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Lenkov (’95) Honored with 2016 College of Law Outstanding
Alumni Award from the NIU Alumni Association

Rich Lenkov (right) is congratulated by Interim Dean Mark Cordes. The NIU Alumni Association honored Lenkov with the 2016 NIU College of Law Outstanding College Alumni Award on April 22 at its annual alumni awards ceremony.

Rich Lenkov (right) is congratulated by Interim Dean Mark Cordes. The NIU Alumni Association honored Lenkov with the 2016 NIU College of Law Outstanding Alumni Award on April 22 at its annual alumni awards ceremony.

April 29, 2016

DeKalb, Ill.--Northern Illinois University College of Law alumnus Rich Lenkov (’95), was the 2016 recipient of the NIU College of Law Outstanding Alumni Award. Lenkov, who is a partner with Bryce Downey & Lenkov, was recognized for his significant professional accomplishments. He was honored and presented with his award by the NIU Alumni Association on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Lenkov practices insurance defense and entertainment law. He brings a killer instinct and unparalleled focus to representing his clients. He partners closely with his clients, ranging from Fortune 50 corporations to small businesses, to achieve successful outcomes to litigation.

Lenkov was elected to the 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers list, an honor given to no more than 5 percent of lawyers in the state. He was also named a Leading Lawyer from 2012 to 2016 and was honored by SEAK as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Workers’ Compensation. In 2014, he received the top score in Target Corporation’s nationwide panel of general liability attorneys.

Lenkov is a frequent lecturer and a member of a number of national organizations, including the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, and the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute.

Lenkov is the go-to legal analyst for WGN Radio. He also co-hosts the nation’s premier legal program, Legal Face-Off, on WGN Plus. On the show, Lenkov and his co-host, noted plaintiff’s attorney Jason Whiteside, debate politics, current events, entertainment, and sports from a legal perspective. They also feature prominent guests, such as Alan Dershowitz and Gloria Allred.

He is actively involved in the community, including serving on the Board of Visitors for the NIU College of Law, serving as a local school counsel representative for Agassiz Elementary School, and sitting on the advisory board of Legal Prep Charter Academy, Chicago’s only legal-themed charter school. He was recently honored as Alumnus of the Year by the NIU College of Law.

Lenkov is also co-founder of Chila Productions, the associate producer of The Perfect Storm: Story of the 1994 Montreal Expos, and the producer of ’85: The Story of the Greatest Team in Pro Football History, a documentary about the 1985 Chicago Bears featuring interviews with key members of the team, President Barack Obama, Jeremy Piven, and many others. He is in preproduction on a number of exciting projects, including Renegades, a live show in Las Vegas featuring prominent athletes such as Mike Tyson and Pete Rose. And he is involved with successful Broadway productions, including Rock of Ages and The Rascals: Once Upon a Dream, conceived and written by legendary E Street Band member Steven Van Zandt.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or

mmitchell@niu.edu

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