Education: Drake University Law School (J.D. 1989), University of Iowa (B.B.A. 1984) Member: • Federal Trial Bar Northern District of Illinois • Illinois State Bar Association • Texas Bar Association • Iowa State Bar Association Additional Information: Strong trial and appellate experience at all levels of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, State Courts and Federal Courts in both workers’ compensation and general liability matters.
Education: • John Marshall School of Law, (J.D) - High Distinction - Associate Lead Article Editor of Law Review • DePaul University, (B.S) -Nursing – Highest Honors • St. Francis Hospital Schools of Nursing Additional Information Ellen Keefe-Garner focuses her practice on Workers’ Compensation Defense, General Liability Defense and Medical Malpractice Defense, including eighteen years as a medical malpractice defense litigator in Michigan. A member of the firm since 2012, Ms. Keefe-Garner has experience handling a wide variety of cases, including jury trials. She brings additional experience to her practice from her more than eight years of experience working as a Labor & Delivery Nurse, Maternal Transport Nurse, and Child Birth Educator. She maintains active nursing licenses in both Illinois and Michigan. • She is AV Peer Review Rated by LexisNexis/Martindale-Hubbell. The AV Peer Review rating is the highest rating allowed. It attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics, and reflect the confidential opinions of the Bar and the Judiciary. • She has numerous publications and has given numerous presentations, including: “Gatekeepers in Michigan Courts: Daubert Requires the Trial Judges to Close the Door on Junk Science,” 16 Mich. B.J. 17 (2009).
Education: Loyola University of Chicago (B.A., 1977); John Marshall Law School (J.D., 1980); Staff Member, John Marshall Law Review, 1979. Member: Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association; Workers’ Compensation Claims Association; Arbitrator, Cook County Mandatory Court Annexed Arbitration Editor: Workers’ Compensation Law Update, July 1992-present. Author: The Road to Understanding Workers’ Compensation, Journal of Workers’ Compensation, Vol. 4, No. 2, Winter, 1995, Standard Press, Boston, MA; Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates Monday Law Update, published to about 6,000 readers on a weekly basis since July, 1992; Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law 101 and 102, October 2010. Adjunct Professor of Workers’ Compensation Law: The John Marshall Law School, 2007 to present. Lecturer and Presenter: Gene lectures and/or presents at numerous national and regional conferences on a regular basis including but not limited to: • LRP Publications Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference • Mechanical Contractors Association Annual Meeting • Annual Chicagoland Construction Safety Conference 1994 to Present • North Dakota Workers’ Compensation Bureau Annual Seminar • National Erectors Association Joint Labor-Safety Forum • Downstate Illinois Occupational Safety & Health Day • Southwest Suburban Chicago Illinois Association of Occupational Nurses • East Central Illinois Safety Management Association • ASSE Northeastern IL Chapter meeting • Lorman Educational Services Seminars • Council on Education in Management • Greater Effingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry • Rehabilitation Insurance Nurses Group • Residential Construction Employers Council • National Council of Self-Insurers Annual Meeting
Education: John Marshall Law School (J.D. 1988); University of Illinois, Chicago, (B.A.1979) Member: Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Additional Information: Seventeen year practitioner with extensive civil practice throughout the State of Illinois. Formerly managing partner of James F. Egan and Associates, Ltd. was recruited to merge his practice with Keefe & Associates as of January 1, 2004 Presenter and Lecturer/Participant: • Has lectured frequently on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, as well as on avoiding wrongful discharge liability, including the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Workers’ Compensation Seminar, May 16, 2006 • Professional Education Systems Institute (P.E.S.I.), Workers’ Compensation Law in Illinois, August 2005 • Kishwaukee Community Hospital Workers' Compensation Update 2006 & 2007 • SIMPA Conference on March 30, 2007 • 2012-2014—frequent presenter for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce on Workers’ Compensation Practice, Self-Insured, Business Ethics.
