Lawyer-JynniferBates_tnJynnifer Cotharn has been with the firm since 2007 and practices in the areas of workers’ compensation defense and general liability. Her practice includes client consultation on reporting and investigating claims as well as advising on strategic measures to reduce risk and liability for employers and insurance carriers.  She represents clients at the arbitration, Commission and Circuit Court levels.  Jynnifer is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She double majored in Organizational Studies and English and was a member of the Residential College.  She was very active in campus programming and assisted in hosting activities for Welcome Week and Festifall.  She also became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated, a public service sorority.  Jynnifer received her Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was a research assistant for Professor James Brudney and contributed to the research of trends in application of the WARN Act. She also clerked with the City of Columbus Law Department Employment Law Section.  Jynnifer is a member of the Black Women Lawyers Association and The University of Michigan Alumni Association of Greater Chicago.  She is passionate about youth development and serves in her church’s Children’s Ministry.  She is also a mentor to teenage girls as part of her involvement in the Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and LINK Unlimited.

Bar Admissions

2007 Illinois
2007 The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
2017 Michigan


May 2006 The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law, Columbus, Ohio Juris Doctor
April 2001 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Bachelors of Arts in Organizational Studies and English

Past Employment Positions

2005-2006 City of Columbus Law Department, Richard C. Pfieffer, Columbus, Ohio, Corporation Counsel Law Clerk
2004-2005 Clark Law Office, Law Clerk
2004 The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Research Assistant for Prof. J. Brudney, Newton D. Baker-Baker Hostetler Chair in Law


2007-Present Black Women Lawyers Association
2009-Present Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Chicago, Alumnae Chapter Youth mentor and children’s ministry counselor

Workers’ Compensation Venues

Jynnifer E. Bates attends the following Workers’ Compensation Hearing venues;

Bloomington McLean County
Wheaton DuPage County

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Areas of Practice

General Insurance Defense
Workers' Compensation Defense


Phone:(312) 422-0550
Fax:(312) 422-1825