Overview


Bill Lowry is president of Nyhan and is responsible for law firm policies, hiring, financial planning, attorney education, and strategic planning. He concentrates his trial and appellate practice on Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability on behalf of self-insured and insured businesses. He collaborates with members of the business caucus and members of the General Assembly in Springfield to draft workers’ compensation legislation.

Bill has also served as the Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District since 2018. Prior to this position, he was appointed by the Illinois governor as a member of the State’s Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board from 2012 to 2015 and as Vice-Chair of the Illinois Capital Development Board from 2014 to 2018.

Committed to growing the communities of Chicagoland, including the legal community, Bill is a sought-after speaker and board member. Bill also publishes on topics germane to his practice and to the community at large.

Professional Organizations

  • Cook County Commissioner of the 3rd District, November 2018-present
  • Member, Rules Committee of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, 2022
  • Member, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Advisory Board, 2012-2015
  • Vice Chair, Illinois Capital Development Board, 2014–2018
  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Cook County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Section on Workers’ Compensation Law)
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Community Involvement

  • Past Member, DuSable Museum Campaign Committee
  • Member, Diversity Council of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • Member, Get in Chicago Advisory Network
  • Vice-Chair, Lake Forest College, Board of Trustees
  • Past President, Board of Governors, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
  • Honorary Trustee, The Ancona Montessori School
  • Finance Committee, Obama for U.S. Senate
  • Finance Committee, Obama for President
  • Founder and President, The It’s Time Organization (TITO), an anti-violence organization addressing youth violence in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Wards of Chicago
  • Member, Bright Star Community Outreach

Publications

  • “The Expansion of the Accidental Injury Concept in Repetitive Trauma Cases,” ISIA Bulletin (Jan. 1989)
  • “Mental-to-Mental Stress Claims in Illinois,” Illinois Bar Journal (April 1992)
  • “Freeze the Facts: The Role of Aggressive Accident Investigation and Claim Mitigation,” SEAK Newsletter (March 2016)
  • “When Should a Foreign Workers’ Compensation Policy Be Purchased?”, NBKL Blog (April 2020)
  • Celebrating Juneteenth,” Hyde Park Herald (June 2022)

Presentations

  • SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference
  • 2015 Illinois Workers Comp Forum
  • Illinois Self-Insurers Association
  • Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • Associated Employers of Illinois/Management Association of Illinois
  • Custom Case Management Inc.
  • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Coal Group
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Workers’ Comp Forum, IICLE
  • Chicago Dental Society’s 136th Midwinter Meeting
  • CPCU Group (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Society)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association
  • New Group Empowering People to Make Chicago Streets Safer by Amy Rutledge and Robert Jordan, WGN TV and wgntv.com (July 2014)
  • New Group Fighting Gun Violence in South Side Wards, Hyde Park Herald (July 2014)
  • Bill and Cheryl Lowry Seize the Moment for Change by the Chicago Community Trust Staff (May 2015)
  • In Kenwood, Black Picket Fences by Deborah L. Shelton, The Chicago Reporter and Ebony (May 2016)
  • Panelist, Understanding Illinois Workers’ Comp System, Chicago Tonight, WTTW (February 2017)

Representative Matters


Pro Bono Representation

  • Honorary Board Member CARPLS