Happy New Year!

We at Ganan & Shapiro wish all of our clients, friends and families a happy and prosperous new year and start to a new decade. To quote the late William E. Vaughan of the Kansas City Star, “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

Well, the old year has indeed left us and we are looking forward to 2020 with great anticipation. We will be working with new clients, have hired three new attorneys, will be traveling throughout the country to attend various conferences and will be presenting seminars in the spring and fall.  Without further ado:

New Attorneys

  • William Ruffing
    • Will graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and subsequently attended law school at Marquette University. He graduated and received his juris doctorate in 2019, and was sworn in to the Illinois bar in November 2019. In addition to working as a law clerk for a Milwaukee law firm, Will has experience as a legislative intern for the Wisconsin State Legislature and for the Internal Revenue Service. Despite his move to Chicago, Will remains an avid Green Bay Packers fan.
  • Zachary March
    • Zach graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and graduated in 2019 with his juris doctorate from DePaul University in Chicago, and was sworn in to the Illinois bar in November 2019. Prior to working as a workers’ compensation defense attorney for Ganan & Shapiro, Zach gained experience in labor and employment law as a clerk for two distinguished Chicago law firms. He also gained experience working as a bar-back at The Stray Dog in New Buffalo, Michigan, during the summer of 2014, which may prove to be just as valuable as his legal experience.
  • Zane Thompson
    • Zane graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and strategic communications. After a year as a reporter for the Beloit Call in Beloit, Kansas, Zane returned to school to attend law school at Loyola University in Chicago. He earned his juris doctorate and graduated in 2019 and joined Ganan & Shapiro as an attorney after passing the bar in November 2019. Zane is an avid Chicago Bears fan and eagerly awaits their imminent return to the Super Bowl, one of these days….

Conference Attendance

We will look for you at various attendances throughout the country, including:

National Council of Self Insurers Annual Meeting – June 7 – 10, 2020, Scottsdale, AZ

Michigan Self Insurers Association Annual Conference – June 10 – 11, 2020, Grand Rapids, MI

Ohio Self Insurers Association Annual Conference – June 24 – 26, 2020, Columbus, OH

Workers’ Compensation Institute Annual Conference – August 16 – 19, 2020, Orlando, FL

National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo – October 21 – 23, 2020, Chicago, IL

Iowa Self Insurers Association Annual Conference – TBA

Ganan & Shapiro Seminars

We will be presenting two seminars for clients and friends in Peoria in the spring and in Chicago in the fall:

Peoria ConferenceApril 22, 2020, Holiday Inn & Suites, 101 Holiday Street, East Peoria, IL  61611

Chicago ConferenceSeptember 30, 2020, Northern Illinois University, 1120 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563


We look forward to seeing all of you throughout the year and wish you all the best in 2020!