Personnel Changes at the Arbitration Level
Regrettably and suddenly, Arbitrator Douglas Holland recently died. Arbitrator Holland was not an attorney but had served as an arbitrator and Commissioner at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission for well over 23 years. He was a dedicated hearing officer and did his best to work with the parties to resolve claims fairly and without litigation. He championed the pretrial process at the Commission years ago preferring to mediate cases prior to trial in an effort to avoid arbitration. He was successful in getting parties to talk and resolve differences. He will be missed.
A new arbitrator was appointed to fill the vacant position, Jessica Hegarty. She is an attorney with a degree from Chicago Kent School of Law in 2000. Her past experience includes working as an Assistant States Attorney for Cook County and most recently as a plaintiff personal injury attorney in a firm started by her father, Hegarty and Hegarty.
The statutory changes made in 2011 require downstate arbitrators to move every two years. This means that all of the downstate arbitration assignments have been modified effective January 1, 2014. Further, the new arbitration appointments made last summer resulted in several new Chicago arbitration calls. There have been many changes and reassignments of cases – it is critical that you double check the current arbitration assignment for your cases.
Here is a list of the downstate zones and the three arbitrators that will serve in the downstate zones.
Zone 1 – Collinsville, Herrin, Mt. Vernon – Arbitrators Nancy Lindsay, Brandon Zanotti, Edward Lee
Zone 2 – Urbana, Springfield, Quincy – Arbitrators Molly Dearing, Maureen Pulia, William Gallagher
Zone 3 – Bloomington, Peoria, Rock Island – Arbitrators Anthony Erbacci, Gregory Dollison, Doug McCarthy
Zone 4 – New Lenox, Geneva, Ottawa – Arbitrators Gerald Granada, Peter O’Malley, Barbara Flores
Zone 5 – Rockford, Waukegan, Woodstock – Arbitrators JoAnn Fratianni, Robert Falcioni, George Andros
Zone 6 – Wheaton – Arbitrators Carol Doherty, Joshua Luskin, Brian Cronin (each of the Wheaton arbitrators also have a Chicago call)
Here is a list of the Chicago Arbitrators currently serving:
- Jeffrey Huebsch
- Ketki Steffen
- Kurt Carlson
- Carolyn Doherty
- Jessica Hegarty (took over all cases of Arb Flores)
- Svetlana Kelmanson
- Joshua Luskin
- Robert Williams
- Lynette Thompson-Smith
- Deborah Simpson
- David Kane
- Molly Mason
- Milton Black
- Brian Cronin
There is no pro se settlement arbitrator anymore. However, one arbitrator is assigned to hear pro se settlements daily