Craig and Craig, LLC

Attorneys at Law

Established 1868

Mattoon, IL

(217) 234-6481

Mt. Vernon, IL

(618) 244-7511

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Located in Mattoon and Mt. Vernon Illinois
Craig & Craig, LLC practices law throughout Central and Southern Illinois.

Firm News

On June 30, 2017, John F. Watson, a Partner in the Mattoon office, was nominated and elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (IDC). Mr. Watson will fill the remaining two years of Laura Beasley with Joley, Oliver & Beasley, PC out of Belleville, Illinois, who has been nominated and elected to serve on the IDC Executive Committee as the Secretary/Treasurer.


Mr. Kenneth Werts will be inducted into the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers at the College's Induction Dinner to be held March 18, 2017, at the conclusion of the ABA's Workers' Compensation Committee Midwinter Seminar and Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.  The College was established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the practice in the field of workers' compensation.  Individuals are nominated for fellowship for their outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of 20 years or more.  Fellows have convinced their peers, bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.  They have also demonstrated significant evidence of scholarship, teaching, lecturing, and/or distinguished published writings on Workers' Compensation or related fields of law.  Mr. Werts becomes only the ninth defense attorney in the State of Illinois to be inducted into the College.


Ms. Julie Webb will be making a presentation entitled Appeals: a Timeline from Arbitration to the Supreme Court and Consequences on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the ISBA CLE entitled What You Need to Know to Practice Before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  Julie’s presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of the appellate process in workers’ compensation claims from arbitration through the Supreme Court of Illinois.  This seminar will be held at the Four Points Sheraton in Fairview Heights, Illinois. 


Mr. Kenneth Werts has been recruited by Chairperson Joann Fratianni of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission to provide judicial training to the Arbitrators and Commissioners of the Commission and their staff on occupational disease. The training is scheduled for September 15 in Oak Park Illinois. The latest edition of Ken’s book, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Guidebook 2016, will be available for purchase from LexisNexis this Fall.


Ms. Brittany Meeker has had an article published in the Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Newsletter, titled, “The Interplay of Simultaneous Awards of PTD and Wage Differential Benefits.” This article provides a case summary to the recent opinion of  Chlada v. Illinois Workers' Comp. Comm'n, 2016 IL App (1st) 150122WC, which develops new precedent on the interworking of PTD and wage differential benefits,” and the manner in which these benefits may be simultaneously awarded under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.


John L. Barger has recently had an article published about him in Leading Lawyers Magazine.