Education: Chicago-Kent College of Law (J.D., 1999); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A., 1995). Member: Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. Strong trial and appellate experience at all levels of both the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Circuit Courts in both workers’ compensation and general liability matters including Medicare Set-Aside related claims. Lecturer and Presenter: Illinois Construction Safety • Council, Workers’ Compensation Update, April 2004-2008 • Professional Education Systems Institute (P.E.S.I.), Workers’ Compensation Law in Illinois, August 2005 • Council on Education in Management, Workers’ Compensation Update, October 2005 • Lorman, Overview and update on Basic Workers’ Compensation, June, 2006 • Illinois State Chamber of Commerce Workers’ Compensation Conference, October 2010 • Regular contributor and author of articles for the Workers’ Compensation Newsletter 2005- present • Author and Presenter; 2011 Amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act. • Adjunct Professor of Workers’ Compensation Law; John Marshall Law School 2013-present. • Author and Presenter; Navigating the Affordable Care Act; What Employers Need to Know; 2015 • Author and Presenter; Defense Strategy and Case-Law Updates for Claim Handlers; 2016.
Education: Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois J.D., May 25, 2002. University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio B.A., May 4, 1998 Employment History: John D. Smith Co., L.P.A., Springboro, Ohio Associate, October of 2008 to August 13, 2010 • General litigation • Criminal law • Family law • Small business litigation • Personal injury/medical malpractice William J. Cook & Associates, Chicago, Illinois Associate, May of 2003 to October of 2008 • 90% of practice devoted to defending workers’ compensation claims throughout Illinois • 10% of practice devoted to construction litigation defense • Client roster sample: Gallagher Bassett Services, ESIS, Acuity Insurance, Solo Cup Company, Kraft Foods, Nabisco, Hill Mechanical Corporation Awards/Activities: • Member: American Bar Association and Warren County Bar Association • CALI Award, Spring Semester, 2001 (highest score in Products Liability) • Research Assistant to Professor Jane Locke, Fall Semester, 2002 (Products Liability) • Loyola University of Chicago, Public Interest Law Reporter, 2002 (Staff Writer)
Education: Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D. 1991); Indiana University, Bloomington (B.A. 1987) Member: Indiana State Bar, Illinois Bar; Also admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the United States Bankruptcy Courts in Indiana and the Northern District of Illinois; licensed in Indiana and Illinois; member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Additional Information: Over twenty-five year practitioner with extensive civil practice throughout the State of Indiana in a variety of matters including workers' compensation and insurance matters as well as business disputes.
Education: The John Marshall Law School (J.D. cum laude 2009); Lake Forest College (B.A. Mathematics 2002), Medicare Set-Aside Certified Consultant, 2012. Speaker: • National Council of Self-Insurers, Annual Meeting May 2011 Program, “Main Issues for U.S. Employers in Management of Workers’ Compensation Risks and Losses.” • Regional Risk Management Conference and Exhibition (REBEX) October 2013; Program, “Illinois and Wisconsin Workers’ Compensation Fraud.” Member: • Illinois State Bar Association • Chicago Bar Association • Workers Compensation Lawyers Association • Justinian Society of Lawyers Additional Information: Mr. Ignoffo began his legal career as a 711 law clerk with the City of Chicago Corporation Counsel prosecuting building violation cases before the Department of Administrative Hearings. Since joining Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates he has gained trial and appellate experience at all levels of workers’ compensation litigation including the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court, and Illinois Appellate Court.
Education: The John Marshall Law School (J.D. 2011); Southern Illinois University Carbondale (B.A. cum laude 2008). Experience: Keefe, Campbell and Associates: Law Clerk/Paralegal to Founding Partner Shawn R. Biery: Researched and drafted initial opening reviews, litigation updates, pleadings, motions, and briefs, and discovery and deposition strategies, with excellent written and oral correspondence to clients, counsels and third party experts. Office of the Illinois Attorney General: Consumer Fraud Bureau: Protecting Illinois consumers and businesses by holding hearings and drafting reports and legislation on emerging issues as well as offering informal mediation and dispute resolution programs in an effort to amicably and fairly resolve complaints without the need for costly litigation and attorney representation. Office of the Illinois Attorney General: Victim Rights Bureau and Charitable Trust Division: Advocating for witnesses, treating professionals, and crime victims of sexually violent persons in an effort to reduce re-traumatization and improve success rate of criminal prosecution. Additional Experience: Strong trial experience at all levels of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Circuit Courts throughout Illinois in insurance, corporate law, and general civil litigation and liability defense matters by providing proactive, practical, and cost-effective representation. Current contributor to Workers’ Compensation Law Update in Illinois since 2009. Lecturer/Presenter: Update on changes to Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, 2011.
