Kenneth J. Barrish

Ken has extensive experience in environmental litigation, toxic tort litigation, mass tort litigation, construction litigation, commercial litigation, business litigation, products liability litigation, workers' compensation law, employers' liability, employment law, defamation, contract disputes, premises liability, medical malpractice, automobile litigation, general liability, and appellate practice.

Ken is an Arbitrator for the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois Mandatory Arbitration Program, and has also served as an Arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers. He spoke at a seminar entitled “Water Intrusion and Toxic Mold Claims in Illinois,” given by Sterling Education Services in 2004. He frequently gives seminars on various topics in workers' compensation, employers' liability, environmental, and general liability law.

Ken has been named to the list of 2017 Leading Lawyers in Workers’ Compensation Defense Law, Personal Injury Defense (General) and Toxic Torts Defense Law.  This designation is earned by only five percent of attorneys in the state of Illinois and draws on peer recommendations as well as approval by the Leading Lawyers Advisory Board, which is comprised of highly esteemed attorneys from across the state.


  • DePaul University, College of Law, JD, 1988
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, BA, 1985


  • Illinois
  • United States District Courts: Northern District of Illinois, Northern District of Indiana, District of Colorado
  • United States Court of Appeals: Seventh Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Environmental Section
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance

Publications and Presentations

  • "Successful Subrogation in Illinois," seminar, Winter 2011
  • "Ethics and Good Faith Claims Handling for Illinois Civil and Workers’ Compensation Claims,” seminar, Winter 2009
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Illinois Employers' Liability and Subrogation Claims," seminar, Summer 2006
  • "Asbestos Litigation in Illinois: Defending the Employer,” seminar handbook, Summer 2004
  • “Premises Liability and Mold Litigation and Recent Legal Developments: A Defense Perspective,” seminar handbook, Winter 2004
  • “Mold and Silicosis Litigation in Illinois: A Defense Perspective,” seminar handbook, Winter 2003
  • “Employee Leave Rights Under State/Federal Law, What Every Illinois Employer Needs to Know,” seminar case law supplement, National Business Institute, Spring 1998; co-author

Representative Reported Cases

  • Kyles v. McCoy Security Inc., 2000 WL 686925
  • American States Insurance Company v. Marshall Bailey, et. al., 285 Ill. App. 3d 687, 675 N.E. 2d 939 (1st Dist. 1996)
  • Henderson v. Jones Brothers Construction Corporation, 234 Ill. App. 3d 871, 602 N.E. 2d 16 (1st Dist. 1992)