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James Kendzior
Hennessy & Roach

Mr. Kendzior is a Partner with Hennessy & Roach, in Chicago, Illinois.  He handles a wide variety of matters for the firm including general liability cases involving auto liability, premises liability, product liability, construction liability, subrogation and intervening petition liability claims.  He handles all phases of the litigation process.  Mr. Kendzior has first chaired several successful jury trials, successfully defended claims at numerous arbitration hearings, mediations, and settlement conferences, and has drafted and argued many substantive motions in state courts.

Prior to joining Hennessy & Roach, P.C. as an attorney, Mr. Kendzior attended law school at DePaul University part-time while working at Hennessy & Roach as a law clerk full-time.


  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, 2003
  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois – Juris Doctor, 2011
  • Admitted to Practice in Illinois 2012
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2013
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 2018

Professional Affiliations:

  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • The Illinois Bar Association

Practice Areas:

  • Defense of General Liability claims and Civil Litigation in Illinois

Significant Arbitration/Commission Decisions

1. Brewer, Patricia v. Oracle Corp (07 WC 50828)

The Petitioner alleged she sustained a pulmonary embolism as the result of frequent airplane travel for her employer.  The Petitioner’s treating physicians opined that her frequent airplane travel “may” have contributed somewhat to the embolism.  Respondent’s expert opined that there was no evidence in the record to causally relate the Petitioner’s embolism with her air travel.  At trial, the Petitioner stated that she traveled 100% of the time for her job.  However, on cross, she stated that she only travels on an airplane twice a week for a total of two, one and one-half hour flights.  The arbitrator denied compensation, and held that the Petitioner did not prove that her embolism arose out of her employment or was causally related to air travel.  On appeal, the Commission affirmed the arbitrator’s decision and on additional review, the Circuit Court of Cook County confirmed the Commission’s decision.


The Appellate Court Affirmed after Oral Argument.

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