| Practice Description: |
Since 1978, Mr. Gaumer has concentrated his practice in the defense of workers' compensation claims. He has arbitrated hundreds of claims before arbitrators in central and southern Illinois, and he has settled thousands of claims. He has extensive experience in handling appeals to the Industrial Commission, Circuit, and Appellate Courts. Since 1992, he has also been the hearing officer for the Claims Committee of the State Universities Retirement System. He and his firm have an AV® "Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell (its highest rating).
U. S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois (1976)
U. S. Court of Federal Claims (2003)
Hourly Rate: $101-$150
Date of Birth: 1950
Law School: Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 1976
Law School Honors/Involvement: summa cum laude
Undergraduate School: Bradley University B.S., history, 1972
Cambridge Integrated Services
Cincinnati Insurance Company
Crown, Cork & Seal
Decatur Foundry, Inc.
Decatur Public School District #61
GAB Business Services
Grain Systems, Inc.
Hinz Claim Management
Illinois Insurance Guaranty Fund
Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association
Management Services, Inc.
Risk Enterprise Management
After graduation from law school, Mr. Gaumer spent a year and a half as a law clerk for Justice James C. Craven of the Illinois Appellate Court, 4th District. Since 1978, he has been in private practice with the same firm in Decatur.
Member of the Early Birds Kiwanis Club of Decatur and is a former trustee of the Decatur Public Library Board.
Winters, Featherstun, Gaumer, Postlewait, Stocks & Flynn is a general practice firm that represents individual clients, small businesses and farmers in addition to its principal expertise which is defense litigation including workers' compensation, general liability, automobile and homeowner's claims, fire losses, products liability, construction accidents, coverage issues and contract disputes.
Practice Group Description:
Workers' Compensation: We provide high quality representation throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Our three partners who handle Workers' Compensation claims have more than 70 years of experience in the defense of Workers' Compensation matters. We believe in aggressive yet cost effective representation of our clients. Since most workers' compensation claims are likely to be found compensable we believe in early and thorough investigation so as to identify those cases where legitimate liability disputes exist. We work towards prompt settlement in those cases where liability is clear. In cases where liability is doubtful we believe in vigorous defense unless the client prefers settlement and a favorable compromise settlement can be reached. Our goal is to work closely with the employer and insurance carrier or TPA so that through a joint effort the best and most cost-effective result can be reached in each claim.
Our workers' compensation attorneys have cases pending at the following Illinois arbitration dockets:
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