Michael C. Milstein

Capital Member

Michael concentrates his practice in workers’ compensation defense. He has experience working on a variety of matters including slip and falls, construction accidents, toxic tort, wage differentials and psychological injuries among others. His clients have included construction-related firms, trucking companies, manufacturers and insurance companies. He also has experience with subrogation, complex litigation and third party defense for employers.

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  • Education:

    • J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2007
    • B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois, 2004
  • Professional Memberships & Associations:

    • Claimsxchange
    • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Seminars & Presentations:

    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation: The First COVID Decisions,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, November 2021
    • “Defending Shoulder & Knee Injury Claims: A Medical & Legal Perspective,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2021
    • “Case Law and Legislative Update,” National Business Institute, June 2021
    • “From Struggle to Success: 2020 Lessons and 2021 Solutions,” RIMS Annual Conference, April 2021
    • “The McAllister Supreme Court Decision & the Future of Denying Accidents in IL,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2020
    • “Workers’ Compensation and COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption,” Illinois State Bar Association, October 2020
    • “5 x 4 — Five Compelling Workers’ Compensation Topics from Four Different Perspectives,” CLM Workers’ Compensation and Retail, Restaurant & Hospitality Conference, June 2020
    • “The COVID-19 Effect: Impact on Workers’ Comp,” WorkCompCentral, April 2020
    • “2020 Workers’ Compensation News & Changes You Need to Know,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, January 2020
    • “3rd Annual BDL Great American WC Quiz,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, September 2019
    • “Workers’ Compensation Horror Stories,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2018
    • “Ask Us ANYTHING Part II,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2018
    • “Ask Us ANYTHING,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, December 2017
    • “Workers’ Compensation Mock Trial,” Artex Risk Management Conference, February 2017
    • “Common Workers’ Compensation Issues Defined Part II,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, October 2016
    • “Trial And Appellate Procedure,” Sterling Education Services, Inc., June 2015
    • “Fighting Fraud Claims,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, May 2015
    • “Permanent Partial Disability,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2014
    • “Legal Considerations for a Telework Program,” Telework Summit, October 2013
    • ”AMA Ratings in Illinois,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, July 2013
    • ”Workers’ Compensation Mock Trial,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, April 2013
    • ”Multi-Jurisdictional Workers’ Compensation Claims,” Panelist for a CLE presentation, February 2012
    • ”Illinois Workers’ Compensation 101 Overview Seminar,” GuideOne Insurance Company, July 2011
    • ”IL Workers’ Compensation Reform,” Downey & Lenkov Clients, June 2011
  • Articles & Publications:

    • “Legislative Update,“ Downey & Lenkov Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2017- Present
    • “COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption Extended,” Downey & Lenkov Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2021
    • “Illinois Legislature Extends COVID-19 Rebuttal Presumption,” Downey & Lenkov Client Alert, January 2021
    • “Amendment to Extend COVID-19 Rebuttal Presumption Filed,” Downey & Lenkov Client Alert, January 2021
    • “McAllister: Common Bodily Movements and a Change in Compensability,” Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, October 2020
    • “The Realities of the Workers’ Compensation COVID-19 Rebuttable Presumption,” Illinois State Bar Association Building Knowledge Construction Law Newsletter, July 2020
    • “Dramatic Expansion of IL Employees Workers’ Compensation Rights,” Downey & Lenkov Client Alert, April 2020
    • “Full Duty Release & Job Offer; TTD Suspension,” Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, December 2018
    • “Bank Teller Leaves Empty Handed,” Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, June 2018
    • “Early Bird Gets The Worm,” Downey & Lenkov Illinois Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, February 2018
    • “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Reform,” The Illinois Manufacturer Magazine, Winter Edition, 2012
  • News & Insights:

    • Risk & Insurance, “5 Workers’ Comp Litigation Considerations Employers Should Review Before a Claim Heads to Court,” June 2020

Chicago, Illinois 312-377-1501 | Crown Point, Indiana 219-488-2590
Indianapolis, Indiana 219-488-2590 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin 312-377-1501

Chicago, Illinois

312-377-1501


Crown Point, Indiana

219-488-2590


Indianapolis, Indiana

219-488-2590


Milwaukee, Wisconsin

312-377-1501