Nancy Paridy

Nancy Paridy




Nancy E. Paridy, JD, LLM, joined the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in 1995 as Associate General Counsel and then became General Counsel a few months later. Since then, she came to her current position—Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, through successive promotions over the ensuing years. Prior to the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Ms. Paridy practiced law in the areas of litigation and corporate healthcare.  Specifically, she was an equity partner at Rooks, Pitts and Poust, now Dykema Gosset as well as was an Associate at Coffield Ungaretti Harris and Salvin, now Nixon Peabody.

As a member of the executive management team at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Ms. Paridy oversees and directs various support functions. She is the General Counsel and as such is responsible for all legal matters such as health law, litigation, employment law, joint venture relationships and management agreements, tax, fraud and abuse, regulatory interpretation and guidance, intellectual property, research, operations, corporate compliance, and corporate governance. She also oversees and directs the organization’s human resources (including talent acquisition, leadership and succession planning, total rewards, HRIS, etc.) Ms. Paridy manages the risk management and insurance functions, as well as its government and community affairs. She also is responsible for the organization’s facilities, including cafeteria and parking.

Ms. Paridy received her law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago, Kent College of Law, and earned her Master of Laws in health law at Loyola University. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University. She also studied at the St. Louis University School of Law and the University of London. She has been admitted to practice law in Illinois since 1983, and is a member of the Trial Bar for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.