Francis is a Partner with the Law Firm of Roddy Law Ltd. Francis started with the firm in 1979 as a law clerk. Francis specializes in the defense of workers’ compensation cases, and also handles employment, subrogation, third-party, general liability, criminal, real estate and litigation throughout the State of Illinois. Francis has been a Cook County Circuit Court Arbitrator for fifteen years. In 1994, he became licensed to practice law before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has repeatedly received highest possible ratings of “AV” under the Martindale Hubell Lawyer Rating System. Additionally, Francis has been profiled in the Chicago Magazine as a “Super Lawyer.”
Francis was born and raised in Chicago and since 1980 has been an assistant scout master with the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 979 in Chicago. He is the son of the late Honorable Francis J. O’Byrne, Sr., Federal Court Administrative Law Judge, and currently resides in Villa Park, Illinois with his beautiful wife, Leslie, and rumbustious children, Francis III and Charlie. Francis attended law school at John Marshall as well as the University of Oxford, England, graduating from John Marshall Law School in February of 1989. Francis has served as a Board member for the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association for approximately 15 years.
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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.
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.
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. Prior attending Law School at Valparaiso University in Indiana, he spent several years as an Aide to United States Congressman William O. Lipinski, who was one of organized labor’s strongest supporters in Congress, Born into a Union family, Jim has always had a deep respect for working men and women that continues to this day.
After working at Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen for four years, Jim moved to Goldberg Weisman Cairo, where he currently works exclusively on behalf of injured workers and their families. In this role, Jim 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 an active member in the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2009. In addition, Jim is honored to be 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 also currently serves on the Board of Directors at the Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School in Chicago.