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Gina DeBoni

Romanucci & Blandin LLC
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Gina DeBoni
Romanucci & Blandin LLC
Chicago,
 IL

Background

With a background in social work and the influence of a grandfather and uncle who were passionate lawyers, Gina Arquilla DeBoni naturally gravitated towards a career in law where she could put her strong people skills and passion for helping others to good use. After law school, Gina established a successful personal injury law firm with another partner. She left the practice after six years to join the prominent firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC in June 2010 as its managing attorney. In February of 2019, she was named Managing Partner of the firm.

As one of the only female managing partners in the state of Illinois, Gina is responsible for the overall management and quality assurance of the firm’s legal and compliance services within client engagements. She also plays a critical role in advocating for the firm’s clients who have suffered from traumatic personal injury, medical malpractice, police misconduct, hazing, sex trafficking, products and premises liability, nursing home negligence, business interruption, mass shootings and construction injury cases.

Whether it’s in the office, courtroom or beyond, Gina is passionate about advocating for her clients and ensuring that real, institutional policy change can come from the firm’s cases. In September of 2017, Gina advocated on Capitol Hill with a client who testified before the Senate for an amendment to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Furthermore, Gina served as an expert on panels for the film I am Jane Doe and alongside Cindy McCain in public service announcements aimed at amending Section 230. On April 11, 2018, Gina was invited to the White House with her client, who stood next to the President in the Oval Office, to witness the monumental signing of the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex-Trafficking Act. Since 2018, Gina has also played a significant role in advocating for Romanucci & Blandin’s clients who have been impacted by carcinogenic emissions coming from the Sterigenics International facility in Willowbrook, Illinois without their knowledge for decades. This has included working closely with Illinois Senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin, as well as several Illinois Representatives who are working to create greater regulations and expand transparency as it pertains to the handling of the cancer-causing chemical, ethylene oxide.

Gina’s work has landed her in several publications both nationally and internationally, including the front page of the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune and The Times in London. Gina was chosen for the 2020 Notable Women in Law list by Crain's Chicago Business. In 2023, Gina received a number of accolades, including Women In Law: Leaders Leaning In honoree by Chicago Lawyer, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's Top Women in Law, Top Women Lawyers - Chicago Metro Area - Leading Lawyers and Top Leading Women Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company.

Further, Gina's commitment to civic engagement and the community is reflected in her successful pursuit of public office. She was elected as a Trustee of the Village of Glenview, Illinois in 2021.

Experience

$4,500,000 Settlement – Trucking Accident

$1,000,000 Settlement – Premises Liability

Practice Areas

Environmental & Toxic Torts

Mass Torts & Class Actions

Premises Liability

Product Liability

Sexual Abuse & Hazing

Transportation & Car Accidents

Workplace Injury

Wrongful Death

Education & Certifications

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2002

B.A., University of Iowa, 1997

Awards & Recognition

Women In Law: Leaders Leaning In honoree by Chicago Lawyer, 2023

Member of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin's Top Women in Law, 2023

Top Women Lawyers - Chicago Metro Area - Leading Lawyers, Leading Lawyers, 2023

Top Leading Women Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2023

Named as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers®, 2022-Present

Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law, Crain's Chicago Business, 2021

Named one of The Best Lawyers in America©, 2020-Present

Named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division, 2017-Present

Recipient of the ISBA Elmer Gertz Human Rights Award, 2020

Named to the Notable Women in Law list by Crain's Chicago Business, 2020

Stevie Award - Female Executive of the Year, Consumer Services for 11-2,500 employees, 2020

Recipient of the Excellence in Leadership Award from the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Dorothy Brown, 2017

The American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, ‘Ten Best Attorneys in Illinois’ for the Client Satisfaction Award, 2016-2017

Named an Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division, 2015-2016

Selected to the Illinois Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers®, 2008, 2010-2015

Illinois State Bar Association “Young Lawyer of the Year” Award, 2010

The National Trial Lawyers Association: Top 40 under 40, Member

Legal Activities & Leadership

Advocated for legislative change on Capitol Hill, resulting in the passing bi-partisan amendment to the Communications Decency Act (SESTA/FOSTA). Invited to White House when the bill was signed into law, 2017-2018

American Bar Association (ABA)

House of Delegates, 2006-2010

Membership Co-Chair for the ABA for the State of Illinois, 2008-2010

ABA Young Lawyers Division District 15 representative, 2008-2010

Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA)

Past Member of the following: Board of Governors; General Assembly Scope and Correlation Committee; Young Lawyers Division (Chair, 2008–09); Board Liaison, Women and the Law Committee, Antitrust Committee, Business Advice and Financial Planning Committee and the Standing Committee on Legal Education, Admission and Competence.

Justinian Society of Lawyers

National Italian American Bar Association (NIABA)

Women’s Advisory Board for U.S. Senator Mark Kirk, Chair

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Northern District of Illinois, 2002

Illinois, 2002

Newsroom

In the News

Trial for accused Highland Park shooter to begin in February; Crimo III to represent himself

WGN9, December 11, 2023

Judge Rejects Gunmaker's Attempt To Remove Highland Park Shooting Suit

Patch, September 30, 2023

Judge: Lawsuits vs Smith & Wesson over Highland Park massacre belong in Lake County, not federal court

Cook County Record, September 28, 2023

Press Releases

Managing and Senior Partner Gina A. DeBoni honored on Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Salute! To Women in Law list for 2023

November 29, 2023

Reaction to Backpage.com federal criminal verdict from legal team representing mom of Chicago sex trafficking victim, Desiree Robinson

November 17, 2023

Victory for Survivors: Civil Lawsuits on Behalf of Nearly 50 Victims of Highland Park Fourth of July Mass Shooting Returned to State Court

September 27, 2023

Blog Posts

The New Normal- Office Life Post Vaccine

Romanucci & Blandin Blog, May 10, 2021

Romanucci & Blandin’s Return to Office Model

Romanucci & Blandin Blog, May 21, 2020


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