Jennifer L. Barbieri, Partner

Location: Belleville, Illinois
Phone: 618-239-0187
Fax: 618-416-7556
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Practice Focus and Client Representations

Jennifer Barbieri focuses her practice in the area of workers’ compensation and labor and employment litigation. She also has substantial experience in personal injury matters, as well as appellate matters. Ms. Barbieri has tried a number of cases to verdict. Her prior work as plaintiff counsel gives her a unique perspective on the cases she defends.

Jennifer Barbieri has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Professionals with this highest ranking are recognized as AV Preeminent® and are considered to have achieved significant rating accomplishments. Put simply, these are the highest-level professionals in their field, and Attorney Jennifer Barbieri is one of them.

Recent Decisions

Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP attorney receives honor for representing employers in workers' compensation litigation.
Attorney Jennifer Barbieri of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP was selected as a 2015 “Emerging Lawyer” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company through its Leading Lawyers division.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator issues favorable decision for employer.
Petitioner, a welder, claimed injuries to his back following an alleged lifting accident, as well as alleged injuries sustained from repetitive lifting, twisting, and bending. Petitioner’s treating physician stated that diagnostic studies confirmed disc bulges and protrusions, which were aggravated by the alleged work accident. Respondent denied this claim on issues of accident, notice, and casual connection. The Arbitrator found that Petitioner failed to prove that he sustained an accident that arose out of and in the course and scope of his employment. The Arbitrator further ruled that his current condition of ill-being was not related to any alleged work accident, and, as such, she denied receipt of all benefits, including medical, TTD, and PPD. Voss v. Schantz Manufacturing, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission overturns arbitrator's favorable decision for employee.
Petitioner, a police officer, claimed injuries to his back, neck, knee, hip, and arm following two (2) different incidents, including an altercation with a suspect and a slip and fall. Petitioner’s treating physicians stated that all of the various injuries were caused and/or aggravated by these two (2) incidents. The orthopedic surgeons recommended evasive treatment, including pain management injections and surgical intervention on multiple body parts. Respondent denied causal connection for these alleged injuries and treatments, in reliance upon its own experts’ opinions. The Arbitrator found that Petitioner did sustain injuries and/or aggravations of his pre-existing conditions and ordered Respondent to authorize all recommended treatment. Respondent appealed this decision. On appeal, the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission agreed with Respondent’s counsel, Jennifer Barbieri, that Petitioner failed to prove that his current condition of ill-being for all the different body parts were causally related to the two (2) work incidents. The Commission found that Respondent was not liable for any medical treatment beyond the initial treatment sought up to three (3) months after the first incident. The Commission agreed that Respondent was not liable for any of the multiple surgeries recommended by the treating orthopedic surgeons. The Commission reversed the Arbitrator’s decision on causal connection, TTD benefits, medical benefits, and future medical treatment, and remanded the matter back to the Arbitrator for further proceedings consistent with its decision. Franklin v. City of East St. Louis. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator issues favorable decision for employer.
Petitioner, a laborer, claimed shoulder injury as a result of repetitive trauma over 20 years performing manual labor for a utility company. The treating orthopedic surgeon recommended a complete shoulder replacement, which would result in permanent restrictions for Petitioner that would not allow him to return to his employment with Respondent. Respondent’s expert agreed that Petitioner was in need of a shoulder replacement, but disputed the need for surgery was causally related to Petitioner’s work activities. Respondent was represented by Jennifer Barbieri at trial. The Arbitrator found that Petitioner failed to meet his burden that his shoulder condition was causally related to his work activities. The Arbitrator denied Petitioner’s request that his employer pay for the shoulder replacement surgery. Moushon v. Illinois American Water. Illinois Workers’ Compensation Arbitrator.

Professional Background

Ms. Barbieri is a founding partner of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP. Prior to the formation of Clayborne, Sabo and Wagner LLP, she was an associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP for three years. She was previously an associate at Thomas C. Rich, P.C., and Courtney, Clark, and Associates, P.C.

Ms. Barbieri’s law school accomplishments include having been a board member of the Dean’s Tutorial Society and a member of the Academic Dean’s List. She participated in moot court and had the top paper in Contracts II. Ms. Barbieri was a member of Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity.

Areas of Practice

Workers’ Compensation
Labor & Employment
Insurance Defense
Personal Injury Litigation
Products Liability

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