Craig & Craig, LLC

practices law throughout Central and Southern Illinois with offices located in Mattoon and Mt. Vernon, Illinois.

About Craig & Craig, LLC

The Firm’s philosophy is to provide the highest standard of professional service consistent with the greatest economy for the client. The Firm has developed and maintained a strong regional presence encompassing many practice areas within the scope of both personal and commercial transactions and litigation. Clients are provided counsel and advice on a wide range of legal concerns, ranging from acquisitions of assets, and related due diligence considerations, to insurance coverage for risk management of the construction and operation of improvements, to title to minerals for extraction, as well as risk management of employment practices.

The negotiation of the detailed terms of a sale and purchase transaction, and the drafting of the papers needed to document the agreement, are an integral part of the firm’s services for transactional clients, with timeliness combined with a thorough identification and evaluation of the risks and benefits being the hallmark of the Firm. The Firm’s litigation practice extends to administrative bodies as well as state and federal courts on these topics, in addition to the Firm’s long-standing practice in the defense of personal injury claims.

The members of the Firm have consistently been honored by their peers, from fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers to active participation in the Illinois State Bar Assn., and most notably an active role as officers and board members of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Several members continue to publish regularly with the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and produce other professional writings including the definitive resource on the Illinois Workers Compensation Act and the Occupational Disease Act. Many members have presented at CLE seminars and regional meetings of Human Resources professional organizations.

Recent Firm News

Paul Lynch of the Mt. Vernon Office of Craig & Craig, LLC, recently represented the Defendant in a jury trial held in the Circuit Court of Saline County, in the vehicle collision case of Patton v. Stolte. Liability was admitted on behalf of the Defendant. The jury was also informed that the Defendant was not contesting that the collision had caused a shoulder injury to the Plaintiff, and rotator cuff surgery. Plaintiff also claimed that she injured her low back in the collision, resulting in lumbar disc surgery approximately fifteen months later, which was disputed by the Defendant. In closing argument, Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury to return a verdict of $395,000. The jury returned a verdict awarding $80,000 to Plaintiff.


On September 15, 2017, at the invitation of Chairperson Joann Fratianni, Ken Werts provided judicial training for the Commission at its annual retreat for that purpose in Oak Park, Illinois. On September 19, 2017, Ken also was guest speaker on the topic of workers’ compensation for the Southern Illinois affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management. The latest edition of Ken’s book, Illinois Workers Compensation Guidebook 2017 will be available for purchase from LexisNexis this fall.


John L. Barger represented sellers in the sale of 644 acres of farm land located in Coles and Shelby Counties that sold at auctions between March 10,2017 and March 21,2017 .  The total sale price of that land was approximately $6,391,000.00.


John L. Barger was recently involved in the sale and multiple 1031 exchanges of Douglas county farm land of approximately 330 acres.


On August 8, 2017, Greg Ray presented at the Illinois Township Highway Commissioners summer meeting at the Peoria Civic Center. The presentation addressed a number of topics of interest to Highway Commissioners, including the use of highway right of way by public utilities; problems maintaining or establishing proper drainage of road ditches; Tort Immunity Act considerations including discretionary immunity, road maintenance obligations and requirements for traffic control and warning signs. The discussion also took up issues of procedures to be followed by Highway Commissioners in addressing complaints of alleged failures of road maintenance; requests for vacation of roads, and the rights of Highway Commissioners to remove obstructions or correct dirt work performed by adjoining landowners that adversely affect the right of way including drainage from the right of way. Many of the nearly 200 attendees were newly elected as Highway Commissioners in the spring of 2017. The Township Officials of Illinois is a statewide organization of Townships which includes a section for Highway Commissioners. Mr. Ray regularly represents Townships and Highway Commissioners throughout Central and Southern Illinois in connection with liability claims as well as chancery actions brought against Highway Commissioners for a variety of circumstances through coverages afforded by the Township of Illinois Risk Management Association (TOIRMA).


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.


Ms. Julie Webb has recently been added to the list of approved family mediators in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. Family mediators who are either appointed by the Court or agreed upon by the parties conduct mediations with parties in disputed family cases to come up with a Parenting Plan which addresses parental responsibilities and parenting time. Julie has served as a mediator in the Second Judicial Circuit for a number of years.

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