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Mr.Connolly is an experienced trial lawyer with more than 15 years of experience in the preparation and defense of Illinois workers' compensation and employer liability matters.
Mr. Connolly is a founding partner of the firm of Brady, Connolly & Masuda, P.C., which specializes in the defense of Illinois employers in workers' compensation and civil related matters.
Mr. Connolly has substantial workers' compensation experience, having practiced before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, Illinois Circuit and Appellate Courts, as well as the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Illinois.
He has tried multiple cases before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission and has also successfully prosecuted cases through and including the Circuit and Appellate Courts of Illinois.
He is active professionally as a member of the Illinois Defense Counsel, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. He has been recognized by his peers as a Leading Lawyer in the categories of Illinois workers' compensation defense law. In addition, he holds the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability.
Notable Cases and Results:
- In a slip-and-fall case, Mr. Connolly successfully defended an employer in a claim involving an altercation between a teacher and students. The arbitrator rejected the petitioner's claim for hearing loss, additional lost time, and future medical benefits.
- Mr. Connolly successfully defended an elevator manufacturer in a case involving an elevator repairman who underwent an arthroscopic repair of the anterior labrum and debridement of the posterior tears of the shoulder. Prior to trial, the petitioner demanded 45% loss of use of the arm, or $60,052.25. Mr. Connolly and his client recommended that the Arbitrator award 22.5% loss of use of the arm. The Arbitrator essentially adopted their position, awarding the petitioner 25% loss of use of the arm, or $33,362.36. This resulted in a savings to the employer in the amount of $26,689.89.
- Hayden v. Industrial Commission, et al. 214 Ill.App.3d 749, 574 N.E.2d 99 (1991). The petitioner, a 41-year-old structural iron worker, sustained injury to his lower back and left arm. The petitioner participated in a work hardening program and was released to return to work, however, was unable to work at unprotected heights. The petitioner's examining physician maintained that the petitioner should not engage in repetitive bending, weight lifting, or prolonged walking, standing, sitting, or standing. He was referred to a vocational rehabilitation counselor for job development and placement services. Interviews were scheduled by the vocational counselor, however, petitioner admitted that he was not interested in a clerical position or working indoors. Petitioner testified that he was considering returning to school on a full time basis in order to obtain his degree. The vocational counselor recommended that further rehabilitation efforts be withheld until petitioner made a commitment to pursue employment for which he was qualified. In response, the employer terminated petitioner's temporary total disability benefits as a result of the employee's failure to cooperate with placement efforts. Mr. Connolly successfully established that the petitioner had a responsibility to the employer while participating in vocational rehabilitation and that he could not control and dictate to the employer the type of work he was interested in performing but, rather, had to cooperate and put forth a good faith effort.
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1984
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Year of Birth: 1959
Law School: DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1984
Undergraduate School: Loyola University Chicago, B.A., 1981
Bar/Professional Association Involvement:
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1992-present
Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, 1994-1997
Seminar Planning Committee
Illinois State Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Law Section Council, 1996-present
American Bar Association
Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association, 1990-present
Awards; Honors; Distinctions:
- Martindale-Hubbell AV® Peer Review Rating
- Leading Lawyers Member selected by peers in Workers' Compensation Defense Law
Lecturer to insurance industry and self-insured clients on various topics of employer liability, workers' compensation, and employment Law