Gerald Connor
Attorney | Chicago office

Gerald Connor works exclusively in prosecuting for the rights of injured workers. After graduating from Northern Illinois College of Law, Gerald began representing clients all across Illinois, including Cook, Lake, McHenry, Kane, DuPage, and Winnebago. He prides himself on his aggressive approach and willingness to take an insurance company to court if the desirable settlement is not offered.

Gerald shines brightest in court because he is quick on his feet and has a firm grasp of employee rights. He once won a case for a truck driver that was denied financial help for surgery and work benefits after he was injured on the job. Gerald was able to get $250,000 and the case remained open until the medical treatment was complete in case the client needed further compensation.

Gerald feels helping injured workers collect their benefits against insurance companies so they can continue to provide for themselves and their families means everything.

Outside of work the south side native enjoys traveling, ice hockey, and playing 16’ softball.

A brief review of Mr. Connor’s notable trial recoveries includes the following:

Jetton Richard v. U.S.F. Holland 11 WC 46811
Over $250,000.00 of back TTD awarded as well as future cervical fusion surgery.

Andrew Reid v. Barton’s Staffing 15 WC 031610
No offers made prior to trial. Employer claimed Petitioner was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Arbitrator awarded Permanent Partial Disability benefits and that all medical bills be paid by Employer. The case was upheld on appeal.

Calvin Lee Brown v. City of Chicago 13 WC 12994
No offers made prior to trial. After trial, and case settled for $99,000.00 before Arbitrator rendered a decision.

Reginald Little v. Bacci Pizzeria and State Treasurer and Ex-Officio Custodian of the Injured Workers’ Benefit Fund 14 WC 07867
No offers made prior to trial. Employer had no insurance. The Illinois Attorney General was assigned the file to represent the employer and disputed every issue at trial, including the fact that Petitioner was an employee.
Trial proceeded directly against the employer. Arbitrator awarded TTD, Medical and Permanency. The case was upheld on appeal.

Lynnice Smith v. State of IL 11 WC 5724
No offers made prior to trial. Over $100,000.00 awarded on a carpal tunnel case.

Tina Zambrano v. University of Chicago Medical Center 15 WC 38640
No offers made prior to trial. Judge awarded permanent partial disability benefits.

James Hennessy v. Federal Signal 15 WC 028947
Employer denied carpal tunnel syndrome occurred on job. On cross exam, IME doctor admitted Petitioner had carpal tunnel syndrome. All benefits awarded.

Angelique Jones v. CTA 14 WC 013956
Employer refused to pay off work benefits. TTD awarded.

Perfecto Rosales v. Minuteman International 11 WC 33100
Mr. Rosales’s worked light duty for two years before being fired by his employer. Mr. Rosales’s doctor recommended an L5-S1 fusion surgery. The IME doctor hired by the insurance company claimed the injury was only a strain and no surgery was required.
At trial, not only was the fusion surgery awarded, but the Arbitrator ordered that 78 weeks of back TTD benefits be paid to Petitioner because Petitioner could not find another employer to accommodate his light duty restrictions. The attorney for the insurance company hired a private investigator that showed video footage of Mr. Rosales doing various activities at his home which was ultimately disregarded by the Arbitrator.

Dorsey Douglas v. State of Illinois-Department of Corrections 10 WC 041865
Mr. Douglas worked as a Correctional Officer at Statesville prison and was attacked by a prison inmate. The attorney for the insurance company made a “nuisance value” offer and refused to pay any medical bills.
At trial, the Arbitrator awarded twenty times the amount of the insurance attorney’s offer, plus an order stating that all medical bills be paid. The decision was upheld on appeal.

Pastor Cisneros v. Taqueria Rio Grande 13 WC 019024
Mr. Cisneros a lost a finger after twenty minutes on his first day on the job. The insurance attorney claimed that Mr. Cisneros was not an employee because no employment contract existed, no paystubs existed, and no written evidence of employment existed.
At trial, Mr. Connor introduced medical records into evidence supporting Petitioner’s claims that he was an employee. On cross-examination, the employer admitted that he witnessed Petitioner lose his finger but claimed he was “volunteering” to work. The Arbitrator held that Mr. Cisneros was an employee and Ordered the employer to pay the medical bills.

Everyone from the staff answering the phone to the attorneys, primarily Gerald Connor, have not only been helpful and quick to respond but patient and understanding. While being hurt and not working as well as not knowing what my employable future would be, knowing that the Dworkin & Maciariello team were with and for me was paramount! Thank you all so very much!” – Ronald S

Practice Areas

Workers Compensation


  • Northern Illinois University (B.A. & J.D.)

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association


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