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Firm Background

Pratt & Tobin has an established history of successfully fighting for the rights of railroad employees as well as personal injury accident victims.

Paul Pratt founded the law firm on the belief that injured workers deserve the best representation and to receive the largest verdict or settlement for their injury. Paul opened the firm in 1964. He had a reputation as an aggressive and pugnacious fighter for working men and women. Paul was sought out by past clients and their associates to represent them in FELA cases. The course Paul would pursue over the next three decades would make him a pioneer in the area of FELA law as well as cement his law firm as one of the best FELA law firms in the nation. That reputation continues on to the present day. Paul was a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, a select group of only 100 nationwide attorneys who have received verdicts of over $1 million and taken more than 100 cases to verdict.

Greg Tobin, Pratt’s son in-law, later took over the law firm. He continued on Pratt’s legacy of passionately representing the firm’s clients over the course of four decades. Greg represented injured railroad workers as well as personal injury victims throughout his career. He, like Paul, obtained numerous million dollar verdicts for injured individuals throughout his career, one of which being the largest FELA verdict ever in the U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois.

The law firm is now owned and operated by Ben Tobin who is Greg Tobin’s son and Paul Pratt’s grandson. Ben is a third generation FELA attorney who started at the law firm as a maintenance worker during his junior high school years. He is carrying on both his father’s and grandfather’s legacy of vigorously representing injured railroad workers as well as personal injury accident victims. The law firm maintains the same high level of trial accomplishment for which Greg and Paul are remembered.

Ben is a graduate of Illinois College where he played on the football and baseball teams. He received his Juris Doctor from Oklahoma City University School of Law.

Ben Tobin has represented injured railroad workers his entire career, during which time he has also help build the law firm’s personal injury practice to its current state.

He has litigated cases in Illinois, Minnesota, Virginia, West Virginia, Missouri, Kentucky, North Dakota, Ohio, Michigan, New York, Nebraska, Texas, Nevada, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Iowa.

Ben is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and West Virginia. He has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, U.S. District for the Southern District of West Virginia, and U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.

He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri State Bar Association, West Virginia Bar Association, and Madison County Bar Association. Ben also holds the distinction of being member of the Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys, or ARLA.

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