MANAGING PARTNER

Jennifer Danish

Jennifer Danish is the Managing Partner of Bryant Legal Group PC. Her practice at the firm concentrates on matters involving ERISA-governed benefits, short and long term disability policies, individual disability income policies and disputes between healthcare providers and health insurers.

Jennifer counsels and represents policyholders on all aspects of disability coverage, from the filing of initial claims, to internal appeals, to litigating denials in state and federal court. She is intimately familiar with insurance industry operations and uses this knowledge to help her clients collect the benefits they are entitled. As a Chicago insurance lawyer, Jennifer also provides strategic and practical advice to both individuals and businesses seeking to purchase insurance products.

Her work on behalf of healthcare providers, from small independent to large national groups, have resulted in millions of dollars in additional collected reimbursements from health insurance companies.

Jennifer is very involved in her professional community. Her leadership activities include serving as appointed Chair for the Standing Committee on Plaintiffs’ Policy, Technology Vice Chair for the Solo and Small Firm Committee, Member of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, Member of the Membership Standing Committee, and Technology Vice Chair for the Health & Disability Law General Committee for the ABA Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section. She is also a member to the American Association for Justice Leaders’ Forum. Jennifer also serves as the Chair-Elect for the Law Office Management & Economics Committee and Chair for the Disability Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association. She frequently presents programs and publishes articles in national publications with her recent topics including:  ERISA, discovery, state discretionary prohibition bans, mediation/alternative dispute resolution, insurance bad faith, and disability benefit claims.

In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers for the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Inc., which helps lawyers, judges and law students obtain the assistance they need to address substance abuse addiction and mental health problems.

Jennifer Danish

Chicago Long Term Disability Attorney

Bryant Legal Group PC’s Jennifer Danish on her transition to long-term disability work from the insurance industry and prosecutor’s office where she first developed his skills as a legal advocate. Jennifer also explains what clients can expect from her.

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Justice (AAJ)
Social Security Law Section, Chair, 2017-2018


ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee
Chair, 2016-2018


Chicago Bar Association, Social Security Law Committee
Chair-Elect 2015-2016

American Association of Justice
Member, 2009-present


ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee
Member, 2013-present


American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Member, 2013-present


Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics
Chair, 2021-2022

Federal Bar Association
Member, 2017-present


Chicago Bar Association
Member, 2009-present

 

Ex-Officio of the Illinois State Bar Association
Standing Committee on Disability Law, 2021-2022

Professional Affiliations

American Association of Justice (AAJ)
Social Security Law Section, Chair, 2017-2018


ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee
Chair, 2016-2018


Chicago Bar Association, Social Security Law Committee
Chair-Elect 2015-2016

American Association of Justice
Member, 2009-present


ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Health & Disability Insurance Law Committee
Member, 2013-present


American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
Member, 2013-present


Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics
Chair, 2021-2022

Federal Bar Association
Member, 2017-present


Chicago Bar Association
Member, 2009-present

 

Ex-Officio of the Illinois State Bar Association
Standing Committee on Disability Law, 2021-2022

Honors & Awards

  • Forty Under 40
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin & Chicago Lawyer, 2018
  • Emerging Lawyer
    False Claims Act/Whistle Blower Law, Leading Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Emerging Lawyer
    Social Security Disability Law, Leading Lawyers, 2017-2018
  • Emerging Lawyer
    Leading Lawyers, 2021

Education

  • University of Illinois Chicago School of Law
    (f/k/a UIC John Marshall Law School)
    Juris Doctor, 2009
  • Loyola University
    Bachelor of Arts, 2003

Prior Experience

  • Dailey, DeBofsky & Bryant
    Associate Attorney, 2009-2013
  • Dailey, DeBofsky & Bryant
    Legal Secretary/Paralegal/Office Manager, 2003-2009

Admitted to Practice:

