Senator Scott Bennett joined Spiros Law, P.C. in 2018. Scott was a native of Central Illinois and a member of the Illinois Senate representing the 52nd district. Prior to assuming office in 2015, he worked as a civil litigator in private practice and a prosecutor with the office of the McLean and Champaign County State’s Attorney’s office. He was an experienced courtroom lawyer, having handled both civil and criminal cases. In his capacity at Spiros Law, P.C., he assisted in the handling of a variety of personal injury cases, including workplace injuries, serious traffic and trucking accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse, and wrongful death.
Scott grew up in Gibson City where five generations of his family worked on their family farm. He was passionate about our community and was involved in organizations including the Community Justice Task Force and Urbana Rotary where he served as President. He was also involved in local fundraising and charity organizations. In 2015, he served as a Co-Chairperson of the United Way’s Ready.Set.Grow! Young Children’s Expo and in 2016, his community outreach and leadership led him to be named as an Edgar Fellow. Scott served as a Vice Chairman on the Criminal Law Committee, as the Chairman on the Agriculture Committee, and as a member on other committees.
Scott obtained his B.A. in history at Illinois State University where he graduated summa cum laude before earning his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. In his time at the University of Illinois, he was a recipient of the Pro Bono Notation for volunteering legal services to those in need. He lived in Champaign with his wife and two children.
Senator Scott M. Bennett passed from complications of a large brain tumor on December 9th, 2022. He was surrounded by his wife, family, and loved ones at Carle Hospital in Urbana.