James Moran (he/him) concentrates his practice on workers’ compensation. Jim has more than 25 years of experience partnering with insurance companies, third-party administrators, self-insured employers, and uninsured employers to generate creative, cost-effective solutions. Based on his experience, Jim can quickly and thoroughly assess cases to develop practical and effective defense strategies that achieve his clients’ individual goals.

Jim approaches his cases in a collaborative manner, understanding that open and frequent communication with his clients and adjusters results in better outcomes. Knowing that no two workers’ compensation claims are alike, he believes each case must be closely analyzed to defeat fraudulent claims, and only pay the necessary cost owed for legitimate claims.

Outside of his legal practice, Jim loves to travel with his wife and two children and enjoys reading and martial arts.

Professional Organizations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association

Representative Matters

  • Represented a large trucking company in a workers’ compensation claim involving prolonged treatment with a prescription for multiple diagnostic tests followed by possible surgery. Through innovative use of utilization review, including successfully arguing that a Petitioner who failed to appeal the noncertification nor offered additional evidence against his findings, has not met his burden and shifting the presumption that the underlying treatment was unreasonable and unnecessary. The finding saved the company more than $100,000.
  • Represented a large tool company in a workers’ compensation claim, taken over from another Respondent’s firm that offered $180,000 in a settlement, in a claim where the Petitioner incurred more than $400,000 in medical bills and claimed she was permanently and totally disabled with entitlement to 10 years of accrued temporary total disability benefits. Jim tried the case and the award totaled $4,920 in permanent disability, with no temporary total disability nor medical awarded. Jim successfully defended that reduced award all the way to the Appellate Court. Thereafter, Jim successfully defended two 19(h) Petitions alleging increased permanent disability. Through close collaboration with the claim’s adjuster and company, Jim mitigated exposure claimed by the Petitioner of close to $1 million.