Nancy Paridy, JD, LLM, is an executive who brings diverse experience and insights to her multifaceted role.
As a member of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab executive leadership team, Nancy serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel. She is responsible for all legal matters, including health care matters, employment law, joint venture, acquisition, management and other transactional agreements, regulatory interpretation and guidance, intellectual property, litigation, and corporate governance. She also oversees and directs the organization’s human resources (e.g., talent acquisition, leadership and succession planning, total rewards, HRIS). Additionally, she is responsible for the organization’s ethics program, corporate compliance, facilities, security, food service operations, insurance needs, and government and community affairs, and serves as Corporate Secretary to all of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s corporate entities.
Nancy’s leadership in healthcare and law has been honored through myriad awards. Most recently, in 2020, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and Chicago Lawyer announced Nancy as a recipient of the Salute! Women in Law award, recognizing her leadership and commitment to advancing other women in the profession. In 2018, she received the Top Women Lawyers in Leadership Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. This honor recognizes elite women lawyers who have created growth in their field and fostered new pathways through mentoring.
In addition to her work at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Nancy writes and lectures about healthcare law, and serves as an adjunct professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Furthermore, in 2019 she was named the first woman Chair of the Loyola Academy Board of Trustees.
Nancy joined Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in 1995 as Associate General Counsel. Previously, she was a Partner at Dykema and practiced law at Nixon Peabody LLP in the areas of litigation and corporate healthcare.
She earned her BA in History from Western Illinois University, her JD from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology, and her Master of Laws (LLM) in Health Law from the Loyola University School of Law.
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
355 East Erie
Chicago, IL 60611
Education & Professional Associations
Board MemberLoyola Academy, 2016
Board MemberEleanor Foundation, 2007 - 2012
Advisory Board MemberLoyola University--Health Law Program, 1998 - 2000
Board MemberRemains Theater, 1985 - 1987
Honors & Awards
Top General CounselFirst Chair, 2016
Outstanding In-House Counsel to Hospitals/Healthcare SystemsNightingale’s Healthcare News, 2007
Top General CounselEthisphere, 2011
Distinguished Alumni AwardWestern Illinois University-College of Arts and Sciences, 2011
- 1982 - 1985AssociateNixon Peabody formerly Coffield Ungaretti Harris & Slavin
- 1985 - 1995PartnerDykema Gossett, formerly Rooks Pitts and Poust