April 24, 2019
Rusin & Maciorowski Annual Illinois Employer and Insurer Seminar & Dinner
Dear Clients and Colleagues:
With the election of Governor Pritzker and a new administration, we have already seen significant changes which impact Illinois worker’s compensation and the business community. Therefore, it is important that we obtain advice, feedback and analysis regarding the current Illinois legislative process including recent and upcoming legislation. We want to have as much information as possible to make decisions moving forward.
I am pleased to announce an addition to our upcoming seminar agenda. Former Illinois State Senator and current Government Relations Advisor for Mac Strategies Group, Matt Murphy, will join us and provide a late in-session legislative update. Matt will provide an update on all things business and budget related. In addition, we will provide our own analysis of legislation that has already been passed.
I look forward to seeing you on May 16, 2019. Please join us; you can RSVP here.
Attorney Mark P. Rusin – Rusin & Maciorowski
Moderator; Topic: 2019 Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission Update
Mark Rusin is the managing partner of the firm. He has spoken on numerous Illinois Workers’ Compensation issues for employers, insurance companies and educational groups. For more than 25 years, Mark has successfully defended employers in Worker’s Compensation matters through all appellate levels including the Supreme Court of Illinois. He graduated with honors from the Chicago Kent College of Law and has a Martindale-Hubbell preeminent attorney rating. Mark has been recognized as a “Leading Lawyer” in the workers’ compensation defense field since 2010. Mark resides in Wheaton, Illinois with his family where he is active in his community.
Comm. Barbara Flores – Illinois Workers Compensation Commission
Topic: Role of a Commissioner
Barbara N. Flores was appointed as a Commissioner on the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission in 2019. She was previously an Arbitrator at the Commission since 2011, and the first Latina to hold that position. Previously, Ms. Flores focused in labor and employment work at the federal, state, and local levels. She is actively involved in the professional community, where she is especially dedicated to the advancement of law students and continuing legal education. In this capacity, Ms. Flores has served as Chair of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation’s Scholarship and Continuing Legal Education committees since 2014. Her commitment to the profession extends to the broader community as a long-standing Trustee of the Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois, and as a mentor through the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois JD Mentors program and the Chicago-Kent College of Law Society for Women in Law. Ms. Flores received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and is an alumna of Chicago-Kent College of Law, where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree and Certificate in Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Ms. Flores is admitted to practice in Illinois and New York.
Attorney Michael E. Rusin – Rusin & Maciorowski
Topic: Illinois Workers’ Compensation Legal Update for 2019
Michael Rusin is the President of Rusin & Maciorowski. Mike earned his Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law, order of the coif and has been practicing for over 30 years. With extensive trial and appellate experience, Mike concentrates his practice in the defense of Workers’ Compensation litigation and Employer Liability cases throughout Illinois. Mike is an accomplished speaker and author on various Illinois Workers’ Compensation issues and developments. He has a Martindale-Hubbell preeminent rating and recognized as a “Super Lawyer” in the Worker’s Compensation field the past 10 years. Mike is also an avid runner, and Ironman competitor.
Matt Murphy – Mac Strategies Group
Topic: Business Legislative Update
Matt Murphy leads the government relations practice for Mac Strategies Group, expanding the firm’s legislative and regulatory practice, advocating on behalf of a diverse group of clients on the city, state, and federal levels. Murphy previously served as the Illinois Senate Deputy Republican Leader in the legislature earning a reputation as one of the most respected and thoughtful lawmakers in the state Capitol. First elected in 2006, he quickly established a niche as a go-to voice on budget and economic issues overall. Murphy served on some of the most impactful committees in Springfield such as the Executive Committee, Appropriations, Energy and Public Utilities, and Insurance Committees, plus the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR).
Following the election of Governor Bruce Rauner in 2014, Murphy was consistently called upon by the administration and Senate leadership to serve on important working groups tasked with solving the state’s greatest problems. Even in Springfield’s stubbornly partisan legislative landscape, Murphy was an effective, pragmatic leader who could be relied upon to work toward bipartisan compromise on difficult issues such as the state’s budget, reforming Medicaid, modifying workers’ compensation laws, and reforming the criminal justice system.
Murphy, a licensed attorney, is actively engaged in his community, serving on the executive board for the Palatine Park District Foundation and advisory board for the Preservation of Human Dignity. He is also a member of the Northwest Suburban Alliance on Domestic Violence and the Knights of Columbus Holy Ghost Council #4977. A native of Mount Prospect, he attended St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights. He is an alumnus of the University of Iowa, and graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1996 with a Juris Doctor. Matt and his wife, Julie, reside with their four children, Erin, Molly, Kevin, and Colleen in Palatine.
Stosh D. Walsh – Speaker
Topic: Personality Analysis and Business
Stosh D. Walsh serves others through speaking, coaching, workshops and writing. He is a TEDx speaker, an adjunct executive coach with the Center for Creative Leadership, and the author of Along the Way: Leadership Stories from Everyday Life (2012) and several articles. He is an expert in strengths-based organizational development, including leadership and executive coaching, employee engagement, and talent management, having spent thousands of hours consulting, coaching and training on each.
**Please Note: Dress for this event is business casual; jeans will not be permitted inside the venue.