Mr. Green represents individuals denied workers’ compensation, social security or other disability benefits and unions and union members in labor negotiations and arbitrations, unfair labor practices and dismissal cases.
For more than 30 years Jim has successfully represented hundreds of individuals in claims for Workers’ Compensation benefits. He has assisted injured workers in a wide range of employment settings, including the airline industry, health care institutions and public schools to obtain the full benefits they are entitled to receive under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Statute. He also represents clients who have been denied Social Security disability benefits. He is available to assist claimants in guiding them through the entire maze of the bureaucratic process from filing an application to representing them in a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, if their claims are denied.
He has worked closely with the Chicago Teachers Union for the last ten years. He has represented it in labor arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges before the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board and individual teachers in statutory dismissal hearing and in workers’ compensation claims. He previously served as the General Counsel for Teamsters Local 726 from 1994–2009, negotiating contracts and representing the union in all aspects of its operations.
Jim has deep roots in the labor movement prior to practicing law. He began his career organizing child-care workers in Chicago, then worked as a staff the director of a local union, managed a Health, Welfare and Pension fund for the Midwest Region for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union.
He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association, the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers’ Association and the AFL-CIO Union Labor Alliance.
Jim graduated cum laude from the John Marshall Law School.