Jon Walker focuses his practice on representing injured individuals throughout the State of Illinois in workers’ compensation, personal injury and Social Security disability claims.
Jon has dedicated his legal career to making a difference in the lives of victims of neglect and work place accidents. Over the past 12 years he has helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars from insurance companies and corporations. He has also helped thousands of disabled individuals recover Social Security disability benefits from the government, allowing them to live with dignity and obtain medical treatment.
In workers’ compensation claims, Jon has extensive experience litigating repetitive trauma injuries involving auto and assembly employees. These include work injuries to the hands, shoulders, back, neck and knees in cases against such employers as Chrysler, Ford and Caterpillar. He has also successfully won hearings at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission where employers have defended the claims based on independent contractor agreements; denied the increased risk of the employment; and refused payment and medical treatment based on independent medical examinations. Jon is one of the few attorneys in the State of Illinois filing emergency hearings under Section 19(b-1) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act, which provides for an expedited trial and appellate review.
In claims for Social Security Disability, Jon has successfully represented disabled individuals at all levels before the Social Security Administration. He has won claims for individuals suffering a range of conditions from depression to asthma to sleep apnea to chronic pain. Jon works closely with his clients’ doctors to ensure the Social Security Administration understands the injured individuals’ limitations and why their disability prevents them from working.
In 2015 and 2016, Jon was recognized by Leading Lawyers as an “Emerging Lawyer.” Emerging Lawyers have been identified by their peers to be among the top lawyers who are age 40 or younger unless they have practiced for no more than 10 years. Less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in each state have received the distinction of Emerging Lawyer.
In 2012, 2013, and 2014, Jon was selected as a Rising Star by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine. The Rising Star recognition is for attorneys under the age of 40. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list. No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list.
Jon previously served on the Board of the Young Lawyers Section of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers’ Association. In 2011 he was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association’s Workers’ Compensation Law Section Council as well as the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee for the evaluation of candidates for judicial offices and sitting judges seeking retention within Cook County. In 2010 he served as a judge in the Chicago Bar Association’s 2010 Winter Moot Court Competition for law students from across the country. In 2009 he finished third in the Chicago Bar Association’s “Most Fit Lawyer Competition” for attorneys 30-39 years of age.
Jon earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2004. He was a finalist in the Frederick Green Moot Court Competition and an active member of the law school ice hockey team. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2001, with a double major in History and English Literature. At UBC he was a member of Golden Key National Honors Society and the Captain of the Faculty of Arts ice hockey team.
He is admitted to practice by the Illinois Supreme Court (November 2004) and by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (January 2005).
When he is not fighting for his clients, Jon can be found traveling to Africa and photographing lions, lifting weights or playing ice hockey. He is active with African lion conservation programs as well as other ecological, wildlife, environmental stewardship and animal rights organizations.
- Update on AMA Decisions and Depositions, ITLA WC Seminar, 2014
- Tips on Deposing an AMA Rater, ITLA, 2014
- The Anatomy of an AMA Impairment Report, WCLA, 2013
- Expedited and Emergency Hearings, 19(b-1) v. 19(b), WCLA, 2012
- Social Security Disability Offsets of Workers’ Compensation Benefits, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Practice, Illinois Continuing Legal Education, 2015
Recent awards and settlements:
- $350,000.00 settlement for an Illinois truck driver who was struck in the face with a crank gear, suffering a nasal bone fracture, preventing him from using his CPAP machine.
- $345,000.00 settlement for a Chicago industrial painter who fell from scaffolding and fractured his knee, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $240,000.00 settlement for a Caterpillar employee who slipped on oil, suffering injuries to his low back and knees, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $229,000.00 settlement for a Rockford factory worker who suffered a low back injury while removing a pallet, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $225,000.00 settlement for a Rockford nurse who suffered a low back injury while lifting a patient, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $210,000.00 settlement for an Illinois supermarket employee who slipped while working, suffering low back injury with permanent work restrictions and a lifetime of pain management treatment.
- $200,000.00 settlement for a Decatur plumber who injured his knees and hip, requiring multiple surgeries and permanent work restrictions.
- $200,000.00 settlement for a Rockford auto assembly worker who suffered shoulder injuries resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $135,000.00 settlement for a Rockford janitor who injured her low back while lifting garbage, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $125,000.00 settlement for a Mattoon factory worker who injured his low back while lifting a heavy part, resulting in permanent work restrictions and a lifetime of pain management treatment.
- $125,000.00 settlement for a Chicago factory worker who developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $125,000.00 award for a Chicago messenger who fell off his bicycle and suffered a fractured elbow injury.
- $124,000.00 for a Chicago nurse who injured her low back while lifting a patient, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $122,000.00 settlement for a Chrysler employee who suffered rotator cuff tears.
- $111,000.000 settlement for an Illinois factory worker tripped at work, injuring her knee and requiring two surgeries, resulting in permanent work restrictions.
- $100,000.00 settlement for a Chicago factory work who developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, resulting in permanent restrictions.
- $100,000.00 settlement for an Illinois worker who slipped on oil at work, causing him to fall on stairs and suffer a low back injury.
- $95,000.00 settlement for a Caterpillar employee who developed carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands and cubital tunnel syndrome in both elbows, resulting in permanent work restrictions.