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John D. Wheeler
Hennessy & Roach
Chicago
associate
  • LL.M. Program in Financial Services Law – 2010, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Juris Doctor, conferred May 2010 – DePaul University College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, conferred May 2006 – Duke University, Durham, NC
  • Admitted to the Bar as of November 4, 2010
  • London School of Economics, London, England, Summer 2005

Professional Affiliation:

  • Member of the Chicago Bar Association
  • Member of the Illinois Bar Association

Practice Areas:

  • Defense of Workers’ Compensation claims in Illinois

 

SIGNIFICANT ARBITRATION DECISIONS

  1. Terry Williams v. City of Chicago (10 WC 45478)

Petitioner alleged a significant knee injury while employed for the Streets and Sanitation Department.  Evidence was presented at trial and argued in the subsequent proposed decision that the Petitioner’s injury did not arise out of and in the course of his employment. The Arbitrator agreed with the Respondent’s argument and the Petitioner’s claim was denied.

 

  1. Leobardo Sanchez v. Southwest Airlines (10 WC 45270 and 10 WC 45271)

Petitioner, a ramp agent, injured his back loading freight off of an aircraft.  In dispute was the calculation of the Petitioner’s average weekly wage, specifically the inclusion of overtime hours.  Evidence was presented at trial and argued in the subsequent proposed decisions that the Petitioner’s overtime hours were not worked on a regular and consistent basis.  The Arbitrator agreed with the Respondent’s argument and the Petitioner’s overtime hours were excluded from the calculation of the average weekly wage.  This result yielded a significant reduction in PPD benefits and a TTD overpayment in the Respondent’s favor.

 

  1. Paula Powell v. Southwest Airlines (11 WC 8281)

Petitioner, a customer care representative, sustained injuries to her shoulder and cervical spine, undergoing surgical procedures to address both body parts.  The Arbitrator provided a favorable result to the Respondent which was well below the estimated total PPD exposure.

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