Ganan & Shapiro Continues To Work Remotely through April 2020

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization declared the spread of the COVID-19 virus to be a pandemic. In response, government entities at all levels have taken steps to reduce the spread of the virus, including the prohibition of large gatherings, closing of dine-in restaurants and bars, and generally encouraging the concept of “social distancing.”

From a legal standpoint, the State of Illinois and various counties have recently taken steps to limit the social interaction inherently involved with conducting the business of the courts and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.  These include:

– On March 30, Chief Judge Timothy Evans of the Circuit Court of Cook County extended the limited operations of the court through May 18, 2020. No civil or criminal jury trials will commence during this period, and for the 30-day period, all civil matters not deemed an emergency by party agreement are postponed to a future date. Emergency requests in civil matters will be permitted (Click here for more information).

– The Sixteenth Judicial Circuit in Kane County, has ordered that most criminal and civil cases be continued to dates after May 19, 2020. The Kane County Courthouse (100 South Third Street, Geneva) will remain open to hear those cases deemed essential and any emergency motions.  (Click here for general order).

– The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission has suspended arbitration operations through the end of April 2020, and has set up a process for emergency calls and hearings only.  All cases scheduled for an in-person appearance (e.g. status, trial, etc.) will automatically be continued for a period of 90 days (Click here for Memorandum issued by Chairman Michael Brennan).

In light of this serious situation, Ganan & Shapiro has decided to implement remote work policies for its attorneys and staff, in accordance with CDC recommendations, going into effect as of Wednesday, March 18, 2020, and continuing through April 30, 2020.

Thanks to investment in the latest technology (and the talents and dedication of our tremendous staff), we have the ability to work remotely, and in fact it is our intention to continue to aggressively push matters to resolution as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances. We will still have a “skeleton crew” on hand to open the mail, open new files and perform miscellaneous activities. Our work for you continues – we will continue to provide you with legal advice and updates on cases, and we will continue to contact opposing counsel to negotiate settlements, arrange depositions, prepare for future trials, etc.

As such, so that you may contact any of our attorneys, we have provided a list of our attorneys’ email addresses and mobile telephone numbers below. Be assured we will answer and return telephone calls and emails in the same timely fashion you have become accustomed to, and our high level of client service will continue unabated.

Peoria Contact list

We wish you and your families the best of health and happiness during this difficult time, and look forward to continue working with you now and in the future.