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Feirich/Mager/Green/Ryan
2001 West Main Street
Carbondale, Illinois 62901Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 618-529-3000
Fax: 618-529-3008
E-Mail: managingpartner@fmgr.com
www.fmgr.com
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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1570, Carbondale, IL 62903-1570
Established: 1909

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Negligence
  • Casualty
  • Construction Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Civil Rights
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Professional Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Coverage Issues
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About Us
FMGR's History
Feirich/Mager/Green/Ryan (FMGR) has come a long way, since being established by Charles E. Feirich and Judge W. W. Barr in 1909, to serve as district counsel to the Illinois Central Railroad Company.

FMGR Today
Today, FMGR offers a wide array of legal and practical expertise. As this region’s largest local law firm, our clients benefit from "one stop shopping" for many types of legal representation. Those representations include, among others, matters involving traumatic or workplace bodily injury, property damage, medical and professional malpractice, insurance coverage, employment, construction defect, real and personal property, contract negotiation, and corporate guidance.

You will find FMGR counsel to be strategically minded, communicative, and practical. We believe that clients who are fully informed in the facts, strategies, and progress of each matter are better equipped to make informed decisions.

FMGR's Commitment - Quality & Professionalism
While FMGR is diverse in its talents, FMGR attorneys’ skills are applied with a single purpose: to deliver fine legal representation with all the professionalism and responsiveness that a modern and diverse law firm can provide.

You will find that each and every FMGR attorney supports the following credo:

Provide each client with individualized, effective, quality legal representation by applying sound judgment and relentless effort to the highest levels of legal knowledge, strategy, communication, responsiveness and value-consciousness.

To those ends, FMGR serves our clients by constantly improving our methods and systems while maintaining strong commitments to continuing education and professional development. FMGR is proud to be recognized when our attorneys are commonly requested to serve courts, law schools, and professional organizations which mold and affect the practice of law.

FMGR's Commitment - Value
At FMGR we provide our clients with more than high quality legal representation; we consistently strive to provide the highest value possible. FMGR’s in-house para-professional staff work under close attorney supervision to accomplish tasks which might otherwise require attorney services. At FMGR, high-quality, effective legal representation is only the starting point. FMGR representation is cost-effective, as well.

FMGR is Highly Skilled Local Counsel
While FMGR is typically primary counsel before this region’s courts, we are regularly honored to receive assignments as local counsel, from distant legal specialty counsel who require our in-depth knowledge of the regional state and federal courts, local court rules, local jury pools, local contacts, and the use of our facilities in litigation support. FMGR welcomes your inquiries toward cost effective and capable local representation in class actions, environmental matters or other litigation.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Allied Insurance CompanyAmerican States Insurance Company
ASU Risk Management Services, Ltd.Bishop Township Mutual Insurance Company
Bituminous Insurance CompanyCannon Cochran Management Services, Inc.
Capitol Indemnity CorporationCentral States Health & Life Company of Omaha
Chrysler Life Insurance Company of ArizonaChubb Insurance Company
CNAContinental Insurance Company
COUNTRY Mutual Insurance CompanyDiamond Insurance Company
Employers Mutual CompaniesEmployers Reinsurance Corporation
The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United StatesFarmers Insurance Group
Federated Insurance CompanyFlorists' Insurance Company
GAB Robins North America, Inc.General Accident Insurance Company
General Casualty CompaniesGreat Central Insurance Company
Hanover Insurance CompanyIllinois Casualty Company
Illinois Fair Plan AssociationIllinois Insurance Guaranty Fund
Indiana Insurance CompanyIuka Mutual Insurance Company
Jackson National Life Insurance CompanyJefferson County Mutual Insurance Company
Kentucky Associated General Contractors Self-Insurers FundThe Merchants Property Insurance Company of Indiana
Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance CompanyNational General Insurance Company
Nationwide Agribusiness Insurance CompanyNorth Central Life Insurance Company
Northland Insurance CompanyOHIC Insurance Company
Providian Direct Insurance Property & Casualty GroupPrudential Insurance Company of America
Randolph Mutual Insurance CompanyRockford Mutual Insurance Company
Safeco Insurance CompaniesSt. Paul Insurance Company
Scottsdale Insurance CompanySentry Insurance
Sentry Insurance a Mutual CompanyState Auto Insurance Company
Tokio Marine and Fire Insurance Company, Ltd.Transport Life Insurance Company
Travelers Indemnity CompanyTravelers Insurance Companies
Viking Insurance Company of WisconsinWest Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Western Indemnity Insurance CompanyWestfield Companies
Willis GroupZurich American Insurance Company
Non-Insurance Clients
Aid Association for LutheransAssociated Physicians Management Company, Inc.
Illinois Compensation TrustIllinois Municipal League Risk Management Association
Illinois Parks Association Risk ServicesManagement Services, Inc.
Rogers Adjustment ServicesSouthern Illinois Counties Insurance Trust
Southern Illinois Regional Social Services, Inc.
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Personnel Information

