Philip A. Bareck

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Katz Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck
Philip A. Bareck
Katz Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation

Licensed in Illinois since: 1991

Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
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Katz Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck

161 N Clark St
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601 Visit website


A managing partner at Katz Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson Bareck & Bertuca and Adjunct Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law teaching the Workers' Compensation Law, Philip A. Bareck was inducted in the College of Workers Compensation in New Orleans, LA in 2022.  He focuses his practice primarily on assisting people throughout Illinois who have been injured on the job or have developed occupational illnesses to obtain their deserved benefits under their employer's workers' compensation insurance coverage. Based in Chicago, he has appeared on behalf of clients at administrative hearings before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and at all state court levels. He has successfully represented workers in proceedings against Caterpillar Inc., Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., the state of Illinois, the city of Chicago, UTC Aerospace Systems, and other large private and public employers. In a 2016 landmark decision, the state's highest court found that his client's self-treatment for a workplace injury that worsened the condition did nonetheless and end up in a loss of coverage under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.

Mr. Bareck pursued his undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor of Science in political science and government in 1988. He then went on to attend Chicago-Kent College of Law, part of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and was awarded his Juris Doctor with high honors in 1991. Admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, Mr. Bareck has been with his present firm for his entire career.

Mr. Bareck is a regular speaker on a variety of workers' compensation topics at Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminars, and he has written materials for IICLE presentations on wage loss cases, advanced workers' compensation, and permanent and total disability. Admired by his colleagues for his ethics and track record, Mr. Bareck has been inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation (2022),  selected as a Leading Lawyer and included in The Best Lawyers in America.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 100% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1991, Illinois

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Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Philip A. Bareck was named as a "Leading Lawyer" as a Petitioner's Attorney in Illinois
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Adjunct Professor - IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law - Workers' Compensation Law - currently
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  •  Adjunct Professor at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Workers' Compensation Law
  • Authored an article captioned “Workers’ Compensation Reform Arrives” in the September 14, 2011 Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
  • Speaker/Presenter, 2011 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform
  • Philip A. Bareck was named as "Top Attorneys in Illinois"
  • Philip A. Bareck was named as "Best Lawyers in Workers Compensation Law"
  • Philip A. Bareck was named as "Best Lawyers in Chicago" as selected by peer recognition
  • Philip A. Bareck was named as "Illinois Super Lawyer"
Educational Background:
  • University of Illinois, 1988
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Admitted to the College of Workers' Compensation as a Fellow, 2022
Industry Groups:
  • Injured workers in factories
  • Offices
  • professional athletes and those injured all across the state and country.

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Phil Bareck continues the long tradition of excellent workers' compensation lawyers at Katz Friedman. He is passionate about helping injured victims, travelling across the state to meet with and repesent injured union workers.”

“Phil is an excellent practioner and litigator. He works long and hard for his clients and achieves excellent results. He is the consumate professional and is always at the forefront of the legal issues that impact his clients. He is an honorable attorney who stands fully behind his agreements. He is a credit to the bar. I strongly recommend him.”

“Phil is an excellent Petitioner's attorney. He has an incredible relationship with all his clients and obtains great results. I am proud to refer clients to him.”

Office location for Philip A. Bareck

161 N Clark St
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 866-439-1244


14 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023

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