Education: Thomas Jefferson School of Law (J.D. 2001); Montana State University (B.S. 1997) Additional Experience: • Adjunct Professor, John Marshall Law School 2012-Present • Adjunct Professor, Elmhurst College 2015-Present • Honorable Discharge, United States Marine Corps 1989-1993 - Conducted Desert Warfare training exercises for over 40,000 troops annually • Strong trial and appellate experience at all levels of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit and Appellate Courts throughout Illinois in both workers’ compensation and general liability matters as well as detailed knowledge and credentials for settlement related Medicare issues • Certification from Lane & Calkins Mediation & Arbitration Training Course • Certification from Medicare Set-Aside UF Pre-certification program Member: • Illinois State Bar Association • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Presenter and Lecturer/Moderator/Participant: • Professional Education Systems Institute (P.E.S.I.), Workers’ Compensation Law in Illinois, 2005-2008 • Council on Education in Management, Workers’ Compensation Update, October 2005 • PAHR, Workers’ Compensation Update, March 2006 • Council on Education in Management, Workers’ Compensation Update, October 2006 • Construction Safety Council, Seminar, 2007-present • Lorman, Workers’ Compensation topics, May 2007- present • Contributor to various Workers’ Compensation legal update providers 2003-Current • Member of ABA Advisory Board 2005-Current • National RIMS Annual Conference • Workers’ Compensation 101 & 102, 2010-present • National Council of Self-Insurers • DePaul University College of Law-Guest Professor • Arkansas Trucking Conference • Northern Illinois University College of Law-Guest Professor
Education: John Marshall Law School (J.D., 2012); University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (B.A. Communications, 2009) Experience: Law Clerk to Founding Partner Eugene Keefe prior to becoming attorney receiving that combination of formal legal education and litigation experience. Strong trial experience at all levels of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Appellate Courts throughout Illinois in workers’ compensation defense, and general civil litigation and liability defense matters. Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates, Chicago, IL Sept. 2012 - Present Associate Attorney • Defend workers compensation claims at trial before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission. • Argue appeals of workers compensation decisions to the Illinois Workers’Compensation Commission and Circuit Court. • Depose witnesses and develop litigation strategies with the aim of closing claims rapidly. • Negotiate settlements on a litigated and pro se basis. Member: • 2016-2017 Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section Council Member • Illinois State Bar Association Member 2015-Present • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Law Association Member 2012-Present Author: • Co-Author: Understanding Illinois Workers’ Compensation System Lecturer/Presenter/Moderator/Participant/Author: • John Marshall Law School Guest Professor • Workers’ Compensation 101 & 102 2014-Present • Ethics for HR Specialists, Risk Managers & Claims Adjusters 2014-Present • Anatomy of an IME 2014-Present • Accident Investigation: Seven Simple Steps 2014-Present • Return to Work Webinar 2014-Present • Illinois Workers’ Compensation Fraud Presentation 2014-Present
Education: Valparaiso University School of Law; Indiana University-Bloomington, B.A. Criminal Justice Member: • The Defense Research Institute • Illinois State Bar Association • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel • Chair, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Employment Law Committee Experience: Mr. Smith began his legal career practicing as a bankruptcy attorney for both individuals and businesses throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Subsequently, at Kluever & Platt, LLC, Mr. Smith managed staff and attorneys in default and contested commercial litigation cases. Mr. Smith was also entrusted with handling complex commercial matters at all stages of litigation. More recently, at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander, Mr. Smith regularly participated in all levels of employment, commercial, and personal injury litigation in various Illinois counties and the Northern District of Illinois. Mr. Smith also contributed to all facets of multi-plaintiff and multi-defendant state and federal lawsuits. While at The Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander, Mr. Smith routinely handled charges of discrimination in both the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Mr. Smith’s practice at Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates, LLC involves a similar range of practice areas, with a particular focus on general liability, employment law, product liability, and contract disputes. Mr. Smith has been recently selected as a Rising Star Superlawyer by SuperLawyers.com. Professional Lectures & Presentations: Mr. Smith presented to fellow legal professionals at an IICLE continuing legal education event entitled, Untying the Knot: Bankruptcy, Short Sales, and Foreclosures in Family Law Cases (Aug. 2011).