  • Illinois, 2009

Publications and Presentations

  • Author and presenter, Presented at AAJ’s Social Security Success!
    “Social Security: 2020 Regulatory and Procedural Changes in Social Security Disability Law” 
    Seminar, Webinar, December 2, 2020
  • Author and presenter, Presented for the Illinois State Bar Association
    “Brush Up on Social Security: Recent Regulatory and Procedural Changes in Social Security Disability Law” 
    Webinar, October 31, 2019
  • Author and panelist, American Bar Association Health Law Section’s Physicians Legal Issues: Healthcare Delivery & Innovation Conference
    “Payor-Provider Reimbursement Issues: Maximizing Resolution of Disputed Claims”
    Chicago, Illinois, September 12, 2019
    Chicago, IL, September 12, 2019
  • Author and panelist, American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section’s Annual Midwinter Symposium on Insurance and Employee Benefits
    “Resolving Life, Health & Disability Benefit Claims” 
    Miami, FL, January 18, 2019
  • Author, AAJ’s Insurance Law Section Newsletter
    “Video Surveillance and Credibility in Disability Insurance Cases: A Cautionary Tale”
    Fall/Winter 2018
  • Author, Illinois Bar Journal, (Vol. 106, No. 12)
    “LAP and Well-Being: Observe, Act, and Understand” 
    December 2018
  • Author, Illinois State Bar Association’s The Bottom Line
    “How to set yourself up for hiring success,”
    November 2018
    November 2018
  • Author, AAJ’s Insurance Law Section Newsletter
    “Attorneys’ Fees Awarded to Defendant in ERISA Disability Benefits Claim”
    Summer 2018
  • Author and panelist, IICLE’s Annual Workers’ Compensation Institute
    “Special Considerations in Settlements,” 
    Chicago, IL, March 1, 2018
  • Author and presenter, Presented at AAJ’s Social Security Success! Seminar
    “The Basics of a Social Security Disability Claim,”
    Las Vegas, NV, April 6, 2017
  • Panelist, Presented at ACI’s 20th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
    “Discovery in ERISA Cases as Discretionary Clauses are Slowly Fading Out and Insurers are Relying on De Novo Review, How the Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Will Impact Discovery, Administrative Review, and Proportionality Issues,”
    Miami, FL, February 1, 2017
  • Panelist, Presented at the 43rd Annual TIPS Midwinter Symposium on Emerging Issues and Insurance Litigation Relating to Life, Health & Disability and ERISA
    “ERISA Preemption: After 40+ Years, Still a Hot Mess”
    Coral Gables, FL, January 13, 2017
  • Author, AAJ’s Social Security Disability Law Newsletter
    “Changes to the Social Security Retirement Landscape”
    Summer 2016
  • Author and presenter, Presented to the Social Security Disability Law Section at AAJ’s Annual Convention
    “How to Survive as a Social Security Disability Attorney When Your Client Is Public Enemy Number One and Whether to Diversify Your Practice”
    Los Angeles, California, July 23, 2016
  • Presenter, Presented at AAJ’s Social Security Success! Seminar
    “Mock Social Security Hearing: Cross-Examining a Medical Expert”
    Las Vegas, NV, March 17-18 2016
  • Author and presenter, Presented at IICLE’s Workers’ Compensation Institute Trial Preparation Class
    “Medicare Set-Aside”
    Chicago, IL, February 12, 2016
  • Panelist, Presented at ACI’s 18th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
    “The Battle Over Discretionary Clauses Continues” 
    Philadelphia, PA, January 21, 2016
  • Author and presenter, Presented to the Social Security Law Section and ERISA, Health and Disability Insurance Litigation Group at AAJ’s Annual Convention
    “Update on SSA Decisions’ Impact on Long-Term Disability Claims”
    Montreal, Quebec, July 2015
  • Author and presenter, Presented to the Bad Faith Insurance Litigation Group & Insurance Law Section at AAJ’s Annual Convention
    “Statutory Bans on Discretionary Clauses in Insurance Policies: Statutory and Case Law Developments”
    Montreal, Quebec, July 2015
  • Author and presenter, Presented at IICLE’s Workers’ Compensation Institute
    “Social Security Disability & Medicare” 
    Chicago, IL, February 24, 2015
  • Panelist, Presented at ACI’s 17th National Advanced Forum on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
    “Tips, Strategies and Best Practices for Successful Early Mediation of a Disability Claim”
    Philadelphia, PA, January 23, 2015
  • Author and presenter, Presented at Lorman Education Seminar, Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape
    “ERISA and Elder Law” and “Long Term Care”
    Naperville, IL, August 9, 2013
  • Author and presenter, Presented at IICLE’s Workers’ Compensation Institute
    “Social Security Disability & Medicare” 
    Chicago, Illinois, February 4, 2014, and Springfield, Illinois, February 26, 2014
    Chicago, IL, February 4, 2014 & Springfield, IL, February 26, 2014
  • Co-author and presenter, Presented at Lorman Education Seminar, Medicaid and Elder Law: Representing Clients in a New Legal Landscape
    “ERISA and Elder Law” and “Long Term Care” 
    Springfield, FL, November 14, 2013
  • Author, Published in the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Newsletter
    “Case Note re: Kenseth v. Dean Health Plan, Inc.” 
    June 2013
  • Co-author, Presented at the American Conference Institute, 15th Annual Conference on Litigating Disability Insurance Claims
    “Functional Capacity Evaluations from the Insured’s Perspective”
    New York, NY, January 24, 2013
  • Co-author, Presented at the American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Midwinter Symposium on Life, Health, Disability & ERISA
    “Insurance Bad Faith Cases from the Plaintiff’s Perspective” 
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL, January 18, 2013

Community Involvement

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