After caring for a Florida Supreme Court Justice as his hospice nurse, Pegi McCabe changed the trajectory of her career and forged a path into law. She oversees the firm’s insurance solutions, claims administration, risk management and corporate compliance practice areas. She assists clients with the formation, management and operation of captive insurance companies. Concurrent with administering workers’ compensation and professional liability insurance programs, Pegi implements risk management plans aimed to increase resident and family satisfaction and improve quality of care. She brings healthcare experience to the business of insurance company ownership. Pegi serves on the Board of Directors of multiple captive insurance companies.
Pegi was formerly General Counsel for the Symphony Post Acute Network, Senior Vice President of Risk Management and General Counsel for Opis Management Resources, Director of Claims and Litigation for Genesis Health Ventures and Director of Risk Management for Harborside Healthcare. She received her J.D. from Stetson University College of Law and is also a Licensed Healthcare Risk Manager, Certified Professional in Healthcare Risk Management and Registered Nurse.
Ari Kirshner went to law school with the dream of becoming a trial lawyer. He has been able to fulfill that dream on both the plaintiff and defense side of the aisle. He oversees the firm’s litigation, government regulations and insurance solutions practices. He concentrates his litigation practice in defending skilled nursing and assisted living facilities and their staff. As former in-house counsel, he shaped the firm’s defense philosophy to ensure complete alignment of interests between the firm, its healthcare clients and their insurance companies. Ari’s understanding of captive domicile law has allowed the creation of the most innovative captive insurance products. He brings real world experience to the business of insurance company ownership. Ari serves on the Board of Directors of multiple captive insurance companies.
After working at two of Chicago’s premier plaintiff medical malpractice firms, Ari joined the Symphony Post Acute Network as its first in-house litigator. He developed programs implementing risk management solutions tied directly to real-time litigation experiences. This enabled him to create systems integration platforms between the law firm and its clients which have materially reduced claim costs. Ari received his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law and is also a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator. He is the author of two chapters in the IICLE Long Term Care Litigation publication and is President of the Alliance of Healthcare Counsel.
Melissa K. McCracken began her career as a plaintiff’s attorney at a prominent Chicago firm where she cultivated the ability to expertly analyze cases from liability and damages perspectives. While there, she was afforded the unique opportunity and responsibility of litigating high-profile, multi-million dollar cases from inception to verdict. After a number of years representing plaintiffs, Melissa transferred to a major Chicago defense firm where she represented hospitals/hospital networks, doctors, nurses and insurance companies in litigation involving complex medical and legal issues.
Melissa brings her trial lawyer, litigation and advocacy skills that span a variety of practice areas and clientele to McCabe Kirshner P.C. where she is the supervising attorney of litigation claims. She concentrates her practice in defending nursing facilities and their staff. Melissa has ample experience in handling a variety of case types including nursing home litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, premises liability, and products liability, and has successfully litigated cases in the aforementioned practice areas for her entire career.
Melissa received her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School – Chicago. She is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association and Women’s Bar Association.
Ryan A. Erikson focuses his practice primarily on Workers’ Compensation defense. Prior to joining McCabe Kirshner, P.C., Ryan handled matters on behalf of non-profit groups, group homes, and nursing homes where he developed extensive experience through daily dealings at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and with claimant attorneys, employers, and their insurance carriers. He has successfully defended employers in numerous arbitration hearings and oral arguments before the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission as well as the Illinois Appellate Court.
Ryan has an extensive background in defending claims involving lifting injuries resulting in permanent restrictions. Accordingly, he has gained valuable experience in litigation strategy to defend claims where permanent restrictions prevent the claimants from returning to their pre-injury level of employment. Ryan advocates for an aggressive approach in response to high-value claims involving exposure for wage differential and permanent disability benefits.
Ryan received his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. Prior to law school, Ryan studied English and Journalism and has worked as a published reporter.
Bella concentrates her practice in health care litigation and the defense of long-term care facilities, rehabilitation facilities, assisted living facilities, and skilled nursing facilities. She also consults and advises health care facilities on restructuring risk management processes, compliance, and probate matters. Prior to joining McCabe Kirshner P.C., Bella worked for the two strongest, Chicago-based, nursing home plaintiff firms. She handled complex litigation matters involving many types of personal injury and wrongful death cases including nursing home abuse and neglect and negligence claims against hospitals, physicians and other health care providers.
Bella attended The John Marshall Law School on a full tuition scholarship and graduated top 5% of her class. She was named to the Dean’s list every semester and received the highest grade in six of her classes, including Medical Negligence, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and Elder Law. A member of The John Marshall Law Review, she excelled in legal writing and was nominated by the school’s faculty to be a member of the National Order of Scribes, an honor that only five graduating students receive each year.
Prior to law school, Bella worked as the Director of Human Resources and Credentialing for a community health center with over 150 employees and three locations. During law school, Bella clerked for a Cook County judge, a Chicago civil law firm and also interned for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office. She decided she wanted to focus her career on health care litigation after working on a wrongful death case during one of her clerkships.
Rodd Elges is a trial lawyer with extensive experience representing a wide range of defendants in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. After graduating from the John Marshall Law School in 1998 with cum laude honors (Top 5%), Rodd briefly worked as a plaintiff’s attorney in Cook County, Illinois. Drawing upon that valuable experience, he has spent the last 20 years representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits stemming from professional and institutional malpractice, products liability, and catastrophic accidents. Rodd’s unique ability to effectively resolve high-end exposure cases led to him being recognized as a Leading Lawyer in 2017. Over the course of his career, Rodd has developed strong professional relationships with other attorneys and judges throughout Illinois. Those strong connections have contributed to Rodd’s history of success via dispositive motion practice, bench and jury trials, arbitrations, and mediations.
Rodd uses his extensive expertise to investigate, evaluate, litigate, and resolve claims in a prompt and efficient manner. His substantial experience in long term care litigation enables Rodd to help clients minimize the aggravation and expense associated with what often turn out to be frivolous lawsuits. Using his understanding of nursing home and assisted living facility operations, Rodd has helped clients effectively manage civil litigation for two decades. Working in collaboration with the other members of McCabe Kirshner’s litigation team, Rodd looks forward to achieving excellent outcomes for their clients even under the most challenging circumstances.