WCLA 2016 Officers


Francis J. O’Byrne - President

Roddy Law Ltd.

303 West Madison Street, Suite 1500

Chicago, Illinois 60606

Tel: (312) 645-0606 | Cell: (312) 543-0723

Fax: (312) 645-0033

fob@roddylaw.com

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 - Vice President
The Healy Law Firm

111 West Washington Street, Suite 1425

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Tel: (312) 977-0100

Fax: (312) 977-0795
jcannon@healylawfirm.com

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 - Secretary
Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C.

10 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 900
Chicago, Illinois 606023
Tel: (312) 578-1450
Fax: (312) 425-0110

pstavropoulos@bcm-law.com

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.



James B. Hardy
 - Treasurer
Goldberg, Weisman & Cairo, Ltd.

1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 3900

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Tel: (312) 464-1200

Fax: (312) 464-1212

jhardy@gwclaw.com

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.


WCLA 2016 Board of Directors

Kevin S. Botha

Hannigan & Botha, Ltd.

505 East Hawley Street, Suite 240
Mundelein, Illinois 60060

Tel: (847) 949-1070

Fax: (847) 949-1084

kbotha@hbcomplaw.com

Cameron B. Clark  
Immediate Past President

Law Offices of Cameron B. Clark, P.C.
203 N. LaSalle St., Ste. 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
tel: (312) 558-1397
fax: (312) 558-1398
cbcworkcomp@gmail.com

Gerald F. Cooper, Jr.

Scopelitis, Garvin, Light & Hanson

30 West Monroe Street, Suite 600

Chicago, Illinois 60603

Tel: (312) 255-7164

Fax: (312) 422-1224
jcooper@scopelitis.com

L. Elizabeth Coppoletti

Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C.

20 N. Clark Street, Suite 1000

Chicago, Illinois 60602

Tel: (312) 629-9800

Fax: (312) 629-8518
lec@nbkllaw.com

Laura D. Hrubec

Garofalo, Schreiber & Storm, Chtd.

55 W. Wacker
Dr., 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601

Tel: (312) 670-2000

Fax: (312) 419-1336

lhrubec@gsslawoffice.com

Jennifer J.C. Kelly
Anesi, Ozmon, Rodin, Novak & Kohen, Ltd.
161 N. Clark St., Ste. 2100
Chicago, IL 60601
tel: (312) 372-3822
fax: (312) 372-3833
jkelly@anesilaw.com

Charles D. Knell
Attorney at Law
504 Fayette St.
Peoria, IL 61603
tel: (309) 655-1530
fax: (309) 655-1535
deathknell@knelllaw.com

Brian J. Koch
Wiedner & McAuliffe, Ltd.
One N. Franklin St., Ste.
Chicago, IL 60606
Tel: (312) 855-1105
Fax: (312) 855-1791
bjkoch@wmlaw.com

Michelle LaFayette
Ganan & Shapiro, P.C.
210 W. Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: (312) 822-0040
Fax:(312)321-1114
michelle.lafayette@ganan-shapiro.com

David B. Menchetti

Cullen, Haskins, Nicholson & Menchetti, P.C.

10 S. LaSalle Street., Ste. 1250
Chicago, Illinois 60603

Tel: (312) 332-2545

Fax: (312) 332-4543

dmenchetti@chnm-law.com

Vitas J. Mockaitis

Peter D. Corti Law Group
180 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2910

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Tel: (312) 782-8372

Fax: (312) 782-7672
vjm.cac@gmail.com

John Rizzo
Linn, Campe & Rizzo, LTD
215 N. ML King Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60085
Tel: (847) 249-4600
Fax: (847) 249-9927
jrizzo@linncampelaw.net

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

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