volumes 19 and 20. He also worked for the Innocence Project where he was lead on a case that was successfully argued in the Michigan Supreme Court. Tim is a litigator who has tried several cases at the IWCC and also in Circuit Court.