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I have been representing injured men and women in  Workers' Compensation claims  across the State of Illinois for over a quarter century.  I will be responsive to you and honest with you.  I will fight for your rights. I am very fortunate to work in a tremendous law firm with a first rate staff of caring and dedicated people.


Languages spoken: Spanish, English

Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 95%
    32 years, 5 thousand cases
  2. Social Security: 4%
    26 years, 75 cases
  3. Unspecified: 1%

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  • Brad E. Bleakney

    I strongly endorse this lawyer. Caring, bright and dedicated to his clients. What more could you ask ? Strong credentials for speaking and educating other lawyers.


    Brad Bleakney Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

  • David Joseph Kupets

    I strongly endorse this lawyer's work. I have no reservations about his competence, character and diligence . He is an compassionate advocate who is responsive to his clients with the highest level of professionalism.


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Contact info

77 W Washington, Suite 2oth
Chicago, IL, 60602-2801


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198305/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateKatz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck2001 - Present
partnerCohn, Lambert, Ryan & Schneider1984 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Illinois Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Illinois state Bar Association Workers' Compensation SectionMember2001 - Present
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (Illinois)Member1990 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association Workers' Compensation SectionSection Chair2009 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Illinois Armored Car Corp. v. Industrial Commission, 205 Ill. App. 3d 993(1990)JQuashed employers appeal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
DePaul University College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1983
Northwestern UniversityCommunication StudiesBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Workers' Compensation InstituteModerator/ co-coordinator2015
Workers' Compensation InstituteModerator2014
New Lawyer Institutemoderator2014
Arbitrator TrainingEthics2012
Advanced Workers' Compensation: Trial Practice Under the New ActWage Loss2012
Advanced Workers' CompensationEthics: Things a Practicing Lawyer Needs to Know2012
Negotiate NowPresenter2011
Getting Started with the new Workers' Compensation Practice ReformModerator2011
Workers' Compensation:Intake & Trial Issues for the Experienced PractitionerModerator and Program Co-Coordinator2010
Advanced Workers' CompensationWage Loss Claims2010
Workers' Compensation-Back to BasicsModerator and Top 10 Cases every Workers' Compensation Attorney should know.2009
Workers' Compensation- What the Arbitrators, Commissioners and Doctors want you to knowprogram coordinator and moderator2009
ISBA CLE Festmoderator and 10 cases you should know2009
Advanced Workers' CompensationModerator2009
Workers' Compensation: Back to BasicsThe Top 10 Cases every Workers' Compensation practitioner should know.2008
Workers' Compensaiton Practice: Issues for the Seasoned PractitionerThe Savvy Litigator2008
Advanced Workers' CompensationModerator and Slips and Falls in the Workplace2008
Illinois Workers' Comp ForumIllinois Workers' Comp Law from soup to Nuts: an A-toZ Guide to Ensure compliance and Reduce Your Litigation Risks (Petitioner's Perspective)2007
Workers' Compensation: Back to BasicsTrial Preparation, Technique and Procedures2006
Workers' Compensation Hearings in Illinois: Techniques and StrategiesHearings in Illinois: Techniques and Strategies2005
Hot Topics in Workers' CompensationEvidence: How to get crucial evidence into the record2005
Advanced Workers' CompensationEvidence Law: Practical Knowledge for the Workers' Compensation Practitioner2004
Advanced Workers' CompensationEthical Considerations2003
Workers' Compensation Practtice & ProcedureProving the 3 Essential Elements of Compensability2002
Back to Basics-Workers' Compensation LawArising Out Of2002
Advanced Workers' Compensation:examining Complex Medical & Legal IssuesCurrent Case Law and How it Affects Your Practice2001
Workers' Compensation in Illinois: The Basics Plus Much MoreThe Three Elements of a Workers' Compensation Claim1999
Workers' Compensation Basic ProgramThe Three Elements of a Workers' Compensation Claim1998
The Trial of a Workers' Compensation CaseSettlement Contracts1995
How to win your workers' compensation caseEvidence1993
Workers' Compensation LawRecent Developents in Illinois Workers' Compensation Law1990