Bryce T. Hensley is a Senior Attorney at Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, where he helps manage the firm’s Complex Litigation Group representing individual and classes of victims of toxic exposures, product defects, fraud, sexual harassment, and other catastrophic personal injuries and wrongful death.
Bryce was inspired to serve as an attorney representing those injured by the wrongful conduct of others, recognizing that earning a law degree is a tremendous privilege and provides the opportunity to help those who are most vulnerable and in need.
In just his first few years as an attorney, Bryce has made a name for himself in Chicago and nationwide litigating numerous high-profile mass tort and class action cases. In helping manage the firm’s complex litigation practice, he represented 75 victims of the Las Vegas shooting, which along with thousands of others, settled their cases for $800 million. Bryce also represents victims of Sterigenics’ ethylene oxide emissions in Willowbrook, Illinois; hundreds of users of Zantac and Roundup now diagnosed with cancer around the country; and millions of consumers defrauded by ComEd’s bribery of elected officials in Illinois.
In October 2019, Bryce was appointed as the Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel in the Sterigenics litigation by the Circuit Court of Cook County. In that position, he is the representative of the nearly two dozen firms representing victims in the litigation before the Court and with defendants’ counsel. In August 2020, he orchestrated one of the largest filings in Cook County history with over 700 individual lawsuits filed against Sterigenics and other defendants. He is now responsible for the coordination, organization, and management of all of the nearly 800 pending claims in the litigation.
Bryce has also utilized his advocacy skills to win numerous motions and appeals in state and federal courts. Most notably, in December 2018, just over a year into practice, he argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and reversed the District Court’s grant of summary judgment against his client. (Lewis v. City of Shreveport, et al., 765 Fed. Appx. 93 (5th Cir. 2019).
Alongside Principal and Partner, Antonio M. Romanucci, and while still a law clerk, Bryce’s knowledge of litigation technology and trial strategy was instrumental in winning a $44.7 million verdict against the City of Chicago for Michael D. LaPorta. This is the largest verdict ever returned in a police misconduct lawsuit against the city of Chicago and in the state of Illinois.
Bryce has also assisted settling numerous individual cases during this time, including a $2.25 million settlement against a multi-purpose arena in a premises liability case that resulted in a client suffering a fractured ankle and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS); a $2.1 million settlement against the Archdiocese of Chicago for the sexual abuse of a minor child; and a $610,000 settlement on behalf of a client with a herniated disc due to an automobile collision.
In law school at Chicago-Kent, Bryce graduated in the top eight percent of his class, earning him the honor of graduating magna cum laude and as a member of the Order of the Coif. While there, Bryce was the captain of the school’s nationally-ranked trial advocacy team, where he earned the Best Advocate Award at the National Tournament of Champions in San Francisco, California. Bryce was also one of just 16 individual students selected from around the country to attend the prestigious Top Gun Trial Competition at Baylor University.
In the classroom, Bryce earned the CALI award for achieving the highest grade in six of his classes. Bryce served as a teaching assistant for multiple semesters and upon graduation was inducted into the school’s Bar and Gavel Society for his extensive service and dedication to the law school community.
