The History Of Our Firm

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 speciality 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 and with Stephen Friedman’s appointment as an arbitrator to the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission in 2014, the firm changed its name but not 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 defences and related insurance coverage issues. We also handle 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.