Jonathan E. Barrish

Jonathan’s practice focuses on workers’ compensation, employers’ liability, construction, and toxic tort litigation. He also handles general commercial litigation and business litigation matters. He has extensive experience representing clients in workers’ compensation cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, the Circuit Court and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Jonathan is a frequent lecturer for third-party administrators as well as self-insured employers on topics concerning Illinois workers’ compensation. In May 2004 he authored a handbook accompanying a seminar he gave entitled “Asbestos Claims under the Occupational Diseases and Workers’ Compensation Acts.”


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, JD, 1992; Semi-Finalist Intra-School Moot Court Competition
  • Northwestern University, BA, 1989; with honors


  • Illinois
  • United States District Court: Northern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Representative Reported Cases

  • Michael Murphy v. US Foodservice, 07 IIC 1548
  • Michael Murphy v. US Foodservice, 07 IIC 1551
  • Cianci v. Safeco Insurance Company, 356 Ill. App. 3d 767, 826 N.E.2d 548 (2005)
  • Jose Garcia v. Four Seasons Hotel, 97 IIC 1046