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 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. Most recently, Gina was chosen for the 2020 Notable Women in Law list by Crain's Chicago Business.

Practice Areas

Education & Certifications

  • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2002
  • B.A., University of Iowa, 1997

Awards & Recognition

  • Named as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers®, 2022-2023
  • Notable Gen X Leaders in Accounting, Consulting and Law, Crain's Chicago Business, 2021

  • Named one of The Best Lawyers in America© by U.S. News and World Report, 2020-2023
  • Named a Leading Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company’s Leading Lawyers Division, 2017-2021
  • 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

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Northern District of Illinois, 2002
  • Illinois, 2002

Newsroom

In the News

Press Releases

Blog Posts

Videos

  • CBS News interviews impacted Highland Park families 6 months following the 4th of July Mass Shooting
    January 5, 2023

    Six months following the deadly mass shooting on the fourth of July in Highland Park, Illinois, CBS National News speaks with individuals whose lives have been forever changed. Survivor Lauren Bennett shares her emotional journey after being shot several times and explains how the trauma is something she thinks about every day. The Sundheim family details the unimaginable grief and the hole in their lives following the murder of their wife and mother, Jacki Sundheim. Romanucci & Blandin remains fiercely committed, alongside our co-counsel, to pursuing justice for more than 50 clients, including the Bennett and Sundheim families, whose lives were forever changed that day.

  • Newsy: Mass Shooting Victims are Suing Gun Manufacturers
    October 17, 2022

    Newsy examines Romanucci & Blandin's September 2022 filings of multiple lawsuits against Smith & Wesson and others for deceptive marketing that contributed to the deadly Fourth of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois. Seven people died and more than four dozen were injured when a shooter opened fire during the city's annual holiday parade. 

  • Press Conference: Highland Park Victims sue Smith & Wesson, others for role in July 4th mass shooting
    September 28, 2022

    Survivors of the mass shooting at the City of Highland Park’s Fourth of July Parade filed a set of lawsuits against the individuals and entities responsible for the shooting — Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father — for their respective roles in making it possible for the shooter to carry out the massacre.

  • NBC 5 Chicago: Highland Park Shooting Victims Sue Gun Maker, Gunman and His Father, Gun Sellers
    September 28, 2022

    NBC 5 Chicago covers the filing of lawsuits against the individuals and entities responsible for the 4th of July shooting in Highland Park, Illinois — Smith & Wesson, online gun distributor Bud’s Gun Shop, Illinois gun retailer Red Dot Arms, the shooter, and the shooter’s father — for their respective roles in making it possible for the shooter to carry out the massacre.

  • Romanucci & Blandin - Your Bridge To Justice

Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Panelist, Advice for Young Female Attorneys, Chicago, IL, October 2021 
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