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Janet M. Farmans


Lissa L. Hamer
James S. Jendryk
Brian M. Begley

Janet Farmans has tried numerous cases, including wrongful death cases.  Ms. Farmans concentrates her practice in all areas of general litigation, especially premises liability and municipal law.  In a recent premises liability case, the Second District Appellate Court upheld the trial court’s summary judgment ruling on behalf of Ms. Farmans’ client, a homeowners association.  In this matter, the plaintiff suffered severe and permanent injuries when she slipped and fell on ice, located on the sidewalk outside of her townhome.  The plaintiff appealed the trial court’s order granting summary judgment that Ms. Farmans had successfully obtained.  On appeal, the Second District Appellate Court held that the homeowners association was immunized from liability under the Snow and Ice Removal Act.

Ms. Farmans was an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County and was a Supervisor in the Felony Trial Division; she is an experienced trial attorney and has tried to verdict approximately 80 jury trials.

Ms. Farmans has been appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General; and a Special Assistant State’s Attorney for Will County.  She is also a mediator appointed by the Chief Judge of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.  She has served as an arbitrator through the Will County Mandatory Arbitration Center and has been appointed as an arbitrator in a number of matters that include complex civil litigation.



  • Will County Bar Association

  • DuPage County Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association


Professional Activities:


  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Society

  • Assistant States Attorney (1982-1990) Supervisor, Felony Trial Division

  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois (1997-present)

  • Special Assistant States Attorney, Will County (1997-present)

  • Appointed by Chief Judge to serve on The Rules of Practice Committee, which reviewed and revised the Local Court Rules, 12th Judicial Circuit, Will County

 Lissa Hamer concentrates her practice in civil litigation.  She has successfully defended cases with serious injuries such as death, dismemberment, and paralysis.  She also has experience in premises liability, false arrest/intentional infliction, and medical malpractice.  Ms. Hamer has extensive trial experience in DuPage, Kane, McHenry, Winnebago, and DeKalb Counties, the large majority of which resulted in defense verdicts.  She has recently been recognized by her peers as a Leading Lawyer in the area of personal injury defense.


Ms. Hamer also has extensive arbitration experience, having participated in more than 75 personal injury arbitrations.  She has been a repeat guest lecturer at Northern Illinois University's College of Law on the topic of negotiations and settlements, and currently serves as Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee for the Kane County Bar Association.  As well, she has been invited as a guest speaker at Harper College on HIPAA applications to students in health-associated field.  In the uninsured/underinsured arena, Ms. Hamer has been selected as an arbitrator on numerous occasions.


Ms. Hamer is a licensed medical technologist and toxicologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  Prior to law school, she worked at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston as assistant supervisor of toxicology dept. diagnosing and developing treatment protocols for drug overdoses and therapeutic drug monitoring.


  • Du Page County Bar Association

  • Kane County Bar Association (Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee)

  • Women's Bar Association of Illinois

Representative Matters

Ms. Hamer has represented regional and national retailers in premises liability matters including negligent maintenance claims, false arrest/intentional infliction, defamation, and failure to protect from hostile third parties, among others.  Ms. Hamer has experience evaluating claims for minor soft tissue injuries as well as complex injuries such as dismemberment and paralysis, which may include societal factors, quality of life, and ability to work.

Brian M. Begley is one of the Founding Partners of Jendryk, Farmans, Hamer & Begley, LLC.  Mr. Begley focuses his practice on automobile defense, premises liability and condemnation matters.  He has an extensive practice and knowledge in the areas of insurance defense, civil litigation, and UM/UIM matters.  Mr. Begley has tried to jury verdict numerous cases across jurisdictions in Northern Illinois.  Mr. Begley is also a certified arbitrator and active in the field of alternative dispute resolution.  He has recently been awarded the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional (C.L.M.P.) in the field of Insurance Defense Litigation.


Mr. Begley is married and the father of two children Conner and Morgan.  He is also an active member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the Village of Orland Park, Illinois. 


  • Kankakee County Bar Association

  • Will County Bar Association

  • Southwest Suburban Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

  • Chicago Bar Association

  • Will County Governmental League

  • South Suburban Bar Association - Civil Practice Committee, Real Estate Committee

  • Joliet Area Young Professionals (Vice President 2012, Board of Directors 2011-present)

Professional Activities
  • Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois (2011)


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Construction Law Update: Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Contractual Limits on Scope of Duty in Thompson v. Gordon

Natural Accumulation Rule Prevails Over Increased Common Carrier Duty - CTA Has No Duty to Remove Snow and Ice from Platforms

Liability Update: As Matter of First Impression, First District Appellate Court Addresses Issue of Home Exercise Equipment As "Open & Obvious" Danger

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James Jendryk concentrates his legal practice in commercial, construction, personal injury, and medical malpractice and nursing home litigation.  He searches for innovative methods to resolve cases including substantial use of alternative dispute resolution and structured settlements.

Mr. Jendryk is qualified as a Chairperson Arbitrator for the Du Page County Mandatory Arbitration System and has also been appointed by the Chief Judge as a mediator in Du Page County’s Court-Annexed Mediation Program.


Mr. Jendryk is a former member of the Du Page County Bar Association Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Du Page County Medical-Legal Committee and a former member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.


  • Chicago Bar Association (Judicial Evaluation Committee 1997-2004)

  • Du Page County Bar Association (Law Day Committee, 1980-1981, Chairman, Medical Legal Committee, 1984-1985, Board of Directors, 1985-1988)

  • Kane County Bar Association

  • Illinois State Bar Association

Representative Matters

Mr. Jendryk has handled liability lawsuits for national insurance corporations and retailers, as well as medical malpractice actions involving physicians and nursing homes.  In fact, he has been successful in every premises liability case he has handled which involved injuries caused by a fall.


James Ryan

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James Ryan's practice at Jendryk, Farmans, Hamer and Begley focuses is on an active litigation defense at the state and federal trial and appellate court levels. He has successfully defended a number of arbitrations and trials. where he represented clients and insureds in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense law, encompassing automobile accidents, premises liability, wrongful death, real estate agents/broker liability, and medical malpractice defense.

Mr. Ryan's goal is always to bring a matter to a favorable conclusion for his client be it through trial or an alternative dispute resolution.



Illinois State Bar Association

Du Page Bar Association