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Mark Schmidtke • Shareholder

Ogletree Deakins • Chicago, Illinois

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Ogletree Deakins
2 First National Plaza
20 South Clark St., 25th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
phone 312.558.1220
fax  312.807.3619


Mark E. Schmidtke has represented clients in ERISA and Non-ERISA employee benefits matters in state and federal courts throughout the United States for over 20 years.  He has argued appeals in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, as well as the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Minnesota Court of Appeals, the Indiana Court of Appeals, and the California Court of Appeals.  He has also authored several briefs and petitions at the United States Supreme Court, including amicus curiae briefs in important ERISA cases such as Black & Decker v. Nord and Yates v. Hendon.Mr. Schmidtke serves as National ERISA Counsel for several large life, health and disability insurers, consulting with house counsel and outside counsel on litigation matters and advising house counsel and business clients on document drafting and policy issues.  Mr. Schmidtke has authored several books, including ERISA Case Digest and ERISA Litigation Form Book, published by John Wiley & Sons, as well as the ERISA Litigation Primer, published by DRI.  Mr. Schmidtke has authored numerous articles on employee benefit related issues and is a frequent speaker at national seminars.Mr. Schmidtke is a member of DRI and a past Chair of the Life, Health and Disability Committee.  He is a co-author of the ERISA Update column of the DRI Life, Health and Disability News quarterly newsletter.  Mr. Schmidtke also serves on the DRI Annual Meeting Steering Committee.  He is also a member of the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section and the Labor Section (Employee Benefits Committee).  For the past several years, Mr. Schmidtke has been selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer.


  • College: B.A., with high distinction, Valparaiso University, 1978
  • Law School: J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law, 1981

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State of Indiana, Multiple Federal District Courts (IL, IN, CO, WI, Mi), U.S. Court of Appeals " Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuits, U.S. Supreme Court
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