John K. Feirich — (1909-1998)
T. Richard Mager — (1934-2002)
John C. Ryan
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:jryan@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1976
  • Missouri, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1976
Born:1951
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Kevin L. Mechler
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:kmechler@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1982
  • Kentucky, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1982
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Section)
  • Illinois State Bar Association (Insurance and Workers' Compensation Sections)
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Jackson County Bar Association
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University, B.S., 1979
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1982
Born:1957
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John S. Rendleman, III
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:jrendleman@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Real Estate
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1987
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, B.A., 1984
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, J.D., 1987
Born:1958
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Pieter N. Schmidt
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:pschmidt@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Insurance Defense
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1988
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1981
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1988
Born:1956
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R. James Giacone
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:jgiacone@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2002
Memberships:
  • American and Illinois State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southeast Missouri State University, B.S.B.A., 1995
  • University of Missouri, J.D., 1998
Born:1973
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Cheryl L. Intravaia
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:cintravaia@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Federal Black Lung
  • Appellate
  • Workers' Compensation
  • State Black Lung
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
  • Kentucky, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1990
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 2001
Born:1968
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Kara L. Jones
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:kjones@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1995
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Saint Louis University, B.S.B.A. (magna cum laude), 1991
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1994
Born:1969
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Thomas R. Frenkel
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:tfrenkel@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2000
  • Minnesota, 2002
  • District of Columbia
  • Missouri, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2002
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
Education:
  • National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians, 1973
  • Southern Illinois University, B.A. Physiology, 1975
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 2000
Born:1953
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Angela M. Povolish
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:apovolish@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Real Estate
  • Estate Planning
  • Guardian and Conservatorships
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2005
Education:
  • Elmira College, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1998
  • Southern Illinois University, M.A., 2001
  • Washington University School of Law, J.D., 2005
  • Southern Illinois University, Ph.D., 2008
Born:1977
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Jonathan A. Mitchell
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:jmitchell@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Family Law
Admitted
  • Oklahoma, 2001
  • Illinois, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2010
Education:
  • Baylor University, B.B.A., 1996
  • The University of Oklahoma, J.D. (with honors), 2001
Honors:
Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers
Military:
Commander, U.S. Navy Reserve, Judge Advocate General's Corp (2000-present)
Born:1973
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Brandy L. Johnson
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:bjohnson@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Employment Law
  • Appellate
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2003
  • Missouri, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2005
Memberships:
  • Illinois State (Standing Committee for Disability Law) and Jackson County Bar Associations
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.A., 2000
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude, with honors), 2003
Born:1976
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D. Brian Smith
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:bsmith@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Civil Litigation
  • School Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:
National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys; Illinois State Board of Education Council of School Attorneys
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2005
Born:1980
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Bentley J. Bender
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:bbender@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Business Formation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2004
  • Louisiana, 2005
  • Missouri, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 2011
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • The Missouri Bar
  • Bankruptcy Association of Southern Illinois
Education:
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, J.D. (Dean's List), 2004
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, M.L.T., 2007
Born:1979
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Natalie Keller-Shasteen
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:nshasteen@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Corporate Law
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Family Law
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2014
Education:
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale, B.S., Mass Communication (magna cum laude), 2004
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2014
Born:1981
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Richard A. Green
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:rgreen@fmgr.com
Practice Areas
  • Arbitration
  • Mediation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1972
Additional Biographical Details:
Adjunct Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law (1981-1996)
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1972
Born:1946
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Michael F. Dahlen
Carbondale, IL
E-Mail:mdahlen@fmgr.com
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Practice Areas
  • Appellate Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1974
  • Supreme Court of Illinois, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Seventh Circuits, 1989
  • Missouri State Court, 2011
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jackson County Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • DePaul University, J.D., 1974
Born:1949
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High Profile Cases
Bagent v. Blessing Care Corporation d/b/a Illinois Community Hospital, 224 Ill. 2d 154, 862 N.E.2d 985, 308 Ill. Dec. 782, (Ill. 2007)
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Service Areas
Benton, Illinois32 miles
Harrisburg, Illinois38 miles
Jonesboro, Illinois22 miles
Marion, Illinois17 miles
Murphysboro, Illinois8 miles
Pinckneyville, Illinois32 miles
Vienna, Illinois36 miles
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