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      Christine M. Jagodzinski

Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C.

20 N. Clark St., Suite 1000

Chicago, IL 60602

Tel: (312) 629-0262

Fax: (312) 629-8518

Christine Jagodzinski is a shareholder at Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie, & Lowry, P.C., a Chicago-based workers’ compensation defense firm representing employers in the Midwest. Ms. Jagodzinski has defended workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers and insurance companies in Illinois for the last 21 years, frequently trying cases and handling appeals. She also enjoys lecturing on topics involving workers’ compensation.

In 1998, Ms. Jagodzinski received her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa while playing volleyball for Loyola. In 2000, she received a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Jagodzinski later earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 2002, graduating Cum Laude. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. Outside of work, Ms. Jagodzinski enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.

   vice president

      Tyler D. Berberich

Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd.

25 E. Washington St., Suite 900

Chicago, IL 60602

Tel: (312) 372-8822

Fax: (312) 564-7489

Tyler Berberich devotes his entire legal practice to representing and protecting the rights of injured workers in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Tyler grew up in southern Michigan, later attending Michigan State University. After college, he moved to Illinois to attend law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following graduation, Tyler began his legal career practicing workers’ compensation law in Springfield, Illinois before moving back to Chicago to join Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd.


      Austin E. Friedrich

      Ganan & Shapiro, P.C.
       120 N. LaSalle St., Suite 1750
       Chicago, IL 60602
       Tel: (312) 822-0040
       Fax: (312) 321-1114

Austin protects, defends, and litigates on behalf of insurance companies and employers in workplace accident claims including workers' compensation and related civil litigation claims.

He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, for which he serves as a member of the organization’s board of directors. Austin has presented on various workers’ compensation topics at seminars, and he has authored case law summaries for the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association’s membership.

He graduated from Ripon College with a bachelor’s degree in Politics and Government and was also a four-year letter winner in football. After graduation, he moved to Washington, D.C. and worked on Capitol Hill for two different members of Congress. During his time on the Hill, he handled many different issues and areas of legislation, including those impacting small businesses, veterans, trade, appropriations, and defense matters.

Seeking a new challenge, Austin attended UIC John Marshall Law School, where he was a regional finalist in the ABA Negotiation Competition, served as a teaching assistant, and was a member of the Veterans Law moot court competition team. Since passing the bar, Austin has dedicated his career to workers’ compensation defense and related civil ligation claims.

Austin is an avid sports fan, enjoys golfing as much as possible and most of all loves spending time with his wife and three sons whether at the lake, traveling or just trying to keep them safe.


      Lindsey S. Strom

      Strom Yen Law Firm, Ltd.
       180 N. LaSalle St., Suite 2510
       Chicago, IL 60601
       Tel: (312) 609-0400
       Fax: (312) 609-0578

Lindsey Strom received her Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communications from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign in 2004. In 2008, Lindsey graduated from DePaul University School of Law, and was admitted to the Illinois bar. During law school, Lindsey worked at the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile Justice Bureau. She obtained her 711 license and successfully prosecuted juveniles in narcotics and domestic violence cases. Before working at Strom & Associates, Ltd., Lindsey practiced workers’ compensation as an insurance defense attorney. Her experience in working for the insurance companies has provided a wealth of knowledge and has made her better equipped to help those injured workers’ in need.

In 2013, Lindsey was selected by Super Lawyers & Chicago Magazine to the prestigious Rising Stars List as one of the top up and coming attorneys in Illinois. This is an honor received by only 2.5 percent of attorneys in Illinois each year. Lindsey was recognized by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer since 2015, which are comprised of the top 2% of lawyers under 40 years old or practicing for less than 10 years, and as a Leading Lawyer since 2019, as one of the nation’s top lawyers based upon a survey of her peers.

Christine M. Jagodzinski President
Tyler D. Berberich Vice President
Austin E. Friedrich Secretary
Lindsey S. Strom  Treasurer

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