Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
Each year, the Office of Alumni Relations presents awards to some of the best and brightest members of the Benedictine University Alumni family. Learn more about the awards available and how to nominate an alumnus.
David Sudzus, C87
Partner and Vice Chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLC
David Sudzus is a partner and vice chair of the Products Liability and Mass Tort Practice Group at Drinker, Biddle & Reath, LLC, which focuses on product liability, mass tort, pharmaceutical, medical device and asbestos litigation and class actions. He represents manufacturers of medical devices and other products in single and multidistrict cases throughout the country. He advises companies in preparing product manuals, warnings labels and re-call programs. He helps clients guard against future claims and position themselves strategically to defend their products if litigation arises. He is a regular speaker and panelist on topics such as federal preemption, product recalls, Medicare/Medicaid reporting and biopharmaceuticals. He is also a member of the firm’s Public Interest Law Committee and was an originating member of the firm’s Electronic Discovery and Data Management Team. Sudzus has a long history of defending manufacturers of asbestos-containing products and clients involved in asbestos premises-liability claims. Sudzus is also active in pro bono matters, handling cases involving commercial disputes, alleged civil rights violations and other issues.
Sudzus earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law in 1990 and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Benedictine University in 1987. While at Benedictine University, then known as Illinois Benedictine College, Sudzus was part of the Scholar's Program. He also participated in various activities including the Model U.N., a national mock trial competition and served as co-editor and editor of the school newspaper.
Sudzus is a product of Chicago's Southside and a lifelong resident of the city, where he currently resides with his wife and two children and staunchly supports his beloved Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bears.
Sudzus hosted a webinar as a part of our fall 2015 Alumni Webinar Series entitled “The Life-Work Balance: Strategies for Walking the Tightrope." To view the recorded webinar, please visit the Alumni Webinar Series webpage.
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