EDUCATION The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois Juris Doctor, May 2014 • Hellenic Law Student Association, Secretary • Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services University Of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois Bachelor of Science in Communications, May 2010 • United Nations Law Intern at the International Criminal Tribunal • National Communications Association Honors Society EXPERIENCE McCarthy Duffy LLP, Chicago, Illinois Law Clerk, October 2013 - November 2014 • Research and write memoranda on topics including commercial landlord/tenant lease disputes, legal malpractice liability issues, general contracts, business tort claims, municipal law and condominium cooperative housing association liability issues. • Prepare various court forms, deeds, corporate forms and real estate closing documents. • Draft legal correspondence and settlement letters. • Assist with property tax appeals, property tax exemptions and real estate closings. HP Ventures Group LLC, Chicago, Illinois Law Clerk, May 2012 - August 2013 • Assisted general counsel in all phases of the transaction process, including the negotiation and drafting of the purchase contract, conducting legal due diligence and preparing all ancillary documentation; deals have ranged in size from 2 million dollars to 10 million dollars. • Served as the point of contact for the acquisition of a 15-unit condominium property. • Drafted contracts, assignments, addendums, resolutions and deeds. • Reviewed leases, condo declarations, private offering memoranda and subscription agreements. • Conducted legal research on various issues of real estate, corporate and securities law, and gave verbal and written reports on research findings. • Maintained corporate records and memorialized closing documents. Coldwell Banker, Northbrook, Illinois Real Estate Sales Associate, May 2010 - August 2011 • Negotiated prices and other contract terms between buyer and seller. • Advised clients on market conditions, prices and mortgage options. • Established relationships with escrow companies, lenders and home inspectors to ensure smooth closings.
EDUCATION: The John Marshall Law School (J.D. 2012); Columbia College Chicago (B.A. 2007) MEMBER: • Illinois State Bar Association • Chicago Bar Association EXPERIENCE: Before joining Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates, Lilia represented injured workers before all levels of the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Illinois trial courts. Her experience includes litigating claims before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, negotiating settlements, performing file reviews, research, and drafting pleadings, motions, and briefs. Additionally, Lilia has appeared on Spanish television infomercials and radio discussing workers’ compensation rights and medical malpractice.
PROFILE Highly motivated and aggressive trial attorney experienced in general liability and workers’ compensation defense conducting twelve trials in the last three years. Knowledgeable in civil rights and employment law with experience prosecuting police action cases while working with the DePaul Civil Rights Clinic and defending Title VII claims for the Federal Aviation Administration. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Keefe, Campbell, Biery & Associates Chicago, Illinois June, 2012 – Present - Represent employers and municipalities in workers’ compensation and civil litigation complying with all Rules of Practice at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC) and Rules of Civil Procedure in several divisions of Illinois Circuit Court - Prepare claims for hearing or resolution by conducting depositions and all matters pertaining to trial preparation - Conduct trials at the IWCC and in Circuit Court - Published extensively in the KCBA Weekly Law Update regarding workers’ compensation, employment law, and employment lien issues Federal Aviation Administration, Office of General Counsel Great Lakes Regional Office, Des Plaines, Illinois 2013 - Drafted referral letters forwarding matters of violation to the Department of Defense and Foreign Disciplinary Bodies - Aided in Trial Preparation through collecting, organizing, and summarizing voluminous case data - Prepared briefs, especially in conjunction with privilege and work product in a Title VII action - Authored several Statements of Fact not in Dispute to be included in Motions for Summary Judgment - Drafted Complete Motions for Summary Judgment in a Title VII action VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE - DePaul Civil Rights Clinic, DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2013-2014 - Domestic Violence Courthouse Project, Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County, 2012 - Beijing Foreign Studies (Bei Wai) University Legal Clinic, Beijing, China, 2012 EDUCATION DePaul University, College of Law, Chicago, Illinois Juris Doctorate, Certificate in International and Comparative Law Dean’s Certificate of Pro Bono Service University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois Bachelor of Arts in English
EDUCATION Michigan State University College of Law (J.D. 1996); Western Michigan University (B.S. 1992). NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS Senior Editor, Labor Arbitration Awards, published by CCH, Inc., 1998-2001; Successfully represented insurance companies in civil lawsuits involving automobile negligence; Successfully represented both public and private Respondents in workers’ compensation claims before the Commission in Illinois; Legislative Liaison, Workers’ Compensation Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2005-06; Vice Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2006-07; Chair, Workers’ Compensation Section, Chicago Bar Association, 2007-08.