James R. Clune

James R. Clune

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C: 312.622.3759



1953, Springfield, MA

Practice Areas

Workers’ Compensation Defense


Jim joined Garofalo, Schreiber, Storm & Grant, Chtd. as a shareholder/partner in 2000. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1975. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Stetson University School of Law in 1978. Jim has extensive litigation experience before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and the United States District Court.


Jim has been a frequent presenter to various business groups on topics involving workers’ compensation defense. He has authored or co-authored several publications on the topic of workers’ compensation including, author: “Employer-Employee Problems” Illinois Workers’ Compensation Practice, 2011 Edition, 2013 Supplement, 2011, 2013, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education; contributing author: “Proceedings Before the Commission,” Illinois Workers’ Compensation Guidebook, 2009 Edition, Copy write 2009, LexisNexis Matthew Bender; panel presenter: “Handling The Workers’ Compensation Case From Start To Finish,” presented at the NBI Seminar, February 13, 2013, repeat presentation June 11, 2013; panel presenter: “The Review Process,” presented at the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, Workers’ Compensation Institute, February 3, 2014, repeat presentation February 25, 2014.


  • AV Preeminent LexisNexis Martindale Hubbell Peer Review rating for Ethical standards and legal ability, the highest rating.
  • Leading Lawyer Network Top 5%

Reported Cases

  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital v.Industrial Comm., 365 Ill.App.3d 1062, 851 N.E. 2d 595, 303Ill.Dec. 408 (Ill. App. 5 Dist. March 30, 2006).
  • Kieffer and Company v Industrial Commission and Walter Spomer, 263Ill.App.3d 294, 636 N.E. 2d 7, 200 Ill.Dec. 816, (Ill. App. 2d Dist.1994)
  • Luttrell v. Industrial Comm. 154 Ill. App. 3d 943, 507 N.E.2d 533, 107 Ill. Dec. 620 (Ill. App 2 Dist., April 27, 1987).
  • United Air Lines, Inc. v. CEI Industries of Illinois, Inc. 148 Ill. App. 3d 332, 499 N.E. 2d 558, 102 Ill, December 1, Prod. Liab. Rep.(CCH) P. 11, 218 (Ill. App. 1 Dist., Oct. 3, 1986).

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Admitted Florida Bar 1978
  • Workers’ Compensation Lawyers’ Association