Jill Wagner grew up in a medical household, with her father serving as the community’s general surgeon and her mother as a registered nurse. Her parents often treated workers’ compensation patients and Jill’s understanding of work related injuries stems from her youth. Their discussions over demand for quality patient care provides Jill with the ideal exposure and drive to ensure that people hurt on the job receive fair compensation.
Teacher injured lifting a student, multiple surgeries
Rising Star (through Super Lawyers for 40 and under)2017
Lead Counsel LC Rated for Workers’ Compensation Law
John Marshall Law School
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association- Board of Directors 2019, 2020, 2021
Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
Chicago Bar Association – Tort Committee Co-chair
Jill attended Indiana University on scholarship and graduated with high honors. She then attended John Marshall Law School where she was on the Dean’s list, nominated for best advocate in trial advocacy and finished at the top of the school’s moot court competition. Jill also was a legal writing teacher’s assistant, assisting other law students with research and writing. During law school, Jill worked for First Defense Legal Aid providing the indigent with their legal rights after arrest.
Following law school, Jill concentrated her practice in workers’ compensation. She has practiced at all levels, including numerous trials at the arbitration levels and appeals at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Circuit Court, and Appellate Court levels. She has been selected to be a board member of the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association for the past three years and is also a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, and Chicago Bar Association. She has been recognized by her peers as an Illinois Rising Star from 2016 – 2021. In addition, Jill has spoken at several seminars and debates on workers’ compensation topics.