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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 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.
- 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.
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
Pediatric Resource Center
Peoria Public Schools District 150 School Board
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
"AMA Guidelines, A Respondent’s Perspective," Illinois Continuing Legal Education, May 2014
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.