David M. Barish is a seasoned workers’ compensation attorney who joined Katz Friedman in the fall of 2001. During the course of his nearly three-decade career he has practiced in workers’ compensation law and has argued many cases before the appellate court. A gifted teacher and public speaker, he has presented seminars to the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education on a variety of workers’ compensation topics. He distinguished himself by achieving high ratings from the reviews he has received for these presentations.
Prior to his affiliation with Katz Friedman, David was a principal at another firm in Chicago where he represented employers and employees in workers’ compensation, social security, and longshoremen’s cases. He is an active member of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyer’s Association and the Illinois State Bar Association, where he has been a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section Counsel. He served as chair of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Section from 2009 to 2010. He graduated from Northwestern University in 1980 and earned his Juris Doctor from DePaul College of Law in 1983. As a Senior Law Student authorized by Illinois Supreme Court rule, David tried more than 50 criminal cases for the Cook County Public Defender. He was sworn in before the Illinois Bar in November 1983. An avid bicycle enthusiast, David commutes to his office on two-wheels when he is not driving a UAW made automobile.
David Barish served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section from 2009-2010. In 2010 he spoke about wage loss claims at the Illinois State Bar Association seminar on Advanced Workers’ Compensation. He also moderated and co-coordinated the ISBA seminar on workers’ compensation trial issues. In 2011 he moderated the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education program “Getting Started with the New Workers’ Compensation Reform.” He was also presented at the IICLE program on Negotiations.