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Power & Cronin is pleased to announce that Gina Panepinto has joined our team of talented attorneys. Gina has over 20 years of diverse legal experience with the primary focus on workers’ compensation and personal injury. She has extensive experience at all levels of workers' compensation litigation and conflict resolution from both a Petitioner’s and defense perspective. In addition to workers’ compensation practice, she handles employment / Human Resources related issues such as policy, discipline and compliance. She has also handled third party litigation claims in Cook County, participating in mandatory arbitration and jury trials.
Gina is a Naperville native and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish & Italian. She is bilingual in Spanish and English having studied in Guanajuato, Mexico. Her Juris Doctorate is from Chicago-Kent College of Law where she participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic. As a recipient of the Justinian Scholarship, she studied in Rome, Italy for a summer semester with the Loyola Rome Center.
Gina is an appointed member of the Illinois State Bar Association Section Counsel for the Workers’ Compensation Committee where she is active in reviewing proposed state legislation, preparing legal seminars and authoring scholarly articles and case reviews for the published public journal.
Please join us in welcoming Gina to Power & Cronin.
Power & Cronin is pleased to welcome our two newest additions to the firm. Pat Tallon and John Curran each bring years of experience and expertise to our practice, and will serve as valuable members of our legal team. Please see Pat and John's Bios below.
Please join us in welcoming Pat and John to Power & Cronin.
PATRICK A. TALLON practices in the area of workers’ compensation defense, with over 38 years of experience handling cases before arbitrators of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, as well as appeals before the Commission, Circuit Courts and Appellate Courts.
Mr. Tallon was born and raised in the Chicagoland area and earned his undergraduate degree from Lewis University and his Juris Doctor degree from John Marshall Law School. He was admitted to the Illinois Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in 1978, the Iowa Bar in 1984 and the United States Supreme Court in 1984.
Mr. Tallon began his career in the Worker’s Compensation field in 1973 when he was appointed Assistant to the Chairman of the Illinois Industrial Commission. He left state government in 1978 and entered private practice before the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission.
Mr. Tallon has been a lecturer and author on Workers’ Compensation for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education and has, since 1982, published the “Illinois Workers’ Compensation Disability Impairment Conversion Table” used by Arbitrators, Commissioners, insurance carriers, Third Party Administrators and Commission practitioners.
Mr. Tallon is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association and the DuPage County Bar Association. He is a licensed Illinois Managing Real Estate Broker, a licensed Airline Transport Pilot and is a Certified Flight Instructor.
Mr. Tallon may be contacted at email@example.com
JOHN F. CURRAN concentrates in labor & employment, workers' compensation and general litigation. Mr. Curran has experience as a litigator and negotiator for public and private organizations, not for profit, as well as large and small employers.
Mr. Curran was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois, graduated from Brother Rice High School, earned a BS from the University of Illinois in 1995 and his Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University School of Law in 1998. Mr. Curran is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association as well as the DuPage County Bar Association.
Mr. Curran began his law career as an Assistant State's Attorney in the Criminal Bureau of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office from 1998 through 2003, where he obtained significant trial experience as a misdemeanor and felony prosecutor. Thereafter, Mr. Curran transferred to the Civil Actions Bureau of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office where he eventually became Chief of the Special Litigation Division supervising over 45 Assistant State’s Attorney’s in the areas of Labor & Employment, Torts & Civil Rights, Real Estate Taxation and Municipal Litigation.
Mr. Curran has tried Jury Trials in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and argued appellate matters in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Curran successfully negotiated collective bargaining agreements with both sworn and non-sworn bargaining units, advised the Executive Staff on termination and disciplinary matters of all ADA, FMLA, FLSA and Military Leave compliance matters, and was lead counsel for several staff reductions with both unionized and at-will employees. Mr. Curran was lead counsel in defending several class actions and successfully guided the County’s Juvenile Detention Facility through Federal Receivership in the U.S. District Court. In 2017, Mr. Curran joined Power & Cronin.
Mr. Curran has enjoyed a distinguished career in public service and elective office beginning as a Village Trustee in Woodridge from 2005 through 2008, then as a County Board Member for DuPage County from 2008 through 2017, serving as Vice-Chairman of the Board from 2011 through 2017. Since 2017, Mr. Curran has served as an Illinois State Senator for the 41st Senate District. Throughout Mr. Curran's career in public office, he has demonstrated a record of reform and accomplishment.
Mr. Curran can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Power & Cronin is pleased to introduce our newest team member, Jordan Lejcar. Jordan recently joined our firm’s workers’ compensation defense practice.
Jordan was born in Phoenix, and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. She attended Illinois State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and was a member of the competition mock trial team.
Jordan graduated from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami. There, she served as the Articles Solicitation Editor for the St. Thomas University Law Review and was a member of the Moot Court team. She also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Chief Judge David Gersten of the Third District Florida Appellate Court in 2007. In 2009, Jordan was admitted to the Florida Bar and began practicing as an assistant state's attorney for the Broward County State's Attorney's Office.
In 2010, Jordan relocated back to her Midwestern roots and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. She is also admitted to the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois and the Northern District of Illinois, Bankruptcy Court. Prior to joining Power & Cronin, Jordan defended government employees, law enforcement, and municipalities in civil rights and employment litigation. She also served as In-House Counsel to a west suburban expo center, which included providing counsel in transactional, employment, and insurance matters.
Please join us in welcoming Jordan to Power & Cronin.