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Born and raised in Rockford, Dana joined the firm's Rockford office as an associate in 2006. There, she defended the rights of employers in workers' compensation claims before arbitrators and commissioners at the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and protected their interests in state courts in third party claims. She was an active member in the Winnebago County Bar Association, serving on its Board of Directors and Diversity Committee, and as past Chair of the association's Workers' Compensation Section. Dana also served as an arbitrator for the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit's Court-Annexed Arbitration System.
In April of 2015, Dana relocated to the firm's Peoria office to join its workers' compensation group, where she continues to concentrate her practice in the representation of employers throughout the central part of the state. She became a partner in 2016. Dana is a member of the Peoria County Bar Association, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and Defense Research Institute.
Dana is an annual contributor to the firm's claims handling seminar and the firm's monthly publication devoted to workers' compensation issues, Below the Red Line. She has contributed to in-house newsletters for clients and has presented before the ISBA's Insurance Law Section. She has been a guest speaker to local community college and high school students on topics such as leadership and the practice of law. In 2015, Dana co-authored an extensive survey of Illinois Workers' Compensation Law published in the Southern Illinois University Law Journal.
While in law school, Dana was a student representative to the Illinois State Bar Association. She served as a judicial law clerk in the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit. She was member of the NIU Law Review, where her writing was published in the Northern Illinois University Law Review and Kane County Bar Journal. Dana was also recipient of the Women's Bar Foundation's scholarship, which is awarded to one female law student from each of Illinois' law schools.