Rich Lenkov brings a killer instinct and unparalleled focus to representing his clients. He partners closely with Fortune 50 Corporations and small businesses to achieve successful litigation outcomes.

Some of Rich’s recent accomplishments include being elected to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers List (given to no more than 5% of lawyers in Illinois), named a Leading Lawyer from 2012-2018 and honored by SEAK as one of the 50 Most Influential People In Workers’ Compensation. Rich has received the top score for Target Corporation’s nationwide panel of general liability attorneys. In May 2017 Target named him their Bullseye Barrister for outstanding jury trial and other results. He is also a frequent lecturer and involved in a number of national organizations, including Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, RIMS, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Rich co-hosts the nation’s premier legal radio show, “Legal Face-Off” on WGN Radio. Rich and his co-host, Tina Martini, cover legal stories from politics, current events, entertainment and sports. They have featured prominent guests including Alan Dershowitz, Gloria Allred and Jesse Jackson. Rich is the go-to legal analyst for WGN Radio and regularly appears on such shows as The Patti Vasquez Show with Andrea Darlas, The Download, The John Williams Show, The Roe Conn Show and The Bill & Wendy Show.

Rich is actively involved in his community, including serving on the Board of Visitors for the Northern Illinois University College of Law, a Local School Counsel Parent Representative for Lincoln Park High School, a Local School Counsel Parent Representative for Agassiz Elementary School and on the Advisory Board of Legal Prep Charter Academy–Chicago’s only legal-themed charter school. Rich was recently honored as NIU’s College of Law Alumnus of the Year. He also received the 2016 Outstanding College Alumni Award from the College of Law.

Rich is also co-founder of Chila Productions and a prolific producer. He is Associate Producer of The Perfect Storm: The Story Of The 1994 Montreal Expos. Rich also produced ’85: The Greatest Team In Football History, a documentary about the 1985 Chicago Bears. The documentary featured interviews with over a dozen members of the team including NFL legends Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary, President Barack Obama and Bill Murray. Rich is also lead producer of Renegades, a live production in Las Vegas featuring prominent athletes including Terrell Owens, Jim McMahon and Jose Canseco. Rich has also been involved with successful Broadway productions including Rock of Ages and The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, conceived and written by legendary E Street band member Steve Van Zandt.

DID YOU KNOW: My daughter Emma sang on stage with Bruce Springsteen in front of 50,000 people at Wrigley Field when she was 7. View video here.

  • Education:
    • J.D., Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Illinois, 1995
    • B.A., McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1992
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • Agassiz Elementary School, Local School Council
    • Canada-US Business Council Chicago
    • Central Ohio Self-Insurers Association
    • Chicago Claims Association
    • Claims Association of Greater Chicago
    • City Club of Chicago
    • Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program Panel – Chairperson
    • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • DuPage County Bar Association
    • Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association
    • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
    • Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
    • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
    • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
    • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
    • Northern Illinois University College of Law Board of Visitors
  • Seminars & Presentations:
    • “Ask Us Anything Part II,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2018
    • “When Is An Employee Not An ‘Employee’?,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2018
    • “The Other Side: 5 IL WC Issues From A Petitioner’s Attorney’s POV,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, January 2018
    • “Ask Us Anything,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, December 2017
    • “Horror Stories: The 6 Scariest Cases In IL Workers’ Compensation,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2017
    • “Top 10 Differences Between IL WC & GL Claims Part II,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, September 2017
    • “Management Of Common Cervical & Lumbar Pathologies,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, August 2017
    • “Top 10 Differences Between IL WC & GL Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2017
    • “You Asked For It, You Got It Part II,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2017
    • “The Power Of Video Surveillance As A Defense Strategy,” FIRMA Chicago Conference, June 2017
    • “3 Common Ethical Dilemmas From 3 Different Perspectives,” 2017 CLM & Business Insurance Workers’ Compensation Conference, May 2017
    • “Case Law Update,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2017
    • “The Ups & Downs Of Upper & Lower Extremity Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, March 2017
    • “Workers’ Compensation Mock Trial,” Artex Risk Management Conference, February 2017
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2017
    • “Workers’ Compensation Under Trump,” Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, January 2017
    • “New OSHA Regulations,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, January 2017
    • “1st Annual Great American BDL WC Quiz,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, December 2016
    • “Common Workers’ Compensation Issues Defined Part II,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2016
    • “Common Workers’ Compensation Issues Defined,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, August 2016
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law,” Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference, August 2016
    • “My Toughest Claim: Your Fellow Claims Professionals Discuss Real Workers’ Compensation Cases,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2016
    • “The 5 Factors Determining Illinois Permanency,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2016
    • “10 Common Causation Scenarios And How To Defend Them,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, May 2016
    • “Defending Pain Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2016
    • “Stratified General Liability Claims: Fast Tracking and Other Techniques,” CLM Annual Conference, April 2016
    • “Compensable Or Not? 10 Common Accident Scenarios And How To Defend Them,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, March 2016
    • “What The Movies Can Teach You About Handing Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, February 2016
    • “Workers’ Compensation Issues Raised By Millennials,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, January 2016
    • “Ask A Workers’ Compensation Attorney Anything,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, December 2015
    • “Workers’ Compensation Horror Stories,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2015
    • “Reduce Your Legal Expenses Now,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, September 2015
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation,” Conference On Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws, August 2015
    • “You Asked For It, You Got It: Your Most Requested WC Questions Answered,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, August 2015
    • “More Top 5 Lists,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2015
    • “Our Hottest Illinois Workers’ Compensation Top 5 Lists,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2015
    • “Workers’ Compensation Fraud: What You Can Do About It,” 35th Anniversary SEAK, Inc. National Workers’ Compensation And Occupational Medicine Conference, June 2015
    • “Workers’ Compensation 4 Ways: Strategies For Defending Claims In 4 States,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2015
  • Articles & Publications:
    • “How Do You Deal With Difficult People?,” Workers’ Compensation Magazine, October/November 2016 Issue
    • “What Types Of Workers’ Compensation Claims Have You Seen Involving Workplace Violence?,” Workers’ Compensation Magazine, August/September 2016 Issue
    • “Why Is Workers’ Compensation Fraud Such A Major Problem?,” Workers’ Compensation Magazine, June/July 2016 Issue
    • “Why Do Workers’ Compensation Claims Cost So Much?,” Workers’ Compensation Magazine, April/May 2016 Issue
    • “Why Do Claims Stagnate?,” Workers’ Compensation Magazine, February/March 2016 Issue
    • “Chicago E-Cigarette Ban: Your Workers’ Compensation Exposure,” January, 2014
    • “Getting to Yes, the Do’s and Don’ts of Mediation,” Litigation Management Magazine, Summer, 2012
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine, Winter, 2012
    • “Workers’ Compensation Claims by At-Home Employees,” Business Insurance Magazine, September, 2011

Chicago, Illinois 312-377-1501 | Schererville, Indiana 219-488-2590

Chicago, Illinois

312-377-1501


Schererville, Indiana

219-488-2590