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Garofalo, Schreiber, Storm & Grant, Chartered

55 West Wacker Drive, 10th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601
  • Telephone: 312-670-2000
  • Fax: 312-419-1336
  • Toll Free: 877-419-2300
  • Website: www.gssglaw.com

Established: 1997

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employer Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts

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Joseph A. Garofalo

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:

Chicago Bar Association Lecturer: "Trial of a Workers' Compensation Case," Spring, 1984; "Case Developments in Workers' Compensation," Spring, 1988; Arbitrator, Circuit Court of Cook County, 1990; Leading Lawyers Network-The Top Lawyers, 2004-present; Illinois Super Lawyers, 2006-present

Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Justinian Society of Lawyers
Reported Cases:
Johnson Outboards v. Industrial Commission, 77Ill.2d 67, 394 N.E.2d 1176, 31 Ill. Dec. 799 (1979); Auto-Trol Technology Corporation v. Industrial Commission, 189 Ill.App.3d 1065, 545 N.E.2d 939 (1989)
Education:
  • North Park College, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1974
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 1977

Born: 1952

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Scott T. Schreiber

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network-The Top Lawyers, 2004-present; Illinois Super Lawyers, 2007-present

Memberships:
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Publications:
  • Author: "The Unsupervised Child: Parental Negligence or Necessity," Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 15, P. 167, Fall, 1980
Education:
  • Valparaiso University, B.A., 1978
  • Valparaiso University, J.D., 1981
Fraternity Information:
Managing Editor, Valparaiso University Law Review (1980-1981)

Born: 1956

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Derek A. Storm

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1984
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1987
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network-The Top Lawyers, 2004-present

Memberships:
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (Board of Directors; Past President)
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A. (with honors), 1981
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1984
  • University of London, England, LL.M. (with merit), 1989

Born: 1959

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Daniel L. Grant

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network - The Top Lawyers, 2018 - present; Chicago Bar Chair 2014

Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1998
  • DePaul University, J.D., 2002

Born: 1975

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Philip G. Brinckerhoff

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Employer Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Construction Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1985
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers (2012 - present)

Memberships:
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Marquette University, A.B., 1980
  • Saint Louis University, J.D., 1985

Born: 1958

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Steven R. Scarlati, Jr.

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1990
Memberships:
  • Will County and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1986
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1990

Born: 1963

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James R. Clune

Chicago, IL

Admitted
  • Florida, 1978
  • Illinois, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar, 1981
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers (2013-present)

Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Publications:
  • Author: "Illinois Continuing Legal Education-Workers Compensation Chapter 2"; "Employer-Employee Relationship"
Education:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1975
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., 1978

Born: 1953

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Andrew L. Rane

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers (2016)

Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association (Board of Directors, 2008-2010)
Education:
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1990
  • Northern Illinois University, J.D. (cum laude), 1994
Honors:
American Jurisprudence Award in Administrative Law

Born: 1967

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Todd E. Wegman

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:

Leading Lawyers Network, The Top Lawyers (2016-present)

Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Assocation
Education:
  • Illinois State University, B.S., 1991
  • Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D., 1996

Born: 1969

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Partners


Craig M. Scarpelli

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A. (cum laude), 1992
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1996

Born: 1970

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David P. Hanson

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2001
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois including Trial Bar
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Indiana University, B.S., 1997
  • DePaul University, J.D., 2000
Language:
  • Japanese

Born: 1974

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Laura D. Hrubec

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Subrogation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
  • Indiana, 2012
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Indiana State Bar Associations
Education:
  • North Central College, B.A. (cum laude), 1998
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2002

Born: 1976

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Associates



Matthew J. Novak

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2005
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Buena Vista University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2001
  • The University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., 2005

Born: 1978

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Jason L. Cutler

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2008
  • Wisconsin
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., 2008

Born: 1983

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Frank A. Barber, Jr.

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2013
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Rutgers University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 2010
  • George Mason University School of Law, J.D., 2013

Born: 1989

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Monika W. Trujillo

Chicago, IL

Admitted
  • Illinois, 2014
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Roosevelt University, B.S. Psychology, 2010
  • Chicago - Kent School of Law, J.D., 2014
Language:
  • Polish
  • Spanish

Born: 1987

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Jonathan M. Prihodka

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2018
Memberships:
  • American and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Iowa, B.A., 2013
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2017

Born: 1991

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Of Counsel



Ralph L. Berke

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Litigation
  • Estate Planning
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1974
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 1990
Education:
  • Wheaton College, B.A. (with high honors), 1971
  • Northwestern University, J.D., 1974
Military:
Ret. Lt. Col., U.S. Army Reserve

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Norman H. Burdick

Chicago, IL

Practice Areas
  • Fraud
  • Criminal Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Insurance Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1976
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
  • Coalition Against Fraud
  • International Association of Fraud Examiners
Education:
  • Northeastern Illinois University, B.A. (Dean's List), 1972
  • The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, J.D., 1975

Born: 1950

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