Karin K. Connelly
Karin has worked at Ridge & Downes since 1992, after receiving her law degree from DePaul University, School of Law and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Concentrating in Workers’ Compensation litigation, Karin has handled claims for injured workers at numerous Workers’ Compensation Commission venues throughout Illinois. She has extensive experience pursuing appeals before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, in the county Circuit Courts throughout the state and has successfully argued a number of appeals before the Illinois Appellate Court.
As a part of Karin’s practice, she lectures and provides training opportunities to Labor Groups and other trade associations on topics related to Workers’ Compensation Law.
Karin has been involved in the drafting and passage of legislation that allows police officers and firefighters who have been injured on the job to receive benefits under the Workers’ Compensation Act. Karin is a member of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Lawyers Association and the Illinois Bar Association.
In addition to her law practice, Karin is a long-time volunteer and past member of the Board of Directors, as well as the past president of Beds Plus, Inc. Beds Plus, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization providing shelter and other services to homeless individuals in Western Cook County. She also is a member of the Executive Board of the Bar Association and coach of the Mock Trial team at her alma mater, Trinity High School, in River Forest, IL.