Philosophy

Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd. is a specialty firm focusing on representing employers and their insurance carriers in all of the varied legal aspects of the workplace injury, including Workers Compensation, OSHA, personal injury, contribution liability and lien recovery, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination.

Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd. believes that the optimal result is the one elected by concurrence between client and attorney in a memorialized litigation plan. We believe in aggressive, result – oriented file handling. By early decision on a chosen option and strategy, representation can be focused on reaching the desired result rather than drifting through the litigation process. Our core philosophy can be summed up as “aggressively proactive, not reactive.” A litigation plan of action can be developed at the time of our initial evaluation of the claim to achieve the desired objective within anticipated economic parameters. The Litigation Action Plan examines the issues, options, costs and possible results as well as the probability of success.

Litigation is a dynamic and evolving process. As an assignment progresses, the litigation plan must be reevaluated and revised based on the changes in the law and assembly of evidence. The client must be involved in this process and can only be an effective participant if fully informed. Our attorneys provide frequent, prompt and thorough reporting to the client so that every case decision is designed to develop and refine the original litigation plan.

Cost is a recognized factor in the litigation decision-making process. As with every other aspect of case analysis, the client must be informed to make a reasoned decision. We can provide initial budgeting and periodic revisions so that the client is aware of the anticipated fees and costs related to litigation plan elected.

Our goal is to create a joint effort between attorney and client to establish a desired result and to meet that goal as efficiently and cost effectively as possible.

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History

Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd. was founded in 1984 by Douglas F. Stevenson, Michael E. Rusin and Stephen J. Friedman (as Stevenson, Rusin & Friedman, Ltd.) with the goal of establishing a specialty firm focusing on representing employers and their insurance carriers in all of the varied legal aspects of the workplace injury, including Workers Compensation, OSHA, personal injury, contribution liability and lien recovery, wrongful discharge and employment discrimination.

Through dedication to aggressive, result-oriented file handling and prompt, thorough client reporting, the firm grew from the original seven lawyers and continued to expand to serve its clients’ needs throughout the state of Illinois. In order to serve our clients more effectively and cost efficiently we opened satellite offices in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois in 1999, and Carbondale, Illinois in 2002.

With Douglas Stevenson’s appointment to the Illinois Industrial Commission in 1998, the firm changed its name to reflect its current mission on providing a full service litigation practice to its client base of employers, industry and insurance carriers.

The firm’s leadership role in Workers’ Compensation and Employer Liability has carried over to its civil department. Initially developed to handle the claims evolving from the workplace accident, the firm has acquired a depth of experience in employment discrimination and wrongful discharge, product liability, and coverage issues. We have the unique ability to coordinate the handling of the Workers’ Compensation claim and related civil actions including lien protection, third party practice including exclusive remedy defenses and related insurance coverage issues, including the handling of Declaratory Judgment actions.

Our civil department has grown and provides seasoned trial attorneys handling cases throughout Illinois. These attorneys have specialized experience in managing all phases of civil practice including all types of personal injury cases, transportation law (automobiles and trucking liability) and insurance coverage.

The firm has earned a preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Technology

We recognize the key role technology plays in the providing of modern legal services, and we are committed to developing and implementing state-of-the-art computer support for our practice. This not only includes the latest word processing, computer billing and docketing systems, but also document generation, electronic file and document management, litigation support, electronic communication and e-mail. We continue to upgrade and expand our systems to better and more efficiently manage our practice and meet our clients’ needs.

Careers

Rusin & Maciorowski, Ltd. is a growing firm that focuses its practice on Workers’ CompensationCivil Litigation and Insurance Defense. We represent insurance companies, employers and industry and have an active trial practice. Our downtown Chicago office overlooks the Chicago River and the convenient loop location is easily accessible by Metra, CTA trains or buses. We pride ourselves on having modern, comfortable offices outfitted with the latest technology to make our communication and data systems run smoothly. We deal with large clients who expect high quality service and we value our attorneys and staff who deliver this level of service.

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