Nancy Paridy

Nancy E. Paridy

Position President & Chief Administrative Officer
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About Me

About Me

Nancy Paridy, JD, LLM, is an executive who brings diverse experience and insights as President and Chief Administrative Officer, a role she has held since Sept. 2021.

An attorney by training, she established the organization’s Office of the General Counsel in 1995. Since then, she has taken on roles of increasing complexity and responsibility. Between 2016-2021, she served as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, overseeing human resources for the organization’s 2,000 clinicians, researchers and administrators; all legal matters; corporate compliance; facility and food service operations; government and community affairs; and board relations.

Additionally, she served as an integral member of the executive team charged with bringing to life Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s $550 million, 1.2 million square foot facility. The facility opened in 2017 as the first-ever translational research hospital, where physicians, scientists, innovators, technologists and clinicians work together in the same space, surrounding patients, discovering novel approaches and applying (or “translating”) research in real time. 

Nancy’s leadership in health care and law has been honored through myriad awards. 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 health care 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. 

Prior to joining Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in 1995, Nancy was a Partner at Dykema and practiced law at Nixon Peabody LLP in the areas of litigation and corporate health care. 

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



    1988 - 1994
    LLM--Health Law, Loyola University-School of Law
    1981 - 1983
    Juris Doctorate, IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law
    1980 - 1981
    Juris Doctorate, St. Louis University-School of Law
    1977 - 1980
    BA, History, Western Illinois University


  • Board Member
    Loyola Academy, 2016
  • Board Member
    Eleanor Foundation, 2007 - 2012
  • Advisory Board Member
    Loyola University--Health Law Program, 1998 - 2000
  • Board Member
    Remains Theater, 1985 - 1987

Honors & Awards

  • Top General Counsel
    First Chair, 2016
  • Outstanding In-House Counsel to Hospitals/Healthcare Systems
    Nightingale’s Healthcare News, 2007
  • Top General Counsel
    Ethisphere, 2011
  • Distinguished Alumni Award
    Western Illinois University-College of Arts and Sciences, 2011

Work History

  • 1982 - 1985
    Nixon Peabody formerly Coffield Ungaretti Harris & Slavin
  • 1985 - 1995
    Dykema Gossett, formerly Rooks Pitts and Poust