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Philip A. Bareck

Philip A. Bareck

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Illinois
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Reviewed by Merilee U. December 30, 2020
Would highly recommend Attorney Bareck
I hired Attorney Bareck for a workmans comp case. He was very professional, organized, and very knowledgeable and honest. Every appointment I had with him I left feeling informed and prepared on all the information that we both had. He was very organized and so was his office. After my appointments I always received paperwork in the mail explaining what we talked about and our next steps that we needed to do. He was always patient with answering my questions and explaining what was happening with the case. He is by far the best Attorney I have ever worked with. He was so honest going forward with my case and court appearances and what was happening with it. The knowledge this man has about the laws was amazing. He takes his job very professional and serious and I would recommend him to anyone!
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Philip A. Bareck has been with Katz Friedman since 1991, became a partner in 2003, and a shareholder in 2007. Currently, he is an Adjunct Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law teaching Workers' Compensation Law, has been selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer (5% of the attorneys in Illinois), included in Best Lawyers in Workers’ Compensation Law, awarded inclusion in Top Trial Lawyers (American Trial Lawyers Association top 100 Trial Lawyers for Illinois), Top Attorneys in Illinois, selected as one of America’s Most Honored Professionals, nominated as “10 Best” Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for Illinois by the American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC) and selected by his peers to be a Leading Lawyer in Workers' Compensation Law (fewer than 5% of all licensed attorneys in Illinois).

His practice concentrates in representing injured employees in Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease cases before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Illinois Circuit, and Appellate courts. He has successfully represented thousands of individuals with a vast array of injuries and has deposed hundreds of physicians in order to protect and preserve his clients’ rights and entitlements. Moreover, he has secured future medical rights and ongoing treatment for his clients requiring long-term care. Philip has spent his career fighting against Caterpillar, Fiat-Chrysler, Knapheide, the State of Illinois/Illinois Veterans Home, UTC Hamilton-Sundstrand and other large and aggressive companies in Illinois. In 2016, he won a significant Appellate Court decision in Dunteman v. Caterpillar in which the Court found that an employee’s self-treatment, at home, for a work-related injury, which worsened the condition, still remained covered by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. He has spoken to various lawyer groups concerning the Dunteman impact in Illinois and was interviewed and quoted in Work Comp Central concerning the Dunteman decision.

Practice Area
    Workers' Compensation
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  • English
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor - Workers' Compensation Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology
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Lawyer- Partner
Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
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IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
J.D. (1991) | Law
Honors: Highest Grades Torts I & II/Am Jur; Highest Grades Contracts I & II/Am Jur; Highest Grade Federal Courts
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.S. (1988)
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Top Attorneys in Illinois
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Professional Associations
Illinois State Bar
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Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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Workers' Compensation Bar Association
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Articles & Publications
Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Illinois
Establishing Accident: The Arising Out of the Employment Element
Jurisdiction in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases: The 2006 Mahoney Decision
Illinois Trial Journal
Physical, Mental and Vocational Rehabilitation Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
Speaking Engagements
Workers' Compensation in Illinois, Union Meetings
Various Workers' Compensation Topics, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Workers' Compensation Law - Adjunct Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law
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Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
77 W Washington St
20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll-Free: (800) 444-1525
Telephone: (312) 263-6330
Fax: (312) 372-5555
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