Mark Shanberg - Partner

Mark Shanberg is a Partner in Tyson & Mendes’ Chicago o­ffice. Mr. Shanberg is a seasoned litigation attorney with over 27 years of practical experience.  He has successfully defended his clients in a variety of concentrations including medical liability, construction liability, product liability, trucking and transportation liability and premises liability. Most of Mr. Shanberg’s cases involve wrongful death or catastrophic injuries that rely heavily on liability and medical experts. He prepares every case as if it is going to trial, meaning that trial strategy is being developed from the moment the responsive pleading is prepared.  Mark Shanberg has deposed over a hundred liability and damages witnesses, and is known by his peers as a zealous and ethical advocate for his clients. He has served as a guest speaker to discuss with nursing students the potential pitfalls involved in medical negligence cases.   Mr. Shanberg  is rated as AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Illinois Leading Lawyers in the area of Personal Injury Defense Law, General.

Based on a collaborative relationship with the client, Mark Shanberg formulates and implements a litigation strategy to ensure competent and cost-effective representation of the client’s rights and interests by considering risk transference opportunities, dispositive motions, settlement/mediation potential and the risks/benefits of taking the case to trial.  He has first-chair trial experience, served as lead counsel in over one hundred mandatory arbitrations, and has successfully navigated his clients through voluntary mediations.  Mr. Shanberg brings a true value-added approach to each case by quickly assessing the liability and damages,  and presenting the client with a thoughtful analysis setting forth his recommendations to obtain the most beneficial result for the client.

Mark Shanberg earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Indiana University in 1989, and his J.D. from The John Marshall law School in 1992.  He is a member of the bars of the State of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois.  Mr. Shanberg is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Outside the office, in addition to spending time with his family, Mark Shanberg enjoys his spin classes, outdoor road bike rides, and time at the gym.  He likes to keep busy.  On most weekends in the spring and summer you can find him outside doing yard work and looking for DYI home improvement projects to undertake.  “Idle hands make fretful minds.” – Shelley Shepard Gray.

Recent Posts

Mark Shanberg is Promoted to Partner in Chicago

Mark Shanberg is Promoted to Partner in Chicago – February 11, 2022

Shanberg defends clients in high exposure and catastrophic personal injury cases involving medical liability, construction liability, product liability, trucking and transportation liability and premises liability.

Tyson & Mendes Announces its 2022 Partner Promotions Adds Five New Partners, Bringing Total Partnership to 47

SAN DIEGO (February 7, 2022) – National civil defense firm Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today four promotions from senior counsel to partner for attorneys Haldon Greenberg, Emily Meeson, Christopher Schon, and Mark Shanberg.

Good Faith Under the Contribution Act – Not Always Good for the Defense

The Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act is not as straightforward as attorneys might think. Section three of the Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act provides the pro rata share of each tortfeasor shall be determined in accordance with his relative culpability and no person shall be required to contribute to one seeking contribution an amount greater than his pro rata share

It’s Official—Illinois Now Provides for Pre-Judgement Interest

On May 28, 2021, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 72 into law as Public Act 102-0006. The Act amends 735 ILCS 5/2-1303(a). The amendment became effective on July 1, 2021. Pursuant to Public Act 102-0006, the Illinois judgment interest statute now imposes prejudgment interest in all actions seeking damages for personal injury or wrongful death, including claims based on negligence, willful and wanton misconduct, intentional conduct, or strict liability.

Illinois Biometric Privacy Law Does Not Require Showing of Actual Injury

The Illinois Biometric Privacy Act (BIPA) went into effect in 2008 and imposes requirements and restrictions on private sector businesses which collect or otherwise obtain biometric information, including fingerprints, retina scans, and facial geometry scans from individuals.  Among other requirements, businesses must receive written consent from individuals before obtaining their biometric data, and they must disclose their policies for usage and retention of the information.  For negligent violations, individuals can recover the greater of $1,000 or their actual losses.  For reckless violations, the baseline award increases to $5,000.  This article will discuss a recent Illinois Rosenbach v. Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Supreme Court decision addressing the application of BIPA. A general overview of BIPA will provide helpful context to our analysis.

Time is on Their Side: If Illinois House Bill 3360 Becomes Law – Allowing Plaintiffs to Recover Pre-Judgement Interest

On January 13, 2021, with the backing and encouragement of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois General Assembly passed House Bill 3360, which amends section 2-1303 of the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure.  This bill would amend the state’s prejudgment interest statute to allow recovery of nine percent interest per year on all personal injury and wrongful death claims decided in favor of plaintiff.  If passed into law, plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases will recover prejudgment interest at the rate of nine percent per year on all damages awarded in a trial.

Special Interrogatories in Illinois State Court are Now Weighted in Favor of Plaintiffs

The use of special interrogatories is the practice of submitting to the jury specific written questions regarding the facts giving rise to their verdict.  Special interrogatories entered into the American jurisprudence system through the common law, and its modern use and application is typically governed by statute.  In Illinois, the special interrogatories statute is codified in 735 ILCS 5/2-1108.  The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure also provide for the use of special…

The Discovery and Use of Social Media Evidence in Illinois

Most “standard” sets of interrogatories directed at a plaintiff seek information concerning the existence of any social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram/Finsta, Twitter, and Snapchat.  Assuming the existence of one or more of these accounts, unless and until the plaintiff’s counsel instructs their client to stop posting on these account(s), often times the plaintiff will continue posting photographs and “updates” recounting their recent activities.  In this regard, a preservation letter and/or order requiring the plaintiff to preserve any photographs…

Insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes opens Chicago office

Chicago Business Journal – August 4, 2020

California insurance defense law firm Tyson & Mendes said it has opened a new Chicago office. The San Diego-based law firm said in a statement that the office will launch with Scott Ruksakiati as branch managing partner and Mark Shanberg as senior counsel. The Chicago office will serve clients across Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.


Tyson & Mendes Launches Chicago Office; Names Managing Partner and Senior Counsel of Newest Branch: Expanding Insurance Defense Firm Adds Seasoned Litigators Scott Ruksakiati and Mark Shanberg

CHICAGO (August 4, 2020) – Tyson & Mendes LLP announced today the launch of its first Chicago office and the hire of two attorneys to lead the new branch. Scott Ruksakiati will act as branch managing partner with Mark Shanberg as senior counsel.

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