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Philip A. Bareck

Practice Areas

  • Workers' Compensation Law
  • Occupational Disease

Biography

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 and was recently inducted into the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers in New Orleans, Louisiana. He continues to be 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, AT&T, Comcast, Gardner-Denver Machinery, Mueller Company, Ipsen, Inc., Home Depot, most of the employers in Quincy, Illinois and other large and aggressive companies throughout the state of 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.

Philip has been a regular speaker/faculty member on workers’ compensation topics for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) seminars, presented at the Chicago Bar Association, Rockford Bar Association and is a frequent speaker at Union meetings, Retiree meetings, and Labor Law/Workers’ Compensation Workshops in Illinois. He traveled the state as a speaker/presenter on the 2011 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform, authored an article captioned “Workers’ Compensation Reform Arrives” in the September 14, 2011 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and was quoted in the Chicago Tribune Business Section concerning the 2011 changes to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Phil Bareck has written faculty material for IICLE presentations on Deposition Practice, Permanent Partial Disability Recoveries, Utilization review under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Review/Appeal Process, Permanent and Total Disability, Wage Loss Cases in Illinois, Landmine Issues in Settlement of Cases and Payments of Fees, and Presenting a Case for Arbitration Hearing – Petitioner’s Perspective, among other topics. In addition, he has authored “Physical, Mental and Vocational Rehabilitation Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act”, “Establishing Accident: The Arising Out of the Employment Element” and “Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Illinois” and has published an article in the Summer, 2007 Illinois Trial Journal captioned “Jurisdiction in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases: The 2006 Mahoney Decision.”

He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois in 1988 and obtained his law degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law with High Honors in 1991. He was taught workers’ compensation law by Warren Eagle, who was an adjunct professor at the law school and was Philip’s mentor and partner until his retirement in 2010. Philip continues to be very active politically in his community and is a staunch advocate for injured workers’ benefits, union members’ rights and protecting victims of accidents and injuries. He is married to Margaret, his law school sweetheart, and they have three children who are all on their way to becoming fellow attorneys.

Education

  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: With High Honors
  • University of Illinois
    • 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1991

Professional Associations

Published Works

  • Author, Workers’ Compensation Reform Arrives, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, September 14, 2011
  • Utilization review under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, Review/Appeal Process, Permanent and Total Disability, Wage Loss Cases in Illinois, Landmine Issues in Settlement of Cases and Payments of Fees, and Presenting a Case for Arbitration Hearing – Petitioner’s Perspective
  • Physical, Mental and Vocational Rehabilitation Under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Establishing Accident: The Arising Out of the Employment Element
  • Advanced Workers’ Compensation in Illinois
  • Jurisdiction in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases: The 2006 Mahoney Decision, Illinois Trial Journal, Summer, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Dunteman v. IL Workers Compensation Commission (Caterpillar), 52 N.E.3d 718 (2016); (Illinois Appellate Court decision reversing the IWCC and finding home treatment to be compensable)
  • Lawrence v. Caterpillar, 17 IWCC 272 (Remand from the Circuit Court awarding benefits)
  • Rowsey v. Knapheide Manufacturing Co., 17 WC 36027
  • Pruett v. Knapheide Manufacturing Co., 18 WC 17250
  • Peek v. ADM Trucking, 18 WC 34056; (2024 award of wage differential benefits)
  • Holder v. State of IL - IL Veterans Home, 22 IWCC 494
  • Miller v. Manchester Tank; 23 IWCC 0092

Honors

  • Best Lawyers in Workers Compensation Law
  • Included in the list of Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Top Attorneys in Illinois
  • Best Lawyers in Chicago
  • Top Trial Lawyers (American Trial Lawyers Association top 100 Trial Lawyers for Illinois)
  • One of America’s Most Honored Professionals
  • 10 Best Workers' Compensation Attorneys for Illinois, American Institute of Legal Counsel (AIOLC)

Classes & Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor, Workers' Compensation Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Speaker/Faculty Member, Workers' Compensation Topics, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) Seminars
  • Speaker/Presenter, 2011 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform

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