Northern Illinois University College of Law alumnus Rich Lenkov (’95), was named one of the “50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation” by SEAK, Inc., a continuing education, publishing, and consulting company. The national list was assembled with input from thousands of active professionals in the fields of workers’ compensation and occupational medicine.
Lenkov, a capital member of Bryce Downey & Lenkov, LLC, in Chicago, partners closely with a wide range of clients including McDonald’s, Target, United Airlines, JCPenney, and Johnson Controls. He concentrates in workers’ compensation, general liability, products liability and entertainment law.
In 2008, Lenkov started the National Workers’ Compensation Coalition, a nationwide organization devoted to representing the interests of employers in workers’ compensation matters. The Coalition eventually merged with the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM). In 2012, he helped form the Greater Chicago Chapter of CLM and currently serves as its president. He is a member of the Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS), Defense Research Institute, and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.
In addition to his professional responsibilities, Lenkov is very actively engaged as an alumnus. He serves on the Northern Illinois University College of Law Board of Visitors and as chair of the board’s Chicago Connections Committee, which is dedicated to increasing NIU Law’s Chicago presence. Always willing to share his expertise with students regarding legal employment and professionalism, Lenkov serves as a mentor to students and as a guest speaker or panelist for numerous programs. In recognition of his valuable contributions to the College of Law, as well as his efforts in the community, he was honored as NIU Law’s Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Also active in the community, he serves as Local School Counsel Chairperson for Agassiz Elementary School and on the Advisory Board of Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago’s only legal-themed charter school which opened in 2012. Lenkov is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the DuPage County and Illinois State Bar Associations, the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, and the National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association.
He has published numerous articles and has conducted seminars and presentations on employment law, with particular focus on Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law. He is affiliated with a number of professional associations and serves as panel chairman for the Cook County Mandatory Arbitration Program.