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 2012-2020.

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, Iowa, 1982
    • B.A., Ripon College, High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, Ripon, Wisconsin, 1979
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:
    • Chicago Bar Association
    • Claims and Litigation Management – EPL Committee
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Illinois Bar Employment Law Division
    • Illinois State Bar Association
    • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Professional Liability Defense Federation
    • Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc.
  • Seminars & Presentations:


    • “10 Common Employer Mistakes,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “10 Tricky Employment Termination Questions Answered,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “ADA – From Accommodation to Discrimination,” NBI’s Indiana Employment Law Seminar
    • “Approaching LGBT Issues In Today’s Workplace,” American Conference Institutes’s 25 National Forum on Employment Practices Liability Insurance
    • “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
    • “Discipline and Discharge – Necessary Documentation,” NBI’s Human Resource Law From Start to Finish Seminar
    • “Employee Handbooks,” NBI’s Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now Seminar
    • “Employee Handbooks and Policies in the 21st Century,” NBI’s Mini Law School for Hr Professionals Seminar
    • “Employment Landmines in Workers’ Compensation,” Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
    • “Ethics in Employment Law,” NBI’s Indiana Employment Law Seminar
    • “Hiring/Recruiting,” NBI’s Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now Seminar
    • “Hiring Do’s and Don’ts (With Video Examples),” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Identifying, Investigating & Reducing Sexual Harassment In The Workplace,” Illinois Manufacturers’ Association
    • “Labor and Employment: Sex, Drugs, Religion and the Impact of POTUS,” Encore Unlimited
    • “Marijuana In The Workplace,” Boiler & Tank Contractors Of Illinois
    • “Overview of Equal Employment Law,” NBI’s Indiana Employment Law Seminar
    • “Recent Developments in Employment Law,” NBI’s Human Resource Law: What You Need to Know Now Seminar
    • “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
    • “Risky Business: Drugs, Sexual Orientation And Guns In The Illinois Workplace,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “The Ever Expanding Scope Of The ADA,” Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit 2016
    • “Workplace Behavior and Privacy – Current Developments,“ NBI’s Human Resource Law From Start to Finish Seminar


    • “Discretionary Immunity Under Indiana Tort Claims Act and Illinois Tort Immunity Act,” PMA Insurance Group
    • “Employer Third Party Liability & the Kotecki Doctine,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Illinois Coverage,” Frankenmuth Insurance
    • “Spills, Thrills and Bills: The True Story Behind Illinois and Indiana Premises Liability Law,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “The Future of Crop Evaluations: Potential & Pitfalls Of Using Drone Technology In Crop Loss Claims,” Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists


    • “Comparison of Key Issues: Illinois vs. Indiana,” Workers’ Compensation Seminar
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois and Indiana,” Church Mutual Insurance Company
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois & Indiana,” National Indemnity Company
    • “Comprehensive Workers’ Compensation Subrogation in Illinois and Indiana,” PMA Insurance Company
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Overview,” Berkshire Hathaway
    • “Indiana: Using an Employee’s Actions as a Defense, Terminating TTD Benefits and Evaluation of PPI,” Berkshire Hathaway
    • “Indiana WC Forms, PPI and Assorted Topics,” Broadspire Services
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation 101,” Applied Risk
    • “Indiana Workers Compensation 101 and Indiana Workers’ Compensation Forms,” Berkshire Hathaway
    • “Indiana Worker’s Compensation Forms,” Dallas National Insurance
    • “Indiana Workers’ Compensation Overview,” York Risk Services/Avizent
    • “Investigating Subrogation Claims,” Berkley Specialty
    • “Non Workers’ Compensation Issues That Every Workers’ Compensation Practitioner Needs To Know,” 2014 Claims & Litigation Management Annual Conference
    • “Overview of Illinois and Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act and Practice,” Berkley Agribusiness Risk Specialists and Continental Western Group
    • “Solving Common Settlement Problems,” Berkley Specialty
    • “Subrogation Basics for Workers’ Compensation Professionals,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
    • “Turning the Tables: Defense Strategies,” Dallas National Insurance
    • “Workers’ Compensation 4 Ways: Strategies For Defending Claims In 4 States,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients
  • Articles & Publications:
    • “DOL Final Rule on Joint Employer Status Under FLSA,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Client Alert, January 2020
    • “Addressing the Ever-Expanding Issue of Biometrics and Privacy in the Workplace,” Lawyer Monthly magazine, August 2019
    • “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
  • News & Insights:

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