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    Carrie Foris

    Carrie Foris, B.A., M.A., J.D., ARM

    Carrie Foris is the principal attorney and founder of Foris Law Offices. She has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and risk manager. Her employment history includes over 10 years as an attorney specializing in Workers’ Compensation, Tort Liability and Insurance matters with an AM Law Top 100 law firm.  Additionally, she served as Director of Risk Management for the Chicago Transit Authority, is a current principal in Midway Risk Consultants, and is a former General Counsel to one of the largest Not-for-Profit providers of early childhood education in Chicago, Illinois.  Carrie is well known for her expertise in the areas of Workers’ Compensation Law and Risk Management.  She is highly experienced in representing both individuals and businesses in workers’ compensation and catastrophic personal injury claims throughout Illinois. As an outside general counsel, Carrie represents business clients in a variety of matters including commercial transactions, commercial and liability litigation, government investigations, human resource matters and litigation management.  She also advises business clients of all sizes, including Fortune 500 companies, in the reduction of their workers’ compensation costs and helps increase efficiencies at every level of their risk finance and control programs. Her extensive experience includes self-insured statutory compliance consultation, policy premium and third-party administration contract negotiation, preferred provider network agreement negotiation, incident and claim reduction strategy development, incident investigation procedure guidance; site-specific policy drafting and implementation; claims analysis; and retention and oversight of outside counsel. She also advises clients in areas of complex internal and governmental investigations; crisis management and communication; employment best practices; OSHA and other statutory compliance; risk identification and control; claims administration; and risk management best practices. Carrie represents individuals and employers before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Illinois Circuit Courts, the Illinois Appellate Court and various administrative venues throughout Illinois. She is a dynamic speaker and has presented at numerous prestigious venues and events.

    Representative Matters

    • Negotiated  national workers’ compensation third–party administration agreements for an international self-insured employer;
    • Acted as lead counsel in numerous matters before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, the Circuit Courts, and the Illinois Appellate Court;
    • Advised clients regarding workers compensation insurance policy provisions, premium reductions and NCCI ratings;
    • Obtained a landmark decision from the Illinois Appellate Court in the matter of Nilles, et al. v. Makovsky, et al relating to statutes of limitation in insurance subrogation matters;
    • Participated as a member of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Employment Law Committee in the drafting of the 2011 amendments to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.
    • Obtained affirmation of a ruling under 735 ILCS 5/2-1401 from the Illinois Appellate Court;
    • Acted as lead counsel and successfully represented a client throughout a complex internal and government investigation into employment practices;
    • Obtained summary judgment for clients in multiple cases involving municipal liability, personal injury, breach of contract and other claims;
    • Obtained multiple Respondent findings in complex workers’ compensation trials and appeals.

    Carrie Foris may be contacted at cforis@forislaw.com or 708-848-8700.

    Education

    IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law: Chicago, Illinois
    Juris Doctor Degree: June, 1995 with Honors

    The Pennsylvania State University: University Park, Pennsylvania
    Master of Arts Degree (Political Science/Constitutional Law): December, 1991

    Loyola University of Chicago: Chicago, Illinois
    Bachelor of Arts Degree (Political Science): May, 1989

    Professional affiliations

    • Risk Information Management Society (RIMS)
    • Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA)

    Professional certifications and licenses

    • Illinois State Supreme Court
    • Federal District Court: Northern District of Illinois
    • Associate in Risk Management (ARM)
    • OSHA 30 Hour Certification
    • ISO 9001:2015
    • OHSAS 18001:2007
    • ISO 19001:2007 (Lead Auditor)

    Recent seminars & presentations

    • “The Interplay between ADA, FMLA and Workers Compensation”, November, 2006, April, 2010 and October, 2013
    • “Title VII: P.O.S.H. in the Workplace”, July, 2010
    • “Investigating Workplace Injuries”, April, 2010 and July, 2010
    • “Workers’ Compensation in Tough Economic Times”, November, 2010
    • “A Better Workplace for Everyone”, April, 2011
    • “Workers’ Compensation: Illinois Legislative Update”, October, 2011
    • “Keeping Workers’ Compensation Costs Down”, October, 2012
    • “Know How Your Workers’ Compensation Premium is Calculated to Keep Your Costs Low”, June, 2014.
    • “Introduction to Enterprise Risk Management for Not-For-Profit Entities”, March, 2015 (Conference Primary Speaker and Facilitator)