WCLA Officers

     President

     Michelle L. LaFayette

      Ganan & Shapiro, P.C.
120 N. LaSalle St., Suite. 1750
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 822-0040
Fax: (312) 321-1114
michelle.lafayette@ganan-shapiro.com

Michelle L. LaFayette is a partner with the Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., a mid-sized-workers’ compensation defense firm with offices in Peoria and Chicago, Illinois.   Michelle handles workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers and insurance companies in Illinois.  Michelle received a B.A. in history/political science from Illinois College in 1995 where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Michelle earned her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 2000.  Michelle was admitted to the Illinois Bar in November, 2000.  Michelle is a past-member of the Illinois State Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council, having served as a past-Chair to the Council.  She is currently a member of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Board of Directors.  Outside of work, Michelle is an avid reader, has interests in history, especially American history, and is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks and Green Bay Packers.

   Vice President

      Catherine Krenz Doan

      Rubin Law Group, Ltd.
20 S. Clark St., Suite 1810
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 899-8333
Fax: (312) 899-8141
cdoan@rubinlawgroup.com

Catherine Krenz Doan is a partner with Rubin Law Group, Ltd. She concentrates her practice in the area of workers’ compensation law. Ms. Doan graduated from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse with highest honors and received her law degree from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law magna cum laude. She is a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Catherine was a notes and comments editor for the Chicago Kent Law Review.She has authored various articles for the IICLE, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association. She has also participated in seminars for IICLE. Ms. Doan is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Doan has been selected by her Illinois peers as an Emerging Lawyer from 2016 to present, a distinction awarded by Leading Lawyers.

   secretary

      Christine M. Jagodzinski

      Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie & Lowry, P.C.
20 N. Clark St., Suite 1000
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 629-0262
Fax: (312) 629-8518
cjagodzinski@nbkllaw.com

Christine Jagodzinski is a shareholder at Nyhan, Bambrick, Kinzie, & Lowry, P.C., a Chicago-based workers’ compensation defense firm representing employers in the Midwest. Ms. Jagodzinski has defended workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers and insurance companies in Illinois for the last 18 years, frequently trying cases and handling appeals. She also enjoys lecturing on topics involving workers’ compensation.

In 1998, Ms. Jagodzinski received her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Loyola University Chicago, graduating Summa Cum Laude with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa while playing volleyball for Loyola. In 2000, she received a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Loyola University Chicago. Ms. Jagodzinski later earned her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago in 2002, graduating Cum Laude. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association, and the Chicago Bar Association. Outside of work, Ms. Jagodzinski enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and three children.

   treasurer

      Tyler D. Berberich

      Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd.
25 E. Washington St., Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60602
Tel: (312) 372-8822
Fax: (312) 564-7489
tyler@horwitzlaw.com

Tyler Berberich devotes his entire legal practice to representing and protecting the rights of injured workers in front of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Tyler grew up in southern Michigan, later attending Michigan State University. After college, he moved to Illinois to attend law school at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Following graduation, Tyler began his legal career practicing workers’ compensation law in Springfield, Illinois before moving back to Chicago to join Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd.

Michelle L. Lafayette President
Catherine Krenz Doan Vice President
Christine M. Jagodzinski Secretary
Tyler D. Berberich Treasurer

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