James Stephen Bennett



Steve Bennett protects the products and reputations of innovators and manufacturers. He represents clients in product liability and mass tort litigation in state and federal courts across the country.

In addition to his extensive litigation experience, Steve often serves as settlement counsel during mass tort litigation. He is experienced in strategically negotiating favorable settlements when resolving a matter early advances his clients' business interests. Steve also counsels companies on risk management strategies, including document and email management.

Steve serves as national counsel to one of the world’s largest orthopedic device manufacturers, a global manufacturer of childcare products and a major maker of food packaging materials

As a member of the firm's product liability group nationally ranked by Chambers USA, Steve has experience defending manufacturers and sellers of medical devices, pharmaceuticals, gasoline, industrial machinery and plastic products.

Related Industries


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin


George Washington University Law School
J.D. (1994)

University of Illinois
B.A. (1991)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Role of ASTM Standards in Medical Device Litigation
    American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) Workshop on Modularity and Tapers in Total Joint Replacement Devices, Jacksonville, Florida, November 2013
  • The Role of ASTM Standards and MoM Litigation
    Symposium on Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Replacements Devices, Phoenix, 2012

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute — Drug and Medical Device Committee
  • American Inn of Court
  • Allen County Bar Association — Trial Lawyers Section (Vice President)


  • Best Lawyers® — Commercial Litigation, 2013-19, 2021-24
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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