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   3Christopher S. CrawfordPeoria(309) 674-1133ccrawford@quinnjohnston.comccrawford@quinnjohnston.comQuinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulowww.quinnjohnston.comwww.quinnjohnston.comcrawfordchris.jpgWorkers' Compensation Defense LawPersonal Injury DefenseAuto and TransportationPremises Liability DefenseCommercial and Business Litigation
Christopher S.
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo
227 NE Jefferson Ave
Peoria IL 61602
Ph.(309) 674-1133 Fx.(309) 674-6503
Recommended by peers in:    Extensive Experience in:
Workers' Compensation Defense Law    Personal Injury Defense
    Auto and Transportation
    Premises Liability Defense
    Commercial and Business Litigation
County:  Peoria
Litigator:  Yes

Practice Description:  
Chris credits his interest in the practice of law to his father. "Growing up, my dad was in management of a Peoria architectural firm. His days were increasingly consumed by additional regulations and rules imposed on the business. I resolved early on that I’d devote my law practice to help others like my father so that their time, energy and concern could be focused more on building their businesses rather than what new regulation or claim would complicate their efforts."

Chris started practicing law in Chicago in 1998, handling all types of personal injury cases for injured plaintiffs. He enjoyed his colleagues on that side of the bar, but soon realized he felt more comfortable on the defense. Now, as a workers’ compensation defense attorney, Chris uses the knowledge he gained during his early career regarding how plaintiffs build their cases to his advantage on the defense side.

In 2007, Chris joined Quinn Johnston’s Peoria office and has since devoted 100% of his practice to handling matters in both workers’ compensation and employment defense. He became a partner in the firm in 2014. He routinely tries workers’ compensation cases before the Illinois Workers Compensation Commission, handles appeals to the circuit courts and appellate courts, and appears in both state and federal courts throughout Illinois in related civil litigation. Recent example:
  • Chris successfully defended a claim in which the Petitioner claimed shoulder and neck injuries both requiring surgery. The parties agreed that the shoulder injury was compensable, but disputed the neck injury. Chris successfully argued that the neck surgery was not related and saved his client tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and additional indemnity benefits.
Chris is also active in the community. He strives to be a positive reflection for both his profession and his firm. In 2010, Chris was elected to the Peoria Public School Board District 150, which serves the needs of 14,000 students. Chris has served as president and vice president of the school board. Chris is also active in the Downtown Rotary Club of Peoria and his homeowner’s association. He is committed to providing pro bono legal services and reads monthly to children at one of Peoria local elementary schools.

Bar Admissions:  
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois

Year of Birth:  1972

Law School:  Drake University Law School, J.D., 1998

Law School Honors/Involvement:  Mock Trial Team National Finalist

Undergraduate School:  University of Illinois, B.S., agriculture, 1995

Bar/Professional Association Involvement:  
Illinois State Bar Association
Peoria County Bar Association

Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® Preeminent
Illinois Leading Lawyers, 2015-present
Illinois Rising Stars, 2010
InterBusiness Issues, “40 Leaders Under Forty,” 2010

Community Involvement:  
Pediatric Resource Center
  Board, 2008-present
Peoria Public Schools District 150 School Board
  President, 2013-present
  Vice President, 2012
  Elected Representative, 2010-2011
First Federated Church
  Executive Board, 2014-present
Upsilon Alumni Corporation
  Board Member, Delta Chi, Illinois Chapter, 2001-present
Rotary Club of Peoria, 2008-present

Legal Lectures:  
"AMA Guidelines, A Respondent’s Perspective," Illinois Continuing Legal Education, May 2014

Firm Description:  
Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo provides comprehensive legal services to its clients ranging from private individuals to large business entities. With more than 20 lawyers in offices in Peoria and Springfield, Illinois, the firm is well prepared to assist clients with a variety of legal issues, including business and employment, civil litigation and healthcare.

Chris mostly enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.
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