By Brad Bleakney, Managing Partner
Born: 1956 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; undergraduate, Penn State University, B.A. 1978; graduate of John Marshall Law School, J.D. 1984; 59 years old, married, living in Hawthorn Woods, Illinois
Admitted: Illinois State Bar, 1984; U.S. District Court for Northern District of Illinois, 1985; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1985 and the Federal Trial Bar, 1990;
CBA Chicago Bar Association, ISBA Illinois State Bar Association, WCLA Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, CBA Committee on Workers’ Compensation, ISBA Workers Compensation Section Council (2006- 2014),
LexisNexis Larson’s Workers Compensation Advisory Board (2008- 2016) and selected by peer review to Best Lawyers in America® (2013 – 2016) in Illinois Workers Compensation.
“Workers’ Comp and Medicare Secondary-Payer Regs”, Illinois Bar Journal, December 2003;
“Steering Clear of Problems with Medicare Secondary Payer Rules and Workers’ Comp Settlement Agreements”, CCH (Commerce Clearing House) Business Management Guide, May 10, 2004;
“Ghere No More”: Medical Expert Opinion Objections, ISBA WC Section Newsletter 2006
“Exclusive Remedy Update” , ISBA WC Section Newsletter 2007
“Mandatory Overtime and Average Weekly Wage” ISBA WC Section News Letter 2008
Contributing author: Illinois Chapter; The Complete Guide to MSP Compliance by Jen Jordan, Lexis Nexis 2011
“Attorney Fees on MSA Funds”; ISBA WC Section Newsletter November 2011
“Involuntary Merger 8(e) into 8(d) 1”; ISBA WC Section Newsletter 2011
February 1989, IICLE, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education: “Occupational Disease in Workers’ Compensation”.
April 2005, Kane County Bar Assoc.: “Medicare Set-A-Side in Illinois Worker’s Compensation”;
February 2007, ISBA Advanced Workers Compensation:”Illinois Medical Fee Schedule & Utilization Review”;
May 2007, CBA Workers Compensation:”Utilization Review; Workers Comp Medical Care”
September 2007, IICLE, Advanced Workers Compensation: Illinois Medical Fee Schedule, Balanced Billing & Utilization Review”
October 2008, ISBA Advanced Workers Compensation: “Medicare Set Aside Issues in Illinois Workers Comp; Avoiding Pitfalls”
March 2010, CBA Workers Compensation: “Liens in Illinois Workers Compensation”
September 2012, CMSP Medicare Secondary Payer Certification Program by LASIE
November 2012, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference: “Legal Triage”
February 2013, ISBA Advanced Workers Compensation: AMA Guides Impairment Rating Decisions
November 2013, National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference: “Latest Workers’ Comp Reforms”
February 2014, Artex Risk Management Conference, Orlando: “Cutting-Edge Ideas for 2014”
November 2014, National Workers Compensation and Disability Conference: “Temp Nation; Risks, Red Flags and Injury rates”
Our primary practice has been limited to Illinois workers compensation and work injury litigation since 1984. Our past experience extends to all levels of trial and appeal in Illinois work injury claims in both Chicago and outlying cities and collar counties.
We have earned a fair record of success in Illinois Workers’ Compensation trials, settlements and appeals in work accident and work injury litigation.
Brad Bleakney was selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers® (2013- 2016) in the field of Illinois Workers Compensation. Selection is an outstanding honor representing less than 5% of those attorneys in our practice area.
Our primary objective has always been to protect our clients in the litigation process. We have guarded financial futures in Illinois work injury litigation for well over 25 years. We provide clients with the essential legal advice necessary to make sound decisions and we offer practical solutions to both complex and common problems.
Allow us the opportunity to assist in representation and in early claim review to answer your important questions and discuss any available options in Illinois work injury litigation.
Develop a game plan and get a winning strategy for your work injury litigation.
Put experience to work for you … Call (312) 541-0049