Robert Harrington, Jr. serves as Co-Managing Shareholder and is a nationally recognized workers’ compensation attorney. He is a “lawyer’s lawyer” and has served as a mentor to many attorneys at the firm.
Bob concentrates his trial and appellate practice in workers’ compensation, occupational disease, and employer liability. Clients appreciate Bob’s collaboration, advanced legal knowledge, and trial skills. Bob is a gifted storyteller and this shows in his persuasive brief writing and legendary oral arguments.
- Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- CLM/Business Insurance
- Co-Founder – Northshore Walking Club
- Past President – Sacred Heart School Athletic Committee
- Past Board Member – Kennilworth/Winnetka Baseball Association
- Past Board Member – Young Irish Fellowship Society
- Chiquita/Fresh Express
- CLM/Business Insurance
- Illinois Self-Insurers’ Association
- Illinois State Toll Highway Authority
- Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Judicial Training
- International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC)
- State Farm Fire & Casualty Company
- The Hanover Insurance Group
- The Hartford Insurance Company
- Truck Mechanic v Tuck Dealership (2020)
Bob secured a zero award resulting in over $800,000.00 savings on behalf of a truck dealership in a claim brought by a mechanic for an alleged work-related rotator cuff tear. After the treating surgeon testified at his evidence deposition that an initial patient intake sheet was not contained in his subpoena response because it no longer existed, we located the document while reviewing the doctor’s chart before beginning cross-examination. The doctor was shown the document and identified it as a true and accurate copy of the initial patient intake sheet. This document showed that when Petitioner first presented to the doctor he completed and certified as true and correct, a form that stated that he was not sure how, when, or where he injured his shoulder. It also stated that the onset of symptoms started “four months ago”( which would have been three months before the alleged accident.) Four weeks after completing this initial patient intake sheet, the Petitioner returned to the surgeon and provided a very detailed history of an alleged work-related accident while lifting a turbocharger. Bob offered the missing initial intake sheet into evidence and argued at trial and on appeal that the document was a “smoking gun”. The Arbitrator, Commission, and Circuit Court all agreed and all benefits were denied. The Petitioner took no further appeal to the Appellate Court and the decision went final. This matter was referred to the State of Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit which elected not to prosecute. Our firm’s Fraud Department attorneys accordingly filed a verified Complaint about equitable and other relief against the Petitioner.