Craig and Craig, LLC

Attorneys at Law

Established 1868

Mattoon, IL

(217) 234-6481

Mt. Vernon, IL

(618) 244-7511

Garth E. Flygare - Member


As of May 2016, John F. Watson, a Member of the Mattoon office of Craig & Craig, LLC, will be serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the IDC Quarterly. He takes over this role after a short period of time serving as the Executive Editor.  Mr. Watson has been serving as an IDC Quarterly Board Member and an Associate/Assistant Editor for the past four years.

The IDC Quarterly features columns on current tort topics and matters of interest to the civil defense bar, and is an award-winning publication distributed to over 2,100 people each quarter.  The first volume of the IDC Quarterly to be issued with Mr. Watson as Editor-in-Chief will be published toward the end of August 2016.  Mr. Watson will serve as Editor-in-Chief for the duration of four volumes of the Journal, and then in May of 2017, it is expected that Mr. Watson will then transfer to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the IDC Survey of Law.

 

During the week of October 14, 2014, John F. Watson prosecuted a Contribution action as counsel for the Plaintiff, Kent Family Inc., under the Illinois Joint Tortfeasor Contribution Act in Sangamon County, Illinois, case number 2008-L-272. Circuit Judge John Schmidt presided over the trial. At the conclusion of the trial the jury assessed 75% fault against the Defendant, and 25% fault against Mr. Watson’s client. Judgment was entered in favor of Mr. Watson’s client in the amount of $487,500, plus costs.

 

John F. Watson and R. Sean Hocking have received "AV Preeminent" Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings. Reviewers are lawyers and judges across multiple jurisdictions and geographic locations and are listed on martindale.com. They are from similar areas of practice as the lawyer being rated, who know or have worked with the lawyer under review, and are able to rate them on their professional ethical standards and legal ability. An AV Preeminent certification mark is a significant rating accomplishment and reflective that a lawyer's peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.

 

On June 8, 2012, the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel appointed John F. Watson, a Partner at the Mattoon office, to the Editorial Board of the IDC Quarterly. The IDC Quarterly is an award-winning publication distributed to over two thousand people each quarter featuring articles on tort topics and matters of interest to the defense bar.

 

 

On May 10, 2011, John F. Watson completed a jury trial in Coles County, Charleston, Illinois in which he obtained two defense range verdicts in a motor vehicle accident case. The litigation constituted two separate lawsuits consolidated together for trial and involved the driver and a passenger of a rear ended vehicle both seeking monetary damages. The jury returned verdicts in favor of both of the Plaintiffs but in amounts slightly over the medical expenses incurred (when a contributory fault finding was factored into the judgment for the driver). Further, the amounts awarded for the driver and passenger, $10,312.35 and $3,125.60 respectively, were substantially lower than the pre-suit settlement demands made by the Plaintiffs.

John F. Watson, Partner in the Mattoon office of Craig & Craig, published a featured article in the most recent IDC Quarterly Journal. The article followed the presentations made on October 5, 2010 at the joint symposium hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association. The article is entitled Judicial Selection: A Discussion of Elective and Appointed Systems in Light of Current Developments in the Law, 21 IDC Quarterly J. 37 (2011).

John F. Watson, Partner in the Mattoon office of Craig & Craig, and J. Matthew Anderson, an attorney with Webber & Thies in Champaign, Illinois, published an article on the Medical Peer Review Privilege in the ABA Tort, Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal for the Fall of 2010. The article is located at J. Watson & J. M. Anderson, The Medical Peer Review Privilege: Illustrative Cases of the Public Policy Supporting the Privilege and a Practical Approach to Presenting the Case for Protection, 46 Tort Trial & Ins. Prac. L. J. 95 (2011).

Garth E. Flygare began working with Craig & Craig, LLC in the Mattoon office as an Associate Attorney in 2015, after graduating in the same year cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law and College of Business with a joint J.D./M.B.A. degree, specializing in Business and Transactional Law. During law school, Mr. Flygare worked with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, and the Williamson County State's Attorney's Office. Mr. Flygare also served as the Lead Articles Editor of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Flygare graduated from Macalester College, of St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2002 with a B.A. in Philosophy. He went on to incorporate and manage a business in the construction industries for several years.

Since joining Craig & Craig, LLC, Mr. Flygare has focused on General Civil Litigation, Workers' Compensation, Commercial Law, and Contract Law.

 

 

Practice Areas

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2015
  • Southern Illinois University College of Business, M.B.A., 2015
  • Macalester College, B.A., 2002

Admitted

  • 2015, Illinois

Memberships & Honors

  • Coles-Cumberland County Bar Association (2015-present)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2015-present)
  • Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society (Member, 2012-present; Lesar Inn Vice Magister, 2013-14)

 

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