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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 examples:
- An employer faced a permanent/total disability claim with a high rate; Chris’s aggressive investigation uncovered prior medical evidence and facts that called into question the credibility of the petitioner’s claim, resulting in a zero award.
- In a slip and fall claim in which the claimant’s treating physician recommended shoulder surgery, the Workers’ Compensation Commission panel ultimately found Chris’s IME physician to be more credible. The IME physician questioned the necessity of the surgery, and Chris’s client won the case.
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 both President and Vice President of the school board
Year of Birth: 1972