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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys
General Defense
Garofalo, Schreiber, Storm & Grant, Chartered
55 West Wacker Drive
10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 312-670-2000
Fax: 312-419-1336
Toll Free: 877-419-2300
www.gssglaw.com
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Established: 1997

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employer Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • State and Federal Courts
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Insurance Clients
AmTrust GroupHastings Mutual Insurance Company
Sentry Claims Services
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Joseph A. Garofalo
Chicago, IL
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:jgarofalo@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:sschreiber@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:dstorm@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:dgrant@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:pbrinckerhoff@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:sscarlati@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:jclune@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:arane@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:twegman@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:cscarpelli@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:dhanson@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:lhrubec@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:mnovak@gssglaw.com
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
E-Mail:jcutler@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:fbarber@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:mtrujillo@gssglaw.com
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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Lucas D. Downing
Chicago, IL
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:ldowning@gssglaw.com
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2015
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Northern Illinois University, B.A., 2010
  • The University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 2014
Born:1986
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Jonathan M. Prihodka
Chicago, IL
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:jprihodka@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:rberke@gssglaw.com
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
Telephone:312-670-2000
E-Mail:nburdick@gssglaw.com
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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