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Brian McGovern

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Since 1998, Brian McGovern has concentrated his practice in the areas of workers compensation, Social Security disability, and personal injury law in the southern Illinois region. 


Brian was born in Belleville, Illinois in 1964. He attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance. Brian worked as a Bank Examiner from 1987 to 1989, and in private business until 1991 when he started law school. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994.


After law school Brian was employed with the Law Offices of Terry Sharp handling business litigation in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, until 1998.  He then joined the law firm of Hanagan & Dousman, a long established personal injury law firm also in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.  Brian practiced with Hanagan & Dousman until moving into private practice handling personal injury claims in 2005.


Along with Steve Hanagan, Brian started the firm of Hanagan & McGovern PC in 2010, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of workers’ compensation, personal injury litigation, and Social Security Disability claims. In addition to the Courts of Illinois and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Brian is also licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.


Brian is the author of "Workers' Compensation," Chapter 7, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Starting Points: The Fundamentals of 11 Practice Areas, 2012.  This IICLE publication is intended to help teach attorneys how to practice Illinois workers' compensation law.


Brian has served as President of the Jefferson County Illinois Bar Association, and has held other offices with the Bar Association.  He is a current author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education where he publishes material instructing other attorneys how to handle Illinois Workers' Compensation claims.  Brian currently holds memberships in the American Associations for Justice, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and the Jefferson County Bar Association.