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Elizabeth M. Reynolds


Elizabeth Reynolds, from Ottawa, IL, joined Kanoski Bresney in 2023 where she focuses her practice on Worker’s Compensation. She takes great pride in standing up for local working people against the selfish interests of insurance companies.

Elizabeth was raised in Downers Grove, IL and knew she wanted to be an attorney since she was eight years old. After graduating with her bachelor’s from Marquette University, she set her childhood dream aside and accepted a coveted position with the Social Security Administration. Thus, launching her career serving and helping those who needed it the most, the disabled, survivors, and retirees. She quickly demonstrated a natural ability to patiently and clearly explain complicated Social Security law to thousands of claimants filing for benefits and those who attended her educational presentations throughout the Illinois Valley area.

Additionally, Elizabeth was the only person in her office fluent in Spanish and was certified as a Spanish Translator by the Social Security Administration. She used those skills daily to translate important legal documents into English and assist claimants that spoke Spanish.

In 2008, Elizabeth temporarily set her professional goals aside to stay at home and raise a family full-time. She selflessly raised two beautiful and kind children which are her pride and joy. Once her children were older, she was afforded an opportunity to return to school to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an attorney.

While in law school, Elizabeth clerked at criminal defense and estate planning firms. Although both were rewarding and educational, she was presented with several opportunities in which injured people needed legal representation. While working for a labor and employment law firm, she quickly realized that her true interests were in the area of worker’s compensation and personal injury law. Elizabeth has been helping others most of her life and after witnessing first-hand how cunning insurance companies ruthlessly profit from the fragile lives of everyday people, she felt outraged and will not stand for it. Elizabeth is proud to take up the fight against insurance companies so her clients can rest easier and focus on healing.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri


  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL
    • J.D. – May, 2020
    • Dual Specialization: Business & Transactional Law and International & Immigration Law
  • Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI
    • B.A. – 2002
    • Double Major: Political Science and Spanish for the Professions; Minor: Theology

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association General Assemblywoman for the 13 th Judicial Circuit
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
  • LaSalle County Bar Association
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
  • Sigma Delta Pi (National Spanish Honor Society)

Honors and Awards

  • Illinois State Bar Association Rural Initiative Fellow, Inaugural Class of 2021
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award, Law Practice Management, Fall 2019
  • Pat Caporale Scholarship Prize, April 2020
  • Boggs & Boggs Legal Writing Scholarship, April 2020
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers Endowment Scholarship, October 2018 and November 2019
  • Al H. and James A. Chesser Endowed Scholarship recipient, April 2018, 2019
  • Judge Richard E. Richman Ethics Scholarship, April 2019
  • Joyce A. Kelly Memorial Scholarship recipient, American Association of University Women Carbondale, IL, March 2018

Relevant Past Employment Positions

  • Social Security Administration, Bi-Lingual Social Insurance Specialist and Translator
  • Barrett Twomey Broom Hughes and Hoke, LLP, Carbondale, IL, Law Clerk
  • Stephen M. Komie and Associates, Chicago, IL, Law Clerk
  • Dolley Law, St. Louis, MO, Attorney

Published Works

  • Elizabeth Reynolds, Illinois Legislators Continue to Combat the Wage Gap, ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION CATALYST, (March 2018) combat.
  • Elizabeth Reynolds, Women Rule the Legal Profession in Cuba, ILLINOIS STATE BAR ASSOCIATION CATALYST, (December 2018) onincuba.
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