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1807 Broadway Avenue
P.O. Box 689
Mattoon, Illinois 61938Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 217-234-6481
Fax: 217-234-6486
Fax: 217-258-8292
E-Mail: mattoon@craiglaw.net
www.craiglaw.net
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About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Service Areas
Established: 1868

Practice Areas
  • Automobile Liability
  • Casualty
  • Civil Rights
  • Dram Shop
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Family Law
  • Fire
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Mediation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Surety
  • Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist
  • Workers' Compensation
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About Us
The Firm's philosophy is to provide the highest standard of professional service consistent with the greatest economy for the client. The Firm has developed and maintained a strong regional presence encompassing many practice areas within the scope of both personal and commercial transactions and litigation. Clients are provided counsel and advice on a wide range of legal concerns, ranging from acquisitions of assets, and related due diligence considerations, to insurance coverage for risk management of the construction and operation of improvements, to title to minerals for extraction, as well as risk management of employment practices. The negotiation of the detailed terms of a sale and purchase transaction, and the drafting of the papers needed to document the agreement, are an integral part of the firm's services for transactional clients, with timeliness combined with a thorough identification and evaluation of the risks and benefits being the hallmark of the Firm. The Firm's litigation practice extends to administrative bodies as well as state and federal courts on these topics, in addition to the Firm's long-standing practice in the defense of personal injury claims.

The members of the Firm have consistently been honored by their peers, from fellowship in the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers to active participation in the Illinois State Bar Assn., and most notably an active role as officers and board members of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Several members continue to publish regularly with the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and produce other professional writings including the definitive resource on the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act and the Occupational Disease Act. Many members have presented at CLE seminars and regional meetings of Human Resources professional organizations.
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Additional Locations
Mount Vernon, Illinois
P.O. Box 1545
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
Telephone: 618-244-7511
Fax: 618-244-7628
E-Mail: mtvernon@craiglaw.net
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
American Family Insurance CompanyAmerican Interstate Insurance Company
Assisted Housing Risk Management AssociationCentral Insurance Companies
Cincinnati Insurance CompanyElectric Insurance Company
Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance CompanyIllinois Casualty Company
K & K Insurance Group, Inc.OneBeacon Professional Insurance
ProAssurance CompanyProfessional Solutions Insurance Company
Rockford Mutual Insurance CompanySpecialty Risk of America
Township Officials of Illinois Risk Management AssociationUnderwriters at Lloyd's, London
United Fire GroupU.S. Liability Insurance Company
Wells Fargo Disability Management
Non-Insurance Clients
Agracel, Inc.American Coal Company
Bonutti Orthopedic Clinic, Ltd.Carle Risk Management
Consolidated Communications, Inc.Deere & Company
First Mid-Illinois Bank & TrustFreeman United Coal Mining Company
Heartland Dental, LLCInternational Paper Company
Justrite Manufacturing CompanyPeabody Coal Company
Peabody Energy CorporationPinnacle Foods Group LLC
R.R. Donnelley & Sons CompanySpringfield Coal Company, LLC
Tri County Coal CompanyVillage of Greenup, Illinois
Washington Savings Bank
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Personnel Information
Members
Robert G. Grierson
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:rgg@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1977
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County Bar Associations
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1975
Born:1950
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Gregory C. Ray
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:gcr@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1976
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2002-2003)
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1976
Born:1952
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Paul R. Lynch
Mount Vernon, IL
E-Mail:prl@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1977
Memberships:
  • Illinois State, Seventh Circuit and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence
  • Southern Illinois American Inn of Court (President, 2012-2014)
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Board of Directors, 2007-2016)
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1977
Born:1952
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Kenneth F. Werts
Mount Vernon, IL
E-Mail:kfw@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1984
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (President, 2010-2011)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1979
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1984
Born:1957
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John L. Barger
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:jlb@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1984
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1980
  • University of Arkansas, J.D., 1983
Born:1958
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Julie A. Webb
Mount Vernon, IL
E-Mail:jaw@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 1996
Additional Biographical Details:
Court Approved Mediator, Second and Fourth Judicial Circuits
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.A., 1993
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1996
Born:1971
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John F. Watson
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:jfw@craiglaw.net
Years of Experience:24
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1993
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, 2005
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2006
Additional Biographical Details:
Editor-in-Chief, IDC Quarterly, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (May 2016-May 2017); Editor-in-Chief, IDC Survey of Law (2017-Present); IDC Quarterly, Professional Liability Column (June 2017-Present)
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County (President, 2013-2014; Treasurer, 2000-2003) Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (Fall Conference Committee, 2006-2010, Chair 2010; Vice-Chair, Amicus Committee, 2012-Present; Municipal Law Committee, 2012-2016; IDC Quarterly Editorial Board, 2012-2017; IDC Board of Directors, June 2017-Present)
  • The Bar Association of the Central and Southern Federal Districts of Illinois (Communications Committee, 2002-2006)
  • Tuscola Community Foundation (Board Member, 2010-2016)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
Education:
  • Bradley University, B.S.M.E., 1990
  • The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1993
Law Review:
Associate Lead Editor, The John Marshall Law Review (1992-1993)
Born:1967
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R. Sean Hocking
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:rsh@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1999
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 2000
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • University of Illinois, B.S., 1996
  • Southern Illinois University, J.D., 1999
Born:1973
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J. Patrick Lee
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:jpl@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2002
Education:
  • Eastern Illinois University, B.A., 1996
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 2002
Born:1974
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Associates
Brittany N. Meeker
Mount Vernon, IL
E-Mail:bnm@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2014
Memberships:
  • Illinois State and Jefferson County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Indiana State University, B.S. (cum laude, Dean's List), 2011
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D., 2014
Born:1989
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Garth E. Flygare
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:gef@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 2015
Memberships:
  • American, Illinois State and Coles-Cumberland County Bar Associations
  • Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel
Education:
  • Macalester College, B.A., 2002
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law, J.D./M.B.A. (cum laude), 2015
Honors:
Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society (2012-present; Lesar Inn Vice Magister, 2013-2014)
Born:1979
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Of Counsel
Stephen L. Corn, Retired
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:slc@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1969
Memberships:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel (President, 1991-1992)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1969
Born:1944
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John P. Ewart, Retired
Mattoon, IL
E-Mail:jpe@craiglaw.net
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1961
Memberships:
  • Coles-Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Illinois Defense Counsel (President, Board of Directors, 1978-1979)
  • Illinois Appellate Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Education:
  • University of Illinois, J.D., 1960
Born:1936
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Service Areas
Champaign, Illinois45 miles
Charleston, Illinois10 miles
Danville, Illinois88 miles
Decatur, Illinois44 miles
Effingham, Illinois24 miles
Marshall, Illinois40 miles
Newton, Illinois45 miles
Olney, Illinois67 miles
Paris, Illinois39 miles
Robinson, Illinois70 miles
Shelbyville, Illinois24 miles
Springfield, Illinois83 miles
Sullivan, Illinois17 miles
Taylorville, Illinois57 miles
Toledo, Illinois22 miles
Tuscola, Illinois27 miles
Urbana, Illinois50 miles
Vandalia, Illinois60 miles
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