B.S, Criminal Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago (1994)
J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law (1998)
Admitted to practice in Federal Court (1998)
Member of the Chicago Bar Association
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association
Defense of workers’ compensation, employment and labor claims in Illinois. Representation of employers in union negotiations.
SIGNIFICANT ARBITRATION/COMMISSION DECISIONS
- Cynthia McMurty v. MacNeal Hospital
Petitioner sustained compensable injuries to her back while lifting mops at work. She underwent lumbar and thoracic surgeries. Pursuant to a FCE, she was given permanent restrictions of no lifting greater than 20 pounds which prevented her from returning to her former job in housekeeping at MacNeal Hospital The parties negotiated a settlement of $150,000.00 as a compromise of a potential wage differential award. Petitioner refused to execute the settlement contracts, fired her attorney and proceeded to hearing pro-se. Following the hearing and due to a lack of evidence, the Arbitrator found that Petitioner failed to prove that she sustained an accidental injury at work and denied all benefits.
- Jon McClory v. Armstrong
Petitioner worked as a mover for Armstrong. He sustained compensable injuries to both hands and underwent multiple surgeries. The parties proceeded to trial before Arbitrator Dollison who awarded TTD, maintenance benefits and vocational rehabilitation finding that Petitioner was unable to return to his former job as a mover. Respondent appealed this matter to the IWCC which overturned the Arbitrator’s award of maintenance and vocational rehabilitation and remanded this matter for a determination on permanency. Petitioner filed an appeal to the Circuit Court which he later withdrew and agreed to settle this matter for $35,000.00 to resolve all issues.
- Sillman v. City of Chicago
Petitioner, a laborer, alleged that she injured her neck and back while lifting bags of mortar. Petitioner had a prior injury in 2002 and it was our position that her complaints were the continuation of her original injury. The Arbitrator agreed with Respondent’s position and found that Petitioner failed to prove a compensable accident on October 15, 2009 and denied all benefits.