Storrs W. Downey

Capital Member

Storrs has been representing businesses and insurance carriers for over 30 years in all forms of litigation ranging from construction to employment matters in Illinois and Indiana. He has successfully tried various jury trials to verdict and in excess of 100 administrative hearings. Storrs is an active speaker before national, regional and state organizations on a wide variety of litigation topics.

Storrs is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named Leading Lawyer from 2012-2018 and has been recognized by the American Academy of Trial Attorneys (AATA) as one of the 100 premier trial attorneys in Illinois.

DID YOU KNOW: My first name, Storrs, is a family name and my ancestors, the Storrs brothers, founded a small college in Storrs, CT. which is now known as the University of Connecticut with over 30,000 active students. Despite this legacy I wasn’t asked to attend college there.

  • Education:

    J.D., Drake University (high honors), Des Moines, IA, 1982
    B.A., Ripon College (high honors, Phi Beta Kappa), Ripon, WI, 1979

  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Claims and Litigation Management – EPL Committee
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Illinois Bar Employment Law Division
    • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
  • Seminars & Presentations:
    •  “Identifying, Investigating & Reducing Sexual Harassment In The Workplace”, Illinois Manufacturers Association
    • “Avoiding Claims of Race, Religion or National Origin Discrimination in the Current Political Climate”, American Conference Institute’s 26th National Conference on Employment Practices Liability Insurance
    • “Labor and Employment: Sex, Drugs, Religion and the Impact of POTUS”, Encore Unlimited
    • “Discretionary Immunity Under Indiana Tort Claims Act and Illinois Tort Immunity Act,” PMA Insurance Group
    • “The Future of Crop Evaluations: Potential & Pitfalls Of Using Drone Technology In Crop Loss Claims,” Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists
    • “Recent Developments With DOL & NLRB & New Laws,” Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s February Breakfast Briefing
    • “Religious & Disability Discrimination & Accommodations In Today’s Ever-Evolving Workplace,” National Association of Security Companies’ Contract Security Industry Leaders’ Roundtable
    • “Approaching LGBT Issues In Today’s Workplace,” American Conference Institute’s 25th National Forum on Employment Practices Liability Insurance
    • “The Ever Expanding Scope Of The ADA,” Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit 2016     
    • “10 Common Employer Mistakes,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Hiring Do’s and Don’ts (With Video Examples),” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Marijuana In The Workplace,” Boiler & Tank Contractors Of Illinois
    • “Solving Common Settlement Problems,” Berkley Specialty
    • “Investigating Subrogation Claims,” Berkley Specialty
    • “Workers’ Compensation 4 Ways: Strategies For Defending Claims In 4 States,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “10 Tricky Employment Termination Questions Answered,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Spills, Thrills and Bills: The True Story Behind Illinois and Indiana Premises Liability Law,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Subrogation Basics for Workers’ Compensation Professionals,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Risky Business: Drugs, Sexual Orientation And Guns In The Illinois Workplace,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Non Workers’ Compensation Issues That Every Workers’ Compensation Practitioner Needs To Know,” 2014 Claims & Litigation Management Annual Conference
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois & Indiana”, National Indemnity Company
    • “Employment Landmines in Workers’ Compensation”, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • “Indiana: Using an Employee’s Actions as a Defense, Terminating TTD Benefits and Evaluation of PPI,” Berkshire Hathaway
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Overview,” Berkshire Hathaway
    • “Indiana Workers Compensation 101 and Indiana Workers’ Compensation Forms,” Berkshire Hathaway     
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois and Indiana,” PMA Insurance Company
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois and Indiana,” Church Mutual Insurance Company
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation 101,” Applied Risk
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation Overview,” York Risk Services/Avizent
    • “Illinois Coverage,” Frankenmuth Insurance
