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In recent weeks, the Workers’ Compensation Commission has announced the appointment of two new Arbitrators and a new Commissioner. Information about the new appointees follows. Please note that the Commission is now running with three full panels of Commissioners, which will hopefully assist in clearing a backlog of cases on Review. However, there are still estimated to be six additional Arbitrator positions to be filled.
Kathryn Doerries has been appointed to serve as a Commissioner on Panel A, with Commissioners Tyrrell and Portela. Ms. Doerries was employed as a Disciplinary Officer for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. Previously, she worked for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the Industrial Commission Bureau initially as an Assistant Attorney General and rising to the level of Bureau Chief. In her time at the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Doerries defended state agencies before the IWCC. She also represented the IWCC in insurance non-compliance matters before the Circuit Court of Cook County. Ms. Doerries received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and her law degree from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Linda Cantrell of downstate Marion has been appointed to an Arbitrator position. She has been an attorney for Winters, Brewster, Crosby and Schaffer. She formerly worked as a legal secretary at Mertz Law Firm. She earned her Bachelor of Science from St. Louis University and Juris Doctor from the Southern Illinois School of Law.
Christopher Harris of Chicago was also appointed to an Arbitrator position. He was managing attorney and owner of Shield Law Firm LLC. Previously, he served as general counsel at International Services, associate attorney at Archer Law Group and an attorney at his own firm Johnson and Harris. Mr. Harris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law.