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Craig is past Chair of the firm's workers' compensation practice group. Craig began his career at Heyl Royster as a summer clerk while in law school and became an associate in the firm's Peoria office in 1985. He has spent his entire career with Heyl Royster and became a partner in 1992. He is recognized as a leading workers' compensation defense lawyer in the state of Illinois and has handled all aspects of Illinois workers' compensation litigation including arbitrations, reviews, and appeals. He has developed expertise in the application of workers' compensation to certain industries including hospitals, trucking companies, municipalities, large manufacturers, school districts, and universities.
In addition to his expertise in litigated cases, Craig has developed a reputation for counseling employers regarding overall management of the workers' compensation risk. Through seminars and presentations to local and national industry groups, in-house meetings, regular claims review analysis, and day-to-day legal counsel, Craig assists his clients in looking beyond each individual case in an effort to reduce overall workers' compensation expense. His comprehensive approach to workers' compensation issues also includes third-party liability and lien recovery issues.
Currently, Craig is the immediate past chair of the workers' compensation committee of the Defense Research Institute. He has also chaired DRI's Program Committee, and in that role, chaired nationally acclaimed teleconferences and seminars on specific issues relating to workers' compensation defense. He has been designated as one of the "Leading Lawyers" in Illinois as a result of a survey of Illinois attorneys conducted by the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. Craig is actively involved in supporting many local charitable organization and civic causes. He was the 2008 recipient of the Peoria County Bar Association's Distinguished Community Service Award.