Kisa P. Sthankiya


is a Partner in our Workers’ Compensation Department. She has dedicated the entirety of her legal career to workers’ compensation defense counseling clients who rely on her to aggressively defend their cases to resolution. She is a trusted counselor to clients in both the public and private sectors. She is highly knowledgeable in all facets of workers’ compensation claims including their management and litigation. She believes in working closely with clients to develop creative solutions that align with their objectives.

Kisa has extensive experience successfully trying cases at both the Circuit Court and Arbitration levels. She also has had favorable outcomes for her clients with appeals before the Commission, Circuit Court and Appellate Court levels.

Kisa earned her Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University in 2006. She earned her Juris Doctor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2009.

Prior to joining Rusin & Maciorowski in 2011, Kisa worked as in-house counsel for a national insurance company specializing in both worker’s compensation and civil litigation defense.

Kisa has also been recognized as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyer since 2018, and as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers since 2018. She has been a guest lecturer and author regarding workers’ compensation issues with the Illinois Institute of Continuing Education and at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  

Kisa resides in Glenview with her husband and children. She enjoys fitness, traveling and reading in her free time.


B.S., Social Policy & Legal Studies, Northwestern University
            Dean’s List, 2003-2006

J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law
            Dean’s List, 2009
            Managing Editor, Loyola University Chicago International Law Review, 2008-2009


Illinois, 2009


Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Illinois Bar Association

Notable Decisions

Rodney Buckley v. Grayslake F.P.D., 19 MR 889

Rufina Guerrero v. Mead Westvaco, 13 L 50117

Dale Gross v. Kankakee County Sheriff’s Department, 11 MR 468

Adam Neth v. SM Service Group, 15 L 50841

Christopher Jenson v. Bratschi Plumbing, 15 WC 20758

Thomas Phifer v. Premier Transport, 16 L 50846

Adam Leczycki v. MPD Construction Group, Inc., 19 L 050703