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Brad E. Bleakney

About me

Born in Pennsylvania, I attended Penn State and in 1978, I came to Chicago for law school.  I started work as an attorney for Dowd & Dowd  in workers compensation defense and since that time my practice has been devoted almost entirely to workers compensation and work injury litigation. 


Legal decisions can and should be based upon a good, sound game plan that includes a review of available options for litigation.  Call it intelligent planning or informed coaching, the result is the same.  You can't win without a good legal coach and a good game plan.


Over the past 25 years, we have helped major corporations reduce their loss runs and we have helped injured workers in nearly every occupation, in all types of work injury and with all types of medical disability. 


We provide real world options for litigation, intelligent planning and representation in Illinois workers compensation and related work injury litigation.



Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 100%
    32 years, 2 thousand cases



Hourly ($200-325/hour), contingent (20-33%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Timothy J. Deffet

    I endorse this lawyer. Brad Bleakney is an extremely knowledgeable attorney and is always on the cutting edge of workers' compensation law developments.


    Timothy Deffet Workers compensation Attorney
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  • Mitchell Horwitz

    I endorse this lawyer. Brad has successfully represented the needs of the injured in Illinois for decades. He aggressively and passionately prosecutes cases on behalf of his clients. You can rest assued they are in good hands with Brad. He is a strong advocate.


    Mitchell Horwitz Workers compensation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

One North Franklin, Suite 2625
Chicago, IL, 60606-3495


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198405/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Executive Committee AppointmentLexisNexis Workers Compensation Advisory Board2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBleakney & Troiani1989 - Present
AssociateDowd & Dowd1984 - 1989
Association namePosition nameDuration
Larson's National Workers' Comp Advisory BoardMember2008 - Present
LexisNexis Workers Compensation Law CenterContributor2008 - Present
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (Illinois)Member1985 - Present
Chicago Bar Association,Workers Compensation CommitteeMember1984 - Present
Illinois State Bar Association, Worker's Compensation Section CouncilMember2006 - 2014
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
General Refractories v. Industrial Com'n compensation upheld
Ross v. Entenmann's Bakery and Indus. Com'n of Illinois,Partial wage differential denied
Alma Fajardo v. Layden$ 3.5 million verdict for plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Illinois Bar Association publicationInvoluntary Merger of 8(e) Specific loss into 8(d)12011
The Complete Guide to MSP ComplianceCh 6.04 -- Illinois WCMSA2011
ISBA WC Section NewsletterAttorney Fees on MSA Funds2011
Illinois Bar Association publicationGood Samaritan Hip Check Awarded2009
Illinois Bar Association publicationWorkers’ Comp liens and employer’s uninsured motorist coverage2009
Illinois Bar Association publicationMandatory Overtime and Average Weekly Wage2008
Illinois Bar Association publication"Ghere No More": Medical Expert Opinion Objections2007
Illinois Bar Association publicationExclusive Remedy Update2007
CCH Commerce Clearing House Business Management GuideMedicare Secondary Payer Rules and Workers' Comp Settlement Agreements,2004
Illinois State Bar JournalAvoiding the Medicare Trap: Workers' Comp Settlements and Medicare Secondary Payer Regs2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
John Marshall Law School, ChicagoLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Pennsylvania State UniversityPre-LawBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
National Workers Compensation Disability ConferenceTemp Nation; Risks, Red Flags and Injury rates2014
National Workers Compensation Disabolity ConferenceLatest Workers' Comp Reforms2013
ISBA Advanced Workers CompensationAMA Guide Impairment Rating Decisions2013
National Workers Compensation Disability ConferenceLegal Triage2012
CBA Workers Compensation CLELiens in Illinois Workers Compensation2010
ISBA Advanced Workers Compensation SeminarMedicare Set Asides in Illinois Workers Compensation: Avoiding Pitfalls2008
ISBA Advanced Workers CompensationIllinois WC "Medical Fee Schedule & Utilization Review";2007
IICLE Advanced Workers Compensation PracticeMedical Fee Schedule, Balanced Billing & Utilization Review"2007
CBA Workers Compensation CLEUtilization Review Workers Comp Medical Care2007
Kane County Bar Workers Comp SeminarMedicare Set-A-Side in Worker’s Compensation2005
IICLE Workers Compensation SeminarOccupational Disease1989