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Ryan McCarthy
Hennessy & Roach

Ryan focuses his practice on defense of workers’ compensation claims in Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois for both his undergraduate and law degrees. In 2008, Ryan graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, receiving highest departmental distinction, and also graduated with a minor in Business. Ryan then received his juris doctor in 2011, graduating cum laude. During his time in law school, Ryan was a member of, and later an Associate Editor for The Elder Law Journal. He was the recipient of the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing for his published Note, which analyzed the difficulties the elderly face in medical malpractice litigation. After being admitted to the Illinois bar in November 2011, Ryan worked as a Cook County Special Assistant State’s Attorney, prosecuting misdemeanor cases in Chicago. Prior to joining Hennessy & Roach, Ryan represented plaintiffs in personal injury and workers’ compensation cases.


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude, 2011
  • University of Illinois Magna Cum Laude, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science major, Business minor, 2008

Admitted to Practice:

  • Illinois Supreme Court, 2011

Professional Affiliations:

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association

Practice Areas:

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims in Illinois.


Significant Arbitration Decisions:


  1. Deloise Wallace v. City of Chicago (06 WC 191218 & 08 WC 22465)

Petitioner alleged bilateral shoulder, cervical spine, and lumbar spine injuries as a result of raking asphalt and a subsequent slip and fall.  The Arbitrator did not find the cervical and left shoulder conditions to be related.  Moreover, the Petitioner was not found to be entitled to wage differential or permanent partial disability benefits as the Petitioner did not give complete effort in work hardening, did not follow up on returning to work as suggested by her treating physician, and had “default restrictions” due at least in part to an invalid FCE.  The Petitioner was awarded 50% loss of use of the person as a whole, and the decision was not appealed to the Commission.  The Respondent’s final offer was more than the amount awarded at trial.


  1. Jeffrey Prodoehl v. Southwest Airlines (13 WC 00665 & 13 WC 25833)

Petitioner sustained broken rib and left shoulder injuries while working as a baggage handler.  Petitioner was awarded 1% loss of use of person as a whole for the broken rib.  For the surgical addressed left shoulder impingement syndrome, the Petitioner was awarded 9.75% loss of use of man as a whole after the Arbitrator considered the Respondent’s AMA impairment rating as one of the five factors of disability.  The AMA impairment opinion was considered credible even after a two hour cross examination by opposing counsel.

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