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Richard K. Johnson
  • Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation
  • Illinois
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Richard maintains a busy statewide practice representing injured men and women, many of whom are union members. The unique combination of representing labor unions and individual members in work-related injury claims provides Richard the opportunity to integrate the rights and benefits of a union contract with the statutory benefits of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. Maximizing these benefits for the injured work is the goal of every case.

Richard has had an active role in establishing the rights of injured workers in repetitive trauma claims, handling the trial and appeal of the cases from the Commission level to the Illinois Supreme Court. In addition, Richard has written “friend of the court” briefs on behalf of injured workers who are not his clients to persuade the Appellate and Supreme Court of Illinois to award compensation benefits. This work is done through the Illinois Trial Lawyers Amicus Committee and on behalf of the United Auto Workers CAP Council. Richard does not charge fees for his “friend of the court” briefing work as he considers it his duty to give back to his profession and to the injured workers who need his help.

Richard’s litigation before the Workers’ Compensation Commission has led to a number of decisions published by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Appellate Court as well as the Illinois Supreme Court. Each of these published decisions resulted in a victory for the injured worker. Richard has successfully tried and settled cases against General Motors, Mitsubishi, General Electric, R.R. Donnelley, ThyssenKrupp and many others.

Richard K. Johnson was named by Best Lawyers as 2016 "Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimant”. Richard is “AV” Rated by his peers through Martindale-Hubbell, meaning he is considered to have the highest degree of ethics and competency in his field.

DePaul College of Law
J.D. (1982)
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Northwestern University
B.S. (1977)
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Professional Experience
Managing Partner
Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
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Articles & Publications
Disability Evaluation
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Illinois Workers' Compensation Practice
Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
Marketing, Solicitation, and Client Development in a Changing Ethical Environment
American Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Workers' Compensation , Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Workers' Compensation Seminar
Lawyer of the Year in Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimant
Best Lawyers
Illinois Super Lawyer in the field of Workers’ Compensation
Super Lawyers
AV Rated
Professional Associations
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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  • Free Consultation
Practice Areas
  • Personal Injury
  • Workers' Compensation
  • English
Websites & Blogs
Richard K. Johnson's Website Profile
Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca Website
Chicago Injury Attorneys Blog
Contact & Map
Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
77 W Washington St
20th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Toll-Free: (800) 444-1525
Telephone: (312) 263-6330
Fax: (312) 372-5555
Monday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM (Today)
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: We are happy to arrange appointments after hours or on a Sunday. We are willing to meet you at your home if it is inconvenient to travel. Our job is to serve you.