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   3Richard W. LenkovChicago(312) 327-0032rlenkov@bdlfirm.comrlenkov@bdlfirm.comBryce Downey & Lenkov LLCwww.bdlfirm.comwww.bdlfirm.comlenkovrichardw.jpgArts, Entertainment & Sports LawInsurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance LawPersonal Injury Defense Law: GeneralWorkers' Compensation Defense LawEntertainment LawInsurance LitigationPremises LiabilityProducts LiabilitySubrogation
Richard W. Lenkovrlenkov@bdlfirm.com
Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLChttp://www.bdlfirm.com
200 N LaSalle St Ste 2700
Chicago IL 60601
Ph.(312) 327-0032 Fx.(312) 377-1502
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Arts, Entertainment & Sports Law    Entertainment Law
Insurance, Insurance Coverage & Reinsurance Law    Insurance Litigation
Personal Injury Defense Law: General     Premises Liability
Workers' Compensation Defense Law     Products Liability
    Subrogation
County:  Cook
Litigator:  Yes

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

Among Rich’s recent accomplishments: Rich was elected to the 2018 Illinois Super Lawyers List (given to no more than 5% of lawyers in Illinois), named 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 also co-hosts the nation’s premier legal radio show, “Legal Face-Off” on WGN. 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 also is the go-to legal analyst for WGN Radio and has appeared on such shows as The Patti Vasquez Show, The Download, 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, past chair of Local School Counsel for Lincoln Park High School and on the Advisory Board of Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago’s only legal-themed charter school. In April 2016, Rich was honored as NIU 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. Rich 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. It featured interviews with key members of the team including NFL legends Mike Ditka, 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. Rich lives on the north side of Chicago with his wife Patti and two children, Emma and Cooper. When not practicing law, Rich enjoys horror films and playing basketball.


Bar Admissions:  
Illinois, 1997
U.S. District Court
  Northern District of Illinois, 1998
  Central District of Illinois, 2016


Year of Birth:  1970

Law School:  Northern Illinois University, J.D., 1995

Undergraduate School:  McGill University, Montreal, B.A., 1992

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
  • Canada-U.S. 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
  • Premises Liability Committee
  • Defense Research Institute
  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Illinois Chamber of Commerce
  • Illinois Manufacturers' Association
  • Illinois Retail Merchants Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Northern Illinois Adjusters Association
  • Northern Illinois University College of Law Board of Visitors
  • Risk & Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS)
  • Workers' Compensation Claims Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
  • Illinois Super Lawyer®

  • Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in ADR Law: Personal Injury, 2012-present


Community Involvement:  
  • Agassiz Elementary School, Local School Council

  • Northern Illinois University College of Law Board of Visitors

  • Chicago Legal Prep Academy, Advisory Board


Published Legal Writing:  
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Ways to Maximize Surveillance Results, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, June 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Tips For Defending Psychiatric Claims, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, May 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Misconceptions About Illinois Workers’ Compensation, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, April 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Defense Tools You Shouldn’t Overlook, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, March 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Ways To Fight Malingering Medical Treatment, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Ways To Reduce Your Legal Expenses, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, January 2015
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Qualities To Look For In A Defense Firm, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, December 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Things A Claimant Tells You That You Should Question, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, November 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Things To Protect Your Lien, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, October 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Things Your Defense Counsel Tells You That You Should Question, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, September 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top 5 Pieces Of Evidence You Should Give To Your Defense Attorney, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, August 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top Five Mistakes Employers Make in Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, July 2014
  • The Top 5 List: Top Five Ways To Ensure A Winning IME, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, June 2014
  • Top 5 Things That Petitioner’s Attorneys Tell You That You Should Question, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, May 2014
  • Top 5 Ways To Use An Employee’s Actions To Defend Their Workers’ Compensation Claim, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, April 2014
  • Top 5 Things That Need To Change About Illinois Workers’ Compensation, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, March 2014
  • Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Workers’ Compensation Reform, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, March 2014
  • Madness In March: The Workers’ Compensation Implications Of The NLRB Finding That Northwestern Football Players Are Employees, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsflash, March 2014
  • Top 5 Ways To Close A Difficult Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claim, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2014
  • Electronic Cigarettes and Your Workers’ Compensation Exposure, Bryce Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2014
  • Chicago E-Cigarette Ban: Your Workers’ Compensation Exposure, January 2014
  • "Getting to Yes, the Do's and Don'ts of Mediation," Litigation Management, Summer 2012
  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation Reform," The Illinois Manufacturer, Winter 2012
  • "Closing the Nightmare Claim: Practical Approaches for Ending the Most Difficult Workers' Compensation Cases," Current Perspectives in Clinical Treatment and Management in Workers' Compensation Cases, 2011


