Richard K. Johnson

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Katz Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca
Richard K. Johnson
Katz Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1982

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015, 2017 - 2024
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Katz Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca

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


Richard K. Johnson is the managing partner of Katz Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck Located in Chicago, Illinois, he provides representation to workers throughout the state who have been injured on the job or who may be entitled to social security disability.  Many of his clients are members of unions such as the United Auto Workers, Service Employees International Union Local 73, the Teamsters, the Illinois Education Association and the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA.

Mr. Johnson has written articles on workers' compensation topics that have been published by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, and the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Through his work with the Amicus Curiae Committee of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he has been involved in the preparation of numerous "friend of the court" briefs on behalf of injured workers whom he has not actively represented. Mr. Johnson's activities and successes have not gone unnoticed by his fellow attorneys. He is AV Preeminent* peer-review rated through Martindale-Hubbell and has a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. In addition, Mr. Johnson has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America.   Inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers in 2010, he is currently on the Board of Governors.

As an undergraduate, Mr. Johnson attended Northwestern University and received a Bachelor of Science in 1977. He pursued his legal education at DePaul University College of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor degree in 1982. Admitted to practice before all Illinois state courts, he has been able to obtain numerous favorable results on behalf of his clients after appearing on their behalf before the Illinois Appellate Court, Workers' Compensation Division, as well as before the Supreme Court of Illinois. Mr. Johnson is a past vice-chairman of the Workers' Compensation Committee of the American Bar Association.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Workers' Compensation: Claimant, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Social Security Disability

Focus areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff

  • 80% Workers' Compensation: Claimant
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Social Security Disability

First Admitted: 1982, Illinois

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Educational Background:
  • Northwestern University, B.S., School of Speech, 1977
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Chicago Bar Association, Lecturer, presenter, Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2020
  • Illinois Institute of Continuing Education, Lecturer
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Lecturer
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board of Directors and Fellow of the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, 2020
  • Author, Illinois Trial Lawyers Notebook, chapter: Occupational Diseases Act, 2021
  • Author of Disability Evaluation in IICLE Handbook on Workers' Compensation, 2021
  • Chicago Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Practice Committee, past Chariman
  • American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Committee, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, past Vice-Chairman
  • Leading Lawyer, Leading Lawyer Network, 2021
  • Voted by peers., Illinois Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Named “Best Lawyers® as 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Workers Compensation Law – Claimant”
  • “AV” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Representative Clients:
  • Representative clients include union members of the United Autoworkers, members of the Illinois Nurses' Association, members of the Illinois Education Association, the Association of Flight Attendants and many others., 2021

Office location for Richard K. Johnson

161 N Clark St
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Phone: 312-724-5846


19 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2005 - 2015, 2017 - 2024

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