David M. Barish joined Katz Friedman in the fall of 2001. He covers cases that are set in Chicago, Rockford, Woodstock, Waukegan, Elgin, Wheaton, Geneva and New Lenox. He is available to meet clients at many locations in northern Illinois. David is fluent in Spanish and works with a paralegal who is also a fluent Spanish speaker. He has also represented many Polish speaking clients. During the course of his three-decade career he has practiced workers’ compensation law across the state of Illinois and has argued many cases before the Appellate Court of Illinois including Illinois Armored Car v. Industrial Commission, David has an AV, preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell and a perfect 10 rating from Avvo.
A gifted teacher and public speaker, he has presented and moderated seminars on a variety of workers’ compensation topics for the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, National Business Institute and other organizations on a variety of workers’ compensation topics including evidence, jurisdiction, whether an accident arises out of and in the course of employment, and trial strategy. He distinguished himself by achieving high ratings from the reviews he has received for these presentations. He has been a lecturer at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission’s arbitrator training. He has been the moderator and co-coordinator for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education’s Workers’ Compensation Institute since 2014. In 2016 he was named as one of the Leading Lawyers in Illinois Workers’ Compensation law.