Legal Lectures:  
  • “Our Hottest Illinois Workers’ Compensation Top 5 Lists,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, 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, Cincinnati, June 2015
  • “Fighting Fraud Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, May 2015
  • “Negotiation Skills That Every Workers’ Compensation Professional Needs To Know,” CLM 2015 Insurance Fraud & Workers’ Compensation Conference, May 2015
  • “Accident Denials,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, April 2015
  • “10 Things To Know About Workers’Compensation In Mediated Settlements,” ADR Systems, April 2015
  • “10 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases In 10 Minutes,” IMA, March 2015
  • “Causation In Illinois Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, March 2015
  • “What the Movies Can Teach You About Defending Workers’ Compensation Claims,” CLM 2015 Annual Conference, March 2015
  • “General Liability and Workers’ Compensation Issues Unique to the Hotel Industry,” CLM 2015 Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Committee Conference, February 2015
  • “Employment Law for Workers’ Compensation Professionals,” February 2015
  • “AMA Ratings,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, January 2015
  • “Trial Preparations,” CEU Institute, Danville, IL, January 2015
  • “The Other Side – Perspectives On Various Workers’ Compensation Issues From A Petitioner’s Attorney,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago , December 2014
  • “Using Surveillance In Your Workers’ Compensation Claim,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago , November 2014
  • “Top 10 Ways To Reduce Legal Expenses Now,” 2014 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Las Vegas, NV, November 2014
  • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Legal Process: From Application to Appeal,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago October 2014
  • “Point/Counterpoint: Key Workers’ Compensation Issues from the Perspective of an Employee Attorney and an Employer Attorney,” CLM 2014 Workers’ Compensation Conference, October 2014
  • “Illinois Case Law Update,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, September 2014
  • “Defending Back Pain Claims: A Medical & Legal Perspective,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, August 2014
  • “Illinois State Overview,” Conference on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws, August 2014
  • “Defending Pain Claims: A Medical & Legal Perspective,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, July 2014
  • “Navigating the Constantly Changing Legal World: A Legal Update,” Foodservice Industry Risk Management Association’s Chicago 2014 Conference, Chicago, June 2014
  • “Subrogation Basics for Workers’ Compensation Professionals,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, June 2014
  • “Workers’ Compensation Negotiation Strategies,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, May 2014
  • “How To Avoid Letting Small Details Become Big Problems In Your Premises Liability Case,” CLM 2014 Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Committee Mini Conference, Dallas, TX, May 2014
  • “Permanent Partial Disability,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, April 2014
  • “Restaurant Liability: From A-Z,” CLM Annual Conference, Boca Raton, FL, April 2014
  • “Employment Law Issues Every Workers’ Compensation Professional Needs To Know About,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, March 2014
  • “Hot Topics in Illinois Workers’ Compensation,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, March 2014
  • “Top 10 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Cases You Need To Know,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, February 2014
  • “Ask an Attorney Anything: Your Most Pressing Workers’ Compensation Questions ANSWERED,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, January 2014
  • “Premises Liability Primer,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Schaumburg, IL, 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Naperville, IL, 2013
  • “Workers’ Compensation Law Update,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Schaumburg, IL, 2013
  • “Stuff That Bugs Us: Litigation Do’s & Don’ts,” CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference, Chicago, July 2013
  • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform, 2 Years Later: Has Anything Really Changed?,” CLM Workers’ Compensation Conference, Chicago, July 2013
  • “AMA Ratings in Illinois,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, July 2013
  • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Dakota Dunes, June 2013
  • “Illinois vs. Indiana: 5 Key Workers’ Compensation Issues And How Each State Deals With Them,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Chicago, June 2013
  • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” Bryce Downy & Lenkov Clients, West Bend, June 2013
  • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform & Indiana Hot Topics,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, Sheboygan, June 2013
  • “Indiana 101 & Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” Bryce Downy & Lenkov clients, Columbus, May 2013
  • “Preferred Provider Programs,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Chicago, April 2013
  • “Workers’ Compensation Mock Trial,” Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Chicago, April 2013
  • “Premises Liability – The Big Three: Premises Liability Problems (and how to fix them!),” CLM Annual Conference, San Antonio, April 2013
  • “Ethics Lite: Exploring Professional Responsibility Through Hypothetical Exercises,” CLM Annual Conference, Chicago, March 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Illinois and Indiana Workers’ Compensation”, Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Chicago, October 2012
  • “Hot Topics in Illinois and Indiana Workers’ Compensation”, Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Milwaukee, June 2012
  • "IL Workers' Compensation Reform," Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, Chicago, June 2011
  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation Reform," Bryce Downey & Lenkov clients, May 9, 2011
  • "Debate: Picking a Jury is a Science and Not Just Pure Luck" and "Retail Liability," Illinois Defense Counsel Spring Symposium, April 14, 2011
  • "Negotiation and Mediation Strategies," National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), April 13, 2011
  • "Difficult Situations, Real-World Solutions: Thorny Issues the Defense Industry Struggles with Every Day" and "Premises Liability -- Shopping for Answers to Effective Retailer Risk Management," CLM's Annual Conference, March 24, 2011
  • "Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes Illinois Manufacturers Make in Handling Workers' Compensation Claims," Illinois Manufacturers' Association Breakfast Briefing, March 16, 2011
  • "Top 10 Ways to Screw Up a Workers' Compensation Claim," Marsh's Retail/Wholesale, Food & Beverage Practice, December 2, 2010
  • "Point/Counterpoint: Key Workers' Compensation Issues From the Perspective of an Employee Attorney and an Employer Attorney," 19th National Workers' Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, November 11, 2010
  • "Top 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Workers' Compensation Case," Marsh USA's Fall Retail Roundtable 2010, November 4, 2010
  • "Five Cost Drivers and How to Fix Them," Bryce Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 29, 2010
  • "Hot Topics in Illinois Workers' Compensation," Limited Brands, October 8, 2010
  • "Cost Cutting & Negotiation Strategies for Workers' Compensation Professionals," REBEX 2010, September 21, 2010
  • "Selection, Use and Management of Expert Witnesses," Merchants Insurance Group, September 17, 2010
  • "Negotiation for Claims Professionals 2.0," SafeAuto Insurance Company, July 14, 2010 and Motorists Mutual Insurance Group, July 15, 2010
  • "The Life of a Workers' Compensation Claim: From Accident to Trial," IKEA, July 8, 2010
  • "Illinois/Indiana Workers' Compensation Update," Lumbermen's Underwriting Alliance, June 29, 2010
  • "Retail Panel," RIMS 2010 Annual Conference & Exhibition, April 27, 2010
  • "Evaluating Permanency," SRS, March 27, 2010
  • Moderator, "2010 Claims & Defense Tactics Symposium," Illinois Association of Defense Council & Illinois Insurance Association, March 25, 2010
  • "Managing & Closing WC Claims In a Cost-Effective Manner," Illinois Manufacturers' Association Breakfast Briefing, February 18, 2010
  • "Obtaining a Winning Medical Opinion" and "Evaluating Permanency," PESI 2010 National Conference, Workers' Compensation Top Medical & Legal Issues, February 16, 2010
  • "Closing the Nightmare Case: The Perspective of a Claims Adjuster and Defense Attorney," National Workers' Compensation & Disability Conference, November 19, 2009
  • "Top 10 Ways to Lose Your Workers' Compensation Claim," REBEX 2009, the Regional Risk Management Conference and Exhibition, October 22, 2009
  • "Obtaining a Winning Medical Opinion," JPB Medical Marketing's Medical & Legal Issues in the Work Comp Arena Case Managers Education Dinner, October 6, 2009
  • "Litigation 101," Celina Insurance, September 1, 2009
  • "Managing and Closing Workers' Compensation Claims in a Cost-Effective Manner," SEAK 29th Annual National Workers' Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference, July 20, 2009
  • "Turning the Tables: How To Use An Employee's Own Actions As A Defense To Their Workers' Compensation Claim," 2009 John Deere Annual Workers' Compensation Conference, July 15, 2009
  • "Illinois & Indiana Workers' Compensation Issues," HCR Manor Care, June 24, 2009
  • "Protect Your Business, Your Employees and Stay Afloat," City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, June 5, 2009
  • "Illinois Workers' Compensation 101," Central DuPage Hospital, May 26, 2009
  • "Top 10 Ways to Screw Up Your Workers' Compensation Case," Acuity Insurance, April 9, 2009


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