    • “Overview of Illinois and Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act and Practice,” Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists and Continental Western Group
    • “Comparison of Key Issues: Illinois vs. Indiana”, Workers’ Compensation Seminar
    • “Indiana Worker’s Compensation Forms,” Dallas National Insurance
    • “Turning the Tables: Defense Strategies,” Dallas National Insurance
    • “Indiana WC Forms, PPI and Assorted Topics,” Broadspire Services
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation Topics,” Berkeley Specialty Underwriters
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation Medical-Legal Seminar
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation 101 Overview Seminar,” GuideOne Insurance Company
    • Turning The Tables: “How To Use An Employee’s Own Actions As A Defense To Their Indiana Workers’ Compensation Claim”, Frankenmuth Insurance
    • “Worker’s Compensation Forms Indiana”, Frankenmuth Insurance
    • “Indiana WC 101”, York Insurance
    • “Curbing Litigation Expenses,” Illinois Defense Counsel Spring Symposium
    • “Overview of Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act & Practice,” CorVel Corporation
    • “The Top Ten Employer Mistakes,” REBEX
    • “Navigating Potential Minefields in Employment Law & Indiana Workers’ Compensation Available Benefits: Indiana Emergency Response Conference”
    • “Expert Retention & Usage,” Claims and Litigation Management
    • “Construction Accident Litigation”
    • “Turning the Tables: How to Use an Employee’s Own Actions as a Defense to Their Worker’s Compensation Claim”
    • “Wage Differential in Illinois”
    • “The Mediation Process,” Claims and Litigation Management
    • “Overview of Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act & Practice”
    • “Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Practice in Illinois & Indiana”
    • “Workers’ Compensation Subrogation Practice in Indiana”
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation Advanced Seminar”
    • “Top Twenty Myths & Realities on Illinois/Indiana Premises Liability Law”
    • “Wage Differential”
    • “Comparison of Illinois and Indiana Products and Premises Liability Laws”
    • “Construction Litigation in Illinois and Indiana”
    • “Possible Termination of Injured Worker: Employer’s Rights & Obligations”
    • “Defense of Trucking Law Claims in Illinois and Indiana”
    • “An Overview of Employment Law Claims: Investigation and Defense”
    • “CSI: Comprehensive Subrogation Investigation,” Gallagher Bassett
    • “Insights Into Employment Law”
    • “Mitigating Your Litigation: How to Manage High Exposure Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Workers’ Compensation Liens & Third Party Analysis”
    • “Comprehensive Subrogation Investigation”
    • “We’re Off To See the Arbitrator: Following a Case from Pre-Trial to Oral Arguments”
    • “Unraveling Mysteries in Illinois Workers’ Compensation”
    • “Workers’ Compensation Trends Transportation Insurance Defense Attorneys,” New Orleans
    • “Employment Discrimination,” Quest Diagnostics
    • “Trends & Pitfalls for Employees in the Employment Setting,” Self Insured Employers Organization
    • “Illinois Premises Liability,” K-Mart
    • “Overview of Illinois & Indiana Law,” Transamerica Insurance
    • “An Overview of Employers Liability,” Crawford & Company
    • “Disciplining or Terminating Workers’ Compensation and Nonoccupationally Disabled Claimants: Your Rights And Obligations Under The Law,” Allergan, Inc.
    • “Investigating Illinois Subrogation Claims,” Amcomp Assurance
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law: An Overview,” Berkley Underwriters
    • “Reducing Litigation Costs and Investigating Subrogation Claims,” Society Insurance Company
    • “Recommended Handling of Employer Liability 1(B) Claims,” Society Insurance Company
    • “Investigating Subrogation and Disability,” Frankenmuth Insurance
  • Articles & Publications:
    • “Increased Misclassification Litigation Stresses Importance Of Proper Worker Classification,” Professional Liability Defense Quarterly, Summer, 2016
    • “Religious Accommodations In The Workplace, In-House Defense Quarterly Magazine,” Summer, 2016     
    • “Call Me Claimant? Understanding Transgender Employee Discrimination Claims and Legal Development,” Claims Management Magazine, October 2015
    • “Comprehensive Overview of Illinois & Indiana Premises Liability Law,” 2009
    • “The Nature and Scope of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Liens,” 2000
    • “Testing & Liability for Drug Addiction, Alcoholism and AIDS in the Work Place,” 1998
    • “The ADA: What it is and How it Affects Employers,” 1995
    • “Kotecki Decision,” Illinois Bar Association Tort Trends, 1991

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