For Benji Rubin, having a brother with severe autism shaped who he is today in many ways personally and professionally and thus the type of law he chose to practice. Joining Rubin Law, a firm founded by his father, offered Benji the opportunity to talk to families who had been dealing with situations similar to his own, and provide a needed service in helping them navigate the complex world of disability and special needs law.
“With my brother Mitch having a disability, I was born into this world, and it affects every part of our life, so the call to help others going through similar experiences was always strong,” he recalls. “I fell in love with the practice and the ability to help other families facing similar situations.”
“It’s really intense for families facing these challenges and helping them get through it and becoming an expert along the way has been incredibly rewarding. Finding solutions for them and helping them get through the maze of information is one of my favorite parts of my work,” says Benji. “I feel very privileged to be able to do this work.”
The family business has expanded under Benji, and additional lawyers and support staff have been added to the firm to handle the influx of clients.
Now as president of the firm, Benji is juggling the responsibilities at work, and taking care of two children at home with his wife. But his passion for the work has only increased, and the personal connection to his work is always at the forefront of his mind. “It’s really not just a job. We’re a community and it’s wonderful to be part of something bigger than yourself and be connected to so many other attorneys through SNA.” he says.
Benji graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law, Magna Cum Laude, received his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, and received his Graduate Law Degree, an LLM (Tax), with honors, also from Northwestern University. In addition to being a member of SNA, he is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and serves as Chairman of the American Bar Association Special Needs Planning Committee. He serves as the President of SIBS (Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters), the Illinois chapter of the national Sibling Leadership Network, an organization of adult siblings of individuals with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities and/or mental illness.
Benji is a member of the Board of Directors of The Arc of Illinois, is a member of the Clearbrook Associate Board, an organization serving more than 8,000 individuals with disabilities, including his brother, Mitchell, who has Autism, serves on the Board of Directors of DayOne PACT, which serves as Trustee of Special Needs Trusts, and serves as Guardian, serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation), serves on the Advisory Council of Encompass (Encompass in partnership with Jewish Child & Family Services, Jewish United Fund, JVS Chicago, JCC Chicago, Keshet, and The Center for Enriched Living and Center for Independent Futures). Benji is also a Faculty Member for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) on the topic of special needs planning, as well as a Speaker for the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association on those topics.
Benji has been a member of Rubin Law, A Professional Corporation since 2010, and assumed the position of President of the firm in 2021.