WCLA 2017 Officers

Jack Cannon - President
The Healy Law Firm
111 West Washington Street, Suite 1425
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Tel: (312) 977-0100
Fax: (312) 977-0795

Jack Cannon represents injured parties in personal injury and workers' compensation cases.  Jack has 4 multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements in the last 5 years totaling over $40 million, including a record $23.75 million verdict in Will County.  He has successfully tried over 200 cases combined at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and the Circuit Court of Cook County.  Mr. Cannon received the Illinois Trial Lawyer Excellence Award in 2010 from the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter and the Verdict of the Month Award from Verdict Search, a national publication, in February of 2010, and again in April, 2010.

Mr. Cannon has addressed the Illinois Senate and House sub-committees on pending Workers’ Compensation legislation, as well as lecturing extensively throughout the country on issues regarding personal injury, particularly trucking accidents, and to various labor union groups regarding their rights under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and other litigation issues.  He has authored numerous articles for the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association pertaining to workers' compensation and is a frequent contributor to the firm's monthly column in The Irish American News.

 Mr. Cannon was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Dublin, Ireland.  He returned to the United States and received his B.A. from Loyola University in 1987 and his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1993.  He spent several years in the construction industry prior to receiving his law degree and has applied this experience and understanding to his representation of injured workers.

 He was inducted into the Loyola University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1992 and is past president of the Viking Athletic Association.  He is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  He has been on the Board of Directors of the Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA) since 2009.

Peter Stavropoulos - Vice President
Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C.
10 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 606023
Tel: (312) 578-1450
Fax: (312) 425-0110

Mr. Stavropoulos received his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1996. He spent his first years of practice representing injured persons in both the civil court system as well as before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission before joining Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C., in 2001. He was named a partner in 2006.

Since joining Brady, Connolly & Masuda, he has been representing employers in Workers' Compensation cases.  He has enjoyed numerous successes at both the Commission and Appellate levels of practice. In addition to securing several zero awards for his clients, on two occasions he was successful in securing awards resulting in the petitioner owing the employer money. He has an outstanding record before the Appellate Court, securing victories at a 2:1 ratio.

He has been a frequent lecturer presenting on numerous occasions for people in the insurance industry as well as countless corporations. He has also presented before the arbitrators during Arbitrator Training and been a lecturer for IICLE.

Mr. Stavropoulos has been serving on the WCLA Board since 2010. He has been elected as an officer of WCLA for the position of Secretary. His term as Secretary begins in 2015.

Laura Hrubec - Secretary
Garofalo, Schreiber & Storm, Chtd.
55 W. Wacker Dr. , 10th Fl.
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Tel: (312) 670-2000
Fax: (312) 419-1336

Laura practices workers’ compensation defense throughout the states of Illinois and Indiana. Laura’s experience spans across the realm of workers’ compensation law in both states. She vigorously advocates for the defense of both employers and insurance companies in both states. Mindful of the expense of lengthy legal battles, Laura strives to resolve cases in the most economically efficient manner. She also provides preventive counseling to aid in mitigating employers’ exposure in potentially complex legal issues. Defense work with municipal clients, school districts and private entities alike, both insured and self-insured, has given Laura an in-depth understanding of many complex legal issues in workers’ compensation law in both Illinois and Indiana. Laura graduated from North Central College in 1998 with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in political science. She graduated from DePaul College of Law in 2002 with her Juris Doctorate.

James B. Hardy - Treasurer
Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC
25 West Wacker Drive, Suite 1750
Chicago, Illinois 60606
Tel: (312) 586-1700
Fax: (312) 586-1701

Jim was born in Chicago and currently lives in the city with his wife, Joey Christine, and their two sons, James and Brooks. Jim graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In addition, Jim attended Law School at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

Jim has spent his entire legal career helping injured workers and their families. He has argued vigorously on behalf of his clients before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Cook County Circuit Court, and the Illinois Appellate Court.

Jim is proud to be a part of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association (WCLA), where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009 and was elected to the Officer position of Treasurer in January of 2016. In addition, Jim is honored to have served on the Board of Directors of the Illinois chapter of Kid’s Chance of America, since its inception in 2014. Kid’s Chance is a national organization that provides college scholarships for the children of workers that were seriously or fatally injured on the job. Jim is currently the managing partner of the Workers’ Compensation department at Taxman, Pollack, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC.

Jack Cannon,  President | Peter Stavropoulos, Vice President | Laura Hrubec, Secretary | James B. Hardy, Treasurer

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