Bryce earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. He is a graduate of St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
- November 2017
- October 2019
- December 2019
- April 2020
Education & Certifications
- Mass-Tort MDL Certificate, Duke Law School—Bolch Judicial Institute, 2020
- J.D., magna cum laude, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2017
- B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2013
Awards & Recognition
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2021, 2022
- Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers®, 2020, 2021
- Emerging Lawyer by Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2020, 2021
- Named to the ‘20 Chicagoans in their 20s’ list by Crain’s Chicago Business, 2020
- Order of the Coif, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2017
- Bar and Gavel Society, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2017
- Trial Advocacy Team Captain – Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Best Advocate Award – NBTA National Tournament of Champions, 2016
- Top Gun Trial Advocate – Baylor University College of Law, 2016
- CALI Award – Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Torts, Property, Civil Procedure, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and the Law of Section 1983
Legal Activities & Leadership
- American Association for Justice (AAJ), Member
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), Member
- The National Trial Lawyers, Member
- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Trial Advocacy Team Captain, 2017
- Chicago-Kent College of Law-Trial Advocacy Team, Volunteer, 2017-Present
- Immanuel Lutheran Church and School, Volunteer, 2014-Present
- Las Vegas Route 91 Shooting Litigation, mass tort, $800M global settlement
- LaPorta v. City of Chicago, October 2017, civil rights, $44.7M verdict
- Confidential Settlement, premises liability, $2.25M settlement
- Confidential Settlement, sexual abuse case, $2.1M settlement
- Castillo v. Reyes, automobile collision, $610,000 settlement
- Lewis v. City of Shreveport, civil rights appeal
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- State of Illinois, 2017
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2017
- U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2019
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, 2021
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2018
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2018
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2021
In the News
- Washington Post, September 22, 2021
- All Romanucci & Blandin Partners and Nine Other Attorneys Honored by 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to WatchAugust 19, 2021
- February 4, 2021
- 15 Attorneys at Romanucci & Blandin Honored by Their Peers as Leading Lawyers or Emerging Lawyers for 2021October 6, 2020
- August 21, 2020
- 2021 Edition of Best Lawyers in America© and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch Honors All Romanucci & Blandin Partners and Nine Other AttorneysAugust 20, 2020
- July 28, 2020
- April 20, 2020
- Law firms representing Sterigenics cancer victims urge Illinois Congressional delegation to decry the EPA waiver of environmental protections as nation battles a pandemicMarch 27, 2020
- Law firms representing Sterigenics cancer victims support Attorneys General call for strict standards of ethylene oxide emissionsFebruary 13, 2020
- February 3, 2020
- January 29, 2020
- October 28, 2019
- October 3, 2019
- July 18, 2019
- Victims: “No faith” that Sterigenics will follow Matt Haller Act, protect public from cancerous emissionsJuly 1, 2019
- Attorneys representing Individuals & Families suffering from Carcinogenic Emissions Related Health Issues respond to latest EPA Test Results in WillowbrookMarch 22, 2019
- February 20, 2019
- Law Firms Representing Individuals & Families Suffering from Carcinogenic Emissions Related Health Issues Respond to Allegations made by former Sterigenics EmployeesFebruary 4, 2019
- Six Law Firms Representing Plaintiffs in Fight against Sterigenics Join Forces to Provide Unified Support to Individuals & Families Suffering from Carcinogenic Emissions Related Health IssuesSeptember 30, 2018
- Sterigenics International Sued for Civil Battery, Negligence & Public Nuisance for Emissions of Cancer-Causing ToxinSeptember 20, 2018
- Chicago Law Firm Retained by Multiple Effected Willowbrook Families Announces Investigation into Toxic Emissions Released from Sterigenics InternationalSeptember 1, 2018
- November 15, 2017
- Wrongful Death Lawsuit filed against Chicago Police Officer Patrick Kelly, City of Chicago in Shooting Death of 21-year-old Father of TwoNovember 10, 2017
- Romanucci & Blandin Secures Liable Verdict Against City of Chicago in Civil RIghts Case on behalf of Michael LaPortaNovember 1, 2017
- Romanucci & Blandin Blog, July 30, 2021
- Romanucci & Blandin Blog, March 3, 2021
- Romanucci & Blandin Blog, February 15, 2021
- Romanucci & Blandin Blog, September 10, 2020
- Decalogue Tablets, “Close to Home: Your Unfriendly, Neighborhood Carcinogen” (Sterigenics-Ethylene Oxide Exposure Cases), Summer 2019.
- Best Lawyers Magazine—Business Edition, “Warning Signs” (Mass Shooting Lawsuits), Summer 2019.