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Steve Hanagan

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Since 1984, Steve Hanagan has concentrated his practice in the areas of workers' compensation, personal injury, and defective products liability law in the southern Illinois region. It is the only work he does.


Steve was born in Mt. Vernon, Illinois in 1958.  He attended Southern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Administrative Sciences in 1980; he attended St. Louis University School of Law where he graduated with his Juris Doctoris degree cum laude in 1984.  In addition to graduating with honors, he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in the study of Legal Ethics, 1983.


Steve was admitted to the bar in the State of Illinois in 1984 and immediately joined the law firm of Hanagan & Dousman, an Illinois workers' compensation and  personal injury law firm started by his father, Bill Hanagan, in 1955.  Steve represents the third generation of the  Hanagan family to practice work comp law in southern Illinois.  After his father passed away in 2006 Steve  dissolved the Hanagan & Dousman firm and, along with past associate Brian McGovern, started Hanagan & McGovern.  He represents injury victims and their families in cases against insurance companies and product manufacturers as well as workers compensation injury claims and cases involving complex insurance issues.  He has tried cases, ranging from simple motor vehicle collision cases to complex  defective products cases against multi-national corporations.  


Steve makes himself available for speaking engagements upon request.  He has spoken on multiple occasions before the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois Vocational Evaluation and Work Adjustment Association, and the Illinois State Bar Association on topics including workers' compensation, product liability, and vocational rehabilitation under the Illinois Workers' Compensation Act.  Steve has also been a frequent guest lecturer in the vocational rehabilitation department at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois.


Steve is the published author of "Third Party Recovery and Subrogation," Chapter 11, of the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education's  Workers' Compensation Handbook, 1986 to the present.  In addition to the Subrogation chapter, Steve was also the author of "Workers' Compensation," Chapter 7, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Starting Points: The Fundamentals of 11 Practice Areas, 1994 to 2011.  Both of these publications are intended to help attorneys handle workers' compensation claims effectively.


In addition to the Courts of Illinois and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Steve is also licensed to practice in the United States Federal District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.


Steve served as President of the Jefferson County Illinois Bar Association for multiple terms, and has held other offices with the Bar Association.  He was a Charter member of the Southern Illinois American Inn of Court, a national organization dedicated to legal education with special emphasis on civility in the practice of law, and has served on their Executive Committee.  He maintains membership in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation, and the Jefferson County Bar Association.


Of a personal nature, Steve and his wife, Cissy, are involved in many civic activities and have been enthusiastic community volunteers for such organizations as the YMCA, Mitchell Museum, the American Heart Association, Relay for Life - Breast Cancer Awareness, the Amy Center for child advocacy, and Muscular Dystrophy Association to name a few.  Steve spent many years coaching girls basketball and softball, served as Cub Master for a local Cub Scout Pack, and served as an advisor for the Mt. Vernon Township High School Mock Trial Team for numerous years, including their 1995 State Championship.